– Russian President Vladimir Putin called a mistake the appointment of Gregory Rodchenkov Director of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory.
“It’s mistake of those people, those structures that brought him there,” said Putin at the annual press conference on Thursday, speaking about the informant, the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) Rodchenkova.
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“How is it that such a subject was at the head of our anti-doping structure? – asked Putin. – Error, of course, those who did. I know who did it. Now what to talk about it”.
The President said that in obosnovanno part of the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) says that Rodchenkov is under the control of the FBI.
“He is under the control and protection of the FBI. For us it is not a plus. For us it’s a minus. This means that he works under the control of American intelligence,” he said.
“What are they doing to him what they give him drugs to say what you need?” – said Putin.
The President also said that he finds the strange appointment of a man who lived for several years in North America, was suspected of distributing performance-enhancing drugs.
“What is even more strange to me, for a person who is still in special services to work, he did all this stuff pulled out of North America – from the United States and Canada. As it passed through customs with such tight control? He all did it,” – said Putin.
He noted that there are questions on how this work were made people who tried to commit suicide. Putin added that, based on the testimony of such people, it is impossible to make decisions, as does the IOC.
Rodchenkov was one of the main informants of the WADA, which investigated doping in Russian sports. The most striking result of the investigation of the independent Committee of WADA, headed by Richard McLaren was the removal of the national team of Russia in athletics from the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Against Rodchenkov, now residing in the USA, in Russia, several criminal cases.