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Compromat. KGB. FSB. GRU. A brief intelligence overview of Vladimir Putin’s relationship with the IOC

KGB officer and former FSB boss Vladimir Putin and Vitaly Smirnov, honorary member of the IOC, honorary president of the ROC, organizer of the 1980 Games in Moscow – head of the so-called investigation committee on doping in Russia, and, of course, a former KGB spy. (Photo: Imago/Evgeny Biyatov)

Once again, a dubious institution, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), has ruled in favour of the Russian doping system. Why is that? Why are the rules repeatedly bent in favour of the Russians? Why is Russian influence still so great after all the doping and corruption scandals?

The most important answer is, of course: Vladimir Putin and the oligarchs and Russian corporations in his thrall. You will find dozens, maybe even hundreds of articles on this in this theatre here. Two multi-billionaires, Alisher Usmanov and Vladimir Lissin, run the world Olympic federations in fencing (FIE) and shooting (ISSF). The millionaire Umar Kremlev is president of the World Boxing Federation (now IBA) and a member of the Putin-affiliated, nationalist motorbike rocker club Night Wolves. Russian corporations like Gazprom are also active and influential as the main sponsors of some international sports federations.

(You may know that it is risky just to mention the man of honour Alisher Usmanov. His lawyers are quite aggressive about it. Anyway, many other non-Russian current/former IOC members and IF presidents, always very close to Putin: René Fasel, Jean-Claude Killy, Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Sabah, Julio Maglione, Gianni Infantino, Lamine Diack and many more, most of them very dubious figures.)

Not to forget Roman Abramovich, who played a co-decisive role in the successful bid for the 2018 World Cup on Putin’s instructions. Of course, as in other nations (Qatar in particular, but also England, the USA and the Netherlands), this bid involved numerous intelligence agencies and some of the best-known spy firms on the planet (Kroll, for example).

So, another answer to the questions about Russia’s special Olympic role is: Compromat.

Compromised, possibly incriminating material. The classic, not only in Russia.

Putin and the IOC – a short intelligence review:

Russland, Vancouver und Sotschi 2014: Abschied vom Elbrus

Interessant, wie es das UDIOCM (FDP) schafft, in einer selbstzufriedenen Vancouver-Bilanz seinen in selbstverschuldete Bedrängnis geratenen Koalitionär Theo Zwanziger (CDU) in höchsten Tönen zu loben. Ich weiß allerdings jetzt nicht so genau, ob die Unterstützung des deutschen Fußballs, ob nun DFB oder DFL, so enorm wichtig für Münchens Olympiabewerbung ist. Aber darum geht es vielleicht ein andermal. Heute kurz noch einige Anmerkungen zur Bilanz von Vancouver, die ja andernorts nicht so rosig ausfiel. Im Gegensatz zum UDIOCM ist etwa der langjährige russische NOK-Präsident Leonid Tjagatschow (IM Elbrus) seinen Job los.

Sportpolitik in Russland fasziniert mich, keine Frage. In den kommenden Jahren werde ich mich dieser Spezialdemokratie ausführlich widmen und wenn alles klappt, im April schon mal in Sotschi nach dem Rechten sehen. Will damit auch sagen: Die Wünsche von Lesern werden immer ernst genommen und nach Möglichkeit erfüllt. Hier mal der Auftritt von Russlands Präsident Dmitri Medwedew aus der vergangenen Woche im Original, als er russische Sportverbände mit – je nach Übersetzung und Neigung der Journalisten – mit faulen, vollgefressenen Katern verglich. Mein Russisch ist auch nicht mehr das, was es einmal war, vielleicht kann jemand die Passage treffender wiedergeben, vielleicht aber sind die Übersetzungen, die dazu in den vergangenen Tagen angeboten wurden, auch einigermaßen korrekt.

Medwedew, dessen Videoblog ich immer wieder gern empfehle, auf Youtube (darunter die englische Übersetzung des Kreml):

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Beginning of Meeting with Leaders of United Russia Political Party

PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Colleagues, the time has come to examine the latest round of new appointments. This week, as I understand it, we are starting with the candidates for the post of governor of Kemerovo Region. Later, we will have the candidates for governor in a few other regions to consider too.

Mr Gryzlov, you have the floor.

CHAIRMAN OF THE UNITED RUSSIA SUPREME COUNCIL AND SPEAKER OF THE STATE DUMA BORIS GRYZLOV: Thank you, Mr President. We have examined candidates for the post of governor of Kemerovo Region and we want to present three nominees to you: Valentin Mazikin, currently first deputy governor of Kemerovo Region, Sergei Neverov, a deputy of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly, and the incumbent governor, Aman Tuleyev. All three candidates are connected to United Russia. Neverov and Tuleyev are members of the party, and Mazikin is a supporter of United Russia. All three candidates are equal in merit, and so the choice is yours to make.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Good, thank you for this presentation. In accordance with the law I will make my proposal in line with the established procedure.

Is there anything else?

BORIS GRYZLOV: There is one other matter. The Olympic Games in Vancouver have just ended. Over these last two weeks we have followed out team’s performance very closely. I think, talking about Russians’ national idea, you could say that one of the things that unites us is a desire to always be first. It is all the more sad therefore to see that our country only reached eleventh place in the overall medal count. This is a worse result than Russia achieved in the first Olympic Games it took part in back in 1912. In other words, this is our worst result ever. I think this is a systemic failure. Of course, the sports officials should take responsibility for this. We have the Sochi Olympics ahead and I think that every day is valuable now and we need to decide how we are going to go about preparing for these Olympics.

We would like to hear your opinion on this situation, because United Russia is ready to get involved in the efforts to get our athletes ready for the Games.

DMITRY MEDVEDEV: Yes, and you should get involved. This is a national affair, something we all need to get involved in. I think it is still too early to make a final analysis, but I will make three points nonetheless.