Voices from Russia

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Putin and Lukashenko Play Ice Hockey in Sochi

00 Lukashenko & Putin. Sochi. hockey. 05.01.14


On Saturday, in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, President Vladimir Putin played a friendly ice hockey match with Belarusian leader Aleksandr Lukashenko and hockey stars. Putin and Lukashenko played in one team with Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, as well as NHL legends Pavel Bure and Vyacheslav Fetisov. Their team won 12-3. After the game at the site of the Olympic hockey final, Putin and Lukashenko continued talks in an informal atmosphere.

On Friday, Putin tested the ski slopes at the Olympic host city of Sochi as the city counts down to the start of the Winter Games. Putin skied a few runs at the Laura Biathlon and Ski Complex, on the Psekhako Ridge in Krasnaya Polyana, which will host the mountain competitions when the Winter Olympics get under way on 7 February. Earlier, Putin’s press secretary Dmitri Peskov said that Putin would inspect all the Olympic facilities at Sochi’s mountain and coastal clusters during his visit to the city. The Winter Olympics are the focus of intense international scrutiny and security concerns after the double suicide-bomb attacks in late December in Volgograd, 428 miles (688 kilometres) away, that killed 34 people and injured more than 60 others.

4 January 2014




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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Pavel Datsyuk, Asked about Russia’s Anti-Gay Law: ”I’m Orthodox, and That Says It All”

00 Pavel Datsyuk. Detroit Red Wings. 05.09.13


The Eurotwins often seem like they’re thinking the same thing on the ice. However, when it comes to hot-button political issues, maybe not so much. Last week, Henrik Zetterberg ripped Russia’s law banning “homosexual propaganda”, saying, “It’s unbelievable that it can be this way in this time, especially in a big country like Russia”. Today, his Detroit Red Wings teammate Pavel Datsyuk seemed to take a different stance on the issue, without coming right out and saying it. Asked about the swirling controversy in his homeland, Datsyuk said, “I’m Orthodox, and that says it all”, according to sports.ru hockey reporter Igor Eronko. Now, we simple sport folk aren’t terribly well-versed in Orthodox ideology, but simple Google searches seemed to confirm our suspicion that Pav doesn’t agree with Z.

22 August 2013

James Jahnke

Detroit Free Press


Thursday, 30 August 2012

Silent March to Honour Victims of KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl Crash on First Anniversary


Hockey fans in the Russian city of Yaroslavl shall hold a silent march to mark the first anniversary of the plane crash that wiped out the entire roster of the local team, KHL Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. The Lokomotiv players were enroute to the first game of the 2011-12 season in Belarus when their jet crashed shortly after take-off on 7 September. Amongst the 44 killed were Canadian head coach Brad McCrimmon and a host of former NHL stars and future draft prospects. The regional office of the MVD told RIA-Novosti that local hockey fans would process in silence to the team’s arena next Friday to honour their memory. At 16.05 MSK (13.05 UTC 08.05 EDT 05.05 PDT 22.05 EADT), the marchers will release balloons to mark the exact time of the crash. Since the tragedy, the three-time Russian championship team assembled a new squad for its return to the KHL after fielding a makeshift team of youth players and loan-signings in the junior MHL last season. The new Lokomotiv team’s first KHL match is 6 September, an away match at Sibir Novosibirsk.

29 August 2012



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