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David Scott Of 'Real Sports' Talks Chechen Leader's Use Of MMA To Raise Profile

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 07 / 18 / 17

A professional MMA club owned by military dictator Ramzan Kadyrov is gaining prominence in the combat sports world, just as reports of gay men being persecuted in Kadyrov's Chechnya are making waves internationally. For Tuesday night's episode of HBO's "Real Sports," correspondent David Scott i...

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Russia Wants More Auto Racing

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Russian Railways Targeted For Lokomotiv Asset

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Ukrainian Club Set To Pull Out Of League

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MMA Fighter Seeks Russian Citizenship

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Russia Lacks The Hotels For 2018 World Cup

Russia Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said that a "lack of hotel accommodation for teams and officials is a major problem" facing 2018 World Cup organizers, according to the AP. Mutko added that "the most severe problem is related to accommodating guests of the World Cup, with the hotels." Four of the ...

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NTV-Plus Secures RPL Rights

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Russian TV Loses Rights To Qualifier

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WC Laborers Complain Of Not Being Paid

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Russia Adds To World Cup Budget

The Russian government proposed a 2% increase to its budget for the 2018 World Cup on Monday, "reversing a trend of repeated cuts this year," according to the AP. A document written by the Sports Ministry envisages an increase of 12.5B rubles ($175M), taking the budget to 643.8B rubles ($9B). That d ...

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