This week in Russia – You’ve got it wrong

This week in Russia - You’ve got it wrong

You’ve got it wrong
THREE MORE Russian athletes – biathlete Olga Zaytseva and cross-country skiers Yulia Chekaleva and Anastasia Dotsenko – are appealing lifetime bans from the Olympics that were imposed in connection with doping practices uncovered at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has said.

Anti-government activities
RUSSIAN AUTHORITIES have blocked access to the website of Open Russia, a democracy and civil-society group founded by former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky.The move was the latest against Open Russia, with prosecutors accusing the group of conducting “anti-government activities.”

Going home
RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN has ordered the withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria. He announced the move during his first visit to the country, as he arrived with no advance notice at Khmeimim Airbase in Syria’s Latakia province on Monday morning.

Disruptive behaviour
MEMBERS of a Russian nationalist group disrupted the screening in Moscow of a film about the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine.The movie Bullet’s Flight was due to be screened in the Oktyabr movie theatre last weekend, but reports said several individuals sprayed an acrid liquid in the hall, prompting an evacuation.

Flights resume
RUSSIA’S TRANSPORT MINISTER has announced Moscow is ready to resume direct flights to Egypt, more than two years after a Russian passenger plane crashed as it left Sharm el-Sheikh airport. Maxim Sokolov said the paperwork could be signed as early as this week, with flights between Cairo and Moscow beginning in February.

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