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Re: [casi] Guardian: Revealed: US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war



Unfortunately dirty tricks to win votes are not taken seriously in the U.S.,
unless you are talking about the pairs figure skating event.

http://www.sportserver.com/olympics/story/485791p-3877238c.html

The Associated Press


(August 1, 2002 4:31 p.m. EDT) - Some of the names that have come up in the
Olympic ice skating scandal:

ALIMZAN TOKHTAKHOUNOV: Reputed Russian gangster is charged in U.S. District
Court with conspiring to rig Winter Olympics judging by arranging a vote
swap that would give gold medals to the Russian team in pairs figure skating
and a French duo in ice dancing.

Court papers say wiretaps in an Italian organized crime investigation
recorded Tokhtakhounov discussing the plot in a series of telephone calls
during the Feb. 8-24 Olympics. Authorities have not released names of any
alleged coconspirators. Tokhtakhounov, who is in custody in Venice, Italy,
says he is innocent, according to his lawyer.

ELENA BEREZHNAYA and ANTON SIKHARULIDZE: Russian duo won the gold medal in
pairs figure skating despite slipping during their routine, triggering an
uproar at the Olympics over the event's judging. After an investigation by
the International Skating Union, duplicate gold medals were awarded to
runners-up Jamie Sale and David Pelletier of Canada. Sikhardulidze says he
was surprised by the allegations of a plot.

MARIE REINE LE GOUGNE: The French figure skating judge was suspended during
the Olympics after saying she was pressured by France's skating federation
to put Berezhnaya and Sikhardulidze first. She later recanted, but the
International Skating Union suspended her from judging for three years and
banned her from 2006 Winter Games. She says she doesn't know Tokhtakhounov,
never had contact with him and has no knowledge of the alleged plot.

DIDIER GAILHAGUET: Head of the French skating federation said during the
Olympics that Le Gougne was "manipulated" into voting for the Russian pair.
He later was suspended for three years and banned from the 2006 Winter
Games. Gailhaguet hasn't returned calls seeking comment.

MARINA ANISSINA and GWENDAL PEIZERAT: French team won the gold medal in ice
dancing a week after the figure skating competition. Lithuania's team filed
a protest about the event's judging, but the appeal was rejected. Peizerat
says he has never heard of Tokhtakhounov. Anissina, a native Russian, has
not returned calls requesting comment.

Not using any names other than Tokhtakhounov's, court papers say he talked
by phone with the mother of a French ice dancer and bragged he would
influence the judging. After the Olympics, investigators say, the ice dancer
called Tokhtakhounov and told him she would have won without his help.




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