The World Cup does not exist in a vacuum and it is but a piece on Putin’s board.
Putin plays chess. His years in the KGB taught him patience and planning. He plays the long game, he positions his pieces and waits for the perfect moment to strike. The World Cup has proven to be an outstanding publicity coup for Putin. It was foreshadowed with fear for attendee’s safety. British media and UK officials […]
Media pundits and geopolitical scholars have compared Putin’s World Cup to Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, asserting that the global spectacle of the World Cup is primarily a propaganda effort by Putin’s Russia. Indeed, the Sochi Olympic Games were just held in 2014, and Putin sought to grandstand his nation through a deceitful athlete doping and […]
A useful exercise in evaluating the long-term effects of Russian interference in the culture of other sovereign nations is the visualization of the long-term ‘hacking’ of government and industry websites. This serves as a surrogate for visualizing the information warfare that has been occurring since, at least, 2008. By analogy, and with reference to the […]
The International Olympic Commission has sanctioned the systemic manipulation of the anti-doping rules and system in Russia.
Once again Russian doping is a key topic at the International Olympic Committee (IOC). And once again the IOC bans Russian athletes from competing. This time it is the 2018 Winter Games scheduled for February. The IOC’s actions follow a 17-month investigation of Russian manipulation of testing during the 2014 Sochi Games, during which The […]
There is no shortage of controversies at this year’s Olympics, whether they are caused by the athletes, the organizing committees, or someone else. The IOC sent home Egyptian judoka Islam El Shehaby for refusing to shake his Israeli competitor Or Sasson’s hand after losing to him on Friday. When called back to the floor to […]
This year’s Olympics have been difficult for the Russian team, especially following the state-sponsored doping scandal. Someone illegally gained access to Yulia Stepanova’s electronic World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) account. Stepanova is a track and field athlete for Russia, and she was the whistleblower that drew attention to Russia’s state-sponsored doping program. The hack allowed the […]
The FISA Executive Committee decided that 22 of the 28 Russian rowers cannot participate in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games because they did not follow the IOC’s anti-doping criteria. Previously, the Russian Olympic Committee approved 26 rowers and 2 coxswains for its Olympic team. None of these athletes tested positive for banned substances since 2011, […]