Brit fans heading to the World Cup in Russia told ‘be quiet as mice – or else’ — The Scottish Sun

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Russian hooligans broke cover yesterday to warn England World Cup fans: “Be quiet as mice – or else.”

It came after British MPs said their political counterparts in Russia had praised their hooligans who attacked England fans at Euro 2016.

Russian hooligans broke cover yesterday to warn England World Cup fans: 'Be quiet as mice – or else'
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Russian hooligans broke cover yesterday to warn England World Cup fans: ‘Be quiet as mice – or else’[/caption]

Yob generals said the recent collapse of relations between Vladimir Putin’s regime and the UK had made England followers the target of choice for Russia’s feared Ultra gangs.

And they warned insulting chants, drunkenness and even rowdy support for the Three Lions team could spark merciless violence.

Gay fans were also warned to keep a low profile and not to show affection in public.

The chilling threats came as MPs told British police in charge of travelling fan security they were being “terribly naive” about the risks to English supporters.

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Yob generals said the recent collapse of relations between Vladimir Putin’s regime and the UK had made England followers the target of choice for Russia’s feared Ultra gangs[/caption]

A Moscow-based hooligan ringleader known as Mordvin – who is on the list of thugs banned from the World Cup by Putin’s authorities said: “Any provocation from the English will be met with with force.

“If they dare to disrespect us they will be punished and we are warning them to behave.

“The authorities say they can control us but – make no mistake – if we are provoked in any way and there are no cops around we will hit them hard.

“I am talking about hitting them with our fists and whatever else we can reach with our hands if it comes to a battle

Russian 'hooligans' attack England fans in Marseille during the 2016 Euros
Russian ‘hooligans’ attack England fans in Marseille during the 2016 Euros

“The English must understand that they are guests in our country and if they behave in an aggressive way they will get an aggressive response.

“Ultras will react but English people are not popular here these days and ordinary Russians may join in if their fans insult us.”

Sun inquiries in Moscow yesterday established that known troublemakers on a list of Russians banned from matches had slipped through Russia 2018’s security dragnet.

Anton Bersenev – a 29-year-old Lokomotiv Moscow yob on the banned list – revealed he had still managed to obtain tickets for five games from a FIFA website.

'Ultras will react but English people are not popular here these days and ordinary Russians may join in if their fans insult us'
‘Ultras will react but English people are not popular here these days and ordinary Russians may join in if their fans insult us’
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And he fired off his own warning to England fans to keep a low profile.

Bersenev said: “If England fans treat locals in a hostile manner they can expect hostility in return.

“Most of Russians will tolerate English chanting because we are hospitable people – but we will not accept insults and trouble on the streets.

“Your fans should be aware of this for their own safety.”

House of Commons’ foreign affairs committee members warned cops this week not to underestimate threats to England fans amid rising tension over the Skripal nerve agent poisoning.

Cops have been warned not to underestimate threats to England fans amid rising tension over the Skripal nerve agent poisoning
Cops have been warned not to underestimate threats to England fans amid rising tension over the Skripal nerve agent poisoning
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Labour’s Ian Austin said that Russian MPs had congratulated the hooligans who attacked England fans at Marseille at Euro 2016, leaving two in a coma and dozens injured.

Tory Bob Seely said he was concerned that “there is an undercurrent of significant violence, and we have seen some of that violence supported by the Russian state.”

He told police chiefs: “None of you is addressing the fact that there is an undercurrent of political support for extreme football violence.

“I don’t think it is going to happen but if things do turn nasty we will not have the power to protect those fans if there is organised violence against them.”

Far-right fan leader Alexander Shprygin – a pal of Putin – was caught up in claims that Russian authorities had secretly egged on their yobs in Marseille.

He was branded a rabble rouser after he waved a Russian flag and was pictured giving a Nazi salute next a topless girl when he was among 20 Russians expelled from France.

Igor Lebdev, the Russian parliament lawmaker who employs Shprygin, sparked further fury by telling yobs on Twitter after the Marseille bloodbath: “Well done lads – keep it up!”

Businessman Shprygin, 40, issued his own warning to England fans yesterday.

He told The Sun: “The English can do whatever they like as long as they don’t break Russian law and if they do anything inappropriate they should expect trouble.

“If they insult locals they are likely to get a harsh reaction.

“Moscow and the other host cities will have a lot of security but if anyone strays outside these secure places and gets drunk and causes trouble it could get very serious.

“Russia is proud of its traditions and our guests should respect their hosts as we will respect them.

“But we should not forget this is a major sporting event and our people are looking forward to it.”

Far-right fan leader Alexander Shprygin - a pal of Putin - told The Sun: 'The English can do whatever they like as long as they don’t break Russian law and if they do anything inappropriate they should expect trouble'
Far-right fan leader Alexander Shprygin – a pal of Putin – told The Sun: ‘The English can do whatever they like as long as they don’t break Russian law and if they do anything inappropriate they should expect trouble’
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Shprygin added that gay fans travelling to Russia for the soccer showpiece should also exercise caution.

He said: “If two men check into a hotel room together and are discrete they will get no more than a wry smile.

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Firm Tied to Russian Oligarch Made Payments to Michael Cohen

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Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s lawyer and fixer. His shell company received payments from a firm linked to a Russian oligarch, as well as corporations with business before the Trump administration.CreditBrendan Mcdermid/Reuters

A shell company that Michael D. Cohen used to pay hush money to a pornographic film actress received payments totaling more than $1 million from an American company linked to a Russian oligarch and several corporations with business before the Trump administration, according to documents and interviews.

Financial records reviewed by The New York Times show that Mr. Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer and longtime fixer, used the shell company, Essential Consultants L.L.C., for an array of business activities that went far beyond what was publicly known. Transactions adding up to at least $4.4 million flowed through Essential Consultants starting shortly before Mr. Trump was elected president and continuing to this January, the records show.

Among the previously unreported transactions were payments last year of about $500,000 from Columbus Nova, an investment firm in New York whose biggest client is a company controlled by Viktor Vekselberg, the Russian oligarch. A lawyer for Columbus Nova, in a statement on Tuesday, described the money as a consulting fee that had nothing to do with Mr. Vekselberg.

Other transactions described in the financial records include hundreds of thousands of dollars Mr. Cohen received from Fortune 500 companies with business before the Trump administration, as well as smaller amounts he paid for luxury expenses like a Mercedes-Benz and private club dues.

References to the transactions first appeared in a document posted to Twitter on Tuesday by Michael Avenatti, the lawyer for Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star who was paid $130,000 by Essential Consultants to keep quiet about an alleged affair with Mr. Trump. The lawyer’s seven-page document, titled “Preliminary Report of Findings,” does not explain the source of his information but describes in detail dates, dollar amounts and parties involved in various dealings by Mr. Cohen and his company. Most of the transactions involved two banks: First Republic Bank and City National Bank.

The Times’s review of financial records confirmed much of what was in Mr. Avenatti’s report. In addition, a review of documents and interviews shed additional light on Mr. Cohen’s dealings with the company connected to Mr. Vekselberg, who was stopped and questioned at an airport earlier this year by investigators for Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel examining Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Taken together, The Times’s findings and Mr. Avenatti’s report offer the most detailed picture yet on Mr. Cohen’s business dealings and financial entanglements in the run-up to the election and its aftermath. Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating Mr. Cohen for possible bank fraud and election-law violations, among other matters, according to people briefed on the investigation. Stephen Ryan, a lawyer representing Mr. Cohen, declined to comment.

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Ms. Clifford, whose stage name is Stormy Daniels, is suing Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump to break her nondisclosure agreement related to the $130,000.

It is unclear whether that or any of the other transactions were improper, but Mr. Avenatti has asserted that Mr. Cohen’s use of Essential Consultants potentially violated banking laws. The financial records indicate that at least some of the money that passed through Essential Consultants was from sources and in amounts that were inconsistent with the company’s stated purpose.

Mr. Cohen also used the company to collect $250,000 after arranging payments in 2017 and 2018 by a major Republican donor, Elliott Broidy, to a former Playboy model he allegedly impregnated, according to news reports last month.

Among the other payments to Mr. Cohen’s company described in the financial records were four for $99,980 each between October and January by Novartis Investments S.A.R.L., a subsidiary of Novartis, the multinational pharmaceutical giant based in Switzerland. Novartis — whose chief executive was among 15 business leaders invited to dinner with Mr. Trump at the World Economic Forum in January — spent more than $10 million on lobbying in Washington last year and frequently seeks approvals from federal drug regulators. Novartis said in a statement that its agreement with Essential Consultants had expired.

In addition, Korea Aerospace Industries paid Mr. Cohen’s company $150,000 last November, according to the records. The company, an aircraft manufacturer, has teamed with the American defense contractor Lockheed Martin in competing for a multibillion-dollar contract to provide trainer jets for the United States Air Force that is expected to be awarded this year. A representative for Korea Aerospace declined to comment.

AT&T made four payments totaling $200,000 between October 2017 and January 2018, according to the documents. AT&T, whose proposed merger with Time Warner is pending before the Justice Department, issued a statement on Tuesday evening confirming that it made payments to Mr. Cohen’s firm.

“Essential Consulting was one of several firms we engaged in early 2017 to provide insights into understanding the new administration,” the statement said. “They did no legal or lobbying work for us, and the contract ended in December 2017.”

The payments by Columbus Nova occurred between January and August of last year. Andrew Intrater, the company’s American chief executive and Mr. Vekselberg’s cousin, donated $250,000 to Mr. Trump’s inauguration,campaign finance records show. He and Mr. Vekselberg attended the event together and met with Mr. Cohen there, according to a person briefed on the matter. Columbus Nova retained him as a consultant soon afterward.

A person close to Mr. Intrater said that the executive had no idea Essential Consultants was used for the separate payment to Ms. Clifford, and that he hired a number of other consultants at the time for similar prices.

“Columbus Nova is an investment management company solely owned and controlled by Americans,” said Richard Owens, a lawyer for Mr. Intrater and Columbus Nova, adding that Mr. Vekselberg has never owned the firm. “After the inauguration, the firm hired Michael Cohen as a business consultant regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures.

“Reports today that Viktor Vekselberg used Columbus Nova as a conduit for payments to Michael Cohen are false. The claim that Viktor Vekselberg was involved in or provided any funding for Columbus Nova’s engagement of Michael Cohen is patently untrue,” Mr. Owens said. “Neither Viktor Vekselberg nor anyone else outside of Columbus Nova was involved in the decision to hire Cohen or provided funding for his engagement.”

A lawyer for Mr. Vekselberg did not respond to a request for comment.

In addition to questioning Mr. Vekselberg, Mr. Mueller’s investigators have also interviewed Mr. Intrater, though there is no indication that either man is suspected of wrongdoing, The Times reported last week.

The person close to Mr. Intrater said that he was encouraged to attend the inauguration by an American friend, unrelated to Mr. Cohen, and that he had wanted to use the trip as an opportunity to meet with business associates in Washington.

Mr. Vekselberg has invested in Columbus Nova’s private equity funds through his sprawling Russian-based conglomerate, the Renova Group, which operates in the energy sector and elsewhere. Mr. Vekselberg was one of seven Kremlin-linked oligarchs hit with sanctions in April by the Trump administration, which also imposed the penalties on the Renova Group.

Renova has had a financial relationship with VTB, one of the largest state-owned banks in Russia, according to documents that were part of the “Panama Papers” leak of files from an offshore law firm. The documents show that Mr. Vekselberg’s companies received at least $350 million in loans or investments from VTB and a subsidiary, VTB Capital. The current state of the debt is unclear, though one document suggests it was discharged in 2010.

 

But last week, former Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani of New York said that Mr. Trump had reimbursed Mr. Cohen through several $35,000 monthly transactions that amounted to more than $400,000 — covering the payment to Ms. Clifford and, he said, other “incidental expenses.”

Reporting was contributed by Matt Apuzzo, Emily Flitter, Adam Goldman, Sharon LaFraniere, William K. Rashbaum and Katie Thomas.

A version of this article appears in print on , on Page A1 of the New York edition with the headline: A Trail of Money Leading to Cohen.

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Egyptian singer Mohamed Hamaki to perform in Russia ahead of World Cup — Skyafrica24

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Petersburg’s most prestigious venues, which will also host the Egyptian team’s matches, reported Al-Masry Al-Youm. Al-Shaer added that the concert is already a great success as almost 3,000 people have bought tickets.

Egyptian singer Amr Diab is also expected to hold a concert in St. Petersburg on June 18.

Al-Shaer added that around 10,000 fans from Egypt will be attending Egypt’s first three matches, adding that the number has pushed the company to reach a new agreement with the organizing committee to extend the time required to produce identifications for the spectators as well as the tickets till May 1, due to the increase in last minute bookings.

Al-Shaer also declared that the second most popular packages after the ones allowing Egyptians to attend three of the national team’s matches are the packages for the final.

Egypt is expected to play its first game against Russia on June 19. This is the first time Egypt has made it to the World Cup since 1990.

Mohamed Hamaki is an Egyptian singer who won the award “Best Arabian Act” in the MTV Europe Music Awards in 2006 for “Ahla Haga Fiki” (The Most Beautiful Thing About You). Famous songs of his include “Bahebak Kol Youm Aktr” (I Love You More Everyday), “Kheles El-Kalam” (Nothing Left to Say) and “Wahda Wahda” (Take it Slow). He is currently a coach on the hit talent show “The Voice Arabia.”

Omar Gaber: Egypt can reach World Cup semi-finals — Skyafrica24

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Omar Gaber, who recently joined the new Major League Soccer club on a season-long loan from Swiss side Basel, where he struggled for game time, is expected to be part of Hector Cuper’s World Cup squad as the Argentinan coach always included the 25-year-old in Egypt’s squad in the World Cup qualifications and the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

Gaber recalled the dramatic match against Congo in the qualifiers, and how it’s hard for him to forget the feeling he had after Congo scored an equalizer in the last minutes of the game before Mohamed Salah’s last-gasp penalty guided the team to their first World Cup in almost three decades.

“I was on the bench at that time and after they scored a goal I started talking with my teammates about alternative scenarios,” Gaber told MBC Mast TV channel. “At the same time, we had hope that we can still win the game because we fought very hard.”

“Salah was under a lot of pressure and stress but he managed to surpass all that,” he said. “Salah is one of the top five players in the world right now.”

When asked about Egypt’s chances in Russia, Gaber said that he thinks his team can reach the semi-finals. The former Zamalek player believes that the national team will secure more than five points during the first round as they play against hosts Russia, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia in Group A.

“Germany, Egypt, Brazil and Spain will manage to reach the semi-finals,” he added. “I believe Germany and Brazil will reach the final match and Brazil win the trophy. But Egypt can win bronze

Christian Benteke sweating on Belgium World Cup call-up — Vickspiration

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Christian Benteke says he will be hurt if he is overlooked for Belgium’s World Cup squad Christian Benteke admits his indifferent form for Crystal Palace could cost him a place at the World Cup. The Belgium international has just three games left to impress Roberto Martinez before he picks his squad for the tournament in […]

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Christian Benteke admits his indifferent form for Crystal Palace could cost him a place at the World Cup.

The Belgium international has just three games left to impress Roberto Martinez before he picks his squad for the tournament in Russia this summer.

The striker has scored just twice in 28 appearances for his club this season and is yet to play for this national side this campaign.

“In the past I have had just one opportunity on the match and I scored,” Benteke said.

“This year, I feel more involved in the game, I make more effort but I’m not rewarded. I do not say it’s the fault of others, I’m clumsy, lack of lucidity, lack of success too. But I will work.”

Benteke was overlooked for Belgium's match against Saudi Arabia
Benteke was overlooked for Belgium’s match against Saudi Arabia

Benteke was left out of the squad for the recent friendly against Saudi Arabia and he admits it would hurt if he did not regain his place for the World Cup.

“I knew it was 50-50, I’m no longer a kid, I also knew the reason – it’s my statistics and not the overall quality of my matches,” he added.

“The positive was that it allowed me to stay at my club and to be able to work on knowing why I was not taken in. And to address it.

Benteke last scored in January against West Ham
Benteke last scored in January against West Ham

“If I had to miss [the World Cup], it would hurt me but I would recover. For my family, my cousins, it would be different. It is also their dream.

“It’s not an individual sport where I’m alone. The more time goes, the more pressure I will feel, because they want it to work again for me, for me to be there.

“They’d see me on TV, with the others, with the team but I’m more motivated than ever.”

The first of those remaining chances to impress Martinez comes on Saturday when Palace play Leicester at Selhurst Park.

That game is followed by a trip to Stoke a week later on Sky Sports before the season finale against bottom club West Brom on May 13.

World Cup claimed to boost Russia’s economy by nearly $31bn

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MOSCOW — Organizers of this summer’s World Cup predict the total impact on the Russian economy could hit nearly $31 billion.

A new report on the economic impact of the tournament says the boost for the country’s GDP could amount to between 1.62 trillion rubles ($26 billion) and 1.92 trillion rubles ($30.8 billion) over the 10 years from 2013 through to 2023.

That’s attributed to growing tourism plus large-scale spending on construction.

The report says the total spend on the tournament will be 683 billion rubles ($11 billion), though that doesn’t include some costly new infrastructure and stadiums which organizers say would have been built regardless. Around 220,000 jobs have been created, the report says.

Economic impact figures for earlier tournaments have been hotly disputed, given the difficulty of separating the World Cup from other economic factors.

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