Ramzan Kadyrov Headlines

  • Politics Ensnare Mohamed Salah and Switzerland at the World Cup

    Salah was said to be considering retiring from Egypt over interactions with a Chechen politician, and two Swiss players caused a firestorm by displaying an Albanian symbol.

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  • Messi birthday overshadowed by Argentina’s World Cup crisis

    In any other context, the gesture would have gone unnoticed: Lionel Messi received birthday greetings from Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli. The best wishes, however, came amid turmoil embroiling Sampaoli and the squad, which is on the brink of elimination from the World Cup in Russia. The captain, who turned 31 on Sunday, arrived to the training field in Bronnitsy where Sampaoli was waiting to start the session. The coach went up to Messi, giving him a kiss on...

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  • Mo Salah is reportedly considering quitting Egypt's national team forever over his controversial photo with a Chechen warlord

    Getty Images Mohamed Salah is reportedly considering quitting the Egypt national soccer team. This is allegedly because of a global fallout from a meeting he had with a Chechan warlord. Salah could feature in Egypt's upcoming World Cup match against Saudi Arabia on Monday — but there are fears the game could be Salah's last. Mohamed Salah is reportedly considering quitting the Egypt national soccer team over global fallout from a meeting he had with a Chechen warlord, CNN reports.See the...

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  • Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team

    Mohamed Salah told Egypt team officials and teammates that he is considering retiring from international play because he is angry about being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Chechnya, two people close to the player told The Associated Press Sunday.

    Washington Post
  • Sources: Salah considering retiring from national team

    Mohamed Salah told Egypt team officials and teammates that he is considering retiring from international play because he is angry about being used as a political symbol while the World Cup squad was based in Chechnya, two people close to the player told The Associated Press. Salah said he...

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  • Kickoff: Spain, Portugal can't coast to World Cup 2nd round

    Portugal and Spain opened up their World Cup campaigns with an entertaining draw. Now each team wants a routine victory to lock up its place in the knockout rounds. The first day of simultaneous matches at the tournament includes Portugal playing Iran at the same time its neighbor and rival...

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  • Mohamed Salah risks fresh controversy after being granted honourary Chechnya citizenship by Ramzan Kadyrov

    Chechnya has been hosting the Egyptian team's World Cup training camp and Kremlin-backed Kadyrov has seized on opportunities to appear alongside Salah

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  • These photos show how the World Cup is being used to whitewash everything terrible about Russia

    AP Images The World Cup is an event that brings together millions of people across the planet, and a lot of kudos to its hosts. But in 2018 the tournament is in Russia, a country with extremely serious problems. Russian leaders, including Putin and Chechen warlord Ramzan Kadyrov, have been basking in the publicity and burnishing their image. Photos of soccer heroes standing next to Russia's elite are a clear symbol of how the sporting event is being turned to political ends. If you stand...

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  • Rainbow flag on display during Putin’s World Cup speech

    The opening day of the World Cup showed different sides of Russia’s approach to gay rights, with the rainbow flag displayed during President Vladimir Putin’s speech at the first game and a British LGBT activist detained for holding a protest.

    Washington Post
  • 'We're just trying to survive it': Russian cities brace for World Cup

    The Russian prazdnik – celebration – must not be ruined at any price as hosts prepare to give enemies five-star treatment On a riverboat between the World Cup cities of Kazan and Samara last month, a Russian couple in their 50s asked earnestly whether “all these rumours” about Moscow’s poisoning of Sergei Skripal could lead the west to boycott or cancel the tournament. “Russians don’t surrender to pressure like that, we push back hard,” said Yevgeny Prigov, a hefty businessman who trades in...

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  • Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia's World Cup

    How bad is Russia's national soccer team? Even the ruthless leader of Chechnya couldn't coach it to victory — or so goes a satirical song buzzing around Russian social networks ahead of the World Cup. The Chechen strongman shot back — with a goofy patriotic rap. Instead of moping about...

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  • Mustaches, silly songs defuse tensions at Russia’s World Cup

    Russia’s national soccer team is so bad that even the ruthless leader of Chechnya couldn’t coach it to victory — at least according to a satirical song buzzing around Russian social networks ahead of the World Cup.

    Washington Post
  • Column: Salah suckered in inauspicious World Cup start

    Diego Maradona and Ronaldinho, boxer Floyd Mayweather and now, at the World Cup in Russia, Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah. The common denominator: By cozying up with Ramzan Kadyrov, they have all played their part in making the Chechen leader accused of terrible human rights abuses seem like...

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  • Morocco’s bid for 2026 World Cup in jeopardy over Western Sahara

    On the eve of the 2018 World Cup, the competition to hold the 2026 event has been engulfed in intrigue about whether President Trump's rhetoric on immigration and foreign policy will cost North America votes. What's barely discussed is the impact of a territorial conflict that is impeding Morocco's bid. Heavily criticized by FIFA for the lack of infrastructure and LGBT protections, Morocco's claims on Western Sahara also appear to be a factor for some football federations...

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  • Mo Salah, Now Starring in Chechnya

    He was apparently roused from sleep by the Chechen strongman Ramzan A. Kadyrov. Egypt’s World Cup training camp has begun.

    www.nytimes.com