Prior to the start of the Games, Russian President Vladimir Putin was taken on a tour of the Olympic village by Russian pole vault champion and Olympic village mayor Elena Isinbayeva.
Putin shakes hands with Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, on the eve of the Winter Olympics.
Putin waits in the presidential lounge to be introduced at the opening ceremony. Russian broadcaster Rossiya 1 spared Putin's embarrassment by cutting away to rehearsal footage of the five rings coming together, whilst most of the world saw a fifth ring get stuck.
Six years on from winning the bid, Putin declares the Winter Olympics open as the world's eyes are on the Russian President during the opening ceremony.
Putin congratulates the women's figure skating team, including Evgeni Plushenko and 15-year-old Yulia Lipnitskaya, who went on to help Russia win gold.
Putin asked the 25,000 volunteers to create a unique atmosphere for the Games, describing this as "one of the most important things in the programme”.
Putin visits Russian freestyle skier Maria Komissarova in hospital, after the 23-year-old sustained a broken back in a fall while training on the ski-cross course.
A big ice hockey fan, Putin has little to smile about as Russia's men were eventually knocked out in the quarter-finals, losing 3-1 to Finland.
Putin watches the men's cross-country 4x10km relay with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko.
Protest group Pussy Riot defy Putin’s ban on protests in Sochi, filming an anti-Putin video which they then release on the internet.
A poster of Putin reading "For Motherland, for Russia, for Sovereignty" is seen at a pro-government demonstration in Sochi.
A Russian flag with the message "Thank you, Putin!" written across it is carried through the Olympic Park ahead of the closing ceremony
Putin stands between IOC President Thomas Bach and Russia's bobsleigh gold medallist Alexander Zubkov as the Sochi Games end with a spectacular closing ceremony