Russen bei den Olympischen Spielen

The following biographies appeared on the official website of the London Olympics:

Alexey Korovashkov, who canoes for the Russian Federation, is listed as being born in “Ukraine Region (RUS).” Other Ukraine-born athletes were listed being born in “Lvov Region (RUS)” or “Lutsk (RUS).”

The practice was extended to athletes born in other former Soviet republics, which today Russia considers as its “sphere of influence.” Boxer David Ayrapetyan therefore was born in “Baku (RUS)” (the capital of Azerbaijan), weightlifter Alexandr Ivanov hailed from “Rustavi (RUS)” (actually in Georgia), while volleyball player Tatiana Kosheleva came from “Belorussia Region (RUS).” (full article)


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