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Russia Update: June 16, 2016
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
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A Russian sportscaster who was trying to report live the news about Russian soccer fans' violence in France found himself drowned out by the talk show host who featured him, 

Владимир Гарниенко(в миру Стогниенко), который не болеет за Россию

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Jun 16, 2016 19:03 (GMT)

Boris Korchevnik, the host for Pryamoi Efir [Live], a talk show on Russian state TV's Channel 1, devoted his show yesterday June 15 to reports of the recent Russian soccer fan violence during the Euro 2016 match.

French prosecutors said Russian fans instigated a brawl in which a number of people were wounded and a British sports fan was reportedly pronounced brain dead from his injuries. Subsequently, 43 Russian fans were arrested and some deported.

But Korchevnik, known for his provocative but pro-government shows, told the story differently. During the talk show, Korchevnik turned to Vladimir Stognienko, a Russian sports journalist covering the match in Lille (whose last name he got wrong), expecting him to continue his narrative portraying British fans as the culprits in the brawl last weekend in Marseilles.

To his surprise, Stognienko contradicted him and said in fact, it was just the opposite, that Russian fans had stormed a barrier separating the two audiences. 

As Stognienko kept attempting to deliver his truthful report, Korchevnik and the studio audience began to shout him down and one woman confronted him, claiming he was not sufficiently patriotic if he blamed Russian fans for violence.

The following is a translation by The Interpreter of the dialogue in the video uploaded to YouTube:

Korchevnik: Lille, Lille, once again we're live from Lille. Here is Vladimir Garnienko, the commentator for the match.

Voice: It's Stognienko. Stognienko.

Korchevnik. Yes. I will correct. I am fixing the sound since behind you is the police once again, and the British fans. I can't help but asking: what happened there in the stadium? How was it all organized this time? Because as I will remind you, last time the British fans broke through into the zone of the Russian fans, and so on, there were such provocations. How was it this time at the stadium, what was the atmosphere in general?

Stognienko: Actually, it was just the opposite as it turned out. It was our guys who broke through. But that's not important now. 

Korchevnik: [Interrupts] But ours broke through...

Stognienko: ...everything is relatively quiet now...

Korchevnik: But the British bought tickets in our section, that's what they said.

Stognienko: [Grins]

Woman: But are you in general rooting for Russia? From your attitude, you're somehow against all of us....That's not how you support a team.

Stognienko: I'm rooting for Russia more than anyone, but if there's a problem, you have to talk about that problem.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick