• Doctor who has accused Russia in doping was treated in mental hospital

    Management of Federal Drug Control Service (UFSKN) in Moscow investigated circumstances of the case about group of doping dealers.
    Doctor who has accused Russia in doping was treated in mental hospital
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    In November World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) published a 320-page report with recommendation of International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to disqualify for lifetime a number of Russian athletes and coaches as well as a doctor on charges of using doping. The report also demanded the resignation of the head of the Russian Anti-Doping Center Grigoriy Rodchenkov. In 2014 he destroyed 1417 doping tests three days before WADA testing. It was a beginning of a huge scandal which inflicted a serious damage to the image of the entire Russian sports and jeopardize the career of many local athletes.

    According to the TV Channel “360” informed sources, this scandal could have been avoided if in 2011 UFSKN in Moscow could calmly investigated circumstances of the case about group of doping dealers, headed by Rodchenkov.

    He was even charged, but according to sources due to his connections he was able to avoid responsibility. By destroying doping-tests, Rodchenkov was not helping to save the image of the country and its athletes. As an organizer of a doping distributing he was only concerned about himself. His activity could also be in area of interest to someone outside of Russia: Rodchenkov recently escaped to the USA.

    Criminal case

    Minister of Sports of Russian Federation Vitaliy Mutko, Deputy Prime Minister of Russian Federation Dmitriy Kozak and director of Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory Grigoriy Rodchenkov (from left to right) during a visit to an anti-doping center (ADC), which was accredited by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), in Moscow. Photo by: Mikhail Serbin/RIA Novosti

    Rumafia.com provided the note about the criminal case №672536, which was in production of UFSKN in 2011-2012. 15 operatives of drug control were involved in this investigation. This case should be one of the biggest in service history. But it actually dropped through. Let’s turn to the facts.

    The note says that the full range of investigation work conducted by UFSKN was directed against the head of FGUP “Russian Anti-Doping Center” Grigoriy Rodchenkov. First the operatives and then investigator UFSKN Badanov O.V., which held the criminal case №672536 in his production since February 2011, lined version that an organized group on illicit drugs (doping) operated, which is led by Rodchenkov. Investigators considered that his right hand was the triple world champion in running Marina Rodchenkova – sister of the leader of “Anti-Doping Center”. The observation of the athlete revealed that she was doing all the “technical” work for the sale of illicit drugs and her brother led the actions. He also ensured that the athletes, who bought doping from his family would have “clean” tests. Besides, it can’t be otherwise, because these tests were revised by Rochenkov center.

    At the entrance of building where the Anti-Doping Center based on FGBU “Federal Research Center of Physical Culture and Sports” is situated, Moscow. Photo by: Grigoriy Sisoev/RIA Novosti.

    When operatives collected all the evidence, they decided to conduct evidentiary purchase. For this purpose recruited agent, a former athlete Konovalov A.I. got in touch with Marina and expressed a desire to buy testosterone propionate.

    “Rodchenkova M.M. was in the apartment at their residence. She passed her husband Romanov M.N. who was unaware of her criminal intent a potent substance weighted five grams for onward transmission to Konovalov”, - stated in the note from the criminal case №672546.

    In Ferbruary 2011, Romanov who didn’t know about the criminal intentions of Rodchenkova M.M. and acting at her request moved the package with specified substance to the subway station, where he was detained while transferring it to Konovalov. During inspection of Rodchenkova’s apartment operatives were also found and seized testosterone propionate weighted 10 gramms and potent substances – oxandrolone weighted 32,4 gramms, methandienone weighted 10 gramms, which Rodchenkova intended to sell in the future as she explained.

    She also said that earlier she sold 5 ampoules of testosterone and 4 packs of ansomone “at the request of athletes”. Rodchenkova was detained after charges, she was released after recognizance not to leave.

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    At the entrance of the building where the Anti-Doping Center based on FGBU “Federal Research Center of Physical Culture and Sports” is situated, Moscow. Photo by: Grigoriy Sisoev/RIA Novosti.

    In February 2011 the house of Grigoriy Rodchenkov was searched. In April 2011 the head of “Anti-Doping Center” in case of №672536 was charged  under part 3 of Article 234 of the Criminal Code of Russian Federation “Illegal circulation of potent or poisonous substances for the purpose of sale by an organized group on a large scale”.

    In May 2011 FGUP was searched where “documents which contained state or other secrets protected by federal law” were seized. In late May 2011 – early June 2011 the accounts of Grigoriy Rodchenkov were arrested, including the bank “VTB 24”. In September 2011 Rodchenkov were charged in one more episode of the part 3 of Article 234 of the Criminal Code of Russian Federation.

    In the beginning Rodchenkov chose very peculiar tactics to pretend he was insane. From April 2011 to May 2012 he was placed to the hospital several times “for undergoing a judicial-psychiatric expert evaluation”. The TV Channel “360” had the documents at the disposal, which stated that from March 2011 Rodchenkov was hospitalized in psychiatric hospital in Moscow after a suicide attempt.

    In 2011 he underwent several expert examinations. Later, the court presented a petition according to which the Commission found that Rodchenkov had schizotypal personality disorder exacerbated by stress. However, the investigators had doubts about the validity of this conclusion.

    During hospitalization the head of “Anti-Doping Center” managed to involve his corrupt connections and the case began to collapse. The charges from Rodchenkov were dismissed and whole investigation reduced to one episode of doping sale – to the agent Konovalov. The only defendant in the case was Marina Rodchenkova.

    On December 27 of 2012 the Kuntsevo court in Moscow found Marina Mikhailovna Rodchenkova guilty of an offense under part 3 of Article 234 of the Criminal Court of Russian Federation.  She was sentenced to imprisonment for one year and six months to be served in a penal colony.

    The lab employee while working in Anti-Doping Center (ADC), which was accredited by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), in Moscow. Photo by: Mikhail Serbin/RIA Novosti

    Rodchenkova lodged a cassational appeal with the Moscow City Court. As a result, on February 18 of 2013 the judicial board changed the sentence to a milder: the appointed punishment is considered a conditional with a trial period of two years.  

    Her brother Rodchenkov referred in the judgment as a witness. However, he retained his position as a head of the “Anti-Doping Center” that as a result was led to a huge international scandal.

    Only after WADA’s report Rodchenkov was dismissed. At the beginning of 2016 he moved to live in the USA. To that same country which demanded to punish Russia for use by athletes of doping the most.

     

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