Doping scandal rocks Russian sport but Putin’s ratings look safe

By Andrew Osborn MOSCOW, Jul 22 : Having your athletes barred from the Olympics because your government stands accused of systematically covering up doping would trigger a political firestorm in many countries, hurting the standing of the person at the top. But in Russia, months away from parliamentary elections at a time of economic crisis, […]

Trusted allies: why Putin won’t fire sports minister over doping scandal

By Denis Pinchuk and Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, Jul 21 : President Vladimir Putin risks personal humiliation if all Russian competitors are banned from the Rio Olympics over doping, as now seems possible; yet the man on whose watch this may happen, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, is not being fired. The reason: Mutko has delivered victories […]

Trusted allies: why Putin won’t fire sports minister over doping scandal

By Denis Pinchuk and Dmitriy Rogovitskiy MOSCOW, Jul 21 : President Vladimir Putin risks personal humiliation if all Russian competitors are banned from the Rio Olympics over doping, as now seems possible; yet the man on whose watch this may happen, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, is not being fired. The reason: Mutko has delivered victories […]