MOSCOW (QHA) - The Olympic flame has arrived in Moscow ahead of the 2014 Winter Games scheduled for February in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, reports Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty. The silver-and-red torch was flown into a Moscow airport, before a motorcade accompanied it to Red Square for a cauldron-lighting ceremony overseen by President Vladimir Putin. The flame later set out on a ceremonial loop through the Kremlin before it begins its official journey across Russia. As reported, the torch was lit in Greece's Ancient Olympia on September 29 and handed over to a Russian delegation in Athens on October 5. The torch relay to kick off on October 7 with five-time Olympic synchronized swimming gold medalist Anastasia Davydova,and conclude when the cauldron is lit at Sochi's Olympic Stadium at the Games' opening ceremony on February 7. More than 14,000 runners are to cover 65,000 kilometers as they wind their way across Russia's 83 regions. The relay will see the flame travel to the bottom of Lake Baikal, the North Pole, and outer space for the first time.

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