Artyom Detyshev of Russia has set a record of the Olympic Skating-Rink in Austria's Innsbruck at World Cup skating competitions. He covered a 5,000-metre distance in 6 min 43.53 sec. Yet, Detyshev is placed only 18th in this event after two stages. Another Russian skater, Alexander Kibalko, is eighth in skating 1,500 metres. The competitions are led by Dutch sportsmen.
As November 4 approaches (on this day, Russia and Belarus are to sign union programs), disputes between supporters and opponents of the integration become increasingly heated