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114,600.  Lanced!  Armstrong to be striped of 7 Tour wins.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  Icarus ***** 2017, The New York Post front page

 

114,601.  Teammates Testify Against Armstrong.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  newspaper headline

 

114,602.  Unfortunately the drugs work.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  tester

 

114,603.  We talk a few times.  He’s in Moscow.  And that set off this whole chain of events.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.

 

114,604.  You should be able to see a 15-20% improvement.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  supervisor

 

114,605.  German TV Alleges 99% of Russian Olympians Doping.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  newspaper headlines

 

114,606.  It is not too good to show our camera to them.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  at the Russian lab

 

114,607.  ‘Overwhelming portions of the allegations made on the ARD programme have been found by the Independent Commission to be true.  It’s worse than we thought.’  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  Dick Pound, press conference

 

114,608.  ‘State-sponsored doping.’  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  news

 

114,609.  CNN Visits Secretive Russian Lab.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  CNN report

 

114,610.  ‘I need to escape and to walk the walk.’  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  Russian dude

 

114,611.  ‘I was part of a system.’  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.   

 

114,612.  May 7-10 2016: Grigory spends three days with the US Department of Justice providing detailed information about state-sponsored doping in Russia.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  caption

 

114,613.  ‘Our KGB officers brought all the cleans urines of our athletes.’  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  Russian dude

 

114,614.  ‘Putin was very much happy.’  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.

 

114,615.  ‘Putin will kill me.’  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.

 

114,616.  May 17 2016: The US Department of Justice officially launches an investigation into Russian doping allegations based on Grigory’s testimony.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  caption

 

114,617.  There never was anti-doping in Russia.  (Cheat & Athletics & Cycling & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.

 

 

114,618.  This is Yuliya Stepanova and Vitaliy Stepanov and their small son Robert.  In their native Russia they don’t feel safe any more.  Because they’ve given away a secret.  (Cheat & Athletics & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  The Secrets of Doping: How Russia Makes Its Winners, ARD 2015

 

114,619.  Vitaliy Stepanov loves his job at the Russian Anti-Doping Agency.  (Cheat & Athletics & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.

 

114,620.  ‘You must dope.  That’s how it’s done in Russia.’  (Cheat & Athletics & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  Vitaliy

 

114,621.  The fairytale of clean sport will be refuted for all time.  (Cheat & Athletics & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.

 

114,622.  I even receive audio files of conversations between top coaches and athletes.  (Cheat & Athletics & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  

 

114,623.  ‘The athlete has no choice.’  (Cheat & Athletics & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.  coach

 

114,624.  It looks increasingly like a system.  (Cheat & Athletics & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.

 

114,625.  RUSADA is part of the fraud scheme which he experienced as an employee.  (Cheat & Athletics & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.

 

114,626.  I now receive growing evidence from Russian informants.  (Cheat & Athletics & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.

 

114,627.  Fear and intimidation appear to belong to the system.  (Cheat & Athletics & Russia & Sport & Steroids)  ibid.

 

 

116,517.  In 2011 he boasted that he could destroy America in thirty minutes.  He’s knows a nuclear strike would be suicide.  So Vladimir Putin chooses more insidious ways to attack.  It’s an undeclared war he wages from the shadows.  He’s been accused of wearing many faces.  Breaking History: Putin: America’s Greatest Threat, History 2018

 

116,518.  Vladimir Putin primary aim was to damage the campaign for Hillary Clinton.  ibid.

 

116,519.  Nothing was as history-making as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War.  ibid.   

 

116,520.  Putin’s clean record was enough for Anatole Sobchak to make him deputy mayor.  But then during Putin’s first year in politics his incorruptible image was called into question.  ibid.  

 

116,521.  Handling things was a required skill for an agent of the KGB.  ibid.  

 

116,522.  It almost seemed to plan: the apartment bombings and the invasion of Chechnya supposedly in retaliation.  ibid.  

 

116,523.  34 journalists have been murdered since Putin became president.  ibid.

 

 

116,695.  Russia is about to elect a new president.  There’s no doubt who it’s going to be.  The same man who has ruled unchecked for the last fifteen years.  The real Vladimir Putin remains an enigma.  So who is the world’s most powerful and feared leader?  Putin: The New Tsar, BBC 2018

 

116,696.  Vladimir Putin’s psyche has been forged on the anvil of absolute power.  ibid.  

 

116,697.  ‘There’s no such thing as a former KGB man.’  ibid.  Putin

 

116,698.  But also a desire for personal compensation.  ibid.

 

116,699.  Vladimir Putin sends in the tanks.  ibid.

 

 

117,367.  Britain’s relationship with Russia has been marked by centuries of suspicion.  In the last hundred years they’ve been friends and foe.  They’ve saved our skins and terrified us with the thought of total annihilation.  A Timewatch Guide: Russia: A Century of Suspicion, Professor Saul David, BBC 2018

 

117,368.  The Cold War took off into outer space.  ibid.

 

117,369.  A balanced view of Russia was generally absent from our screens.  Part of the problem was lack of access.  ibid.

 

117,370.  The horrific figure of Stalin still haunts our perception of Russia.  ibid.

 

 

118,345.  For 20 years Stalin’s NKVD security forces have imposed the great terror.  (Russia & Soviet Union)  The Death of Stalin 2017 starring Steve Buscemi & Simon Russell Beale & Paddy Considine & Rupert Friend & Jason Isaacs & Michael Palin & Andrea Riseborough & Jeffrey Tambor & Adrian McLoughlin et al, director Armando Iannucci, opening caption

 

118,346.  If the leader is incapacitated, the committee must convene.  Article 17 ii.  (Russia & Soviet Union)  ibid.

 

118,347.  He’s on the floor!  He’s on the fucking floor!  (Russia & Soviet Union & Floor)  ibid.  Krushchev

 

118,348.  We need to start putting together a plan: we need change – put a halt to the arrests, prison releases, maybe even reform the Church.  (Russia & Soviet Union & Plan & Change)  ibid.    

 

118,349.  Who the fuck in their right mind would want everlasting life?  (Russia & Soviet Union & Immorality & Life After Death)  ibid.

 

 

118,988.  This year Russia will host theWorld Cup for its first time … Relations between Russia and Britain are so bad that nothing I can say or do could possible make them any worse.  Is the lie I told BBC commissioners.  (Russia & Football)  Frankie Boyle, Frankie Goes to Russia, BBC 2018  

 

118,989.  They’re currently ranked 65th in the world.  (Russia & Football)  ibid.

 

118,990.  In 2010 U2 played the Luzhniki stadium in front of 85,000 people making it one of the worst human rights abuses in Russian history.  (Russia & Football & Human Rights)  ibid.

 

118,991.  The 2018 World Cup will be one of the greatest triumphs of Putin’s first 200 years in office.  (Russia & Football)  ibid.

 

 

119,202.  Ever since Russia was awarded the World Cup in 2010 there has been controversy about whether it deserves to host the biggest sporting tournament on Earth.  (Football & Russia)  Frankie Goes to Russia e2

 

119,203.  ‘Of course we have hooligans, Frankie, and they all have been brought up on this old of English football back in the 70s and the 80s.’  (Football & Russia)  ibid.  Spartak owner 

 

 

119,285.  Vladimir Putin has been 18 years in power and he’s still riding high.  In the West Putin is seen as a threat.  British intelligence accuses the Kremlin of criminal thuggery.  This week thousands of British fans will be arriving in Russia for the World Cup.  What kind of Russia are they coming to?  Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby, BBC 2018    

 

119,286.  Encouraged by the state, the Russian Orthodox church is thriving.  (Russia & Orthodox Church)  ibid.

 

119,287.  After Russia annexed Crimea, Putin’s approval rating soared to 80%.  ibid.

 

119,288.  Corruption is widespread.  ibid.

 

 

77,412.  The Russian Empire to 1917: Against the Russians themselves unbelievable extremes of espionage, counter-espionage, censorship, provocation, imprisonment without trial and outright brutality were employed; the revolutionaries responded with similar measures crowned by assassination.  (Civilisation & Society & Russia)  Carroll Quigley, Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time  ch3  

 

 

123,253.  In the early hours of March 2nd 1953 the most powerful man in the world lay dying alone.  He had suffered a stroke at least twelve hours.  His guards were worried but they did not dare go into his bedroom.  How could a man worshipped by millions be left to lie helpless soaked in his own urine?  Stalin had built an empire on a framework of terror justifying it in the name of a political faith, and through it he ruled his country, his government, his party and his family.  (Russia & Soviet Union & Dictator & Biography)  Stalin: Inside the Terror, BBC 2003

 

123,254.  In the Soviet Union his image was everywhere; he had become a living icon.  The subject of a cult of personality.  (Russia & Soviet Union & Dictator & Biography)  ibid.

 

123,255.  The real man was a mass of contradictions.  A dictator whose position was unassailable yet who was haunted by paranoia.  Stalin used terror more effectively and scientifically than any other ruler.  (Russia & Soviet Union & Dictator & Biography)  ibid.

 

123,256.  Family photos show a warm gentle man surrounded by daughters, son, aunts, in-laws … Most of the people in these photos would be destroyed by him.  (Russia & Soviet Union & Dictator & Biography)  ibid.  

 

123,257.  Stalin proved his usefulness to the Bolshevik cause by his diligent work as a bank robber and agitator.  His reward was a post on the party’s central committee.  (Russia & Soviet Union & Dictator & Biography)  ibid.

 

123,258.  He loathed the intellectually arrogance of the silver-tongued Trotsky.  (Russia & Soviet Union & Dictator & Biography)  ibid.

 

123,259.  Stalin now had control of the party machinery; he would use it over the next six years to destroy Trotsky and all his other rivals.  (Russia & Soviet Union & Dictator & Biography)  ibid.

  

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