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Putin says Russia dealing better with virus than US

first_imgTopics : Regions are gradually lifting lockdown restrictions and Moscow has reopened non-essential shops and hairdressers.The United States has the world’s largest number of cases by far at 2.07 million.Putin told state television the coronavirus pandemic had exposed “deep-seated internal crises” in the US.He criticized a lack of strong leadership on the virus situation, saying that “the [US] president says we need to do such-and-such but the governors somewhere tell him where to go.” Inequality a ‘long-standing’ US problemPutin also criticized anti-racism protests in the United States for sparking crowd violence, in his first comments on the issue.”If this fight for natural rights, legal rights, turns into mayhem and rioting, I see nothing good for the country,” the Russian leader said in his televised broadcast.He stressed he supported black Americans’ struggle for equality, calling this “a longstanding problem of the United States”.”We always in the USSR and in modern Russia had a lot of sympathy for the struggle of African-Americans for their natural rights,” he insisted.But Putin added that “when — even after crimes are committed — this takes on elements of radical nationalism and extremism, nothing good will come of this.” Putin also described the protests as a sign of “deep-seated internal crises” in the United States, linking the unrest to the coronavirus pandemic, which he said “has shone a spotlight on general problems”.He said he nevertheless expected that the “fundamental basis of American democracy will allow the country to escape this series of crisis events”.The interview was billed as Putin’s first since the start of the pandemic, but it is not clear when it was recorded.  President Vladimir Putin said in a televised interview Sunday that Russia had been more successful in dealing with the coronavirus than the United States.He contrasted the situations in the two countries, saying in Russia, “We are exiting the coronavirus situation steadily with minimal losses, God willing, in the States it isn’t happening that way.”Russia on Sunday confirmed 8,835 new virus cases, taking the total to 528,964, the third highest in the world. center_img Questions over under-reporting deaths In Russia, however, he argued, the government and regional leaders work “as one team” and do not differ from the official line.”I doubt anyone in the government or the regions would say ‘we’re not going to do what the government says, what the president says, we think it’s wrong,'” Putin said of the virus strategy.When the northern Caucasus region of Dagestan suffered particularly hard from the virus, “the whole country rallied to help”, he said.Russia has so far reported 6,948 COVID-19 fatalities, a fraction of the US total of 115,436 deaths, although critics have suggested that the remarkably low number could be down to under-reporting.Russia has now begun giving fuller information on deaths, including cases where coronavirus appeared to be the cause but was not detected by tests, as well as cases where the virus was confirmed but not considered the main cause of death.Using this new method, Russia on Saturday published official figures for virus deaths in April of 2,712, more than twice the figure of 1,152 previously reported by the task force. This represents a death rate of 2.6 percent among those infected, while officials said the death rate for May and early June would be higher. “I think the problem is that group interests, party interests are put higher than the interests of the whole of society and the interests of the people,” he said.last_img read more

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Ex-England star left homeless

first_imgThe 54-year-old was once a mainstay of the Three Lions side, winning 86 international caps between 1979 and 1988.The full-back also starred at the 1982 and 1986 World Cups.But, gambling and drink problems have seen the former Arsenal player end up on the streets.Despite once earning more than £1,000 per week and living in a £1m mansion, Sansom is now penniless.He revealed he has been homeless for 10 days, blaming his addiction troubles.“I am just a drunk. I drink as much as I can get,” he told a tabloid paper. Both the Professional Footballers’ Association and Arsenal are trying to help Sansom.His sister Mary had also been offering him a refuge until recently.Since retiring, Sansom had become a media pundit in between spells in rehab.Having begun his career at Crystal Palace before moving to Arsenal, Sansom also played for Newcastle, QPR, Coventry, Everton, Brentford and Watford.He is England’s second most-capped full-back of all-time, behind Chelsea star Ashley Cole.last_img read more

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FIFA cooperating with police over ticket scandal

first_imgFIFA are cooperating with police in the investigation looking into a ticketing scandal at the World Cup in Brazil.Reports have emerged in the media about the scam, which allegedly involves the illegal re-sale of tickets for higher than face value.With probe under way, FIFA’s marketing director Thierry Weil – the man responsible for ticketing at the organisation – released a statement confirming the body are working with the relevant authorities to get to the heart of the matter.”With regard to ‘Operation Jules Rimet’, FIFA is fully supporting the local authorities in their investigations into ticket scalping and any illegal sale of FIFA World Cup tickets,” the statement read.”FIFA’s ticketing experts will analyse the seized tickets in order to validate them as well as to assist the authorities in identifying the source of the tickets and track down the channels of those tickets.”FIFA and the local authorities will ensure that any violations will be sanctioned accordingly.”FIFA takes a firm stance against any form of violation of the ticketing regulations and is very pleased with the great collaboration with the security authorities in our joint efforts to clamp down any unauthorized ticket sales.” Police named the suspected ringleader of the scam as Algerian national Mohamadou Lamine Fofana, but FIFA denied any claims that Fofana held any links to the organisation.”Furthermore, FIFA wants to confirm that Mohamadou Lamine Fofana was never accredited for the FIFA World Cup nor had any access to any official car pool of the FIFA World Cup,” it added.”Please understand that we cannot comment further as the proceedings are ongoing.”last_img read more

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