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Two book reviews will be coming up shortly, The Rodchenkov Affair, written by Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, who was at the centre of the Russian systematic doping scandal. Also, The Russian Affair by award-winning British journalist David Walsh. Both are centred on the same corrupted state of doping that led to both parties allegedly having a major hand in getting Russia banned from international sport.

Quotes from the books

Quote from the back cover of The Russian Affair: “Rats started running. In Russia, their heads will be torn off for treason. The bitch should be finished off. If we knew in advance, you’d have been strangled in the cradle!”

From The Rodchenkov Affair: “What follows is not an attempt to make excuses for my actions, nor to justify them. It strives to be one thing above all: honest. I will not shy away from giving a full and candid account of what I did, and nor do I ask you to forgive me.” — Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov.