Sports 

Doping: Clock ticking on Moscow as WADA prepares for report

MONTREAL (Reuters) – The Russian doping scandal is set for a messy end with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) Compliance Review Commission (CRC) considering possible new sanctions on Monday even as an inspection team was retrieving data from a Moscow laboratory. FILE PHOTO: Gunter Younger, Director of Intelligence and Investigations at the World Anti Doping Agency, arrives for a news conference in Nairobi, Kenya September 27, 2018. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya A game of brinkmanship between WADA and Russian authorities continued as the CRC met at WADA’s Montreal headquarters to discuss a…

Read More
Top stories 

Trump-Russia: FBI probed whether Trump was working for Moscow – NYT

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The FBI became concerned after Mr Trump fired FBI director James Comey, the New York Times reports The White House has condemned a New York Times report that the FBI opened an inquiry into whether President Trump was secretly working for Russia. Law enforcement officials became concerned by Mr Trump’s behaviour in May 2017, when he sacked FBI director James Comey, the paper says. The investigation reportedly examined whether Mr Trump was a national security threat. “This is absurd,” White House press secretary Sarah…

Read More
Sports 

Doping: Russia says WADA team to return to Moscow for required data on January 9

MOSCOW (Reuters) – With the clock ticking toward new sanctions, Russian authorities said on Monday they would allow a World Anti-Doping Agency inspection team to return to a Moscow laboratory to retrieve data it had earlier been denied. FILE PHOTO: Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov attends Russia’s Sports Ministry awards gala in Moscow, Russia December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Russia’s minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov said WADA officials would return to Moscow on Wednesday. WADA also confirmed in a press release that a three-person expert team would be allowed entry…

Read More
Sports 

Doping: Russia says WADA team to return to Moscow for required data on Jan 9

FILE PHOTO: Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov attends Russia’s Sports Ministry awards gala in Moscow, Russia December 4, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov MOSCOW (Reuters) – World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) officials will return to Moscow on Jan. 9 to retrieve laboratory data it required, Russia’s minister of sport Pavel Kolobkov said on Monday. Access to the lab and data before the end of 2018 was a condition of WADA’s September decision to reinstate the country’s anti-doping agency but extraction from the former Moscow Laboratory has not been completed. WADA said it will…

Read More
Top stories 

Paul Whelan: Family deny American arrested in Moscow is spy

Image copyright Whelan family Image caption The Whelan family released an undated photo of Paul Whelan The brother of a US citizen arrested on Friday for spying in Russia has told BBC News he is innocent and was in Moscow to attend a wedding. The family of ex-Marine Paul Whelan, 48, learnt of his arrest on Monday from news reports after wondering why they had not heard from him for days. His twin brother David Whelan says he knew Russia well and cannot believe he would have broken any laws.…

Read More
Top stories 

Russian security agency arrests ‘US spy’ in Moscow

Image copyright Getty Images Russia’s FSB state security agency says it has arrested a US citizen “caught spying” in Moscow. It named him as Paul Whelan, saying he was arrested in Moscow on 28 December and charged with “espionage”. The FSB, Russia’s main counter-espionage service, gave no further details. If found guilty, he faces between 10 and 20 years in jail, Russia’s Tass news agency reports. There has been no US confirmation yet. Spying accusations have been a persistent feature of Russia’s relations with the US and UK this year.…

Read More
Sports 

WADA denied Moscow lab data access, leaving Russia facing ban

TORONTO (Reuters) – Russia’s Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) is again on the verge of suspension after a World Anti-Doping Agency inspection team visiting a Moscow laboratory was denied access to raw data to complete its full reinstatement, WADA said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A sign is on display outside the office of Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2018. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov The five-member WADA team had spent a week in Russia but left the Moscow lab and returned home frustrated and without having retrieved any of the data…

Read More
Sports 

WADA holds talks in Moscow on lab data deadline

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) delegation held talks with Russian officials and visited a suspended Moscow anti-doping laboratory on Wednesday as it waits for Russia to meet a year-end deadline to hand over laboratory data. FILE PHOTO: A sign is on display outside the office of Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in Moscow, Russia September 20, 2018. Picture taken with a fish eye lens. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov Russia’s anti-doping agency, RUSADA, was suspended in November 2015 after a WADA-commissioned report found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russian athletics.…

Read More
Top stories 

Spartak Moscow 4-3 Rangers: 11-game unbeaten Europa League run ends

Lorenzo Melgarejo (left) scored for Spartak in Moscow Two goals in a minute gave Spartak Moscow a thrilling win that ends Rangers’ 11-game unbeaten run in the Europa League this season. Rangers had taken the lead three times in the first half through Roman Eremenko’s own goal and fine strikes by Daniel Candeias and Glenn Middleton. But they were pegged back by Lorenzo Melgarejo, a Connor Goldson own goal and, after the break, by Luis Adriano. And Sofiane Hanni’s drive deflected off Goldson to give the home side victory. Steven…

Read More
Technology 

Data leak affects thousands of wealthy Moscow residents

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Thousands of wealthy Moscow residents who subscribed to a regional internet provider have had personal data including names, home addresses and mobile numbers posted online. People affected by the high-profile data leak are all clients of Moscow-based internet provider Akado Telecom, a large telecommunications network owned by billionaire businessman Viktor Vekselberg, which said it had opened an inquiry into the incident. Russian authorities have been paying close attention to such incidents following leaks that led to the publication of information about military intelligence agents accused of links…

Read More