Sorry, how many seconds they showed that Russian guy that dagmaged Plushenko's reputation in western society? I think I've seen that video, if you didn't keep reminding everyone, I don't think lots of people even noticed that. The media always wants drama, when Brian Orser and Brian Boitano competed, there were tons of drama about the Battle of the Brians. There's a comment on Youtube says: "US ****er judge gave 5.7???﻿". That's about Yagudin's Olympic sp performance, he received the lowest mark and the only 5.7 from the US judge. Actually Yagudin's wild bad boyish personality is contradict to NA value, he was constantly criticized for his careless behavior at the time. The politics, I think it's not just about who they like, I have a feeling the RF don't really care about athlets, that's why when Plushenko showed a little bit attitude in 2010, they dinged him without any reluctant. But the people from his team helped him to repair the relationship with RF. Politics is also about those power that be behind those athletes. RF has a long history of competition between St. Petersburg and Moscow. Yagudin left Mishin and went for Tarasova, made his case more complicated than Kulik. Tarasova and Kulik's former coach had a good relationship, and they both from Moscow. Yagudin's from St. Petersburg and went to a coach from Moscow, Tarasova and Mishin weren't that friendly towards each other at the time. All those things made Yagudin a traitor and lost the support from St. Petersburg. Yagudin was a bad Russian boy in NA and a traitor from Russia combined, no body beat him on that matter.