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Wall Street Journal: Ukraine, Georgia accuse Russia of hijacking athletes’ glory

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July 27, 2012, 6:43 p.m. | Ukraine abroad — by Wall Street Journal

Ukraine and Georgia have protested that descriptions of some Russian athletes’ birthplaces on the official London 2012 website make the countries seem like part of Russia.
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Some of Russia’s neighbors feel Moscow never really has gotten over losing control of them when the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991

Now, it seems Russia is claiming them back — if only in the biographies of athletes at the London Olympics.

Ukraine and Georgia have protested that descriptions of some Russian athletes’ birthplaces on the official London 2012 website make the countries seem like part of Russia.

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 27, 2012, 7:26 p.m.    

Come on KP! More oil for the fire!

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Mykhayl July 27, 2012, 11:47 p.m.    

Слава Ісусу Христу - Слава Україні - Героям слава!

The pot calling the kettle black?

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IvanovPetrovSidorov July 30, 2012, 3:04 p.m.    

Mere lip service or true faith?

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Dirk July 28, 2012, 6:23 a.m.    

Komrade-Komissar Putin's wet dream! Ukraine would be an economic power without the new USSR's constant meddling and corruption the last 20 years. Not much has changed from 1991 to 2012 under Putins reign of ineptitude and corruption. Sad....

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kpxoxol July 28, 2012, 6:31 p.m.    

The statement is correct - the athletes are born in the USSR, hence because Russia is the legal successor of the USSR and singlehandedly paid the USSR debt, the athletes indeed were born in Russia.

In case of Ukraine the statement is TWICE correct because Ukraine is Malorussia, heh, heh, heh :D

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