Sochi, Russia. Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. A Russian music band receives the arriving participants in the Syrian National Dialogue Conference of Sochi. The High Negotiations Committee and several opposition factions and international representatives refrained from attending the conference. Most civil groups, activists, and local administrations in the areas outside of the government's control condemn the conference and the participants, stressing the need to boycott the conference. Several opposition political parties said that they will not attend the conference.