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A Filmmaker's Journey Into the Heart of an Olympic Drug Scandal

Thomas M. Hunt
Board of Contributors
Dec 11, 2017 | 09:00 GMT
Not long after reaching out with a book proposal exposing Russia's state-sponsored drug cheating program, Nikita Kamaev, the former director of the Russian Anti-Doping Agency, would be dead.

A picture taken on Oct. 21, 2013, shows Russian Anti-Doping Agency's executive director, Nikita Kamaev, speak during his interview with AFP in Moscow. Russia, for years after the fall of the Soviet Union notorious as one of the world's worst offenders in the fight against doping in sport, is finally making progress to crack down on drug cheats at home ahead of the Winter Olympics.

(VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

The documentarian behind 'Icarus' wanted to tell a story about the mechanics behind doping in athletics. His research would lead him to the center of the Russian sports machine....

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