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So that's what happens to Olympic funding in Russia (surprise! corruption!)

Since I seem to be on an Olympics kick this week — or, rather, a why-Russia-bombed-in-Vancouver kick — let’s continue with this story: A high-ranking Russian athletics official has been arrested for demanding a hefty slice off a government disbursement … Continue reading

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Russia's Olympic self-flagellation, Plushenko's whining continue apace

If you can believe it, Russia still hasn’t gotten over its sixth place finish in the medal count (eleventh, if you’re counting golds). Yesterday, President Dmitry Medvedev held an award ceremony at the Kremlin for the Russian Olympians that brought … Continue reading

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From the Counterintuitive Department: Russia takes lead in Vancouver Paralympics medal count

After a disappointing result at the Vancouver Olympics, the Russians had but one hope left: its disabled athletes. The X Paralympic Winter Games opened on Friday in Vancouver, and since then, the Russians have bounded into first place, gobbling up … Continue reading

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Olympics may be over, but the heads are just starting to roll – kinda

Watching the unfurling, confused hysteria at the highest levels of the Kremlin over Russia’s disappointing medal count in Vancouver, you’d think Russia had lost the latest world war. On Monday, President Dmitry Medvedev denounced unnamed “fat cats” and demanded those … Continue reading

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In wake of hockey loss, for once, Russia doesn't hide its shame

This morning the Russians who didn’t stay up to see their hockey team get trounced by the Canadians 7:3, woke up to find that their hockey team had been trounced by the Canadians 7:3. It was the first time in … Continue reading

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Plushenko shows flashes of delusion, platinum, then a little less delusion

On Monday, Yahoo! News reported that Evgeni Plushenko, who took gold in men’s sniveling at Vancouver last week, was actually feeling all better because he had simply changed his frame of reference: he gave himself a platinum medal. That’s right. … Continue reading

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At least they'll admit it

I’ve just spent the last couple of days holed up inside Moscow’s World Trade Center for the Troika Dialog Russia 2010 Forum, anĀ economic conference where I was surprised to hear some refreshing honesty from the Russian political elite who made … Continue reading

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Best sponsorship ever

Yesterday, I went to Luzhniki stadium in Moscow to watch the World Cup qualifier between Germany and Russia. There was tremendous pressure to reenact the victory of 1945 on the pitch and, as if that weren’t enough, I heard a … Continue reading

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