HSH Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco arrived at the Zimny Theatre in Sochi, Russia to attend the 126th opening ceremony for the XXII Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, on Friday 7 February.

The Princely Couple will be there to encourage the Monegasque delegation of six athletes competing in Alpine Skiing and in Bobsleigh.

Since 1920, the Principality has participated in 28 Olympics (both summer and winter) with 145 Monegasque representatives defending the colours of Monaco in 14 disciplines.

HSH Prince Albert II is President of the Monegasque Olympic Committee and a member of the International Olympic Committee. He participated in five Olympic Games in bobsleigh.

Earlier in the day, Britain’s The Princess Royal met with the President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, as will as with the President of the International Olympic Committee, Mr. Thomas Bach, during a welcoming ceremony at the Rus Hotel ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Meanwhile, an activist who has been shedding light on environmental fallout from the Sochi Olympics has been jailed for five days for resisting police, the Guardian reports. Igor Kharchenko was the second activist to be detained in the region in three days. Kharchenko was grabbed on the street in the regional capital of Krasnodar as he left his house and found his car smashed, his associate Olga Soldatova said.

Police took him to the police station where he was charged with resisting police orders. Soldatova said Kharchenko was tried without a lawyer.
In related Olympic news, the BBC and the French news channel France24 have been airing in-depth documentaries on the issues of corruption and environmental degradation in preparations for the Sochi games.

Many western leaders are staying away from the Games in protest against the perceived anti-gay stance of President Putin.

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