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Olympic Flame Arrives At The Kremlin, Promptly Extinguishes Itself

Moscow celebrated the arrival of the Olympic flame today. It did not go as planned.

Posted on October 6, 2013, at 11:03 a.m. ET

The Olympic flame traveled to Moscow today, as Russia gets ready to host the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February. It had its own seat on the airplane.

Via 1tv.ru

Dmitry Kozak, a deputy prime minister, carried the flame from the plane. He didn't make any more comments about Russia's anti-gay law.

Via 1tv.ru

The flame got a military welcome.

Via 1tv.ru

And a motorcade comprising dozens of motorcycles.

Via 1tv.ru

Really, dozens of motorcycles.

Via 1tv.ru

Vladimir Putin walked solemnly to meet the flame on Red Square.

Via 1tv.ru

"It is natural that sport is so loved in Russia and that it values everything that is connected to it," Putin said.

Via 1tv.ru

"Til we meet in Sochi," he said, with verve.

Via 1tv.ru

Then the flame was carried down Red Square to inside the Kremlin's walls.

Via 1tv.ru

And then everything went wrong:

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.

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