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"Everything is tracked": Russian Olympic champion speaks of despair and hopelessness in Russian biathlon

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Dmitry Vasiliev
Dmitry Vasilyev criticized the situation in the country

Two-time Olympic champion Dmitry Vasilyev complained about the sanctions against Russia, which, in particular, have led to major problems in biathlon. The winner of the Sarajevo '84 and Calgary '88 Games frankly admitted that athletes simply have nothing to shoot at during the race.

Vasilyev spoke about this in an interview with Legalbet. The former biathlete also noted that Russia has no alternative to imported products, and production within the aggressor country is not of high quality. In addition, Russia cannot circumvent sanctions by smuggling.

''Everything is tracked'': Russian Olympic champion speaks of despair and hopelessness in Russian biathlon
''Everything is tracked'': Russian Olympic champion speaks of despair and hopelessness in Russian biathlon

"We used to start with an imported cartridge, but today this cartridge is not available in the Russian Federation. Manufacturers have become monopolists and raised prices that have become unaffordable. We are left with only the Klymivskyi plant, which produces biathlon ammunition, but unfortunately, the quality of this ammunition is poor. It is not clear what to do with this. Parallel imports will not work. This ammunition must be purchased. The best ammunition is produced in Germany, and they are very strict in their control," Vasiliev said.

''Everything is tracked'': Russian Olympic champion speaks of despair and hopelessness in Russian biathlon
''Everything is tracked'': Russian Olympic champion speaks of despair and hopelessness in Russian biathlon

Four-time Olympic champion Alexander Tikhonov has called on the Russian authorities to "not be ashamed" and step up repression in the country.

As OBOZ.UA previously reported, the president of the Russian Cross-Country Skiing Federation (RCCF), Yelena Vyalbe, expressed an absurd idea that Russian athletes would be persuaded to return to international tournaments.

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