Friday Features Week 10 – The Russian Affair by David Walsh
Friday, August 14th, 2020
This week we are reading ‘The Russian Affair’ by David Walsh!
In this book Walsh tells the story that shocked the world: Russian athletics was revealed to be corrupt from top to bottom, with institutionalised doping used to help the nation’s athletes win medals they did not truly deserve!
Vitaliy Stepanov had been part of the Russian anti-doping squad, and during his work he had met and fallen in love with Yuliya, one of the country’s most promising 800m athletes. But soon Vitaliy discovered that his bride was not all she seemed: she was taking performance-enhancing drugs. It could have been the end of their relationship, but instead they decided they would reveal the scale and the scope of the corruption in Russian athletics – the bribes, the drugs, the abuse.
They reveal to David Walsh the full truth of what went on in Russia, and the corrupt system that surrounded everything they did. But it is not only an unrivalled and comprehensive account of the biggest sporting scandal, it is a warm and human story of a couple fighting to tell the truth and to save their family at the same time.
The Russian Affair is available now in Kinsale Bookshop! Can’t make it in? Send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an order!