Putin ac­cuses U.S. of vote ‘in­ter­fer­ence’

Toronto Star - - WORLD -

Pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin is sug­gest­ing that a re­cent flurry of Rus­sian sports dop­ing al­le­ga­tions could be a U.S. at­tempt to in­ter­fere in next year’s Rus­sian pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

On Thurs­day, four Rus­sian cross­coun­try skiers were found guilty of dop­ing at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. In all, six Rus­sian skiers have been found guilty by an In­ter­na­tional Olympics Com­mit­tee com­mis­sion.

Putin says “and the con­trol­ling stake is in the U.S.,” where spon­sors and broad­cast­ers are con­cen­trated.

Putin says “in re­sponse to our al­leged in­ter­fer­ence in their elec­tions, they want to cre­ate prob­lems dur­ing the elec­tion of the pres­i­dent of Rus­sia.”

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