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Supporter of Donbas falls into danger in Russia

The Migration Department of the Police of St. Petersburg is going to expel the supporter of the Donetsk peoples republic for the opposition activities in Russia. Irina Vorontsova is a citizen of Ukraine. In 2009, she married a Russian citizen and lived in St. Petersburg. Together with her husband, Vorontsova participates in the activities of the opposition party “Other Russia”. This party is headed by writer Eduard Limonov, its former name – the National Bolshevik Party. In 2015, Vorontsova and her husband went to the Donetsk People’s Republic to support its struggle against the Kiev regime. As a result, the spouses got into the base of the site “Peacemaker”, which the Ukrainian fascists use to intimidate political opponents.
November 6, 2017 police detained Vorontsova for the taking part in “Other Russia” public event dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution, although she only stood aside and photographed what was happening. After that, the migration department of the St. Petersburg police filed Vorontsova in court for administrative offenses. The court found Vorontsova guilty, after court’s decision police canceled the residence permit for Vorontsova and banned her entry to Russia for three years. The police did not take into account that Vorontsova is married to a Russian citizen, and the separation of the family is a violation of privacy according to the European Convention on Human Rights. The deportation of Vorontsova to Ukraine threatens her with imprisonment for complicity with the terrorist organization – up to 15 years in prison. The Kiev regime, in spite of the lack of a regulatory framework, regards the DPR as a terrorist organization.

Russia | Russia: Caucasus region officials arrested for alleged fraud

Several top officials in the province of Dagestan in Russia’s North Caucasus were arrested on embezzlement charges Monday, part of the Kremlin’s efforts to strengthen control over the volatile region.

The Investigative Committee said acting regional Cabinet head Abdusamad Gamidov was arrested along with two of his deputies and several other senior officials. They were accused of embezzlement and fraud.

South Korea | IOC rejects 15 Russian athletes request to join Olympics

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has rejected a request from 15 Russians, who have been cleared of doping, to participate in the PyeongChang Olympics.

The 13 athletes and two coaches were among 28 Russians that had previously been given a lifetime ban for doping by the IOC.
However, the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) overturned the ban last week, claiming there was insufficient evidence that they broke doping rules during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
In contrast to the CAS ruling, the IOC said Monday its external review panel examined the 15 individual’s applications and found suspicions of potential doping violations.
“Extremely disappointing and surprising,” said IOC President Thomas Bach during a press conference in PyeongChang. “The privilege to be invited requires more than just the absence of a sanction.”
The IOC plans to make a decision on whether to appeal the CAS decision, once it sees full details of the ruling.
Bach also said the decision showed an urgent need for reform of the court’s structure.
Last December, the IOC banned Russia from competing in the Olympics because of confirmed allegations of state sponsored doping during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
However, Russian athletes that proved they were clear of drugs were be allowed to compete under a neutral flag, and known as the Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR).
“The purpose of the review panel was to confirm that athletes can be considered clean for a potential invitation to the Olympic Winter Games,” said the IOC in a statement.
At least 168 Russian athletes are scheduled to compete as OAR according to the PyeongChang official website.
However, of the total Russian athletes a little over 70 are scheduled to take part in the Olympic’s opening ceremony according to the Russian Olympic Committee.
“Some of the athletes have competitions the day after the opening ceremony, while many have not yet arrived in PyeongChang. Our delegation at the opening ceremony will consist of 70 to 75 people,” the ROC said in a statement. “Among the participants in the ceremony will be players of the ice hockey team, snowboarders, lugers, alpine skiers, ski jumpers, freestylers, cross-country skiers, bobsled and skeleton racers, and speed skaters.”
The opening ceremony for the winter extravaganza of sports is slated for Friday at 8:00 p.m.

Russia | Andrei Kostin of VTB doesn’t believe Russians are running away like “cockroaches through the floorboards”

By John Helmer

Andrei Kostin, 61, the head of the state-owned VTB Bank, has enjoyed a long career as a state official and state banker.  His reputation among his international banking peers does not highlight expertise in treasury operations  or investment ingenuity. Rather, Kostin is reputed for being the trusted executor of his shareholders’ instructions, deliberative, loyal, cheerful.

Russia | Russia: Court rules to dissolve famous trade union

On 10 January, the local court of Saint Petersburg, Russia, ruled that Interregional Trade Union Workers’ Association (ITUWA) should be liquidated claiming the union conducted political activities and received foreign funds.

According to the prosecutor’s office, the union demanded changes in the national labour legislation, referring to ITUWA’s online collection of signatures in support of the modifications on the Labour Code. In fact, ITUWA had promoted a public petition on the indexation of salaries of employees in private companies in accordance with inflation. IndustriALL believes this is clearly one of the ways to protect its members’ interests and therefore dismisses the accusation of the prosecutor.