Here is the Sputnik news reply. It is a smear campaign.
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They are trash, the hooligans. Absolute utter trash.
It is unbelievable today, to young Russians of my generation, when older people talk about Soviet Union, 40, 50, 60 years ago, how, back then, it was fine, safe, to bring your kid to a football/soccer game!
Now? Forget about it
Here, one average Russian soccer game:
Bloodied man led away by riot cop after a brawl in the stands, you can see torn off, smashed up chairs in the background
Fan/hooligan who got stabbed in his leg during the brawl
Someone getting arrested nearby outside the stadium
Spent casing and blood, I guess someone also got shot too, at the stadium, for good measure
This what these motherfuckers have turned Russian football into...
And the government, the authorities, mostly just let them. Yeah, police can arrest them, for public drunkenness and disorderly and conduct and such, they sit around in jail for a few days, and then go back on the streets, to cause more mayhem at stadiums, and not only at stadiums.
Moscow has four major soccer teams (Spartak, Dynamo, Lokomotiv, and CSKA) and whenever they play each other, or some other big team, especially Zenit from St. Petersburg (HUGE rival of Spartak) comes to town, the Metro, the subway system, turns into a fucking battle zone
And government just allows this. Simply because they want these assholes around to, as I said, use them for own needs, from time to time...
I'm sure the days are gone when a grandfather can take his grandson to a soccer match and feel safe
Just to make sure. I wouldn't dare question you about Putin's dealings with the underworld, mostly cause I absolutely believe you. The economic boom in Russia in the mid 2000s had fuck all to do with Putin. He just took credit for it. But had the democratic Russia been allowed to live I am sure the Russian people would not be suffering from a halved GDP and a Beria's Cheka like domestic oppression.
It's shame. The country and its people have such immense potential, and yet its being stifled by a brutal dictator.
Seems reasonable to me that the same thing happened here. They went to Yale and Harvard, got law degrees, and went to work for Goldman Sachs. Why would you risk your life selling drugs when you can send your kids off to Wall Street (i.e., Washington)?
Eventually our justice system has to catch up... doesn't it?
Alexei Smertin named as Russia’s anti-racism inspector before 2018 World Cup
“There’s no racism in Russia, because it doesn’t exist,” he said on the BBC’s World Football programme. “It is something against the opposition, not against a person.
“Racism in Russia is like fashion,” Smertin added. “It comes from abroad, from different countries. It was never, ever here before. Ten years ago, some fans may have given a banana to black guys – it was just for fun. I think the media is making the wrong image of Russia.”