PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA—Alex is 33 and lives in Russia. He politely asks not to give his last name. His friend Vitaly is 36 and prefers to keep his name private too. How do people know Alex is from Russia? He’s wearing a baseball hat that says “Love Russia” and waving a giant Russian flag and wearing an Alex Ovechkin jersey. Vitaly is similarly dressed, except his hat says “All U Need Is Russia.” He’s waving a giant flag, too. Those were just a few of the clues. The two friends were strolling through Olympic Park outside the Gangneung Hockey Center on Friday afternoon. They were asked how they felt about Russia technically being banned from these Olympics.
CBS News Logo The most dangerous cities in America, rankedViolent crime stats25. Nashville, TennesseeThe anomaly of Nashville24. Chicago, IllinoisChicago's murder rate23. Minneapolis, MinnesotaMinneapolis' high rape and robbery rates22. Buffalo, New YorkBuffalo's robbery rate20 (tie). Albuquerque, New MexicoSteep rise in crime in Albuquerque20 (tie). Beaumont, TexasBeaumont's biggest spike in crime19. Springfield, IllinoisAggravated assaults in Springfield18. Washington, D.C.Washington's falling violent crime rate17. Anchorage, AlaskaAnchorage's property crime spike16. Lansing, MichiganLansing's rape rate15. Toledo, OhioToledo's falling property crime14. San Bernardino, CaliforniaSan Bernardino's unsolved homicides13. Springfield, MissouriSpringfield's police force12. Indianapolis, IndianaIndianapolis burglaries10 (tie). Stockton, CaliforniaStockton's economy and crime10 (tie). Oakland, CaliforniaOakland's robbery rates9. Little Rock, ArkansasLittle Rock's aggravated assault rate8. Milwaukee, WisconsinMilwaukee's crime levels7. Cleveland, OhioCleveland's police relations6. Kansas City, MissouriKansas City's violent crime spike5. Rockford, IllinoisRockford's deadly year4. Baltimore, MarylandBaltimore's violent crime spike3. Memphis, TennesseeMemphis' police force2. St. Louis, MissouriSt. Louis' murder rate1. Detroit, MichiganDetroit's increase in violent crime
In 2016, the U.S. saw a 3.4 percent uptick in violent crime compared with the previous year, the FBI reported, although overall it remains near historic lows. There were about 386 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2016, according to the FBI, which classifies murder, non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault as violent crimes. These are the U.S. cities with the highest rates of violent crime in 2016, the most recent year available from the FBI. ... [Read more]
TOULOUSE, France: Russia striker Fedor Smolov has claimed Russian fans who attacked England supporters in Marseille last week were simply acting after being “provoked” by their English counterparts. Three Russian fans were handed jail terms by the French authorities last week for their role in attacking England supporters. Meanwhile, on Saturday a group of 20 Russian football fans, including far-right agitator Alexander Shprygin, were expelled from France for their role in organized attacks against England fans in Marseille. “I’d like the supporters to go on backing us. As for everything that goes on around us, there’s a number of videos…... [Read more]
Two Russian nationals, arrested in France last summer for fights with English football fans during the 2016 UEFA Euro Cup, have been released from prison and deported to Russia, France Press news agency reported on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila). One more fan, Nikolai Morozov, was released and sent back to Russia earlier, in December. The two Russian fans at the issue, Alexei Yerunov and Sergei Gorbachev, were detained last summer following mass disturbances involving Russian and English fans on June 11, ahead and during the match of their national teams hosted by Marseille. After the match, on June 14, French…... [Read more]
SOCHI, RUSSIA—It is, paradoxically, a “Summer Capital” that will host the Winter Games. As southern as it’s possible to get in Russia — 1600 kilometres from Moscow — in a subtropical climate zone of swaying palm trees and shingled beaches, studded with posh resorts frequented by celebrities and government elites. President Vladimir Putin has a dacha here, as did Stalin in the bad old Soviet Union days. The humidity is comparable to Louisiana and tourist brochures promise 300 days of sunshine a year. Little wonder they’ve been prudently storing snow underground in case of a weather emergency — lessons learned…... [Read more]
LIMA, PERU—If the Russians are worried about missing the upcoming Winter Olympics, one of their key leaders certainly isn’t showing it. Alexander Zhukov, a Russian member of the International Olympic Committee, told The Associated Press “all of them are going to Pyeongchang” when asked this week if he had any concerns about how the doping investigation in his country might affect eligibility for the Olympics next February. “Most of the Russian athletes are training in major competitions” this winter, said Zhukov, who also serves as head of Russia’s Olympic committee. “And they’re preparing. I understand all of them are going…... [Read more]