Grigory Rodchenkov, who has spoken about a Russian doping cover-up at the Sochi Winter Olympics, faces charges of abuse of office by federal investigators

Russian federal researchers have opened a criminal case against the countrys former anti-doping chief on charges of abuse of office, a day after world athletics governing body upheld a outlaw on Russia for systematic doping.

Grigory Rodchenkov, the former Moscow anti-doping laboratory chief who later fled to the United States, has spoken widely about how Russia operated a cover-up of doping by dozens of its athletes at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. The countrys investigative committee said Rodchenkov ordered his subordinates in 2014 to recycle samples despite pledging to store them until farther notification by world anti-doping body Wada, which resulted in injury state interests.

Investigators said they believed Rodchenkov used his authority contrary to the legitimate interests of the anti-doping laboratory in order to extract personal benefits. Rodchenkov, who is in hiding in the United States, could not be reached for comment.

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