27 Feb '11, 12pm

Allegations of plagiarism marred Russia's choice of three furry mascots to represent the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Allegations of plagiarism marred Russia's choice of three furry mascots to represent the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

The Snow Leopard is one of the three mascots to represent the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. -- PHOTO: AFP View more photos MOSCOW - ALLEGATIONS of plagiarism, high-level political meddling and sheer poor taste on Sunday marred Russia's choice of three furry mascots to represent the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Russians chose three mascots - a cute-looking snow leopard, a polar bear and a hare - by popular vote in a seemingly innocent television show late Saturday that aimed to choose a people's mascot. Eyebrows were first raised when the initial favourite to win the most votes - a portrayal of Russian Father Christmas Ded Moroz - was rather undemocratically ditched from the competition by the organisers. Then it just so happened that the mascot which strongman Prime Minister Vladimir Putin had declared his favourite - the 'strong, fast and beautiful' snow leop...

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