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Wednesday 16 April 2014

Russia Olympic heroes given Mercs

Russia's Winter Olympic medallists have been rewarded with a Mercedes each

Each Russian medallist from the Sochi games has been given a Mercedes by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

Medvedev gave away dozens of white Mercs, decorated with the Russian Olympic team logo.

While some of Russia's star athletes, like 15-year-old figure skater Julia Lipnitskaia or 17-year-old teammate Adelina Sotnikova, don't even have their licences yet, Medvedev found a way around that problem by providing a driver - all services paid.

After an embarrassing sixth-place finish in the medals table at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Russia finished at the top in Sochi.

Medvedev says that it is important for the government to continue supporting athletes financially.

Press Association

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