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Michael Garcia, a former New York attorney, is head of the investigative arm of FIFA’s ethics committee and will visit all of the countries involved in the bidding process for the two tournaments, beginning in London next week. Garcia has always insisted he is completely independent from FIFA and would not hesitate to take action against president Sepp Blatter or other top FIFA officials if he found evidence that they broke the rules. Qatar 2022: Too hot for football? Winter World Cup in 2022? Are Qatar 2022 migrant workers abused? Qatar ‘slave state’ for World Cup workers The head of media for Russia 2018 says the committee will co-operate fully with Garcia’s fact-finding investigation. “We can confirm the local organizing committee (LOC) will fully support Mr Garcia’s work if he contacts us,” read a statement issued to CNN. “The Russia 2018 committee ran a bid campaign in full compliance with FIFA rules and ethics, and we were awarded the right to host the FIFA World Cup because of the unique and compelling proposition we put together. “The LOC continues to conduct itself with exactly the same degree of transparency, commitment to excellence and spirit of fair play.” Blog: Can the Qatar World Cup be moved? How and where Garcia’s potential meeting with Russia takes place is open to question given in April he was one of 18 people barred from entering the country over what Moscow said were human rights abuses, linked to the lawyer’s arrest and charging of Viktor Bout, a Russian, who is serving a 25-year prison sentence in the U.S. for arms trafficking. News of Garcia’s investigation came ahead of FIFA’s executive committee in Zurich on Thursday and Friday where it will discuss the possibility of moving the 2022 tournament from the usual June and July slot to December.

Russia’s TCS Group launches London IPO to raise up to $750 mln

The arrests were an attempt to intimidate Greenpeace, Human Rights Watch said, alluding to Russian law, which defines piracy as an assault on a ship. The oil rig is on a platform that cannot move. Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace Internationals executive director, called the charges an assault on the principle of peaceful protest. Any claim that these activists are pirates is as absurd as it is abominable, he said in a statement. It is utterly irrational, it is designed to intimidate and silence us, but we will not be cowed. Those charged with piracy Wednesday include Kieron Bryan, a British videographer who was documenting the protest, and Dmitri Litvinov, an activist with Swedish and American citizenship, as well as the ships doctor and cook. The captain, Peter Willcox, is an American who was captain of Greenpeaces Rainbow Warrior when it was blown up by French security agents in 1985 during a journey to protest French nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific. Naidoo called the arrests the most serious threat to Greenpeaces peaceful environmental activism since that time. In an interview on Ekho Moskvy Radio on Wednesday, Shevchuk, the rock singer, dismissed the piracy charges as ridiculous. The whole world knows Greenpeace, he said. Greenpeace is the organization that helped save the Antarctic . .

A Pataxo Indian takes part in the first day of  the National Indigenous Mobilization protest in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. The protest is against a proposed constitutional amendment known as PEC 215, which amends the rules for demarcation of indigenous lands. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

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Russia’s TCS Group launches London IPO to raise up to $750 million

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