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Russia winger Denis Cheryshev cleared in Spain doping probe

Spain's anti-doping agency has closed its investigation into Russia and Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev, who fell under suspicion after his father Dmitri told Russian media that his son had taken an injection containing "growth hormone" to treat an injury. "The AEPSAD has closed the investigation, the decision has been communicated to the player, the Russian anti-doping agency and the World Anti Doping Agency [WADA]," a spokesman for the Spanish Agency for Health Protection in Sport, which is responsible…

Spain’s anti-doping agency investigating alleged Denis Cheryshev injection

Spain's anti-doping agency AEPSAD has told ESPN FC it is investigating the growth hormone injection allegedly given to Denis Cheryshev by Villarreal. Cheryshev, who scored four goals in five World Cup games for Russia as they reached the World Cup quarterfinals, denied taking a banned substance following remarks attributed to his father, Dimitri, in a Russian publication last year. The publication reported Dimitri Cheryshev as saying Villarreal staff had administered the growth hormone to treat…

Alibaba goes big on Russia with joint venture focused on gaming, shopping and more

Alibaba is doubling down on Russia after the Chinese e-commerce giant launched a joint venture with one of the country’s leading internet companies. Russia is said to have over 70 million internet users, around half of its population, with countless more attracted from Russian-speaking neighboring countries. The numbers are projected to rise as, like in many parts of the world, the growth of smartphones brings more people online. Now Alibaba is moving in to ensure it is well placed to take advantage. Mail.ru, the Russia firm that offers a range of internet services including social media, email and food delivery to 100 million registered users, has teamed up with Alibaba to launch AliExpress Russia, a JV that they hope will function as a “one-stop destination” for communi...

Russia 5-1 Czech Republic: Goals galore for Russia

Russia had three players score their first national team goals, as it was party time for Russian fans all game long in Rostov-on-Don.

Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev rested for Nations League opener

Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov has rested goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev for the team’s first matches since reaching the World Cup quarterfinals. Akinfeev, the hero of the penalty shootout win over Spain, is among 11 members of the World Cup squad who will be absent for the opening Nations League game in Turkey on Sept. 7 and a home friendly against the Czech Republic three days later. First post WC Russia squad: 🇷🇺 Guilherme, Lunev, Shunin Dzhikiya, Kutepov, Kudryashov, Nabiullin, Smolnikov, Neustadter, Rausch, Semenov, Mario Fernandes Gazinskiy, Stotskiy, Zobnin, Erokhin, Kuzyaev, Ionov, Kambolov, Mogilevets, Cheryshev, Shvets Dzyuba, Zabolotnyy, Poloz — Russian Football News (@RusFootballNews) August 27, 2018 Three of those players have retired from internationals, wh...

Facebook and Twitter remove hundreds of accounts linked to Iranian and Russian political meddling

Facebook has removed hundreds of accounts and pages for what it calls “coordinated inauthentic behavior,” generally networks of ostensibly independent outlets that were in fact controlled centrally by Russia and Iran. Some of these accounts were identified as much as a year ago. In a post by the company’s head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, the company described three major operations that it had monitored and eventually rolled up with the help of security firm FireEye. The latter provided its own initial analysis, with more to come. Notably, few or none of these were focused on manipulating the 2018 midterm elections here in the states, but rather had a variety of topics and apparent goals. The common theme is certainly attempting to sway political opinion — just not in Ohio...

Valencia sign Denis Cheryshev on season-long loan from Villarreal

Russia World Cup star Denis Cheryshev will join Valencia on loan from Villarreal for the 2018-19 season. Valencia released a statement on Tuesday confirming that a deal had been agreed for the winger. Cheryshev, 27, scored four goals to help Russia to the quarterfinals of the World Cup this summer. He began his career at Real Madrid in 2002, playing over 100 times for the B team, but rarely made a first-team appearance and joined Sevilla and Villarreal on loan before signing permanently for the club in 2016.

DHS launches a new cyber hub to coordinate against threats to US infrastructure

Among the many things the current administration has been criticized for is its lack of a unified strategy to combat cyber threats, especially in light of ongoing election interference and psy ops perpetrated by Russia. The Department of Homeland Security is advancing the ball with the creation of the National Risk Management Center, intended on protecting critical infrastructure from attacks and subversion by online adversaries. The NRMC was announced today at a cyber summit in New York held by the agency, where DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen explained the purpose and justification for this new entity. Remarkably, she directly contradicted the ongoing soft-pedaling by the Executive of Russian operations targeting the country. “Let me be clear: Our intelligence community had it right. It w...

Russian hackers already targeted a Missouri senator up for reelection in 2018

A Democratic senator seeking reelection this fall appears to be the first identifiable target of Russian hacking in the 2018 midterm race. In a new story on the Daily Beast, Andrew Desiderio and Kevin Poulsen reported that Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill was targeted in a campaign-related phishing attack. That clears up one unspecified target from last week’s statement by Microsoft’s Tom Burt that three midterm election candidates had been targeted by Russian phishing campaigns. The report cites its own forensic research in determining the attacker is likely Fancy Bear, a hacking group believed to be affiliated with Russian military intelligence. “We did discover that a fake Microsoft domain had been established as the landing page for phishing attacks, and we saw metadata tha...

Russia’s Vladimir Putin wants World Cup stadiums used for football

A quick run through of the 2018 FIFA World Cup that took place between 14 June – 15 July 2018. KALININGRAD, Russia — Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that the country’s 12 World Cup venues should be mainly used for football, and not transformed into concert halls or exhibition centres. Russia hosted the World Cup in 11 cities in June and July without any major security or discriminatory incidents, receiving praise from fans and global football governing body FIFA. The country’s efforts are now turning to ensure that the venues and infrastructure built for the month-long tournament do not fall into disuse. Speaking at a meeting of government and sports officials at the World Cup stadium in Kaliningrad, Putin said the government would financially suppor...

Russian indictments show that the U.S. needs federal oversight of election security

Adam Eichen Contributor Phoebe Wong Contributor Phoebe Wong is executive director of EqualCitizens.US, a democracy reform non profit based in Washington DC. She was formerly a senior economist at the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and consultant at the World Bank. President Trump’s Helsinki summit with Vladimir Putin, on the heels of twelve Russian intelligence officials indicted for hacking the 2016 election, made it clear that this administration has zero commitment to protect our elections from future Russian attacks. These events should remind us of an alarming fact we can no longer afford to ignore: our elections are not secure. As a nation, we underfund and neglect election security. So, much like our aging infrastructure, our election infrastructure is severely outdat...

France will not retaliate to closure of trade mission in Russia – Ambassador

Murmansk (Russia) – France is not planning to retaliate symmetrically to the recent decision of the Russian authorities to suspend the operation of the French government agency — Business France in Russia, French Ambassador in Russia Sylvie Bermann said on Tuesday. French President Emmanuel Macron signs the ‘gold book’ at The Presidential State House in Abuja on July 3, 2018.French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Abuja for a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu Buhari, in his latest attempt to forge closer ties with English-speaking Africa. / AFP PHOTO / French President Emmanuel Macron signs the ‘gold book’ at The Presidential State House in Abuja on July 3, 2018.French President Emmanuel Macron has arrived in Abuja for a meeting with his Nigerian counterpart Muhammadu...

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