New York - Doping
guru Grigory Rodchenkov has emerged from hiding, donning a disguise and
reiterating that Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to silence him
The controversial whistleblower and former head of Moscow's
anti-doping laboratory says he is risking his life by exposing Russian
In his first televised interview since fleeing his native Russia,
Rodchenkov told the American news programme 60 Minutes on Sunday night
that he continues to live in fear in the United States.
"Kremlin wants me to stop talking," Rodchenkov told interviewer Scott Pelley.
Since fleeing to America in November 2015, he has gone into hiding
because he says Putin wants him dead - a claim he has made several
The news magazine programme allowed Rodchenkov to wear a disguise and
showed him putting on and walking around in a bulletproof vest.
"(The disguise) was done for security reasons," says Rodchenkov, who
dyed his hair a different colour and shaved his moustache. "There is
information that my life is in jeopardy and we took all necessary
Rodchenkov's escape to America followed the sudden death of two
senior officials from Russia's anti-doping agency. There is a warrant
out for his arrest back home.
"I am not a liar. I was not telling truth in Russia but coming to United States I am telling the truth."
Rodchenkov said he now wants to dedicate his time to exposing drug cheats and being an advocate for change.
He doubts whether the Olympics will ever have a level playing field for the athletes.
"You could believe but in fact it is human nature," he said. "It is
our sins. It has nothing to do with sports. There are 10, 15 percent who
are incorrigible. You can do nothing, they are cheaters by nature."
Because Rodchenkov was one of those self-admitted cheaters, he is
apologising for his role in the scandals and the deception that he says
still goes on, using formulas and techniques that he helped develop.
"I am sorry to create such a problem because of my experience and knowledge," he said.
"Now it is effective and working and it is not my contribution to fight against doping."
As a result of his whistleblowing the Russians were stripped of
Olympic medals and Russia was banned from this week's Pyeongchang
But the International Olympic Committee allowed a large group of
Russians deemed clean to take part as "Olympic Athletes from Russia."
The team of Russian athletes stands at 168, the fourth biggest
contingent at the Games. Russian competitors marched behind a neutral
Olympic flag at Friday's opening ceremony.