Wednesday, May 18, 2016

WTF? DOJ Has Opened a Criminal Investigation into State-Sponsored Doping by Dozens of Russia’s Top Athletes

The United States attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York is scrutinizing Russian government officials, athletes, coaches, antidoping authorities and anyone who might have benefited unfairly from a doping regime, according to the people, reports NYT.

In quite the understatement, NYT writes, "It is rare for the United States government to take on sports doping cases."

Of course, most of the scrutiny will concern international events not based in the United States. How does the DOJ plan to get around this minor problem?

NYT explains:
Federal courts have allowed prosecutors to bring cases against foreigners living abroad if there is some connection to the United States. That connection can be limited, such as the use of an American bank.
File under more U.S. harassment of Russia and further attempts to embarrass Putin.


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