Secret video footage supporting allegations that Russian coaches banned for doping offences are still working at professional level has featured in the latest documentary to be broadcast by German channel ARD.
German television journalist Hajo Seppelt, whose documentaries for ARD triggered investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) into Russian doping, confirmed last week that a new documentary on the abuse of performance-enhancing drugs would be aired today.
The focus of the documentary is Russian track and field athlete Andrey Dmitriev, who has declared his willingness to work as a whistleblower due to what he believes to be no sign of change.
Recorded on January 12, the 1,500 metres runner speaks of secret video footage of suspended coach Vladimir Kazarin, who is seen in a sports hall in Chelyabinsk during a training session for 400m runner Artem Denmukhametov.
Dmitriev also reports having seen Kazarin at a training camp in Kyrgyzstan in November of last year.
"You say that we are changing, but these people are still there," Dmitriev told ARD.
"This is just hypocrisy for me.
"It’s imitating changes, but there are none really."
Kazarin is a former coach of Yuliya Stepanova, who along with husband Vitaly Stepanov has taken up residence at an unknown location in the United States due to having to flee Russia after they provided evidence of state-sponsored doping in 2014.
They were the key witnesses in the ARD documentary Top-secret Doping: How Russia makes its Winners which alleged widespread corruption and drug-taking in Russian athletics.
Their allegations led directly to an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) investigation, which resulted in Russia being banned in November 2015.
Stepanova was herself suspended for doping offences and secretly recorded Russian coaches and athletes over almost two years describing how they used performance-enhancing drugs.
Kazarin also coached London 2012 800m Olympic gold medallist Mariya Savinova, who was implicated among several Russian runners who admitted that she had doped before the race.
The Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) instructed its regional associations to cease working with Kazarin in April 2016.
Dmitriev claims that Kazarin is not the only individual still working despite being implicated in earlier doping practices and has provided ARD additional names of leading Russian coaches who "are unable to work without doping" who he says are still active.
RusAF President Dmitry Shlyakhtin has said he is "hopeful" good news will come out of a meeting between Russian officials and the IAAF Taskforce, scheduled for tomorrow and Tuesday (January 24), as the country seeks reinstatement from the world governing body.
A meeting of the Taskforce, chaired by Rune Anderson, will be attended by the country’s Sports Minister Pavel Kolobkov and a representative from the Russian Investigative Committee in Moscow.
Reacting to the latest developments, IAAF chief executive Olivier Gers told ARD: "If it is indeed one of the coaches that has been provisionally suspended by the IAAF, then RusAF should have been in a position to enforce that suspension.
"And therefore RusAF has not fulfilled the conditions for reinstatement."
Shlyakhtin told TASS RusAF will check all the facts cited in Seppelt’s 10-minute documentary, including the video featuring Kazarin.
WADA’s chief investigator Günter Younger has described Dmitriev, who insists he never himself took any illicit substances, as "incredibly brave" to have come forward.
"Of course we will be contacting him, and will try to find a way together to ensure his protection," he told ARD.
A documentary focusing on the Russian doping scandal premiered at the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City in Utah this weekend.
The Festival was today the target of a cyber attack.