Staunton, December 14 – One out of every five Russians who chose to take part in a poll conducted by EurAsia Daily, a portal devoted to foreign policy questions and attracting specialists, said they favored sending agents to deal with WADA officials after the latter banned Russian athletes for using and concealing their use of performance-enhancing drugs.
Visitors to the portal (eadaily.com/ru/poll/) were offered five choices, ranging from ignoring the WADA decision to taking executive action, US-based Russian journalist Kseniya Kirillova says. What is disturbing is that so many of those taking part favored the latter (kasparov.ru/material.php?id=5DF4F32EACF9F).
Over the course of three days this week, the journalist says, the site reported that 3905 people had visited to record their views. Seven percent chose the softest option – “simply protest and forget the next four years, ten percent voted for a policy that would declare all functionaries of WADA and the International Olympic Committee persona non grata.
The largest share – 61.4 percent – said they favored “breaking all contracts for televising he championships and launching investigations into the actions of the WADA bureaucrats.” But 21.4 percent said they were for what Kirillova called “the most savage” response – “dispatching two tourists to visit the Montreal cathedral.”
This phrase, as the journalist points out, echoes the words used by the two GRU killers who were sent to Britain to attack former GRU officer Sergey Skripal and his daughter but who told British authorities that they were “tourists who had come to Salisbury out of curiosity about the gothic cathedral.”
A new Russian board game, “Ours in Salisbury,” always uses those words in its description of the game’s “heroes” as they travel through Europe. Clearly, these terms have now spread into the population and the slogan “We can do it again” not applies not just to World War II “but to political murders in Western countries.”