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Russian Olympic Committee annexes ‘Ukraine Region’

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July 25, 2012, 4:37 p.m. | Sports — by Jakub Parusinski, Mark Rachkevych

A screen shot from the official London Games website that shows the place of birth of Russian Olympic judioist Vera Moskalyuk as Zhitomir region, presumably in Russia as the ticker next to "Zhitomir region" suggests - not in Ukraine or Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic.
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Jakub Parusinski

Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan where he was the co-founder of the now defunct Glasshouse Magazine, Mark currently is an editor of business news and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

According to the official London 2012 Olympics website, Alexey Korovashkov, who canoes for the Russian Federation, is listed as being born in “Ukraine Region (RUS).”

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 25, 2012, 4:52 p.m.    

"To paraphrase the old Soviet song: My address is not a house, my address is not a street, my address is the Russian Federation."

Oh, dear. What a slip KP. Was there a Russian Federation to be glorified in old Soviet songs? Ah, no.

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elmer-елмер July 25, 2012, 7:03 p.m.    

that's why he said he was paraphrasing.

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AL BALA July 25, 2012, 7:22 p.m.    

Muscovy - AKA -Russian Empire - AKA -Tzarist Russia - AKA - USSR - AKA - Russian Federation - AKA Muscovy = same BS, with a name change.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 25, 2012, 9:12 p.m.    

Relax already ALI BABA. You keep saying aka, aka. It's like Elmer's kaka, kaka. Are you sure you are not Rashn? :D

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AL BALA July 26, 2012, 4:02 a.m.    

IvanovPetrovSidorov - AKA - KGB

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 25, 2012, 8:54 p.m.    

It's ok now нотмай френд. That piece of cheap propaganda and hysterical scare mongering has been removed from the article by KP. Well done Витюнчик!

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Roman Dawydiak July 26, 2012, 2:17 p.m.    

My Dear Elmer; Just in case you are not aware this old Soviet song is a personal favorite of PM Mickey (mouse) Azarov (AKA Zarazov the spud from northern Russian chernozem mud). He has tried to sing it in Ukrainian but then chops into pieces of Russian thereby achieving a form of surzhyk which in turn is only understood by some of his fellow country bumpkins. His boss Vitya (AKA Viktor or Vito) who also considers surzhyk (the language of little russians) as his primary language dicourages Mickey's creaky warbling as it is out of tune with his own operatic voice. The Opposition shoud really consider taping this rendition and then loudly broadcast it at future political rallies of the POR or Communists. It would certainly be more effective than tear gas and it could also provide some comic relief for onlookers observing from a safe distance.

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Boico July 25, 2012, 4:59 p.m.    

If those athletes do not feel Ukrainian they will never do, they and others who live in this beautiful country does not respect fact of independence, that should be strip of citizenship and send where they will fill home.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 25, 2012, 5 p.m.    

"Perusing the official London Games webpage for the Russian Olympic team, the Kyiv Post found at least 30 athletes from Russia’s “near abroad” affected by Russification, including more than a dozen Ukraine-born Olympic athletes."

Good on them! If they want to be Russian and represent Russia in the OG, it's their choice. The dogs are barking, but the caravan is moving on regardless. Don't be so hysterical about it.

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Konotop July 25, 2012, 5:32 p.m.    

Ah-h-h-h-h good to see IvanovPetrovSidorov is not on holidays and is still hard at work. Speaking of a moving caravan, when can we expect to hear of the Russian athlete from Alaska Region(RUS) or Brighton Beach Region (RUS)??? Perhaps Russia is already satisfied with the ones it has from the Northern Territories and Transdniester region. But my smiling friends from Moscow Region (ISRAEL)must be enjoying the last laugh....

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 25, 2012, 5:37 p.m.    

If they represent Russia, you will hear of them in due course. Long live Russian imperialism!

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me you July 25, 2012, 6:44 p.m.    

tell that to the millions who died in the gulags or Holodomor. what choice did they have

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 25, 2012, 7:28 p.m.    

This totally misses the point.

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AL BALA July 25, 2012, 7:43 p.m.    

I wonder if the UKRAINIAN history books will reflect the fact that the savage uncivilized pagan barbarians in the Kremlin bombed the women and children {civilians} in Helsinki, in 1939, without a declaration of war?

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 25, 2012, 8:43 p.m.    

Gee! The Western Allies did the same in 1945. The bombing of Dresden - remember? What IS your point?

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AL BALA July 26, 2012, 4:01 a.m.    

Gee ?

Is your contention that there was no declaration of war against Germany ?

PS the point is that Berlin AND Muscovy BOTH attacked and occupied several European countries in 1939-40 in cahoots and started WWII TOGETHER !.

PPS DID THE KGB FORGET TO GIVE YOU HISTORY LESSONS ?

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 26, 2012, 1:06 p.m.    

Well, USA and their allies UK attacked Iraq on bogus charges, so what? History is history. No-one can change it. Did CIA forget to give YOU history lessons? Anyway, let me know when you write a book rewriting the history of the world from the Ali Baba perspective. I hope it's thoroughly absorbing for my kaka.

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Roman Dawydiak July 25, 2012, 7:56 p.m.    

Tsk, tsk! Fail! No medals! No mention of communism, fascism and chauvinism!

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AL BALA July 25, 2012, 7:24 p.m.    

Stinking toilets, dirty pillows and miserable food

!

Olympic track and field team turned to TSN to show Ukraine how the best athletes the country prepare for the Olympics.

!

http://tsn.ua/video/video-novini/smerdyuchi-tualeti-brudni-podushki-i-zhalyugidne-harchuvannya.html?page=1&items=51545&type=0

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Andy Holowaty July 25, 2012, 10:32 p.m.    

Imagine the outcry Great Britain would face if the entry was "born in Ireland Region (GBR)" !!!

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 26, 2012, 1:13 p.m.    

The UK officials have fucked up this morning too placing a south korean flag next to a north korean footballer. The stuff mentioned in the article could also easily have been their fault. Some UK olympic officials or technicians (whatever you may call them) display clear ingorance and lack of knowledge. I am sure more incidents like this and the one in the article will follow. LOL

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Andy Holowaty July 25, 2012, 10:42 p.m.    

Imagine the outcry Great Britain would face if the entry was "born in Ireland Region (GBR)" !!!

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Mykhayl July 26, 2012, 1:52 a.m.    

Слава Ісу~

PRESENTATION IS EVERYTHING

Had not the "first" teach you that?

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from eu July 26, 2012, 2:55 a.m.    

if you want to be sure to be an indipendent country and keep away russian empire interest (putin) enter in eu and nato and you shall be sure that nobody touch your sovereignity like poland, bulgaria etc.in georgia there are nato forces and for this reason putin stopped to try to squeeze georgia,and is the same for you,if you are in eu and nato and putin try to squeeze you,you have immediatly all europe and america protecting you borders and your life,respecting your indipendence and your sovereignity,nato is not an occupying force,if you ask nato arrive and when you don't need nato go back is home

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AL BALA July 26, 2012, 4:51 a.m.    

Azarov stated that the Ukrainian language is "Little Russian language"

http://tsn.ua/politika/azarov-nazvav-ukrayinsku-movu-malorosiyskoyu.html

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AL BALA July 26, 2012, 3:35 p.m.    

Gee ?

A "Russian World" ?

Arctic Ocean want to rename the "Russian Ocean"

http://tsn.ua/svit/pivnichniy-lodovitiy-okean-hochut-pereymenuvati-na-rosiyskiy.html

Delusional !

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zoolander July 26, 2012, 7:35 p.m.    

The point is about accuracy and not twisting facts. An athlete can be born in Ukraine and live in Russia and represent Russia, but that doesn't change the fact he/she was born in Ukraine. Russia can't then say the person was born in Russia. "Lvov Region (RUS)"? Zhitomir Region (RUS)? Kiev (RUS)? Lutsk, (RUS)? That's how the official Olympic website is listing birthplaces for some athletes.

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