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Lanced! Armstrong to be striped of 7 Tour wins. Icarus ***** 2017, The New York Post front page, 2017
Teammates Testify Against Armstrong. ibid. newspaper headline
Unfortunately, the drugs work. ibid. tester
We talk a few times. He’s in Moscow. And that set off this whole chain of events. ibid.
You should be able to see a 15-20% improvement. ibid. supervisor
German TV Alleges 99% of Russian Olympians Doping. ibid. newspaper headlines
It is not too good to show our camera to them. ibid. at the Russian lab
‘Overwhelming portions of the allegations made on the ARD programme have been found by the Independent Commission to be true. It’s worse than we thought.’ ibid. Dick Pound, press conference
‘State-sponsored doping.’ ibid. news
CNN Visits Secretive Russian Lab. ibid. CNN report
‘I need to escape and to walk the walk.’ ibid. Russian dude
‘I was part of a system.’ ibid.
May 7-10 2016: Grigory spends three days with the US Department of Justice providing detailed information about state-sponsored doping in Russia. ibid. caption
‘Our KGB officers brought all the clean urines of our athletes.’ ibid. Russian dude
‘Putin was very much happy.’ ibid.
‘Putin will kill me.’ ibid.
May 17 2016: The US Department of Justice officially launches an investigation into Russian doping allegations based on Grigory’s testimony. ibid. caption
There never was anti-doping in Russia. ibid.
This is Yuliya Stepanova and Vitaliy Stepanov and their small son Robert. In their native Russia they don’t feel safe any more. Because they’ve given away a secret. The Secrets of Doping: How Russia Makes Its Winners, ARD 2015
Vitaliy Stepanov loves his job at the Russian Anti-Doping Agency. ibid.
‘You must dope. That’s how it’s done in Russia.’ ibid. Vitaliy
The fairytale of clean sport will be refuted for all time. ibid.
I even receive audio files of conversations between top coaches and athletes. ibid.
‘The athlete has no choice.’ ibid. coach
It looks increasingly like a system. ibid.
RUSADA is part of the fraud scheme which he experienced as an employee. ibid.
I now receive growing evidence from Russian informants. ibid.
Fear and intimidation appear to belong to the system. ibid.
In 2011 he boasted that he could destroy America in 30 minutes. He’s knows a nuclear strike would be suicide. So Vladimir Putin chooses more insidious ways to attack. It’s an undeclared war he wages from the shadows. He’s been accused of wearing many faces. Breaking History: Putin: America’s Greatest Threat, History 2018
Vladimir Putin’s primary aim was to damage the campaign for Hillary Clinton. ibid.
Nothing was as history-making as the fall of the Berlin Wall and the end of the Cold War. ibid.
Putin’s clean record was enough for Anatoly Sobchak to make him deputy mayor. But then during Putin’s first year in politics his incorruptible image was called into question. ibid.
Handling things was a required skill for an agent of the KGB. ibid.
It almost seemed to plan: the apartment bombings and the invasion of Chechnya supposedly in retaliation. ibid.
34 journalists have been murdered since Putin became president. ibid.
Russia is about to elect a new president. There’s no doubt who it’s going to be. The same man who has ruled unchecked for the last fifteen years. The real Vladimir Putin remains an enigma. So who is the world’s most powerful and feared leader? Putin: The New Tsar, BBC 2018
Vladimir Putin’s psyche has been forged on the anvil of absolute power. ibid.
‘There’s no such thing as a former KGB man.’ ibid. Putin
But also a desire for personal compensation. ibid.
Vladimir Putin sends in the tanks. ibid.
‘Story after story after story. Totally creepy falsehood.’ ibid. Hillary Clinton
This year Russia will host the World Cup for its first time … Relations between Russia and Britain are so bad that nothing I can say or do could possible make them any worse. Is the lie I told BBC commissioners. Frankie Boyle, Frankie Goes to Russia, BBC 2018
There’s a new rule in this world cup. You’re now offside if there’s more than 30 buried migrant workers between you and the ball. The last time they played football on this many corpses it was the Christmas Day truce in World War I. Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, BBC 2022
It’s a world cup so homophobic they’ve banned the Semis. ibid.
Russia: They’re currently ranked 65th in the world. ibid.
In 2010 U2 played the Luzhniki stadium in front of 85,000 people making it one of the worst human rights abuses in Russian history. ibid.
The 2018 World Cup will be one of the greatest triumphs of Putin’s first 200 years in office. ibid.
Ever since Russia was awarded the World Cup in 2010 there has been controversy about whether it deserves to host the biggest sporting tournament on Earth. Frankie Goes to Russia e2
‘Of course we have hooligans, Frankie, and they all have been brought up on this old English football back in the ’70s and the ’80s.’ ibid. Spartak owner
Vladimir Putin has been 18 years in power and he’s still riding high. In the West, Putin is seen as a threat. British intelligence accuses the Kremlin of criminal thuggery. This week thousands of British fans will be arriving in Russia for the World Cup. What kind of Russia are they coming to? Putin’s Russia with David Dimbleby, BBC 2018
Encouraged by the state, the Russian Orthodox church is thriving. ibid.
After Russia annexed Crimea, Putin’s approval rating soared to 80%. ibid.
Corruption is widespread. ibid.
In my country once you’re in office you don’t let go. House of Cards US s5e6: Chapter 58, Petrov, Netflix 2017
The Russian revolution [’s] … most global impact [was] on encouraging a wave of rebellions and it accelerated the decolonization of the world. Tariq Ali, lecture Oxford Union 2017
For the past century Russian history has also been the history of its security services. They were used by the Soviet state to crush dissent. But while many things may have changed in today’s Russia, its security network is arguably stronger than ever. And the reason behind that is the rise of a lowly Lieutenant-Colonel to president of this vast country. This is the story of the KGB. KGB: The Sword & The Shield: Dserschinki & Co, History 2019
Enemies have been a preoccupation throughout Russian history. ibid.