Mutko explained the lack of Meldonium in the list of prohibited substances

The basis of the list of banned for athletes of substances and methods approved by the government of Russia informed on Thursday, March 30, taken a list of the most potent substances of the world anti-doping Agency (WADA) and Meldonium to these substances does not apply, have informed “Interfax” Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko.

“The resolution approved the list of substances and methods banned by WADA, but to make it (a list of WADA) and their use to punish criminal liability would be wrong,” he said.

Vice-Premier also called Meldonium “controversial matter” and said it was not the only controversial drug not included in this list. “There are a lot of substances are not included. We are serious about doping, which increases the ability of the athlete, violating basic principles of fairness in sport. We are serious about the methods of transfusion, hormones, steroids,” — said Deputy Prime Minister.

He noted that Meldonium is really included in the list of WADA. “It is the right of WADA, but to make it into the list, which will be instituted criminal proceedings, it makes no sense,” said Mutko. “Approval of the list is an item to create a strong anti-doping program in Russia, to show the world that there will never be no government programs in support of doping]”, he concluded.

Earlier Thursday, 30 March, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree expanding the list of banned Russian athletes substances and methods. There came the anabolic steroids, peptide hormones, metabolic modulators, growth factors and mimetics, as well as manipulation of blood transfusion, but was not included Meldonium, which has been particularly discussed in the press, when Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova has confessed to doping.

After the publication of the report of the WADA under the leadership of Richard McLaren broke the anti-doping scandal. The report said that Russia has a state system of substitution and concealment of doping tests. According to studies it was used at the Olympic games in Sochi in 2014. McLaren said that the creation of this system involved in the Russian profile officials.

In late summer of last year Vladimir Markin holding then a post of the official representative of the Investigative Committee of Russia, announced the intention to interview the President of WADA. Markin said that WADA could lead the destruction of doping tests Russian biathletes. In June 2016 on the grounds of abuse of authority (part 1 of article 201 of the criminal code) TFR opened a criminal case against the former head of the Moscow anti-doping laboratory of Gregory Rodchenkov, which announced massive doping by Russian athletes at the Olympics in Sochi in 2014.