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Several Congressional inquiry reports have been professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction: The Russian Doping Scandal: Protecting Whistleblowers and Combating Fraud in Sports; The State of Play: Globalized Corruption, State-Run Doping, and International Sport; and the Rodchenkov Anti-Doping Act of 2019.
It has now been demonstrated beyond a reasonable doubt that the Russian State was behind a systematic effort to dope their athletes and defraud the Olympics. No one can see how deep this rabbit hole goes, and how long these corrupt practices have gone on. But what we can say is that it is a microcosm of the conflicts playing out across the world. As clean athletes compete against cheaters, so do legitimate businessmen face off against oligarchs and governments based on the rule of law do battle with authoritarian kleptocrats. And much like at the Olympics, without the benefit of transparency and the bravery of those few who stand up and say enough is enough, it becomes immeasurably more difficult for democracy, human rights, and free markets to succeed.
Dr. Rodchenkov is one of these brave few. Formerly the director of Russia's anti-doping laboratory, Dr. Rodchenkov was the lead architect of Russia's state-run doping program, working with the FSB, the successor to the Soviet KGB, to cheat the international checks put in place to prevent doping by Olympic athletes. That all changed in 2016, when Dr. Rodchenkov blew the whistle on the program he had once helped facilitate, resulting in suspension of Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics. His revelations also generated a revitalized debate on the need to combat corruption in international competitions more generally.
Dr. Rodchenkov now lives a precarious life in the United States, relying on whistle-blower protections and fearful that Russian agents may one day come knocking. He seldom gives interviews or makes statements due to this very real threat on his life. But we are lucky enough today to have Jim with us, who will read an original statement from Dr. Rodchenkov, as well as speak to the man's story, his hopes and fears, and the centrality of whistleblowers in the fight against globalized corruption.
This compilation includes a reproduction of the 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community.