Russia Gets Black Eye In Heavyweight Bout

Russia says some Greenpeace activists to face new charges

Singer-songwriter Nikolai Yemelin, Povetkin’s favorite artist, clad in chain mail for the occasion, intoned: “We have had to fight many wars, so we mixed blood into our land to live free!” Povetkin’s nickname, Russky Vityaz, or Russian Warrior, was embroidered in gold across the band of his shorts. Klitschko, known as Dr. Steelhammer, was clad in a red robe with the logo of Interpipe, the metals company of Ukrainian billionaire Victor Pinchuk. He walked out to “Can’t Stop” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: “Can’t stop, addicted to the shindig, chop top, he says I’m gonna win big.” After Povetkin’s grand entrance, Klitschko’s appeared sarcastic and deliberately Westernized. Then came the national anthems. Jazz singer Jamala belted out the hope-filled Ukrainian song a capella. Iosif Kobzon, a veteran crooner and pro-Putin parliament deputy, delivered a solemn rendition of the Russian one, a pompous, brassy Soviet-era number with new lyrics written during Putin’s reign. “I’m watching a fight for the first time but I cannot root for poor taste, I’m sorry,” Ksenia Sobchak, a Russian opposition activist, wrote on Twitter. “Kobzon, the gold and the hellish music — that’s too much for me as a newbie.” The subsequent fight could hardly bear the weight of all the symbolism. Klitschko, almost four inches taller than his opponent and in strikingly better shape, dominated from the first moment. His gaze cold and calculating, he kept Povetkin at bay with his trademark left jab. By the seventh round the Russian’s face was a puffy, discolored mass. As Klitschko danced away on the long, perfect legs of a Greek Olympian or arrogantly leaned on his rival, Povetkin huffed and puffed, struggling to get in a heavy punch and maybe get lucky. In the seventh round, Klitschko knocked Povetkin down again and again, raining punches on his head. The stubborn Russian was reeling but would not give up.

1 hour ago Moscow (AFP) – Russian investigators said Wednesday several of the 30 Greenpeace activists already charged with piracy over their Arctic oil drilling protest were set to face additional charges for “other grave crimes”. The Moscow-based Investigative Committee said the authorities had found “narcotic substances” on the Dutch-flagged Arctic Sunrise ship detained by Russia. They added that some of the equipment on the vessel was of “dual purpose” and “could have been used not just for ecological purposes”. Investigators also said that they were working to determine who exactly “rammed coast guard motor boats on purpose, preventing border guards from fulfilling their duties” and putting their life and health at risk. “Taking into consideration the data received in the course of the investigation of the criminal case, the charge already filed against everyone is set to be adjusted,” the Investigative Committee said. Greenpeace activist Faiza Oulahsen, from the Netherlands, is pictured at the Leninsky district Court “It’s obvious to the investigation that a number of individuals will be charged with committing other grave crimes,” it said. “Also, during the search of the ship narcotic substances have been confiscated — presumably poppy straw and morphine. The origin of these substances and their purpose is also being established.” Greenpeace spokesman Aaron Gray-Block declined immediate comment. Last week, Russian investigators charged the ship’s 30 activists from 18 countries, including a freelance photojournalist and freelance videographer, with piracy which carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison. The activists were last month placed in pre-trial detention for two months. A protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the detention of Greenpeace activists in Earlier Wednesday, Greenpeace chief Kumi Naidoo asked for a meeting with President Vladimir Putin, saying he was willing to travel to Russia at any moment to secure the activists’ release. “Were our friends to be released on bail, I offer myself as security against the promise that the 28 Greenpeace International activists will answer for their peaceful protest according to the criminal code of Russia,” he said in an open letter to Putin. Putin has said that the activists “of course are not pirates” but his spokesman Dmitry Peskov later said the Kremlin strongman had expressed his personal opinion. Crime & Justice

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