Ukraine filed formal complaints about the biographies of Russian Olympic team members posted on the official London Games’ website. The biographies referred to the athletes’ Ukrainian birthplaces as Russian. Georgians and Olympic athletes from other former Soviet republics suffered the same fate — at least 3o in all, by the Kyiv Post’s count.
The official complaints ask organizers of the 2012 London Olympics to correct the data. The opening ceremonies for the summer games take place on July 27.
The misclassifications are fueling resentment among Ukrainians who are still acutely aware of centuries of Russian domination, from czarist through Soviet times, before Ukraine gained its independence as a sovereign nation in 1991.