A U.S. law enforcement official has remarked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors are investigating allegations of widespread doping by Russian athletes.

The official disclosed the probe is more than a year old that means it predates media reports from November 2015 that alleged widespread doping by Russian athletes.

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York is taking on the case. It is the same office that handled indictments against FIFA officials. Reacting to the news, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian media that U.S. justice does not apply outside its jurisdiction. Peskov said we treat with certain skepticism and a certain degree of incomprehension and aversion the cases of extraterritorial application of the jurisdiction of U.S. courts which have become pretty widespread lately.

Alexey Pushkov, head of the international affairs committee in Russia’s lower house of parliament, described the FBI investigation as a “new Cold War” against his country. The Russian parliamentarian said eurovision (song contest), sport competitions, cultural events and now the Olympic Games are now becoming prisoners of a new Cold War against Russia. Pushkov tweeted the Olympics in LA in 1984 were held without our athletes but the games were flawed and added no one won from that and no one would win now. Pushkov’s criticism was echoed by Russian senator and Olympian Tatyana Lebedeva who remarked the allegations were groundless. Lebedeva said these are the actions of the Anglo-Saxon lobby and added they see that sanctions are not bringing the desirable results and so they start to attack our strong positions, including sports and music.

Last November, track and field athletes of Russia were suspended from competing by the International Association of Athletics Federations. This was after explosive report by WADA independent commission alleged widespread doping in Russian athletics. The IAAF council is scheduled to meet June 17 and Russia’s suspension may well extend to the Rio Olympics.

An investigation into state-sponsored doping by dozens of Russia’s top athletes has been opened by the United States Justice Department. The United States attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York is scrutinizing Russian athletes, coaches, government officials, anti-doping authorities and anyone who might have benefited unfairly from a doping regimen.

In his account to The Times, Dr. Grigory Rodchenkov, the longtime head of Russia’s anti-doping laboratory, remarked he often took direct orders from Yuri Nagornykh, the Russian sports minister Vitaly Mutko’s deputy. Mutko, Russia’s minister of sport, is a member of FIFA’s ruling council. The sport minister was appointed in 2008 to his current role in Russian government by President Vladimir V. Putin.

Rodchenkov claimed he staged an elaborate dark-of-night operation of destroying tainted urine samples of Russian athletes on orders from the government. Nagornykh disputed Dr. Rodchenkov’s claims and said there was no doping program in Russian sport.

Rodchenkov is represented by Bradley D. Simon, a criminal defense lawyer of Simon and Partners in New York who has declined to comment on the Justice Department investigation.

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