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Putin Stripped of Taekwondo Black Belt After ‘Brutal Attacks’ on Ukraine

World Taekwondo condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “brutal attacks on innocent lives in Ukraine” on Sunday, and as a result will take back an honorary black belt given to the Russian leader in 2013, and also will no longer allow the display of Russian and Belarusian flags and the playing of their national anthems at future events.

Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in a training session with members of the Russian national judo team in Sochi on February 14, 2019. (Photo by Mikhail KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP)