Kremlin cronies holding senior Olympic positions “is an official recognition of Russia’s triumph against international law,” Lithuanian PM told POLITICO.

Less than three weeks out from the start of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee is facing a backlash for keeping Russians in its top ranks.

Shamil Tarpischev and Yelena Isinbaeva, who have been members of the IOC from 1994 and 2016 respectively, have come under particular scrutiny for their links to the Kremlin regime.

The IOC’s refusal to boot the Russians has triggered outrage among Kyiv’s allies, as Moscow’s war on Ukraine grinds menacingly on.