We head for the Russian capital to find out how the locals enjoy some winter fun. Ice skating is one popular sport.
For DW host Katty Salie, Carnival in Cologne means dressing up, dancing and singing for six days straight. She shares some hints for getting the most out of the festivities. Alaaf!
The 2014 Winter Paralympics have begun in Sochi, Russia. Just one Ukraine athlete participated in the opening ceremony, amid simmering tensions over Crimea.
As the Winter Paralympics begin in Sochi, Russian activists are hoping the Games will help combat widespread prejudice. They say people with disabilities have been marginalized in Russia for decades.
As Russia's first Games for homosexual and transgender athletes were set to open, the organizers have now faced unforeseen - and yet not quite unexpected - problems.
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