Category Archives: Russia

Trump is not Putin’s bride; Putin is not Trump’s groom

The Washington Post’s deeply researched story about President Trump’s attitude toward Russia┬ádemands your attention. The story details how Trump, even before he was sworn in, was unwilling to hear anything that would suggest the Kremlin had assisted in his election … Continue reading

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Russia ready to slam independent media agencies with even bigger hammer

Brookings reports that the Russian government — no fan of any media that probes too deeply into what it does — is ready to hit Western news agencies with a powerful hammer. And the reason is obvious. The Kremlin applies … Continue reading

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IOC careful not to blame Putin for sports doping

The fallout from Tuesday’s decision by the International Olympic Committee to ban Russia and almost all of its athletes from the 2018 Winter Olympics because of widespread doping already is evident. In Russia, there is no expectation of a public … Continue reading

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The IOC hands down the equivalent of the NCAA death penalty on Russia

The news was not unexpected, but it was still jolting: The International Olympic Committee has banned Russia from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics. The IOC’s belief that it has extensive evidence of systematic doping of Russian athletes and that … Continue reading

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Boot Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics?

Wait, whoa. Boot one of the world’s top countries from the 2018 Winter Olympics? The Guardian’s Sean Ingle states that the International Olympic Committee needs to take a strong stand against Russia, including preventing any of its athletes from taking … Continue reading

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The 2018 World Cup predictions

Presuming no major injuries to top players, here’s how the 2018 World Cup might play out: GROUP A: Uruguay, Russia, Egypt, Saudi Arabia: A fantastic draw for Uruguay, which was a Pot 2 team. Egypt could slip past Russia. GROUP … Continue reading

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Journalist: Your knife attack will not scare me off

The Washington Post has the details. But on a recent Friday, she sat in an Italian cafe sipping tea and calmly ticking off her injuries (damage to her jugular vein and salivary gland, cuts on her neck and hands) in … Continue reading

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