The IOC has opened proceedings against 28 Russian athletes after they allegedly provided manipulated urine samples. But the idea that the state was involved is an accusation that continues to not sit well with the country's leader.
A timeless ritual in Moscow that is broadcast across the nation: The annual press conference of the Russian president. The spectacle says as much about Russian journalists as it does about Putin, Miodrag Soric says.
The Kremlin is not afraid of political rivals, but Russians "will not stand" for Ukraine-style coups, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at his annual press conference. He accused the opposition of a lack of ideas.
President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia will not prevent athletes from competing at the 2018 Winter Games under the Olympic flag. The statement came a day after the IOC banned the country over a doping scandal.
Russia is to analyze the decision to ban the country from the Olympics before reponding, according a Kremlin spokesman. Russia says its priority is now with its athletes, some of whom have already asked for leniency.
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