Despite the devastating report into state-directed doping in Russia, President Vladimir Putin
is sticking by Vladimir Mutko
, Russia's sports minister since 2008 who also heads up the
Russian soccer federation, World Cup 2018 organizing committee and is a member of the FIFA Council. Mutko, who goes back with Putin to their days together more than two decades ago in St. Petersburg,
has been implicated in the doping scandal.
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