Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, visits the Olympic Athletes Village in Coastal Cluster ahead of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics with Olympic Village Mayor Elena Isinbaeva, left, and Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth policy Vitaly Mutko on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Pascal Le Segretain, Pool)

Asia Leaders Join Sochi As Obama, Others Stay Away

TOKYO (AP) — When top Western leaders decided to stay away from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Winter Olympics, he wasn’t exactly left friendless: he has the heads of leading Asian nations and others to help show the world that not everyone is put off by his human rights record and the anti-gay law he championed. […]