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Russia's Adelina Sotnikova Wins Gold in Ladie's
Free Skate; Team USA's Gracie, Ashley & Polina in Top
Ten at Sochi Olympics

Russias Adeline Sotnikova wraps herself in her countrys flag alongside Koreas Yuna Kim and Italys Carolina Kostner, after winning the gold medal during the ladies free skate at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics held at Iceberg Skating Palace on Thursday night (February 20) in Sochi, Russia. Adelina, 17, was passed over for the team event where Russia won gold with sensation Yulia Lipnitskaya she ended up 5th, overall. I really wanted to participate in the team competition because I understood that we would win a medal because our team is so strong, Adelina shared with press afterwards. When I found out I was not in the team, I felt so sorry and I felt offended. I felt so cheated in a way. Anyway, I still had my goal to show this skating, the one that I did today. Maybe it is all for the best that I didnt compete in the team competition and it was an advantage for me that it made me so mad to win the gold medal.


Olympic Games in Sochi to be most expensive
in history

On December 10 Sochi Olympic construction was attended by distinguished guests - representatives of the International Olympic Committee and Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, who oversees the project. According to Kozak, 2010 can be considered the beginning of mass construction of Olympic facilities. The preliminary cost estimated for the Olympics in 2014 is 950 billion rubles.

At a press conference in Sochi Dmitry Kozak said that Russia started the construction of over 120 sports facilities, "by the end of the year cumulative number of commissioned objects would be 50. In total approximately 100 billion rubles was spent on the Olympic construction."

According to him, Sochi has completely given into a furious pace of construction, and emerging problems are promptly resolved in due course. Experts have called this project the most expensive preparations for the Olympic Games in history, so Russia may already claim one record - Sochi-2014 may be worth over $30 billion, while other countries spent much smaller sums. Construction of objects of this level and in such quantity is never complete without financial abuse, but to date the theft of the budget funds for construction of Olympic facilities in Sochi has not been recorded, the deputy head of Russian government said.

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Kozak stated that "according to the reports provided by law enforcement agencies, who, as you know, back in 2007 were tasked with strict monitoring of the optimal usage of the budget funds without add-ons or inflations - to date no theft of the state budget funds has been revealed." According to the schedule, by the end of 2010 Olympic Construction should be completed by 40%.

In connection with the consrtuction of objects for Sochi 2014, the city continues a large-scale program of resettlement of families whose homes are in the area of Olympic construction. By the end of 2011 over a thousand families are scheduled to relocate. Apartments in high risers will be free for the families that had lived in dilapidated buildings or in dormitories, media reports.

According to Kozak, the resettlement of the apartment buildings is the solution of an enormous social issue. "500 families are to move out of dilapidated housing at the same time since residential construction has been ongoing. Landscaping and the surrounding area infrastructure will also be completed. Other pre-existing homes are being repaired, they are repaired at the expense of Housing and Utilities Reform Fund, too, with federal subsidies, so that the entire territory has an appropriate aesthetic appearance, and people get comfortable living conditions," he stressed.

The scale of the expenses is, of course, impressive, but all calculations make it clear that in a project of this level and significance in the light of the impending upgrade, saving on some specific areas of work will not work. For many years Russia has been trying to create an occasion so it could make a strategic leap forward. The country got this chance by winning the right to host two important games of our time - the Sochi Olympics and World Cup 2018, which still require huge financial investments. According to the Russian Reporter, Russia will have to build and modernize its roads, rebuild airports in all major cities of the European part of Russia and renew its vehicle park, build hotels and stadiums, increase the productive power of the construction industry, develop communications sector and even children's sports that has been in critical condition for years. It makes sense to hope for the best - in spite of the prevailing traditions.

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USA to humbly deprive Russia of all nuclear arms possible

After the ratification of the START-3 Treaty with Russia, the Obama administration intends to look into the matter of tactical nuclear arsenals. US experts believe that the discussion is not going to be easy. According to them, it is going to be much harder to achieve that than signing the nuclear arms control treaty. Tactical nuclear arms, or non-strategic nuclear arms are used to strike large and very well fortified targets.


Unlike strategic nuclear arms, he range of tactical nuclear weapons (TNWs) makes up tens and hundreds of kilometers.
The power of tactical ordnance (air bombs, warheads of tactical missiles, artillery ammo, depth bombs, torpedoes) usually does not exceed several kilotons and often makes up less than one kiloton. Nowadays, tactical nuclear arms are included in the arsenals of all nuclear powers except Britain.

US politicians repeatedly expressed their concerns about the TNWs: it is much easier for terrorists to obtain these weapons than long-range strategic missiles - the TNWs are smaller in size.

Rose Gottemoeller, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance, stated that President Obama and senators of the two parties were intended to look into the matter of restricting tactical nuclear weapons in the nearest future

"The Russians have a larger number than we do of these systems, and there has been some particular, I would say strong, urging from Capitol Hill that we move out," said Gottemoller. "Well, that is something that President Obama had already spoken about when he signed the (New Start) treaty in Prague in April of 2010. He said we would be moving on next to address reductions in tactical nuclear weapons and also in non-deployed nuclear weapons - that is, weapons in storage facilities," she said.

Russia has about 3,800 tactical weapons, compared with fewer than 500 in the U.S. stockpile, and the Americans are highly concerned about it. Russia has its own claims to the United States here. It is an open secret that a part of that stockpile is based in Europe. Moscow insists Washington should remove all of those weapons from Europe without any preliminary conditions. However, Gottemoller hopes, Russia will soften its positions and the talks on the issue will begin at the end of 2011.

Speaking about the perspectives for concluding the TNW treaty, one should pay attention to the following detail. US President Barack Obama stated that his country would build a uranium processing plant as a part of the effort taken to modernize the nuclear forces.

Pravda.Ru asked expert opinion from military experts Pavel Zolotarev and Vladislav Shurygin.

Pavel Zolotarev, deputy director of the Institute for the USA and Canada: "One should not reduce strategic nuclear forces without thinking about tactical nuclear weapons. What the Americans want at this point is not surprising at all. We can only welcome their wish to conduct negotiations. We do not know how long the talks will last, though.

"There is no catch about Russia here. The USA wants to control the countries that have recently established a possession of nuclear weapons. It goes about India, North Korea and Pakistan - these countries have tactical nuclear missiles. However, when the Americans say that they want to cut those weapons, their logic is not really clear. The Americans want the two sides in the talks - Russia and the USA - to relocate their TNWs from Europe. However, in this case, the USA will have to remove the weapons from the territories of European countries, whereas Russia will have to move its TNWs from its own territory, behind the Urals! This is a strange approach, and Russia will never accept it. It just so happens that the Americans do not have to be concerned about the Russian TNWs because their short range does not make it possible to use them against the USA.

"As for the news about the uranium plant, Obama is just trying to shut up his critics in the Congress. There is no information as to what kind of the plant it is going to be. They will probably be enriching uranium there, but it is also possible that it will be a peaceful production.

Military expert Vladislav Shurygin: "The goal of the Americans is simple. After they ratified the new nuclear arms control treaty and minimized Russia's possession of strategic nuclear arms, they want to do the same with tactical nuclear weapons.

"In this case, they will win absolute superiority over Russia: as for conventional arms, we lag considerably behind NATO on the whole and the United States in particular. We will not be able to resist them without the TNWs.

"I believe that the Americans will be able to get what they want here too. The Russian political administration does not want to deal with any confrontation with the West now. In addition, it seems that the Russian leadership has been captivated by the illusions that the current army reforms will eventually build a qualitatively new army, which will be ready to face any challenges."

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Russia's football victory changes history of FIFA

"Hurray! Victory! Now we have to really prepare the way we stage the World Cup. And, of course, put up a deserving performance," Medvedev twitted soon after the FIFA 2018 vote in Zurich was broadcast live on most Russian television channels.

42581.jpegFor the first time in history, World Cup will be held not only in Russia, but in Eastern Europe too. Traditionally, the hosting country is exempt from the qualifying tournament, RIA Novosti reports.

World Cup 2014 will be held in Brazil. In 2022, the event will take place in Qatar.

The 2018 bidding process started in March 2009. Russia's Andrey Arshavin said that a World Cup in Russia would leave a "human legacy" that would last for generations.

''Russia is a huge country, the biggest on earth. Everything is extra-large, including the organization of the game, which, by the way is the No.1 sport in our country. With the support of the government, $1 billion (?638,000) will be invested into grassroots and football development by 2015, as well as into football for women, beach soccer and programs for handicapped players," he wrote on

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''We are building pitches, football centers, schools and training sites in the most remote areas of our country, growing the game and providing opportunities for the next generations. We are training coaches and other specialists, and working hard to modernize the infrastructure of our top leagues.

''Last but not least we are building stadiums fit for the biggest competition on earth. It has been said that a huge effort is being needed. It is already underway, as can be seen in my native Saint Petersburg with the new stadium that will be finished by late 2012, or in Kazan, Sochi and elsewhere," Arshavin wrote.

Dmitry Chernyshenko, Sochi 2014 President and CEO, said that the World Cup in 2018 would give Russia an opportunity to use the legacy of the Winter Olympics in Sochi even more efficiently.

"We are delighted that Russia has been selected to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup and congratulate our partners at the Russia 2018 bid committee," Chernyshenko said.

"Following Sochi 2014's victory in 2007, the result is a further sign of the transformation taking place in modern Russia and of our enthusiasm to welcome the world to our country and the city of Sochi."

"One direct legacy from the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will be the main stadium, which will host the opening and closing ceremonies, and is now set to host matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup."

"Indeed, the entire city is being transformed into a world class sports resort and now has another wonderful opportunity to showcase to the world its unique features including its proximity to the sea coast and snow peaks," Chernyshenko said.


FIFA President Joseph Blatter said that Russia's selection as a host of the 2018 World Cup will boost the popularity and development of soccer around the world.

"You [Russia] have held a good presentation, a very emotional presentation, you spoke from your heart, and all was clear already in the second round of the voting," Blatter told Putin during a meeting at FIFA headquarters.

"We have shown that we are ready to go to Africa, Brazil, and Russia. Eastern Europe is a huge territory where we have not been before," Blatter said.

Russia pledged to spend about $10 billion on the preparation for the World Cup and to ensure "the best conditions for players as well as for the spectators during the event," RIA Novosti reports.

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