World Cup 2018: Major crisis to come out of the blue?

The World Cup is kicking off in Russia on June 14. The West has taken a number of attempts to make it fail, although to no avail. However, it is too early for Russia to relax and enjoy the world's biggest sports festival


[ Editor’s note: I have been predicting for some time that there will be some form of nefarious event, most likely involving the Ukrainian gangster regime, timed to coincide with the World Cup in Russia. They just can’t allow Russia to host such an event without doing something to spoil it and tarnish Russia’s image. The publication of this article by Pravda shows that the Russians share my suspicions. Ian ]

World Cup 2018: Major crisis to come out of the blue?

It is worthy of note that the five-day war with Georgia and Maidan riots in Ukraine started on the eve of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and shortly before 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang took place against the backdrop of massive anti-Russian hysteria over the use of doping in sports.

Political scientist Leonid Krutakov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru that modern sport is a political phenomenon. The Ukrainian crisis began when Russia was shackled by the Winter Olympics. As soon as the Games ended, “green men” appeared in the Crimea. It is quite possible that something similar may start again this summer.

“Putin’s tough warning to Ukraine about the loss of statehood may stop them. At the same time, though, Kiev proceeds from the national interests of the United States, rather than those of Ukraine. Therefore, if Washington gives Kiev a go-ahead, the Ukrainians will do as they are told,” Leonid Krutakov said in an interview with Pravda.Ru.

The expert believes that the anti-Russian hysteria is not going to subside during the World Cup 2018. At the same time, he added, a lot of people, who will come to Russia for football matches, will see that the country differs a lot from what Heather Nauert described as a squid with many tentacles.

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  1. It might be that FIFA’s recent US (along with Canada and Mexico) winning the WC 2026 hosting could shush the global terror paradists for some time now. But armies are nevertheless building up around Baltics attempting to disrupt Nord Stream at any cost. Hope they fail.

  2. Mostly, the following fact is not discussed very much because most people anticipate some crazy military action by the Ukraine government.

    This government closed the Northern Krim Canal in 2014, which brought much needed water – mostly for the agriculture of the peninsula, but also for the vegetation – from the Dnepr to the Krim. Since then, they refused to reopen the canal. This has devastating effects on the vegetation and for the the people of the Krim.

    Although this kind of political blackmail is clearly forbidden under international law, Ukraine does this anyway and as of yet, they got away with it. The only thing Russia can do is to use the new bridge and bulid water pipelines beneath it. A rough official estimation states that 60-70% of the vegetation now is dead. It took about 20 years after the Russian development of the canal (400km long, 12m*6m) to develop the agricultural structure, using the Dnepr river.

    This is one of the greatest problems, the Krim faces day to day.

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