if they would have had a decent skate they would have been rewarded appropriately. If Smirnov hadn't of missed so much time before worlds because of his appendix they would have been on the podium at worlds. They were pretty close considering how sick he was. So obviously the judges are willing to give the points if they have a reason to.
I think people make way too much out of fed support, being dropped, dumped or whatever. I think they need to really understand judging first. The judges had no problem giving V/T the sp score they deserved last season at worlds nor were they afraid of giving S/S the bronze at NHK. Everyone has been gifted from time to time (like P/T not getting deducted for the hand down in China) but usually if don't skate well....you don't get good scores. It’s a simple as that.
Hopefully Moskvina will recognize the things they need to work on-like getting the highest levels and they will be better next time. I really think people are making too much of the first competition of the season for some of these teams.