The Swedish press considers the victory of the Russian national hockey team over the Czechs in the quarter-finals of the world championship the main sensation of the event. "Jaromir Jagr and his team were unsatisfactory during the match with the Russians," the Goteborgs-Posten newspaper headlined its report. According to it, "when the Czechs were to do their best, they failed to continue what they were doing throughout the championship - win by playing half-force. In the quarter-finals they managed to keep the pace, but failed to hit Maxim Sokolovsky's goal." When praising the Russian goalkeeper, the newspaper stresses that "the Russian goal suffered from the Czechs more attacks than the Czech one from the Russians." At the same time, the newspaper continues, "Czech attacks were sometimes fierce, but the Russian goalkeeper was perfect." There was a moment, Goteborgs-Posten reads, when two penalties "left three Russians fighting against five Czechs who subsequently launched a real bombardment of the Russian goal, but only Jagr managed to hit it." The Aftonbladet periodical reports that "the greatest sensation appeared yesterday. The presence of Jaromir Jagr was far from being enough to oppose the teamwork of Russian players and their perfect goalkeeper Maxim Sokolov who rebuffed 36 out of the 37 shots." The newspaper acknowledges that "no-one took serious the Russian team, which managed to score only two victories over the championship's outsiders - Slovenia and Austria." At the same time, a correspondent of the Tidningarnas Telegrambyra (TT) news agency continues, "the Russians showed the best of counter-attacking hockey leaving the Czechs paralysed and confused." "The Czechs, famous for their unpredictable, genius and sometimes contradicting ice improvisations could do nothing against effective, classic and powerful actions of the Russians," the news agency continues stressing that this year, the Russian national team includes only one NHL professional. "The Russian team seems to be doing fine even without them," the TT concludes.
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