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Russia to Host 2023 World Ice Hockey Championships

The city's Ice Palace, built for the 2000 world championships, will also host games in 2023

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Russian fans in Slovakia on May 21. RFERL

The city of St. Petersburg has been chosen to host the 2023 world ice hockey championships, bringing the tournament back to Russia for the first time since 2016.

The International Ice Hockey Federation said on May 24 that it had also chosen the Czech cities of Prague and Ostrava for the 2024 championships, while the 2025 tournament will be co-hosted by Sweden and Denmark, though the host cities have yet to be determined.

As part of its bid, Russian officials pledged to build a 23,000-seat arena in central St. Petersburg for the tournament.

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As part of its bid, Russian officials pledged to build a 23,000-seat arena in central St. Petersburg for the tournament. RFERL

The city’s Ice Palace, built for the 2000 world championships, will also host games in 2023.

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Russia, which combined with the Soviet Union has won gold at the world championships a record 27 times, plays Finland on May 25 in the semifinals of this year’s tournament, being held in Slovakia.

Canada plays the Czech Republic in the second semifinal, with the gold medal match to be played on May 26. The Swiss cities of Zurich and Lausanne will host next year’s championships, followed by the Belarusian capital, Minsk, and Latvia’s Riga in 2021. (RFERL)

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Russia Accuses Facebook, Google of Election Interference

“This can be considered foreign meddling into Russia’s state sovereignty and interference with the country’s democratic process,” the watchdog said in a statement

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FILE - In this April 30, 2019, file photo, Facebook stickers are laid out on a table at F8, Facebook's developer conference in San Jose, Calif. The Boston-based renewable energy developer Longroad Energy announced in May that Facebook is building a… VOA

Many materials published on Facebook and Google resources can be considered interference in Russia’s internal affairs, said an official of the Russian Central Election Commission.

On Sunday, municipal and regional elections were held across Russia, with a total of 22 administrative centres electing city parliaments, and three regional capitals electing heads of municipalities, Sputnik news agency reported.

“Much of what is published there can be attributed to those materials that directly affect a person who is making a choice,” said Nikolai Bulayev, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Central Election Commission.

“If there is an influence, I’m sure that this can be considered as interference in internal affairs,” Bulayev told reporters.

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FILE – A woman walks past the logo for Google at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai, Nov. 5, 2018. VOA

On the day of the elections, Russia’s communication watchdog, Roskomnadzor, said that it had determined that several US Internet giants — Google, Facebook and Youtube — had featured politically charged advertisements on their platforms, which constituted foreign meddling in Russia’s electoral procedures.

“After monitoring various media platforms on the day of the elections, it has been determined that Google’s search engine, the Facebook social media platform and Youtube’s video hosting service featured political advertisements.

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“This can be considered foreign meddling into Russia’s state sovereignty and interference with the country’s democratic process,” the watchdog said in a statement.

The Russian parliamentary upper house’s Commission on Protecting State Sovereignty will look into possible foreign meddling in the country’s local elections in the second half of September, the commission’s chairman Andrei Klimov said on Sunday. (IANS)