Jacob Sweetman: Of Pechstein and Haag, a winter's tale

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lack of knowledge

Hi marina, I'm not quite sure what you're getting at here.I merely pointed out the hypocrisy of the governments of western europe in regards to the subject. I agree, largely, with your point about the problems in Russia but have not claimed to know enough at any point to go much further than that. Cheers, jacob

Sweetman more than 3 years ago

lack of knowledge

the fact you're equating the situation of the press in the UK to its situation in Russia shows the little knowledge you have of current affairs in Putin's Russia. Sorry.

Marina more than 3 years ago

You are, of course, right...

... Marine. And cheers for the comment, but I'd like to add a couple of things. For starters, as the Sport columnis here, it was the obvious subject for me to write about, but that is not to denigrate your point. however part of me is deeply uncomfortable with the ways in which the Governments of the country in which I have lived for 7 years, and the government of the country I grew up in are also (delete as appropriate) lying racist dogs, who have whored themselves out to the NSA, and are waging a war aginst the poorest in society and destroying many of the things i loved about the place(s) in the first place. The hypocrisy of the British governments' condemning Russian hounding of the press whilst doing it themselves is a case in point.

At the very least, and this is where the comment at hand comes in, there is a comparative legal parity for LGBT people in germany.

Putin does, however, need to be held up and brought to account. But the craven governments of Western Europe will not be the ones to do it, sadly.

Cheers,
jacob

Sweetman more than 3 years ago

boycott Putin not Sochi!

It strikes me as so ironic how everyone as you, Mr Sweetman agonize over the wrong alternative: to boycott, or not to boycott the Winter Games in Sochi. But the problem is not so much the Olympics (although i do agree, it is becoming a sickeningly decadent genre, yes, 50 billion is too much) and the moral right for such or such athlete to participate to an event that means everything to him/her, neither it is Putin's anti-gay stance. No, Mr Sweetman, the actual issue is Putin's Russia, a country where a few oligarchs are obscenely rich, a vast majority of Russians worryingly poor, and in which ostracism, racism, intolerance towards any kind of minorities is a fact of everyday life, often encouraged and manipulated by the power; A country where many people are jailed on forged accusations, justice is on demand and bribes feed the overall system. A country where democracy is a travesty.... This said, I'm asking myself: why insist on spoiling the athletes' careers and the fans' fun? Why not rather ask our leaders why they've been so lenient with Mr Putin? The political and economic relationship between Germany's political elite and Russia's shadiest business players such as Gazprom is no secret - does anyone care? Speaking of ethics and morality, why not start with business and everyday politics? Why not bug our politicians instead of harassing athletes?

Marina more than 3 years ago

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