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Corruption continues to run rampant in Russia. In the latest scandal, news agency Tass reports that Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) anti-doping coordinator Robert Popov has been placed under house arrest in connection with an embezzlement case.

Popov as well as former Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) deputy chairman Gennady Aleshin are both suspected of “aiding in misappropriation or embezzlement by an organised group or on an especially large scale”, TASS reported.

Connected to the case is Alexander Kravtsov, the head of the Centre of Sports Preparation for Russian national teams. More is to come from this.

Kravtsov, Russia’s Chef de Mission at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, is alleged to have hired people who did not work in any related capacity.

World Athletics continues to keep Russia suspended and unable to compete internationally due state-sponsored doping. Their situation was apparently improving, however, this case will set the shamed country back.

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