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Shock among Russian athletes over Wada four-year global ban for doping

Svetlana Romashina, the five-time Olympic champion, says the ban is a ‘blow to the reputation of clean athletes’The five-times Olympic gold medallist Svetlana Romashina was in the pool when she received the news that Russia had been slapped with a four…

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Claims of ‘lynching’ and ‘hysteria’ after Wada bans Russia for four years

• Russian PM: ‘Wada decision is anti-Russian hysteria’• Mariya Lasitskene: ‘I didn’t doubt it could end like this’The World Anti-Doping Agency’s decision to ban Russia from international sport for four years has divided sporting figures in the country,…

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Emails about Russia’s 2018 World Cup bid appear to be for sale online

Anonymous Telegram account indicates emails for sale after reports emerge of dossier on how to bribe Fifa officialsAn anonymously run Telegram account has indicated that it wants to sell a tranche of emails relating to Russia’s 2018 World Cup bid, afte…

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Saudi loss is Russian gain under ex-Kremlin chess boss

Arkady Dvorkovich, president of the world chess federation, says he wants to increase the sport’s transparencyAfter Saudi Arabia was stripped of the right to hold a major chess tournament this month, organisers quickly struck a deal with Riyadh to move…

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Kremlin lieutenant elected head of world chess governing body

Arkady Dvorkovich, former Russian deputy prime minister, wins vote to become FIDE president An influential Russian bureaucrat has been elected the head of the world chess governing body after a brutal election campaign that saw accusations of Kremlin m…

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Who will be king? Three-way battle for control rocks international chess

Accusations of corruption, lies and Russian meddling fly as the World Chess Federation’s presidential elections approachCandidates are feuding bitterly before a vote marred by accusations of vote-buying, “fake news” and Russian meddling. It may sound l…

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Who will be king? Three-way battle for control rocks international chess

Accusations of corruption, lies and Russian meddling fly as the World Chess Federation’s presidential elections approachCandidates are feuding bitterly before a vote marred by accusations of vote-buying, “fake news” and Russian meddling. It may sound l…

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How Stanislav Cherchesov weathered a storm to raise Russia’s game | Andrew Roth

The hosts began the World Cup as the lowest ranked side in the tournament but their durable manager has guided them to a quarter-final against CroatiaAn ambitious manager with an ice-cold demeanour on the pitch, Stanislav Cherchesov has withstood two y…

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A wild night: Russia win and Moscow parties as never before

After Russia stunned Spain at the World Cup its capital was mobbed for a boozy, noisy, carefree night – and police turned a blind eyeJudging by the way Moscow celebrated, Russia have won the World Cup.Were you there? Did you see the men hanging off the…

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Stanislav Cherchesov: my tactical strategy was key to toppling Spain

• Russia manager believes bespoke gameplan enabled shock win• ‘It has never been this way that so many favourites go out’Stanislav Cherchesov said his plan to nullify Spain had worked to perfection after Russia beat the 2010 champions to reach the quar…

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Russia prepare for ‘match of a lifetime’ against Spain after satisfying fans

• Country has few illusions about beating Spain in last 16• Group stage has been largely drama-free for World Cup hostsThe bell tolls for Russia, the country’s first national team to make the knockout stages, and to say the fans are fatalistic would be…

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World Cup plaudits cheer Putin as Russia revels in spotlight

Country is putting on its best face to welcome the world, in a case study in effective soft powerVladimir Putin wore a broad smile when the US national security adviser, John Bolton, gave him an extra special compliment on Wednesday. “We are most appre…

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‘The fairytale is over’: Russian fans react with dismay to Uruguay defeat

The host nation may have made it to the knockout stages but the heavy defeat to Uruguay has deflated home hopes of going much further with Spain barring their path on SundayWhen Russia’s comedown finally came, it played to a full house. Tens of thousan…

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Mo Salah ‘honoured’ with gift of citizenship from Chechen leader

• Liverpool forward presented with order at celebratory dinner• Egyptian FA has been criticised for choice of World Cup baseRamzan Kadyrov has given Mo Salah honorary citizenship in Chechnya, taking advantage of the Liverpool forward’s short stay in Ru…

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Russia drug-tested more than England and world has nothing to fear, says doctor

• Russia team have run furthest over two World Cup games• Team doctor sure England ‘have not given samples as often’Russia’s team doctor has disregarded calls for his players to be tested for doping, saying the squad have likely given more samples in t…

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Russia ready to take historic World Cup step but tensions still run high | Andrew Roth

Victory over Egypt will put Russia on the brink of their first World Cup knockout game since the Soviet era, but the squad have not forgotten the widespread pre-tournament pessimismIt has been a long time since Russia’s national team have given their c…

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‘The people should celebrate’: Russian press reaction to rout of Saudi Arabia

Pre-tournament pessimism has been washed away by the hosts’ thumping 5-0 win, but some observers are urging caution“Exhale!” screamed the top line in the Russian daily Sport Express.As Russia steamrolled its way to a 5-0 thrashing of a helpless Saudi A…

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World Cup opener guest list set to be largely ex-Soviet affair

Kremlin’s list of ceremony invitees includes central Asian autocrats plus Saudi prince Mohammed bin SalmanVladimir Putin’s strained ties with leaders across the western world means the audience of presidents and prime ministers for the World Cup opener…

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‘We’re just trying to survive it’: Russian cities brace for World Cup

The Russian prazdnik – celebration – must not be ruined at any price as hosts prepare to give enemies five-star treatmentOn a riverboat between the World Cup cities of Kazan and Samara last month, a Russian couple in their 50s asked earnestly whether “…

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Traffic, shashlik and craft beer: what World Cup fans can expect in Russia | Andrew Roth

The Guardian’s man in Moscow offers his advice on navigating food, drink, travel, humour and more in Russia this summerThere are three ways out of depression, goes the joke: Domodedovo, Sheremetyevo and Vnukovo. In Moscow, you’ll be arriving at one of …