A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Columnists’ Opinions Should Olympic flameout disqualify Russia? Opinionline 7:16 p.m. EDT October 9, 2013 What people are saying about the brief outage. Torchbearer Savarsh Karapetyan indicates that his flame has blown out in Moscow on Sunday. (Photo: APTN via AP) SHARECONNECT 2 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE Frank Jannuzi, The Huffington Post : “The torch and the Olympic Charter symbolize peaceful competition, fair play, camaraderie and a chance to express one’s individual spirit. Tellingly, an errant gust of wind briefly extinguished the flame Sunday (before) it reached the hands of President Vladimir Putin. An aide relit the torch, but it may not burn so brightly in Putin’s Russia, where speaking your mind or celebrating your sexual orientation or gender identity can land you in jail. Russia’s crackdown on freedom of expression should offend sports fans and human rights activists everywhere.” Colin Schultz, Smithsonian.com : “To be fair to the Russian president, this isn’t the first time the Olympic torch has flamed out. In 2012, during the torch relay for the London Games, the flame went out on the third day, the result of a faulty burner. In 2008, the Olympic flame, this time on its way to Beijing, was snuffed out multiple times while traveling under armed guard through Paris. … As the years go by, the torch relays are getting more and more complicated.
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Russias Finance Ministry is calling on state companies to increase payouts to at least 35 percent of profit under international accounting standards from 2016. Gazprom has the biggest weighting on the Micex at 15.8 percent, while Sberbank has the second largest at 14.5 percent. Were seeing investors switching into blue-chip stocks, Bragin said by phone. The government is pushing for higher dividends among state companies, this is a positive signal for investors in Gazprom, Rosneft, Transneft. Crude oil fell 0.1 percent to $103.34 in New York. Russia receives about half of its budget revenue from the oil and natural-gas industries. Cheapest Valuations The Micex has added 3.4 percent in five days. Even after the rally, Russian equities have the cheapest valuations among 21 emerging economies monitored by Bloomberg, with shares on the index trading at 4.5 times projected 12-month earnings, compared with a multiple of 10.5 for the MSCI Emerging Markets Index. Ten-day price swings on the Micex subsided to 15.305 from 15.329 yesterday. The dollar-denominated RTS Index (RTSI$) retreated 0.2 percent to 1,469.19. President Barack Obama said yesterday that the U.S. economy risks a very deep recession if Congress doesnt raise the debt ceiling. Obama spoke after he called House Speaker John Boehner to reiterate that he wont negotiate on a government-funding bill or debt-limit increase, said Brendan Buck , a Boehner spokesman.
Markets closed Russia’s Terrifying Form Of ‘Homemade Heroin’ Seems To Be Spreading Across The US By Michael Kelley | Business Insider 10 hours ago Vice An highly addictive and destructive drug concocted using lighter fluid, paint thinner, matchboxes, and codeine tablets has made its way from Russia to America and it now appears to be spreading. Known as krokodil (“crocodile” in Russian), the drug can turn skin greenish and scaly by destroying tissue and blood vessels. It originated in Russian in 2003 as an inexpensive substitute for heroin. Last month doctors in Arizona treated patients who said they had taken the drug, and this week a doctor in Illinois says that he has treated at least three patients who reported use of the drug and presented its symptoms. It is a horrific way to get sick. The smell of rotten flesh permeates the room,” Dr. Abhin Singla, director of Addition Services at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, Ill., told The Times Weekly . “Intensive treatment and skin grafts are required, but they often are not enough to save limbs or lives. Krokodil’s psychoactive agent, desomorphine, was first synthesized in the U.S. in 1932 as a less nauseous and less addictive substitute for morphine. But desomorphine is actually eight to 10 times as potent as morphine and may be more addictive because its effects are more rapid. Max Ehrenfreund of The Washington Post notes that about 10 years ago, Russians discovered how to synthesize desomorphine at home using codeine, paint thinner, lighter fluid, hydorcloric acid, and red phosphorous (which can be gleaned from the sides of matchboxes). The resulting drug, which is usually taken intravenously, is devastating to the body. (The pictures are horrifying.) When you use the krokodil .
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Madonna The Material Girl sparked controversy when she spoke out in defense of Russia’s LGBT community during a St. Petersburg stop on her MDNA World Tour last year. Performing in black lingerie with the words “No Fear” scrawled on her bare back, Madonna urged the audience — most wearing pink wrist bands distributed at the door — to “show your love and appreciation to the gay community.” “We want to fight for the right to be free,” she said at the time, Reuters reported. Click here for the full story. Johnny Weir The U.S. figure skater (pictured on left, with husband Victor Voronov) has spoken out against a planned boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, warning that those hurt most would be the athletes who have “dedicated their lives to possibly having their lone life-changing moment.” “The Olympics are not a political statement, they are a place to let the world shine in peace and let them marvel at their youthful talents,” he wrote. “I respect the LGBT community full heartedly, but I implore the world not to boycott the Olympic Games because of Russias stance on LGBT rights or lack thereof.” Click here for the full story. Lady Gaga “The Russian government is criminal,” the Mother Monster tweeted in August. “Oppression will be met with revolution. Russian LGBTs you are not alone. We will fight for your freedom.” She also noted: “Sending bravery to LGBTs in Russia. The rise in government abuse is archaic. Hosing teenagers with pepper spray?