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Thursday, 10 July 2008

A New Book Written by Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin is directed to Young People

God, Man, Church by Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin (1968- )

A new book written by Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, the zamglavy (assistant head) of the MP Department of External Church Relations, God, Man, Church, was released today to the public. “This book is an accessible catechism for young people that presents the basic teachings of the Orthodox Church about God, Man, the Atonement, the Final Judgement, and also how a person can approach life in the church in faith”, Fr Vsevolod told our Interfax-Religion correspondent on Thursday. The book was written by Fr Vsevolod at the beginning of the 1990s, and the initial print run shall be of 5,000 copies.

“Any reader, regardless of their background, social status, or religious views shall find something interesting and thought-provoking to them”, said the publishing house, Bely Gorod (White City). The book is part of a series called Planeta Lyudei (People of the Planet). All of the titles in the series are by contemporary authors, both clergy and laymen.

The book is divided into three parts, the first of which, Otkrovenie Bozhie (The Revelation of God), is a brief description of biblical history. The second part, Telo Khristovo (The Body of Christ), touches upon deep questions in the Church. In the third, Tserkov i Mir (The Church and the World), Fr Vsevolod examines the interrelation of the Orthodox Church with secular society and with other Christian confessions and religions. “The book is written in a positive tone and it uses simple and intelligible language so that it would appeal to the widest possible circle of readers”, a spokesman of the publisher noted.

10 July 2008

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=25414

Editor’s Note:

Don’t hold your breath waiting for SVS to translate such a meaningful book. They have their hands full with the latest release by Honeycutt or Greene… that was catty (but, true!). Hey, Jordanville, this one’s for you! Truly, it is what we NEED… something written by a non-scholar with no pretensions. Fr Vsevolod is one of the mightiest “men of valour” in the Church today and it is refreshing to see a book by him hit the stalls. Batiushka Andrew… this sounds like a spot-on read, doesn’t it?

BMD

Viktor Yanukovich Promises to Look after the Interests of Canonical Orthodoxy in the Ukraine

Viktor Yanukovich (1950- ), leader of the Party of Regions in the Ukraine, head of the patriotic opposition to the present Orange American-puppet government

Viktor Yanukovich, the leader of the Ukrainian Party of Regions, spoke out in defence of canonical Orthodoxy. “Much has been accomplished, but, more needs to be done. However, our first priority must be the defence of canonical Orthodoxy”, Mr Yanukovich told journalists on Thursday during a visit to the Holy Assumption-Ss Nicholas and Basil Monastery in Donetsk oblast, the location of the grave of Schema-Archimandrite Zosima, his late starets (“elder”, “spiritual advisor”). Mr Yanukovich noted that the teaching of Fr Zosima, his late elder, was exactly the same [concerning the defence of the canonical church], Ukrainian journalists reported. “Fr Zosima was my spiritual father; I am nothing but his spiritual shadow. We are connected by the Lord God. I began my spiritual life here, building together with him. He gave me the drive necessary to move forward. I came here today, yet another time, to tell him that I am carrying out his will and that I shall continue to carry it out”, Mr Yanukovich emphasised.

10 July 2008

Interfax-Religion

http://www.interfax-religion.ru/?act=news&div=25417

10 July 2008. Out and About…

Harvard to Return Russian Church Bells

Cathedral at the Danilovsky Monastery, the headquarters of the Patriarchate of Moscow and all the Russias

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Russian and American officials will meet at Harvard University headquarters later in the day to sign an agreement on the return of a set of historical bells from Danilovsky Monastery in Moscow, replacing them with exact copies that were recently cast in Russia. During the 1930s, 18 bells from the Danilovsky Monastery were sold to Harvard Professor Thomas Wittemoor and businessman Charles Crain. The original bells will arrive in Moscow on 12 September, the birthday of the monastery’s founder, Grand Prince St Daniil of Moscow.

8 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29370&cid=48&p=08.07.2008

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Train Tickets from Riga and Tallinn to Moscow Sold Out

Train tickets to Moscow are unavailable for weeks to come in Latvia and Estonia. They’re all sold-out because President Medvedev signed an executive order that gives the Russian residents of those Baltic republics (who are denied citizenship and basic human rights by the Baltic neo-Nazi régimes: editor’s note) the right to visa-free travel to Russia. The presidential order became effective on the 17 June. Trains from Riga and Tallinn to Moscow have since been overcrowded. People are coming to see their relatives and friends.

8 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29418&cid=48&p=08.07.2008

Editor’s Note:

Spare a thought and prayer for the Russian population of Latvia and Estonia, who’re our Orthodox co-religionists. They’re deprived of citizenship and basic rights by governments that glorify the Nazis of World War II. Reflect on the fact that such monsters are supported in Washington. Shame on all of us for not standing up for these poor people. May God keep them and bless them.

BMD 

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Condoleezza Rice Encounters Protests in Prague

Czech anti-radar poster. The US is pushing ahead despite massive protests by the Czech people. “Democracy at work!”

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In Prague, Geenpeace activists met US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice with posters saying “Don’t make us a target”. She arrived in the Czech Republic to sign a treaty covering the deployment of an American radar station, which is part of a US missile defence system. The opponents of the US plans have already collected more than 100,000 signatures under a petition with a demand to hold a nation-wide referendum on this issue. 70 percent of Czechs are strongly opposed to the deployment of an American radar station in their country. As Boris Kagarlitsky, the director of the Russian Institute of Globalisation Problems, said in an interview for Voice of Russia, “Washington’s plans for the placement of the elements of a missile defence system in Europe may initiate a new arms race. In an attempt to split the European community, the USA is performing a global play for its own interests”, he emphasised.

Czech protestor at anti-radar rally. Is George Bush going to export “democracy” to the Czechs in the same way he did in Iraq?

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Czech antiwar activists plan to go ahead with their series of protests against the deployment of a US radar base in the Czech Republic. Protests will continue so the voters’ voice could reach the ears of Czech MPs who will be required to ratify the treaty, says Jan Tamas, the leader of the “No to Military Bases” civic association. Mr Tamas said that 3,000 protesters took part in a mass demonstration in central Prague on Tuesday night.

8/9 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29423&cid=48&p=08.07.2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29431&cid=48&p=09.07.2008

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Russia is Creating the Conditions for Turning the Rouble into a Reserve Currency

Reverse of the 500 rouble note (21.40 USD. 13.54 euros. 10.82 UK pounds). The image is of the Orthodox monastery on Solovki in the White Sea in the Far North.

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Russia is creating the conditions for turning the rouble into a reserve currency. The Central Bank said that rouble’s exchange rate against the currencies of the countries that are Russia’s leading trade partners grew by 3 percent in the first six months of 2008, and it rose against the dollar by almost 9 percent. In the opinion of Aleksandr Yakovlev, an expert in economics, “the main reason is that Russia’s economic situation has significantly improved, and, therefore, trust in the rouble revived amongst Russians and foreigners. Many foreign investors have quite strong rouble assets”. Speaking at the recent G8 summit on Hokkaido, President Dmitri Medvedev suggested turning the rouble into a reserve currency.

10 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29528&cid=46&p=10.07.2008

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Russia Doubts the Neutrality of the International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia

ICTY building in The Hague. This kangaroo court must be dissolved per the Russian demand. It acquits Albanians and Bosnians, and convicts Serbs. It’s racism run amuck.

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Russia doubts the neutrality of the International Tribunal for former Yugoslavia and thinks that it’s time to dissolve it. According to Foreign Ministry spokesman Andrei Nesterenko, the Tribunal’s recent acquittal of the Bosnian war criminal Naser Oric, charged with complicity in the killings of about 3,000 Serb civilians in Srebrenica in 1992-95, raised eyebrows in Moscow. Mr Oric was sentenced to two years in prison two years ago but, was acquitted after his lawyers appealed against the ruling. The verdict, Mr Nesterenko said, serves yet another proof that the Tribunal is biased against some of the accused and lenient towards others.

10 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29505&cid=48&p=10.07.2008

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The Ukraine is Bracing for Mass Protests against NATO

NATO: NO! These people deserve your support. Remember them. Doesn’t the bravery of the old fellow just move you to tears?

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The Ukraine is bracing for mass protests against NATO timed for the Ukrainian-NATO exercises off the Ukrainian coast in the second half of the month. According to the leader of the United Homeland Public Movement, Valery Kaurov, an anti-NATO self-defence headquarters has been formed to organise tent camps all along the coastal zone. The exercises provide for seaborne assault and will involve 15 warships and about 1,000 servicemen.

10 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29508&cid=48&p=10.07.2008

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Russia Tops European Auto Market

Russia now ranks first in Europe in the volume of its national car market, which means that it’s outstripped Germany in this index, the international audit company Price Waterhouse Coopers said in London on Wednesday. All accounts are made on the basis of figures covering the first 6 months of this year. Experts are of the opinion that Russia’s European leadership is the result of its continued economic boom, which has been visible for 8 years now.

10 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29488&cid=46&p=10.07.2008

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Russia’s Gold and Hard Currency Reserves Across the Globe have Gone up by Six Billion Dollars

Russia’s gold and hard currency reserves across the globe have gone up by six billion dollars (140.161 billion roubles. 3.797 billion euros. 3.033 billion UK pounds) in a week to hit a record 574.3 billion dollars (13.415 trillion roubles. 363.589 billion euros. 290.251 billion UK pounds). According to the Central Bank, reserves have increased 20 percent since early this year. Russia now has the world’s third largest holding of gold and foreign currency reserves after China and Japan.

10 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29510&cid=46&p=10.07.2008

Voice of Russia World Service

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High-Energy Experiments into Secrets of Matter may Start in Autumn

Proton collisions at the world’s most powerful particle accelerator that some theorists say could create matter-consuming black holes shouldn’t be expected until the autumn, a Russian physicist said Tuesday. “We aren’t planning to begin proton collisions this summer”, said Mikhail Kirsanov, a senior researcher at the Russian Institute for Nuclear Research, which is part of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) project to investigate high energy particles and the beginning of the universe. Some media sources have reported that the LHC may start “smashing atoms” as early as this week, and previous reports speculated that such collisions could create a black hole that would consume the Earth. “We still have to cool down the accelerator and conduct some test-runs of proton beams around the accelerator ring”, Academician Kirsanov said. “No one can predict a certain date [for the start of the collisions]”.

LHC is a particle accelerator that will collide opposing beams of protons together to explore the validity and limitations of the highly successful current theoretical picture for particle physics. The 5.8 billion dollar (135.489 billion roubles. 3.672 billion euros. 2.931 billion UK pounds) international project at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, known by its French initials CERN, involves more than 2,000 physicists from hundreds of universities and laboratories in 34 countries. The accelerator complex, 27 kilometres (@17 miles) in circumference, sits in a subterranean tunnel 100 metres (328 feet) below the Franco-Swiss border, near Geneva, Switzerland. Once it’s up to speed, it’s hoped the collider will produce the so-called Higgs boson, the observation of which could confirm the predictions and missing links” in the Standard Model of physics and could explain how other elementary particles acquire properties such as mass.

Some theorists and members of the general public have long voiced fears that microscopic black holes may appear as a result of the experiment and capture the surrounding matter, ultimately leading to the destruction of the entire planet. However, scientists have consistently dismissed these allegations as “ridiculous”, even if a microscopic black hole did form, they say, it’d only last for a fraction of a second. “Obviously, the world won’t end when the LHC switches on”, Lyn Evans, the head of the project at CERN, said last month.

8 July 2008

http://en.rian.ru/science/20080708/113519417.html

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Russia Celebrates Day of Family, Love, and Fidelity

On Tuesday, more than 20 oblasts from Moscow to Vladivostok celebrated the Day of Family, Love, and Fidelity, the deputy chief of the holiday’s organisation committee said. The holiday “isn’t intended to replace Valentine’s Day, it’s about reviving traditions”, Tatiana Shumova said. The committee set up to organise the celebrations, led by Russia’s first lady, Svetlana Medvedeva, has chosen chamomile as the event’s emblem, widely used in Russia to tell fortunes. The holiday is marked on the day of Ss Pyotr and Fevronia, the Orthodox patron saints of marriage and family life. A 16th-century tale recounts how Prince Pyotr, who ruled the Russian city of Murom in the 13th century, had his leprosy cured by Fevronia, a young peasant woman. At first, the prince broke his promise to marry her, but, in the end, they got married. Pyotr and Fevronia are said to have died in the same hour on 8 July 1228. As Pyotr was a monk, they were buried separately, but, their bodies were later found in the same grave. They were canonised by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1547. Murom, a historic city some 300 kilometres (185 miles) east of Moscow, will be the centre of the festivities. The city has a long history of celebrating the saints’ day, including the traditional exchange of “fevronki”, a local version of Valentine’s Day heart-shaped cards. The city government of Murom will unveil a statue of Ss Pyotr and Fevronia in front of the city’s registry office. As part of its celebrations, in Moscow, the programme includes the opening of a bench designed for two, whose sloping seat draws quarrelling couples into an embrace, and a bench of love, giving bronze wings and halos to the couple sitting on it.

8 July 2008

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080708/113505515.html

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Russian Arms Exports to Pass 6 Billion Dollars in 2008

Russia’s arms exports are expected to exceed 6 billion dollars (140.161 billion roubles. 3.797 billion euros. 3.033 billion UK pounds) this year, the chief executive of the state-run arms exporter Rosoboronexport said Wednesday. In an interview with the newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta (The Russian Newspaper), Anatoly Isaikin said Russia’s arms exports grew from less than 3 billion dollars (70.08 billion roubles. 1.898 billion euros. 1.516 billion UK pounds) in 2000 to 6.1 billion dollars (142.497 billion roubles. 3.861 billion euros. 3.084 billion UK pounds) in 2007. “In 2008, I believe that we will exceed last year’s level”, he said. Rosoboronexport puts the total global arms market at about 50 billion dollars (1.168 trillion roubles. 31.655 billion euros. 25.27 billion UK pounds) a year. The Russian arms exporter has around 20 billion dollars (467.202 billion roubles. 12.662 billion euros. 10.108 billion UK pounds) worth of contracts, which will ensure the operation of defence-industry enterprises for the next five to seven years. Mr Isaikin said Russia’s encountering fierce competition in the international arms market. Russia exports weapons to about 80 countries. Amongst key buyers of Russian-made weaponry are China, India, Algeria, Venezuela, Iran, Malaysia, and Serbia. The most popular types of weaponry bought from Russia are Sukhoi and MiG fighters, helicopters, battle tanks, armoured personnel carriers, and infantry fighting vehicles. Russia also maintains its traditionally-strong positions in sales of small arms and anti-tank and air-defence missile systems. The United States has repeatedly called on Russia to stop arms deliveries to countries whose political regimes Washington disapproves of, including Iran and Syria.

9 July 2008

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080709/113595454.html

RIA-Novosti

10 July 2008. A Day at the Races…

Russian Sail Training Ship Pallada Sailing for Shanghai

Sail training ship Pallada (built 1989)

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The Russian sail training ship Pallada, which has been sailing around the globe since November 2007, left Singapore for Shanghai on Sunday. During a 3-day port-visit, the crew members went sightseeing. The Pallada began its journey in Vladivostok to mark the 190th anniversary of the circumnavigation of Faddei von Bellinghausen (Fabian Gottlieb Benjamin von Bellingshausen) and Mikhail Lazarev and to mark the 50th anniversary of Russian research work in the Antarctic. The length of the planned route is 33,000 sea miles, and the ship is due to visit 22 countries on its voyage.

6 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29301&cid=52&p=06.07.2008

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Andrei Arshavin to Stay with Zenit

Andrei Arshavin (1981- ), star Russian football forward, hero of the Euro 2008 championships

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Andrei Arshavin, one of Russia’s best football forwards, will most likely stay with FC Zenit of St Petersburg. According to club’s press service, FC Zenit and the Spanish FC Barcelona failed to reach agreement on Arshavin’s trade cost. Barcelona was prepared to pay 15 million euros (552.855 million roubles. 23.674 million USD. 11.97 million UK pounds) but, according to experts, the player actual cost was at least 25 million euros (921.45 million roubles. 39.457 million USD. 19.949 million UK pounds). Meanwhile, other clubs have failed to come up with proposals for Arshavin’s trade.

8 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29368&cid=52&p=08.07.2008

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100 Formula-1 Cars to Show-Off Around Kremlin

The Moscow City Racing Event of the Formula-1 Grand Prix series is scheduled for next Sunday. One hundred Formula-1 vehicles are expected to loop the Moscow Kremlin. They’ll have to cover a distance of 4.7 kilometres (3 miles), and their speed will be limited to an allowed maximum. Master classes will be held and the drivers will be invited to communicate with their fans. The event next Sunday is the third showcase Formula-1 race to be held in Moscow.

8 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29419&cid=52&p=08.07.2008

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Russian Teen gets Swimming Gold

Danila Izotov (1991- ), Russian youth-class swimmer

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Russian youth simmer Danila Izotov was first in the freestyle 400 metres at the youth world swimming championship in Monterrey in Mexico. He clocked 3 minutes 51.81 seconds. Danila also won a silver at Monterrey, for his role in the four-by-one-hundred-metres crawl relay race. Some 600 swimmers aged 14 to 17 from 66 countries took part. The championship is the second of its kind on the swimming circuit, whilst the first was held two years ago in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

9 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29478&cid=52&p=09.07.2008

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Tatiana Mineyeva and Elmira Alembekova won Gold and Silver in the World Junior Championship

Tatiana Mineyeva and Elmira Alembekova of Russia won gold and silver in a 10-kilometre (6.3 mile) race-walk event in the World Junior Championship in Bydgoszcz, in Poland. Mineyeva set a record, 43 minutes 24.72 seconds. The third to cross the finish line was Li Yanfei from China.

10 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29511&cid=52&p=10.07.2008

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Voice of Russia World Service

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St Petersburg Governor Announces 2020 Olympics Bid

St Petersburg is to make a bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, the governor of Russia’s second-largest city announced on Monday. “We’ll bid for the right to host the Games. This will boost the development of the city”, Valentina Matviyenko said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy radio. She added that she’d already discussed the issue with Leonid Tyagachyov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee. She also said that it’d be necessary to ascertain if there was support from the Russian president and government for the bid. Governor Matviyenko earlier told RIA-Novosti that Russia’s northern capital had every chance of being awarded the Olympics, “if not in 2020, then certainly by the time of the next [2024] Games”. Ms Matviyenko first spoke of the possibility of a bid by St Petersburg for the 2020 Olympics after the Russian resort city of Sochi was chosen last year to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. St Petersburg earlier bid for the 2004 Summer Olympics, but, wasn’t selected as one of the five candidate cities. The Games were subsequently held in Athens, in Greece. The Summer Olympics were last held in Russia in 1980 in Moscow, but the event was marred by a US-led boycott involving more than 60 countries.

7 July 2008

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080707/113434059.html

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Arshavin Philosophical as FC Barcelona Move Falls Through

Andrei Arshavin (1981- ), star forward of FC Zenit St Petersburg

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One of the stars of Euro 2008, Russian forward Andrei Arshavin, spoke of his disappointment after his club turned down an offer for him from Spanish giant FC Barcelona. FC Zenit St Petersburg rejected a 15 million euro (552.855 million roubles. 23.674 million USD. 11.97 million UK pounds) bid for Arshavin on Monday, stating on their website that the offer was “too low”. “Of course, I’m aware of what has happened”, Arshavin told the Russian newspaper Sport-Express. “But, hey, ‘no’ is ‘no’. I fully understand the position of Zenit. The sum offered was, I suppose, really too low. It means my dream will remain a dream. Or, it’ll come true at another time”. Arshavin has spoken more than once of his love for the Spanish side, and has supported them since childhood. “I want to leave Zenit”, he went on. “As for offers from Chelsea and Arsenal, I’m not in a position to divulge that information right now”.

The architect of Russia’s victories over Sweden and Holland at Euro 2008, Arshavin was philosophical about the role his performances at the tournament played. “I desired to play in a stronger championship. It’s worked out strangely, though. My good performances at Euro 2008 meant that my price has gone up,” he said. Arshavin scored two goals in three games at Euro 2008, and was named in UEFA’s symbolic squad for the tournament along with fellow Russians Roman Pavlyuchenko, Yuri Zhirkov, and Konstantin Zyrianov. However, one of the factors behind Barcelona’s reluctance to up their bid for the 27-year-old Arshavin is believed to have been his ineffectiveness against Spanish La Liga defenders as Russia went down 3-0 to Spain in the Euro 2008 semi-finals. Arshavin missed Zenit’s 5-1 victory over FC Tom Tomsk on Sunday, with the side’s Dutch manger, Dick Advocaat, saying that he would not play for the team until the situation was “cleared up”.

8 July 2008

http://en.rian.ru/sports/20080708/113488269.html

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Russian Punches and Thinks His Way to Chess Boxing World Title

Having enjoyed recent success in soccer, basketball, and ice hockey, Russia’s now also able to boast a world champion in the little-known sport of chess boxing. Russia’s Nikolai Sazhin, a 19-year-old student from the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, defeated light heavyweight defending champion Frank Stoldt, a 37-year-old policeman from Germany, during a bout in Berlin at the weekend to lift the world chess boxing title. A typical chess boxing match consists of 11 alternating rounds of four-minutes of “blitz chess” followed by two-minutes of boxing. Opponents have a one-minute break between the rounds to take off or put on their boxing gloves. A chess-boxer can earn victory by checkmate, a knockout, points, or, if their opponent runs out of his 12 minutes of allocated chess time. Sazhin lifted the title after getting Stoldt in checkmate in the fifth round. The event of chess boxing originated several years ago in Germany and the first world championship was held in 2003 in Amsterdam. The World Chess Boxing Organisation’s slogan is “Fighting’s done in the ring and wars are waged on the board”.

8 July 2008

http://en.rian.ru/sports/20080708/113519578.html

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FC Zenit Loses Seven-Goal Thriller, Reject Bid for Arshavin

FC Zenit St Petersburg, 2008 UEFA Cup champions

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FC Zenit St Petersburg lost 4-3 at home on Wednesday evening to FC Spartak Nalchik, with Euro 2008 star Andrei Arshavin’s agent later announcing that the UEFA Cup holders had rejected a 37.5 million dollar (875.392 million roubles. 23.741 million euros. 18.956 million UK pounds) bid for their playmaker. Having earlier turned down a 15 million euro bid (552.855 million roubles. 23.674 million USD. 11.97 million UK pounds) from FC Barcelona for the 27-year-old Arshavin, there was speculation that either Arsenal, or more likely, Chelsea, would win the race to sign the diminutive striker. However, Dennis Lakhter announced on Thursday morning that Zenit wouldn’t let the player go for less than 24 million pounds (1.108 billion roubles. 47.478 million dollars. 30.068 million euros), and that they’d refused to sell him to an unnamed English side. The evening before news of the latest developments in the Arshavin transfer saga broke, FC Zenit took on Spartak Nalchik at home in a match they needed to win to climb up the domestic league table. Arshavin had been left out of the Zenit line up for Sunday’s 5-1 victory over Siberian side FC Tom Tomsk. The team’s Dutch manager, Dick Advocaat, said he wouldn’t play the forward until his future had been “cleared up”. However, Arshavin later asked to be allowed to return to the team, and he was named in the starting line-up for the fixture.

Wednesday’s game began with an exchange of “well-taken” own goals, with the Georgian defender Aleksandr Amisulashvili hammering a cross into his own net and then Zenit’s Aleksandr Anyukov spectacularly heading past Vyacheslav Malafeyev. Spartak nudged in front again in the 20th minute when a dreadful mix-up in the UEFA Cup holder’s defence allowed Rustem Kalimullin in to make it 2-1. Another Russian star at Euro 2008, Konstantin Zyrianov, levelled the score just before half-time, finishing off a neat combination. Zenit’s Turkish striker Fatih Tekke, playing in place of the injured Pavel Pogrebnyak, broke through the southern Russian side’s defence to give his team a 3-2 lead in the 50th minute, and the near-capacity crowd could have been forgiven for thinking that marked the end of Nalchik’s resistance. However, two headed goals from free-kicks exposed Zenit’s defence frailties in first the 58th and then the 68th minute, Amisulashvili making up for his own goal by putting one in the right end to seal victory for Spartak Nalchik, lifting them to 5th place in the league.

The Russian football authorities postponed many of Zenit’s games in the run up to the UEFA Cup final in May, and the 2007 league champions are now languishing in 13th place, 10 points behind league leader FC Rubin Kazan, albeit with 4 games in hand. “We played well, despite the defeat”, said Arshavin after the match. “Both sides demonstrated attacking, open football”. Accusations of corruption are never far away in Russian football, however, and a journalist suggested to Zenit midfielder Zyrianov after the game that his side had simply repaid their “debt” to Nalchik for last season, referring to allegations that many teams in Russia “swap” victories to ensure titles or league survival. “What debt?” answered Zyrianov, going on to say that the team had had “a serious discussion” in the dressing room after the final whistle.

10 July 2008

http://en.rian.ru/sports/20080710/113692972.html

RIA-Novosti

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