Vitaly Mutko, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister & Local Organising Committee Chairman gestures during a press conference ahead of the 2018 soccer World Cup draw in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photo)
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Russia's deputy prime minister said the diaries of doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov had been faked, after U.S. media published the documents and said they bolstered the case against Russia.The International Olympic Committee said in an earlier statement it considered the diaries to be key evidence of the existence of a state-run doping system in Russia.A statement released last week by the IOC as it explained the decision to sanction five Russian athletes said the diaries were authentic.The IOC meets from Tuesday to decide whether to bar Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics for doping violations, in one of the weightiest decisions ever faced by the Olympic movement.
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