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Russian flag flown on Salisbury Cathedral ‘disrespectful’

Image copyright Lee Martin Image caption The flag was fastened to scaffolding on the side of Salisbury Cathedral A Russian flag has appeared briefly on scaffolding outside Salisbury Cathedral. It was spotted by workers early on Sunday but has since been removed. John Glen, the city’s MP, called it a “stupid stunt” in light of last year’s Novichok attack. The poisoning targets were former Russian double-agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia who collapsed in the city. A woman in nearby Amesbury who was also exposed to it later died.…

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Russian lawmakers back bill on ‘sovereign’ Internet

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian lawmakers backed tighter Internet controls on Tuesday to defend against foreign meddling in draft legislation that critics warn could disrupt Russia’s Internet and be used to stifle dissent. FILE PHOTO: People are silhouetted as they pose with laptops in front of a screen projected with binary code and a Russian national flag, in this picture illustration taken in Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina October 29, 2014. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo The legislation, which some Russian media have likened to an online “iron curtain,” passed its first of three…

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Russian woman ‘eaten by pigs’ after collapsing

Image copyright SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY Image caption Media reports say an investigation into the incident has been launched. File image A 56-year-old woman has been eaten by pigs after collapsing in their pen, Russian media report. After venturing out to feed the animals in a village in the central Russian region of Udmurtia, the farmer reportedly fainted or suffered an epileptic seizure. Her husband later found the body. She reportedly died of blood loss. Their farm is in a village in the Malopurginsky district of Udmurtia, east of the city…

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Russian race walker Kirdyapkina gets doping ban – CAS

Olga Kaniskina of Russia shows her gold medal during the awards ceremony for the women’s 20 km walk final at the European Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona July 28, 2010. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian race walker Anisya Kirdyapkina has been suspended for doping and is set to be stripped of two world championship medals, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Thursday. “All results of Ms Kirdyapkina since 25 February 2011 were disqualified through to 11 October 2013, including forfeiture of any titles,…

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Doping bans for 12 Russian athletes including 2012 Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov

Ukhov (centre) has had his London 2012 win struck out, meaning Britain’s Robert Grabarz (second from right) could be upgraded to Olympic silver London 2012 Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov is among 12 Russian track and field athletes banned for doping by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Three years of Ukhov’s results, including the 2012 Olympics, have been disqualified, meaning Britain’s Robert Grabarz could be upgraded to silver. Cas acted on evidence from the McLaren report, which found Russia operated a state-sponsored doping programme. The 12 athletes have…

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Russian hackers ‘stole Mueller inquiry evidence’

Image copyright EPA Image caption Russia has been accused of carrying out cyber-attacks across the globe, which it denies Russian hackers stole and then misrepresented evidence connected to the continuing prosecution of Russian companies accused of leading a propaganda campaign to influence the 2016 US election, a court has heard. Twitter user @HackingRedstone had broken into a Russian server in October, the court heard. And they had then posted a link to an online file-sharing portal that they had said had contained special counsel Robert Mueller’s documents about “the IRA…

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Russian rocket glitch to delay satellite launch for U.S. startup OneWeb

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The launch of a Russian Soyuz rocket set to carry satellites into space for U.S startup OneWeb has been delayed after an anomaly was discovered on the rocket, company chairman Greg Wyler said on Thursday. The rocket was set to take off next month from Guiana Space Centre propelling the first of a series of satellites into orbit that Virginia-based startup OneWeb plans to use to create a worldwide internet service. “It’s true, there is an anomaly on the rocket which will cause us to push out…

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Defect found on Russian rocket ahead of U.S. OneWeb launch: agencies

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A defect has been discovered on part of a Russian space rocket that is due to launch next month carrying satellites into orbit for U.S. startup OneWeb, two Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday. The Russian Soyuz is scheduled to blast off from Guiana Space Centre carrying the first satellites into space for Virginia-based startup OneWeb, which plans to create a worldwide internet service using a network of satellites. Russia’s RIA news agency cited three sources as saying that a “breach” had been discovered in the rocket’s…

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Weightlifting: Russian Akkaev gets eight-year ban for third doping offense

FILE PHOTO: Gold medallist Khadzhimurat Akkaev (C) of Russia celebrates on the podium with silver medallist Dmitry Klokov (L) of Russia and bronze medallist Oleksiy Torokhtiy of Ukraine in the men’s 105kg weightlifting competition during the World Weightlifting Championships at Disney Village in Marne-la-Vallee outside Paris, November 12, 2011. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier (Reuters) – Russia’s former world weightlifting champion Khadzhimurat Akkaev has been banned for eight years for a third doping offense since 2005, the domestic weightlifting federation said. The 33-year-old, who won the world title in the 105kg category in…

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Exclusive: Naspers in talks to up stake in Russian classifieds website Avito

STOCKHOLM/FRANKFURT/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African media and e-commerce Naspers said it was in talks to increase its stake in Avito, confirming a Reuters report that the group was close to taking control of Russia’s largest classified advertising platform. FILE PHOTO: Satellite dishes connect township residents to South Africa’s DSTV television network, owned by telecommunications giant Naspers, in Khayelitsha township, Cape Town, May 19, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings/File Photo “We can confirm that we are currently engaged in a process to potentially increase our stake in Avito,” a Naspers spokeswoman said. Reuters…

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