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Fred Weir
Works at christian science monitor
Attended university of toronto
Lives in moscow, russia
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Though the Russian public have no more love for athletic doping than the rest of the world, many in Russia see the decision to ban it from the Olympics as a political, rather than athletic decision.
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Turkey, Egypt, and other favorite vacation spots are out of reach these days for Russians. But the north coast of the Black Sea, spanning from Crimea to Sochi to Abkhazia, offers an affordable alternative.
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How others see it The Sochi Winter Olympics, the costliest in history, left behind a host of empty facilities and stadiums. But many locals say that the investment was worthwhile.
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The 'immortal regiment' parade, started in 2012, was meant to allow Russians to highlight their forebears' role in beating back the Nazis during World War II. But it has grown immensely in popularity and prominence since then.
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The exchange of Ukrainian helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko for two Russian servicemen appears to be moving ahead. But the deal could also reopen the question of just how involved Russia is with Ukraine's eastern rebellion.
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Volodymyr Groysman, an ally of President Poroshenko, is likely to take the spot – a move some see as strengthening the president's hand in pushing reform.
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Russia's national team is on probation after a few hundred of its supporters attacked English fans in Marseille, raising concerns about Russia's hosting of the 2018 World Cup. Some fan groups have connections to ultra-nationalist political forces.
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Somaliland? Nagorno-Karabakh? Quebec? They're all fielding 'national teams' to compete in the CONIFA tournament. For host Abkhazia, it's a rare chance to shine.
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A song contest, meant to unify Europe, instead puts Ukraine and Russia at odds over a controversial song that obliquely reflects Russia's current moves against a Crimean minority.
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If the US and Russia can't see eye to eye, the fighting in Syria could devolve into a proxy war similar to Afghanistan during the cold war, some experts warn.
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Vladimir Putin took questions from reporters and the public, on topics ranging from his love life to foreign policy. But the overarching theme seemed to be an effort to sympathize with and reassure Russians suffering from the recession.
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Russia's brief but successful campaign in Syria has attracted international arms buyers, and could boost sales by $6 billion in 2016.
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In his circles
38 people
Have him in circles
64 people
Igor Zotkin's profile photo
Dean Lovett's profile photo
Amb Anil Trigunayat's profile photo
CheLseA mAnNiNg's profile photo
Сергей Мухин's profile photo
Paul Rimple's profile photo
Andrei Soldatov's profile photo
Believers Loan's profile photo
Dmitry Gorenburg's profile photo
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journalist
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  • christian science monitor
    correspondent, present
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moscow correspondent, csm
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From Toronto, Canada. Have lived in Moscow, Russia, since 1986
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  • university of toronto
    modern european history, 1985
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