We cread in Ronny Blaschke's article:
"In our country, there are no disabled people." This is a quote attributed to Soviet communist party leader Leonid Breschnev in the 1980s.
The 1980 Summer Olympic Games took place in Moscow and the Soviet Union simply refused to organize the Paralympics, which were then held in Arnhem, Netherlands.
Now in 2014, the Russian organizers see things differently, they are planning a ten-day cosmopolitan sports festival with 600 athletes from 45 nations.Source: http://www.dw.de/sochi-paralympic-games-highlight-russian-discrimination/a-17479262
But can the Paralympics help bring a marginalized group in Russia's population into the national spotlight?
To find out more read the in-depth study by Human Rights Watch: