The special group of the International Olympic Committee refused to invite 15 Russian athletes to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, previously found innocent by a sports arbitration court. The Russian Olympic Committee submitted a list of justified athletes to the International Olympic Committee with a request to consider the issue of their invitation to Pyeongchang, but the IOC group unanimously recommended refusing the athletes. Members of the commission said that in the athletes’ case there are issues that, for various reasons, could not be investigated by Oswald commission. These questions aroused suspicion of the purity of the athletes and served as a reason for refusing to invite to the Games.
During the past day the AFU violated the ceasefire regime 17 times in the DPR. During the shelling, tanks, mortars of various calibers, grenade launchers and large-caliber small arms were used. The areas of seven front-line settlements of the Republic got under enemy fire. The information about victims and destruction is being specified.
During the special operation, a special forces unit of the Lebanese army liquidated an underground cell of terrorists in Tripoli. The cell was connected with the ISIS. During the operation, the militants resisted. One soldier was killed, some wounded. The security forces managed to destroy the leader of the militants Hajer Dandashi. Weapons and explosives were confiscated. The exact number of detainees is not reported.
Hackers from North Korea stole a few million dollars in crypto currency from the South Korean stock exchanges. According to a member of the intelligence committee of the South Korean parliament, Kim Boon-ki, the DPRK has attempted phishing in order to hack a number of crypto currency exchanges, as well as gaining access to confidential data of bidders. Which exchanges were attacked is not specified.
The State Duma deputy Vitaly Milonov suggests that the Russian National Olympic Committee appeal to Russian citizens and call on them to support the Russian national team by posting national flags on their homes during the Winter Olympics as a token of support and solidarity with the athletes. This proposal, as a letter was sent to the National Olympic Committee of Russia.
An appeal to the refusal of the migration service to provide asylum in Ukraine to the leader of the Ukrainian party «Movement of New Forces» Mikhail Saakashvili was rejected by the court of Kiev. «The court ruled: the appeal of Saakashvili’s representative Ruslan Chernolutsky is left without satisfaction, and the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kiev on January 3 is unchanged,» the court said.