Winter Sports

Then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev with German Gref (left), Sberbank chief, at a ski facility under construction in 2011. Photo: AP

The force behind Russia's 'Oligarch Olympics'

The mountains of Sochi are now home to Potanin's slope, Gazprom's gondola lift and Sberbank's ski jump. The nicknames used by locals and an army of construction workers leave no doubt about who is paying for the 2014 Winter Games: Russia's business powerhouses.