Head of the IOC’s decision to ban Russia’s national team from competing in the 2018 Winter Games, the Russian media and government has systematically dismissed and tried to undermine whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov, focusing on his history of mental health issues. Meduza summarizes how Rodchenkov is portrayed in Russia.
The TV show “Vremya Pokazhet” (Time Will Tell), which airs on the Russian network Pervyi Kanal, devoted its most recent broadcast to the International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban Russia’s national team from the 2018 Winter Games in South Korea. Meduza offers a paraphrased retelling of that episode. Direct quotes appear in — you guessed it — quotation marks.
Athletes who’d planned on representing Russia at the 2018 Winter Olympics will attend a meeting on Tuesday, December 12, to discuss the International Olympic Committee’s decision to ban the Russian national team and its offer extended to “clean athletes” to participate under a “neutral flag” and anthem.
Russia has spent at least 1.5 billion rubles ($25.5 million) on preparations for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, according to a new investigation by the magazine RBC. Meduza summarizes RBC's findings.
Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich says Russian athletes should compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics, even though it means participating under a “neutral flag.” “We’ll know that they’ll be representing Russia in any case. Therefore, they should go,” Dvorkovich stated on December 6. Andrey Turchak, a top official in Russia’s ruling political party, echoed this sentiment, arguing that “political decisions” shouldn’t punish ordinary athletes.
Communist State Duma deputy Valery Rashkin has filed a lawsuit in a Moscow district court against Deputy Prime Minister and former long-time Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko. According to the magazine RBC, Rashkin says he is “shocked and outraged” by the IOC’s decision to ban Russia’s national team from next year’s Winter Olympics, and believes that Mutko failed in his duties as sports minister to uphold the country’s right to compete in South Korea. The Duma deputy is demanding that Mutko resign and apologize for “humiliating the country.”
According to a new investigative report by Svetlana Reiter, published by The Bell, an unnamed source claims that former Russian Federal Security Service colonel Sergey Mikhailov, who’s now on trial in Russia for treason, may have provided U.S. officials with information about the hacker attacks on the Democratic Party. Meduza summarized Reiter’s article.
The Russian military has abandoned the development of a next-generation rail-mobile missile system due to a lack of funding, according to the newspaper Kommersant. The “Barguzin” is being shelved for the foreseeable future for the sake of investments in other weapons systems. Russia’s next ten-year armaments plan includes no money for the Barguzin, which the military has been developing since 2012.
Bad procurement orders cost the Russian government 557 billion rubles ($9.4 billion) over the past three years, says a new transparency report, according to the newspaper Vedomosti. The amount of money lost in inefficient state purchases is equal to federal spending on education and healthcare. The report’s authors found that the growth of electronic auctions in procurement orders in the first half of 2017 cut the state’s losses by a third (from an average of 180 billion rubles to 120 billion rubles).
Russian investigators have issued an international warrant for the arrest of billionaire Vladimir Plahotniuc, the head of Moldova’s Democratic Party. A Moscow district court arrested him in absentia on December 6 on charges of attempted murder and criminal conspiracy, though no other official details about the case are known. Sources told the news agency Rosbalt that Plahotniuc is wanted in connection with a 2012 attempt on the life of banker Herman Gorbuntsov in London, when he survived being shot eight times.