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Russia under scrutiny at Confederations Cup draw

Russia under scrutiny at Confederations Cup draw

🕔12:57, 26.Nov 2016

The wisdom of awarding Russia the right to stage the 2018 World Cup will come under sharp scrutiny in Kazan at the draw for next year’s Confederations Cup.

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Absence of Russian stars hurts Games – Putin

Absence of Russian stars hurts Games – Putin

🕔19:48, 27.Jul 2016

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the absence of top Russian competitors will “markedly lower” next month’s Rio Games, as he met competitors set for Brazil and those barred over state-run doping. Over 100 Russians have so far been banned

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Trusted allies: why Putin won’t fire sports minister over doping scandal

Trusted allies: why Putin won’t fire sports minister over doping scandal

🕔14:26, 21.Jul 2016

President Vladimir Putin risks personal humiliation if all Russian competitors are banned from the Rio Olympics over doping, as now seems possible; yet the man on whose watch this may happen, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, is not being fired. The

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Blatter plans to attend 2018 World Cup as Putin’s guest

Blatter plans to attend 2018 World Cup as Putin’s guest

🕔18:34, 24.Mar 2016

Disgraced ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter plans to attend the 2018 World Cup finals as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which would currently contravene his six-year ban. Blatter’s spokesman on Thursday confirmed to AFP a report in the Frankfurter

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Putin blames Russian officials for not warning athletes on meldonium

Putin blames Russian officials for not warning athletes on meldonium

🕔00:00, 17.Mar 2016

President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday blamed Russian sports officials for failing to warn athletes that meldonium was being banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Putin told a government meeting that officials “did not update our stop-lists and inform our

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