Shavarsh Karapetyan, 60, a Russian champion swimmer, was going
through a long passageway at the Kremlin, which apparently created
a wind strong enough to snuff out the flame. But a man presumed to
be part of President Vladimir Putin’s security detail brought
out a lighter to get the torch going again.
Putin had lit a cauldron in Red Square before the relay, which
will spend three days in Moscow before heading out across Russia,
on its way to the opening ceremony for the Winter Games at Sochi on
And for some reason, all of this reminds us of the Bangles.