Firstly, some facts about Vitaly Mutko. He was born on December 8, 1958 in the Apsheronsky District. He began work as a technician on shipping vessels in 1977. After becoming involved in local politics, he rose to the position of Deputy Mayor of Saint Petersburg in 1992.
Liam Morgan: Justice and perspective absent from Russian doping fallout as WADA prepares for crunch decision
It is now 25 months since Richard McLaren laid bare the illicit Russian doping scheme as he presented his damning report at a press conference in London.
Leaked documents claim FIFA ethics judge blocked potential McLaren investigation into doping in Russian football
FIFA's willingness to investigate doping in Russian football has again been questioned after leaked documents showed an apparent attempt to stonewall a potential probe into the allegations by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren.
IOC back Rodchenkov as a reliable witness as first details of why Russians disqualified from Sochi 2014 published
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) have backed former Moscow Laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov as a "truthful witness" in their first reasoned decision published following the Sochi 2014 doping scandal.
It was business as usual at the Lausanne Palace Hotel on Saturday (October 28) for a brainstorming session of the Olympic Summit of sporting powerbrokers.
Russian cyclists Dmitry Sokolov, Kirill Sveshnikov and Dmitry Strakhov have launched a lawsuit against the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) after they missed out on competing at last year's Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Richard McLaren has denied claims by Russian Independent Anti-Doping Commission head Vitaly Smirnov that he has dropped allegations of a state-sponsored doping programme in the country.
The Institute of National Anti-Doping Organisations (iNADO) has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to take a "principled approach" to introducing sanctions against Russia over the country's doping scandal.
Doping fight must be stepped up to protect participation and viewing figures, UKAD chief executive warns
UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) chief executive Nicole Sapstead has warned the fight against drugs in sport needs to be stepped-up or participation and audience numbers will decrease, as she admitted her concerns about the impact recent scandals are having on the public in Britain.
Increased cooperation between International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) counterpart Sir Craig Reedie and Richard McLaren has been pledged following a meeting of three officials in Lausanne today.
Russia's Sports Ministry is an "affected party" in the investigation into Grigory Rodchenkov and could sue the former head of the Moscow Laboratory, according to reports.
Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren has admitted here today that mistakes were made in the translations of his World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-Commissioned report on state-sponsored Russian doping, but he hit back at critics of the investigation.
Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Alexander Zhukov has claimed it has become clear that the McLaren Report findings cannot be proved.
Ivo Ferriani, President of the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF), insists he is ready to impose the strictest punishments - including the suspension of the national federation - if the current charges that Russian athletes have been benefiting from a state-run doping scheme are conclusively proven.
Oliver Anderson has been provisionally suspended from tennis following match-fixing allegations against him.