Primorskgidromet, a hydrometeorological center based in Primorye, Russia's Far East, issued a storm warning to the administration of the territory's major city, Vladivostok, after receiving specified data about Maemi, the most powerful typhoon to hit Primorye in the last 30 years.
The typhoon will brush past the southwestern extremity of the Korean Peninsula on the night of September 13. The following day is expected to bring a sudden spell of bad weather to Primorye, especially its eastern and southeastern parts, where heavy showers will result in a rainfall of up to 120 millimeters. The authorities were warned that hurricane winds hitting the coastline may break power lines, bring down retaining walls, uproot trees, and tear down advertising panels. Lightweight ships were advised to refrain from sea voyages.
On January 15, it was reported that the Russian government began to develop sanctions against several officials at the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)