Whistleblower doping was afraid to go to the world Cup in Russia

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Hyo, Espelette: Anton Denisov / RIA Novosti

A journalist of the German TV channel ARD, Hyo Seppelt (Seppelt Hajo), known by the investigations of doping in Russian sport, will not attend the world Cup in Russia. This was reported by Deutsche Welle with reference to the press service of the TV channel ARD.

The decision not to send a journalist to the championship was made on Wednesday, June 13, during the meeting, Seppelt and representatives of ARD with the foreign Minister of Germany Heiko Maas (Heiko Maas). The evaluation of the security services of Germany, a trip of a journalist in Russia would be “incalculable risk.” This opinion was expressed at the Federal office for criminal matters (BKA), the Land office for criminal cases of Berlin (LKA), the German intelligence and other intelligence agencies.

According to broadcaster ARD, “many Russians believe Seppelt enemy of the people”. It is noted that he had received threats related to the doping investigation. The danger for a journalist is also a promise of the Russian Investigative Committee to question him in a criminal case against the informant WADA Gregory Rodchenkov.

On 7 June the journalist was awarded the order “For merits before Federal Republic Germany”, which was presented to him by the President of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

May 11, ARD claimed that the author of the investigations of doping have refused to obtain Russian visa, which he will not be able to attend the championship. The broadcaster noted that their expert sports included in the list of “undesirable persons”. Later, on may 15, it was reported that the Russian side still allowed Seppelt to go to the championship.

55-year-old journalist specializiruetsya on the investigation of the use by athletes of doping in different countries. From 2014 to 2016 on ARD went out of his films about anti-doping rule violations in Russia, on the basis of which WADA conducted a global investigation. May 21, Seppelt said that the Russian team there are players who were doping. FIFA the next day, denied the accusation.

Video, photo All from Russia.

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