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 […]
Like the Sochi Winter Games, the immediate aftermath of the 2018 World Cup is likely to be favorable toward Russia. But, like the doping controversy that resulted in the barring of Russian athletes from several major sports competitions after Sochi, time will tell whether Russia’s hosting of soccer’s global extravaganza will be deemed a success. […]
It’s been a busy news week for Britain, and the week has only just begun! The good news of course is that England has reached the semi-finals of the World Cup. The sad news is that an English woman, Dawn Sturgess, died from the chemical nerve agent Novichok that was also used earlier this year […]
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 […]
The Hosts Without a Team Russia has had a smooth sailing so far in the World-Cup 2018 with wins over Saudi Arabia (5-0) and Egypt (3-1). However, going forward it will be extremely hard for Russia to progress any further in the World Cup, and, if they are lucky, go past the second round. To […]
As Russia prepares for the World Cup, attendees should prepare as well. Attendees should pay particular attention to personal security, both physical and cyber. Concerns about physical security and possible violence against attendees are the topic of discussion among many, especially in Britain. However, protection of fans, athletes and reporters in cyberspace is just as […]
Concerns remain over the safety of fans attending the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, especially England’s fans. Tuesday senior police officer for soccer, Mark Roberts, spoke before a parliament’s foreign affairs committee assuring lawmakers Russia was prepared to handle security for the multi-day, multi-venue event. As Russia provides assurances it is prepared to ensure […]
An investigation in 2016 by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of state sponsored doping resulting in the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) being banned from international events.
A verbal altercation between a Canadian delegation member and Russian coach has garnered the attention of Fancy Bears resulting in a February 7th post on their site chastising Canada’s efforts in the previous winter games in addition to covering up an athlete’s doping activities during the Olympic Games in Rio. The incident occurred early […]
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 […]