But then the problem with this discussion is that this is an annual occurrence, isn't?, if they retire some other russian team will get that position.
D/S won the russian nationals, and very few in russian believe they robbed anyone of the there worthy olympic spot. I don't think B/S or R/S (they were battling each other) believe they would have finished ahead of the D/S. If K/N was present and they performed a program vastly improved from GPs probably would have won, but they didn't turn up for the competition. As for europeans, lets discuss the outcome after the europeans rather than now.
No one knows how bad Maxim's knees are, or whether he can actually get to full fitness before the olympics, if they feel they are embarrassing themselves and they have no chance to improve they will definitely not compete (its they who should feel embarrassed not you for them ).
Swastika symbol example exactly shows the problem, the truth for one person may not be the truth for an another, regional factors comes to play. Please do read the entry because the sysmbol predates hitler, and the symbol is considered auspicious by more than a billion people.