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Doping: Russian Olympic Committee appeals local court doping decision

MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian Olympic Committee appealed on Thursday against a Moscow court ruling that refused to recognize bobsledder Alexander Zubkov’s Olympic ban, saying it could cast doubt on Russia’s desire to fight against doping. FILE PHOTO: Russia’s pilot Alexander Zubkov poses with a gold medal during a ceremony for the four-man bobsleigh event at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, at the Sanki Sliding Center in Rosa Khutor Alpine Ski Resort near Sochi, Russia, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Murad Sezer Zubkov, who has retired from competition and currently serves as…

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Lifestyle 

Russian chefs offer soup to warm homeless on cold St Petersburg nights

ST PETERSBURG (Reuters) – Most weeks, Roman Redman does a few extra hours in the kitchens of his ribs and burger joint in Saint Petersburg to cook for a less hipster clientele: the city’s poor and homeless. FILE PHOTO: A chef of Caffe Italia restaurant cooks soup as part of a charity program to help homeless people in St. Petersburg, Russia November 28, 2018. REUTERS/Anton Vaganov The traditional meat and cabbage soup is ladled into big flasks and driven by volunteers to places around the city where people live rough…

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Russian athletics federation remains banned, says IAAF

MONACO (Reuters) – World athletics body IAAF on Tuesday upheld a ban against Russia’s athletics federation over doping in the country, pending full access to doping data stored in Moscow and financial compensation. FILE PHOTO: The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) headquarters in Monaco, January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Eric Gaillard Russia’s athletics federation (RUSAF) has been suspended since 2015 over a report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) that found evidence of widespread, state-sponsored doping in the sport. The IAAF said Russia’s anti-doping agency (RUSADA) still needed to meet…

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Russian reporter denies trying to enter military base

Image copyright Channel One Image caption Timur Siraziev’s report from outside the Berkshire base was broadcast on Russia’s Channel One A Russian TV reporter who sparked a security alert has denied trying to infiltrate a British Army base. Timur Siraziev, of Channel One, was seen outside 77 Brigade’s Berkshire base with a camera crew, the Mail on Sunday reported. It led to an urgent warning at every base in the country not to approach Mr Siraziev if alone, but to contact police, the paper said. The 77 Brigade works in…

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Public warning Russian TV crew sparks military alert

Image copyright Timur Siraziev/Instagram The defence secretary has called on the public to report suspicious activity near military sites after a Russian TV crew prompted an alert at an Army base. Gavin Williamson issued the warning after Timur Siraziev, of Channel One, was seen outside 77 Brigade’s Berkshire base, the Mail on Sunday reported. The unit works in social media and psychological operations. An Army source said: “Timur Siraziev’s suspicious behaviour was monitored by the base’s security systems.” Source link

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Sports 

Four Russian biathletes charged with anti-doping rule violations

BERLIN (Reuters) – Four Russian biathletes have been charged with anti-doping rule violations after the International Biathlon Union (IBU) analyzed data from Russia’s anti-doping agency lab in Moscow, the IBU said on Friday. FILE PHOTO: Russia’s Evgeny Ustyugov skis during the men’s biathlon 4 x 7.5 km relay at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth The four athletes are retired Olympic champions Evgeny Ustyugov and Svetlana Sleptsova as well as Alexander Chernysev, who is also retired, and active athlete Alexander Pechenkin, who has been provisionally…

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Ukraine bars Russian men aged 16-60 from entry

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Martial law is in force in regions bordering Russia, including Donetsk near the front line with rebels Ukraine will not allow Russian men aged 16-60 into the country following the imposition of martial law, Kiev says. An exception would be made for “humanitarian cases” such as those travelling to funerals. Martial law has been imposed in 10 regions – mainly those bordering Russia – until 26 December. The move came amid fears of a Russian invasion after Russian forces seized three Ukrainian vessels and…

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Footage shows Russian ship crashing into Ukrainian tug off the Crimean Peninsula

Footage appearing to show a Russian ship crashing into Ukrainian tug has been posted on social media by the Ukrainian Interior Minister. Arsen Avakov claims it was filmed from a Russian ship. There have been growing tensions between the two sides over access to the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov off the Crimean peninsula – annexed by Russia in 2014. Source link

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Russian military intelligence chief Igor Korobov dies aged 62

Image copyright Natalia Kolesnikova/Getty Images Image caption The Moscow headquarters of Russian intelligence agency GRU The head of Russian military intelligence agency GRU, General Igor Korobov, has died at the age of 62, Russia’s defence ministry says. General Korobov, who took up the post in 2016, is said to have died after “a serious and long illness” on Wednesday. The GRU was this year linked to a nerve agent attack in Britain on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter. General Korobov is understood to have faced criticism by Russian…

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Technology 

Facebook sued by Russian firm linked to woman charged by U.S.

(Reuters) – A Russian company whose accountant was charged by federal prosecutors for attempting to meddle in U.S. elections sued Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Tuesday, claiming it is a legitimate news outlet and its Facebook account should be restored. FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo The Federal Agency of News LLC, known as FAN, and its sole shareholder, Evgeniy Zubarev, filed the lawsuit in the federal court in the…

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