Russian Olympic Official Calls For Whistleblower's Execution

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Leonid Tyagachev, the head of Russia’s Olympic Committee, has called for a doping whistleblower's execution.

Leonid Tygachev, the head of Russia’s Olympic Committee, has called for the execution of doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov.

“Rodchenkov should be shot for lying, like Stalin would have done,” said Leonid Tyagachev, who was the head of Russia’s Olympic Committee from 2001 to 2010 and remains its honorary president. He made the remarks in an interview with a Russian radio station.

Who is Grigory Rodchenkov?

Rodchenkov was head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory between 2005 and 2015, and caused a sensation last year when after fleeing to the US he claimed he had helped dozens of Russian athletes in a state-sponsored doping system that ran “like a Swiss watch”. He fed athletes cocktails of banned drugs dissolved in whisky or vermouth, he said.

What did Rodchenkov disclose?

Rodchenkov claimed that agents from Russia’s FSB security services helped anti-doping experts to switch clean urine samples for drug-tainted samples to fool testers, having found a way to break into bottles designed to be tamper-proof. The revelations tainted Russia’s performance at its home Winter Olympics, where it topped the medals table with 33 medals, including 13 golds.

Two of Rodchenkov's colleagues have died under suspicious conditions.

Tygachev’s call for Rodchenkov to be shot sounds extra chilling in light of the unexplained deaths of two of his colleagues. The former executive director of the Russian anti-doping agency, Nikita Kamayev, died last February from an apparent heart attack.He had reportedly contacted a journalist shortly before his death, offering to speak out about Russian doping. Vyacheslav Sinev, the agency’s general director between 2008 and 2010, died of unknown causes in the same month.