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No World Cup hooligans? Russia says told you so

first_img0Shares0000Brazil fans cheer on Nikolskaya street in Moscow which has become the scene of a daily street party © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 27 – Hooligans have been conspicuously absent from the World Cup and Russia’s sense of vindication is palpable.The beating muscle-bound Russian thugs inflicted on England supporters in France during Euro 2016 was still a major talking point in the run-up to the biggest event in sport. Violence became a leitmotif of British and the broader media’s coverage and a foil used by critics of President Vladimir Putin’s rule.Few things insensed Moscow more than another retelling of the chairs thrown and punches landed in Marseille.Now the group stage of matches is over and little has disturbed the peace besides the all-night singing of happy fans in the streets.Some things have gone wrong.Russian hooligans clashed with England fans in Marseille during Euro 2016 © AFP / LEON NEALArgentina got fined after its supporters pounced on a Croatia rival and kicked him while he was down in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.Three England fans were banned for performing an anti-Semitic song in a Volgograd pub.And several female TV reporters have been groped and sexually harassed while doing their job.But the host nation has emerged largely unblemished and the naysayers are being proven wrong.This is Russia’s “told you so” moment — and state media are relishing every minute of it.“The British press used ‘those scary Russians’ to frighten its fans so much ahead of the World Cup that most of them decided to stay home,” Channel One television said in a typical evening news broadcast.“Now it looks like the fans who did come are no longer reading the English papers.”Vesti television said all the good news coming out of Russia “is probably especially difficult for Western politicians to hear.”– Carrots and sticks –Plenty of European media had actually stopped predicting a World Cup bloodbath by the final months of preparations.Security experts say hooligans may flex their muscle again when the police presence relaxes after the World Cup © AFP / Mladen ANTONOVVarious hooligans told Western reporters that the Kremlin had been using a carrot-and-stick approach to ensure Russia was not embarrassed with the world watching.The feared FSB security service locked up several hooligan leaders to signal they meant business after decades of doing little to counter football fights.Others were interrogated in night raids on their apartments and given two options: either vanish for the duration of the World Cup or face years in jail for the most minor offence.“From what they told me, Russian fans never intended to start anything during the World Cup,” said Moscow Echo radio sports commentator Alexei Durnovo.Security analysts said the bigger danger is probably coming from supporters of other teams with flourishing football underworlds.Experts said these include countries in the Balkans and the traditional powerhouse Germany. England is always a menace and the Nordic states are starting to make noise of their own.Russia says it is managing to avert violence by deploying a so-called Fan ID system that requires each ticket holder to undergo a security background check.Those who passed are only allowed stadium entry with a card featuring their photo and a personal identity chip.“There is little question that the Fan ID system has played its role,” said independent Russian security analyst Alexander Golts.Less certain is what happens to the Russian hooligan culture once all the tourists clear out and the much less glamorous domestic football season kicks off in September.Russian hooliganism monitor Robert Ustian said authorities were all but certain to relax the rules because they had been collaborating with far-right movements for years.The “firms” that hooligan leaders run are highly hierarchical and can be mobilised at any moment should the Kremlin require a show of support on the streets.“Let’s ask ourselves why Russia can’t always be like it is during the World Cup,” said Ustian.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Lawyers for Omar Khadr relatives of slain US soldier set to square

first_imgA lawyer for the widow of an American soldier killed in Afghanistan is slated to square off in court in Toronto on Thursday against counsel for Omar Khadr.Tabitha Speer and a former U.S. soldier are trying to go after Khadr’s assets.They want an injunction aimed at preserving any money the federal government paid Khadr for breaching his rights. Ottawa reportedly paid the former Guantanamo Bay prisoner $10.5 million last week.The action comes as they seek to have a Canadian court enforce a US$134-million award against Khadr from Utah.In response, a lawyer for Khadr argues the injunction application should be rejected.He says it’s unlikely a Canadian court would enforce the Utah award and that Khadr has a right to keep his financial affairs private.last_img

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Professor Muhammad Samad made DU pro VC

first_imgDhaka UniversityMuhammad Samad, a professor of Institute of Social Welfare and Research of Dhaka University (DU) has been appointed as the new pro vice-chancellor (Administration) of the university.Confirming the information DU vice-chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman said chancellor of the university president Md Abdul Hamid appointed him as pro-vice chancellor for next 4 years.The post fell vacant since 4 September of last year after the president appointed the former pro vice-chancellor (Administration) professor Md Akhtaruzzaman as acting vice chancellor of the university.Professor Muhammad Samad is the running convener of DU pro-Awami League Blue Panel Teachers and the president of Jatiyo Kobita Parishad.Immediately after his appointment pro-VC Muhammad Samad told UNB that he would try to develop the relation between teachers and students and promote the university educational systems.last_img read more

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Winds of Change

first_imgWhen the new government is picking pace, the sakes of investment and economy raise on the cards a sense for the art investments is running in all minds. Focusing this Creativity Art Gallery is showcasing their best refined artists with the show Winds of Change for the correct investment for modern enthusiast collectors. The separation of modern and contemporary in an in vain topic to discuss but all we require is exact direction to stream the investment in exact direction. The exhibition will include best and fresh collection of popular artists like, Binoy Verghse, Geroge Martin PJ, Farhad Hussain, Jagdish Chinthala, Chandra Bhattacharya and Tejinder kanda. The show is confined to promote high end paintings in affordable price ranges. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Discussing this aspect gallery is launching this marvellous show with plenty of collections by these discussed artists. ‘The gallery earned fantabulous response in last India Art Fair and following that this was the most awaited concept’ says curator Debabrota Das.  The gallery also mentions that the wind of buying only modern artists work was well in form till last month but with these new political changes the economy and scopes of every sector is well expected, and following this only the show is entitled as Winds of Change. The participating artists are – Binoy Verghse, Chandra Bhattacharya, Farhad Hussain, Jagdish Chinthala, Tejinder Kanda.Where:  Creativity Art Gallery, 29, GF, Hauz Khas Village Where: 18 to 30 May Timings: 10:30 am – 7:30Pmlast_img read more