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NYT Distortions & Lies About Doping in Russia

By Patricia Doyle

Doping is a global sports issue, not one involving athletes from a single or small group of countries.

Some take performance enhancing drugs to compete more effectively - on their own or perhaps with encouragement from teammates or coaches.

Singling out Russia as an offending nation is more about geopolitics than doping - irresponsible bashing, a form of back-door sanctioning.

A yearend NYT editorial turned truth on its head, accusing Russia of “contorted denials” on doping - claiming one of its senior officials acknowledged an “institutional conspiracy” in a separate Times interview.

Acting Russian anti-doping agency (RUSADA) head Anna Antseliovich, interviewed by Times correspondent Rebecca Ruiz, said her words were deliberately twisted to claim something she never meant or implied.

RUSADA issued a statement, saying “(i)n response to the…The New York Times…’RUSADA’ declares that…Antseliovich’s words were distorted and taken out of context.”

“During the interview, (Times) journalist Rebecca Ruiz (cited) the Richard McLaren (report on alleged Russian doping), refus(ing) (to call it a) ‘state system of doping,’ (instead used the) the phrase ‘institutional conspiracy,’ thus eliminating, the possible involvement of the country’s top leadership.”

“Unfortunately, Rebecca Ruiz, took (Antseliovich’s remarks) out of context, creating the impression that the RUSADA’s leadership recognizes the existence of institutional coverage of doping schemes in Russia.”

There’s “no (Russian) authority for the recognition or denial of this (allegation). The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (handled the inquiry) into this case. (E)ach of the accused athletes has the inherent right to object to the charges.”

“For our part, we reaffirm the commitment to the fight against doping and to continue activities in accordance with the World Anti-Doping Code and the All-Russian anti-doping rules.”

The Times report by Rebecca Ruiz included willful distortions and fabrications to bash Russia irresponsibly - how the self-styled newspaper of record operates, publishing fake news and Big Lies unfit to print or read.

Russia never “conceded” that its officials were involved in a “far-reaching doping operation.” Russian Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov emphatically said “(t)here was not, there is not, and there could not be any system of supporting doping in Russia.”

His ministry is in charge of Russian sports, RUSADA acting in a subordinate capacity. Russian Olympic Committee deputy head Stanislav Pozdnyakov called The Times’ article fake news, “a bogus story.”

Ruiz is a presstitute, not a legitimate journalist. So are Times editors, hyping distortions and Big Lies featured in her article.

They reprehensibly, without evidence, blamed a “culture of winning at any cost that was imposed from the highest levels of the Russian state, which in turn led to the doping and the extraordinary efforts to conceal it by the secret services, the Ministry of Sport and the country’s antidoping laboratory.”

On major issues, and virtually anything related to Russia, The Times consistently substitutes fake news for the real thing.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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