Deputy PM Mutko asked to resign after IOC bans Russia from Olympics
Valery Rashkin thinks that Mutko has mishandled his official duties.
Deputy from the Communist Party Valery Rashkin, who holds the post of first deputy head of the State Duma Committee for Nationalities Affairs, has filed a suit with the Savelovsky Court of Moscow against Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, demanding his resignation after the International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban the Russian national team from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. This is reported by RBC.
Rashkin thinks that Mutko has mishandled his official duties, and that “the Russian Federation has been subjected to unprecedented humiliation and disgrace, the country’s image and the Russian sport have been undermined, the athletes who had been striving to participate in the Olympics have suffered.”
The deputy asks the court to order the deputy prime minister to resign and apologize to the Russians for “humiliating the honor and dignity of the country.”
Dozhd TV channel, which also cites excerpts from Rashkin's claim, says that the deputy requests Mutko’s resignation based on three articles of the Civil Code, namely on compensation for non-pecuniary damage, non-material benefits, and the protection of honor and dignity.
Yesterday, the International Olympic Committee’s executive board decided to suspend Russian athletes from participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korean Pyeongchang. Athletes not involved in the use of doping will be able to participate in the Olympics only under a neutral flag.
The IOC ruled that no Russian sports official would be accredited to the Olympics; former Minister of Sports Vitaly Mutko was forbidden to take part in the Olympic Games for life, and President of the ROC Alexander Zhukov was expelled from the International Olympic Committee.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).