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Doping in Russia


Doping in Russian sports has a systemic nature. Russia has had 51 Olympic medals stripped for doping violations – the most of any country, four times the number of the runner-up, and more than a quarter of the global total. From 2011 to 2015, more than a thousand Russian competitors in various sports, including summer, winter, and Paralympic sports, benefited from a cover-up.


  • Background: Soviet era 

  • Doping issues from 2001 to 2009 

  • Allegations of state-sponsored doping and 2014 ARD documentary 

  • Aftermath 

  • International competitions 

  • Media coverage 

  • Reactions 

  • Statistics 

  • Hashtag controversy