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Russian football comes under the spotlight

Football Dynamo. By Marc Bennetts, Virgin Books, €15.25

26th July, 2008

Football Dynamo. By Marc Bennetts, Virgin Books, €15.25

The biggest cliche about Russia is the old Winston Churchill quip about it being a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

But there’s usually a grain of truth in every stereotype, and the recent feverish second-guessing of the motives behind Vladimir Putin’s handover of power to Dmitri Medvedev illustrated once again that the Kremlinologists have barely any more of a clue than the rest of...

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