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    therick, you don't get it. One way or another the government is providing the environment for Russian hockey players to flourish. The government finds sponsors that help build clubs, pay coaches, and so on. If top players then leave, the whole program suffers.

    Russia is pumping tens of millions of dollars into its hockey programs. Whatever miniscule benefit Russia might get from players playing in the NHL is nothing, trust me. Russian economy doesn't need remittances from America. It is making $1 billion per day in oil and gas revenues.
    So why doesn't Russia do more to make the players want to stay? No one is forcing them to sign NHL contracts. No one is forcing them to live in the U.S. or Canada. They won't leave unless it's so much better here that it's worth leaving their home and family and friends. To move somewhere that they don't speak the language, or know the customs. And yet they still leave. Maybe it's a personal choice because they know that to maximize their ability and talent they need to play against the best in the world, and that means the NHL.

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    therick, I know its hard for you and others to understand that some things cannot be developed in a capitalistic environment. What makes Russian hockey and wrestling so great is that a kid, any kid, can come to a club, ON THEIR OWN, and get free training all year around.

    When this kid grows up and someone offers him lots of money to go somewhere else and use these skills, he goes. After a while the whole system suffers because that country is not interested in maintaining top coaches and facilities just to see its players leave.

    Money in this instance ruins everything!

    That's why Soviets were so great in sports that mattered to them. Nobody could leave! That's why Cubans are so great.

    Instead of preserving this greatness, American mobsters secretely try to steal the athletes.

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    Yes they steal them because the players do not JUST GO TO AMERICA. They do not JUST WANT TO PLAY IN NHL. They do all this only after a FAT CHECK IS CUT FOR THEM.

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    a kid, any kid, can come to a club, ON THEIR OWN, and get free training all year around.
    Is this still the case? or are you talking about how it was when you lived under Soviet rule?

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    That's not stealing! If you have a job, where the company trained you and gave you great bonuses, and another company makes you a better offer, are they stealing you? No!
    You do the math..... I'll do the alfredo!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

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    Is this still the case? or are you talking about how it was when you lived under Soviet rule?
    Yes this is still the case. This is exactly how Russian sport flourishes.

    Russian government has a special branch that finds sponsors of the national sports program.

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    Apparently, some of the sponsors are some shady characters.

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    BIG,

    What do you make of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich owning Chelsea Football Club from the English Premier League?

    A Russian capitalist owning one of Europe's most popular sports teams.

    That must make you head spin.

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    Abramovich is a puppet. A name. No more. He is the figure Putin picked to manage that money. Khodorkovskiy tried to break away and he is in jail.

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