Doping-scandal initiator Rodchenkov complained to media about murder attempts
Former Head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigory Rodchenkov – the ringleader of the doping-scandal, who had leaked the information about Russian athletes to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – told the media there has been an attempt to assassinate him in Russia.
In an interview with The New York Times, Grigory Rodchenkov said that his friend in government warned him about his impending 'suicide'. After that, the head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory decided to leave the country together with his family.
In addition, during a conversation with a journalist from The New York Times, Rodchenkov recalled the sudden death of former Head of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, Nikita Kamaev. Moreover, the latter died after expressing the willingness to write a book about the doping program. Rodchenkov also remembered how Vyacheslav Sinev, who had witnessed illegal actions, was eliminated.
To recall, last year, Grigory Rodchenkov voiced accusations against the Russian winners of the Sochi Olympics. According to him, the athletes used illegal performance enhancers. Later, his words became the basis for an official investigation conducted by WADA. After its completion, Russian athletes and weightlifters were not admitted to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro last year, and the entire Paralympics team was disqualified.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had seen plenty of scandals throughout its history. In the end of 2017, it ceased financing of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) on suspicion of misuse of funds by its management. However, the IOC couldn’t even think that international drug trafficker Gafur Rakhimov, member of the criminal ‘Brothers’ Circle’ put on the OFAC’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons List, is going to take charge of it soon. Furthermore, Rakhimov has contributed greatly to the selection of Sochi the place of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Kochkin is detained in the headquarters building and brought to the police department, where policemen drew up a protocol under Violating the Established Procedure for Arranging or Conducting a Meeting, Rally, Demonstration, Procession or Picket (part 8 of Article 20.2 of the Code of Administrative Offenses). According to the activist, in the near future he will go on trial.