View Full Version : Russian athletic team out of Olympics

07-21-2016, 04:33 AM
Just announced, decision re banning the whole team pending.

I suspect the fan will be hit hard, but in Russia national pride will be wounded and no one will be happy. The perpetrators will bluster and escape accountability.

The Bigfella
07-21-2016, 04:55 AM
War drums?

07-21-2016, 05:00 AM
Depends Ian. Depends on whom the people blame. Vlad will be hoping the IOC will get the blame, as I'm sure that the State Security involvement and orders from the top will not get an airing. They'll blame the two officials already probably murdered and the one that fled for it all.
If Vlad and the FSB find themselves in the hotseat then distraction will be the order of the day.

07-21-2016, 09:45 AM
^ You know, the usual blather about it being a Western conspiracy to keep Mother Russia down, et cetera et cetera et nauseatingly cetera.

The thing about Putin is, he is not just a thug, but a punk one to boot.

Vince Brennan
07-21-2016, 08:28 PM
Let it be clearly understood that the Russian is a delightful person till he tucks his shirt in. As an Oriental he is charming. It is only when he insists upon being treated as the most easterly of Western peoples, instead of the most westerly of Easterns, that he becomes an anomaly extremely difficult to handle.
Rudyard Kipling