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IOC president: Olympics 'not a political stage'

UK Prime Minister David Cameron's decision not to attend the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia is a "missed opportunity", the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said.

Speaking to the BBC's David Bond, Thomas Bach said that the Olympics should not be used "as a political stage".

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Marie Laure Brunet: "The biathlon track is great"
  France’s Marie Laure Brunet is looking forward to the 2014 Sochi biathlon competition. She said that she liked the biathlon track very much.
  “I am so impatient,” L'Equipe cites Brunet. “These days, I was a bit like a goldfish in a bowl, I turned round. It is finally but it’s not enough to be here. I have a lot of desire and ambition. We did what we needed, we are ready. And the track is great, they have a few bumps planed, which is not bad to us. Now we must race!”


Sochi Sebastian Coe: "The ‘80 Moscow Olympics changed the world"
  Head of British Olympic team in Sochi Sebastian Coe recalled his experience at the 1980 Moscow Olympics, when he took gold in the 1500 m run.
“The ‘80 Moscow Olympics changed the world,” said Coe.”Moscow Games were organized perfectly. The UK showed outstanding results. As guest athletes, we saw political and social changes in the country with our own eyes. When the USSR collapsed, many sporting venues were left outside Russia. Now they’ve been built in this country.”
“Security on the torch relay was organized at a high level; this is a good sign for the rest of the Games.”


Marie-Philip Poulin: "Living conditions in Sochi are at the highest level"
  The Canadian ice hockey forward Marie-Philip Poulin is impressed with the Sochi Olympic Village and the location of Olympic venues. The living conditions, including food service, are superb, says the athlete.
  “We have simply fallen in love with Sochi and the Olympic Village,” said Poulin to ITAR-TASS. The building we live in is simply amazing. We live all together, on one floor and it so good for our team spirit. What else to say? The living conditions, food, everything is at the highest level. We were impressed by all the venues we saw in the Olympic Park. The Shayba Arena and training skating rinks are just perfect.”
  “It’s great that everything is close, that we can walk from the Olympic Village to any arena on foot. The whole Olympic complex is well thought-through. Imagine ourselves Olympic guests: it’s easy for us to get from one competition to another, there’s no need to ride, you just leave one stadium and go to another.”


Aksel Lund Svindal: “A fast and steep track in Sochi is a good challenge”
  Norwegian Aksel Lund Svindal, the Olympic super-G champion gave a positive assessment of the changes in the design of the men’s downhill course in Sochi compared to the 2012 World Cup.
  "The track is better than two years ago,” said Svindal, who will carry the flag for Norway at the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 7 February. “It's smoother, the turns are longer and there is more momentum. It is a really good challenge: fast, steep," he said. "Bode is one of the favorites. Patrick Kueng has been good as well. The Austrians are always good. But skiing is always tight. A surprise is possible." (Olympic News Service)



The current round phase of Russia’s pivot to the East was conceived in the second half of the 2000s as a largely belated economic response to the rise of Asia, which opened up a plethora of opportunities for the development of the country and primarily its eastern regions. This rise offered a chance to turn the territory beyond the Urals and the Russian Far East from predominantly an imperial burden or rear in the confrontation with the West, and sometimes the forefront in the rivalry with Japan or China, into a springboard for the development of the whole country.


Oleg Barabanov, Timofey Bordachev, Fyodor Lukyanov, Andrey Sushentsov, Dmitry Suslov, Ivan Timofeev, Moscow, February 2017

18.02.2017 - Global riot and global order. Revolutionary situation in the world and what to do about it - report by Valdai discussion club

(Report in Russian, English version to be published shortly) Спустя много лет после студенческих волнений, которые охватили практически весь мир в 1968 году, активист тогдашнего движения Даниэль Кон-Бендит так вспоминал суть происходившего: «Это было восстание поколения, родившегося после Второй мировой войны, против общества, которое военное поколение построило после 1945 года». Бунт проявлялся по-разному– в зависимости от места действия. В Варшаве и Праге люди протестовали против коммунистического режима, в Париже и Франкфурте клеймил и буржуазно-консервативное засилье, в Сан-Франциско и Нью-Йорке возмущались милитаризмом и неравноправием, а в Исламабаде и Стамбуле отвергали власть военных. Всех объединяло нежелание житьпо-старому.«Мы были первым медиапоколением. СМИ играли большую роль, потому что они передавали искру жгучего неприятия, и она воспламеняла одну страну за другой», – вспоминал Кон-Бендит.

03.02.2017 - Sergei Karaganov, Dean of the School of International Economics and Foreign Affairs of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, Honorary Chairman of the Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, "A view from Moscow"

The victory of Donald Trump reinforced international tendencies, which had been obvious for Russians and which had been guiding Russian behavior for last few years. Among them – deglobalization led by forces, which previously created it, but started to retreat from it, when they saw that it benefits others equally or more. The change in correlation of forces against the old world and towards Asia will continue, though at somewhat slower pace than in previous decades. China will continue to become in the very foreseeable future an equal to the U.S. in cumulative power. Europe of the EU will continue to muddle down. (Hopefully, not towards a collapse, but something leaner, more stable and healthier like a Common market, Schengen minus, two Eurozones or a Eurozone minus). The rivalry between the U.S. and China will continue to exacerbate. The confrontation between Russia and the West will continue, but will gradually dampen.

20.08.2015 - The Interview: Henry Kissinger

The National Interest’s editor, Jacob Heilbrunn, spoke with Henry Kissinger in early July in New York.

10.08.2015 - "Shame on UK for Sham Litvinenko Trial", by William Dunkerley for "Eurasia review"

What started off as a massive fabrication in 2006 just received a great boost from a complicit British government. The mysterious polonium death of reputed former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko is the focus. An inexplicably long series of official UK hearings on this nearly 9 year old case has just concluded. That’s prompted a new flurry of sensational media reports.

02.06.2015 - Eurasian Way Out of the European Crisis (Article by Sergei Karaganov, to be published in late June in "Russian in Global Affairs")

I have already written before that having emerged victorious from the Cold War, Europe lost the post-war peace. The continent is on the verge of strategic degradation that may either become a caricature of military-political division into opposing blocs or a time of disquieting uncertainty. The military-political conflict over Ukraine can escalate as well.

13.03.2015 - NEW RULES OR NO RULES? XI Annual Valdai Discussion Club Meeting Participants' Report

In Search of an Order For those who believe in the magic of numbers, the year 2014 was further proof in its existence. The World War I centenary had been anticipated in awe and History, by taking another dramatic twist, confirmed the worst of expectations. It pronounced that centuries-old conflicts are still with us and that such concepts as the balance of powers, borders, and sovereignty are still relevant even in the era of a global interdependence.

15.09.2014 - Western delusions triggered this conflict and Russians will not yield (by Professor Sergey Karaganov for FT)

The west is without direction and losing sight of moral convictions, writes Sergey Karaganov

29.05.2014 - It’s not just about gas: why China needs Russia (by Fyodor Lukyanov, Editor in chief of the journal Russia in Global Affairs, Chairman of Presidium of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy)

In a pre-election article published a little over two years ago, Vladimir Putin wrote that Russia wanted to harness the Chinese wind for its sails of development. Every sailor knows that in stormy weather, and the world is a stormy place today, controlling a sailing ship is incredibly difficult. But by working skilfully there is a chance of inching one's goal much faster.

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