Disinfo: There is no evidence of Russia’s state-sponsored doping

Summary

The data were submitted as part of RUSADA’s conditions of return after a three-year suspension on charges of state-sponsored doping, which Russia categorically denies. The investigation into the Russian state’s sponsorship of the widespread doping campaign in 2015 was launched by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren. Although the investigation did not produce results, RUSADA was suspended.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative saying that there is no evidence of Russia state-sponsored doping

The McLaren report is an independent investigative report of state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes. After months of denying, Russian officials themselves have already admitted there was a widespread doping programme.

The decision to ban Russia from major sports event for the 4 years was made unanimously by WADA's Executive Committee, based on the recommendation of the independent Compliance Review Committee. After evaluating the findings of WADA Intelligence and Investigation department, the recommendation states that data provided by the Moscow laboratory was neither complete nor fully authentic. The investigators also found evidence of tampering with the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) database, to support false claims of the Russian authorities. See the full list of Committee's findings here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 178
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 09/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: Serbian
  • Country: Serbia, Russia
  • Keywords: Doping, WADA, Russophobia
  • Outlet: Sputnik
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WADA made a political decision against Russia

WADA made a political decision against Russia.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory, consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the denial of state-sponsored doping scheme of Russian athletes.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned Russia from participating in major sport events for 4 years. The unanimous decision by WADA's Executive Committee was made after Russia's Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) was declared uncompliant with the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) – the document harmonising anti-doping policies in all sports and in all countries.

All countries have problems, but only Russia is targeted

The WADA decision to exclude Russia from international sports events. We note that our country has been and remains a topic of political campaigning for many years. Honestly, I don’t know who can deny that, because if there are problems in all countries, but there is only one target, then politics is involved – there is no other explanation.

Disproof

Conspiracy theory with no evidence given. This is recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about the World Anti-Doping Agency and the denial of the existence of state-sponsored doping schemes for Russian athletes.

The unfounded claims that politics must be involved go together with previous disinformation narratives about WADA and Russia: entire Russia is punished for violations by some individual sportsmen; WADA’s decision has political motives, WADA's decision is cruel and ungrounded and geopolitically biased.

In November 2018 three Ukrainian warships carried out a provocation in the area of the Kerch Strait

In November 2018 three Ukrainian warships carried out a provocation in the area of ​​the Kerch Strait.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative on the Kerch incident.

On 25 November 2018, border patrol boats belonging to Russia’s FSB security service seized two small Ukrainian armoured artillery vessels and a tugboat and their crews after shooting at them, wounding several Ukrainian servicemen and arresting 24 members.