Russian officials have admitted to a widespread doping operation involving officials and top athletes. But not everyone is 'fessing up quite yet.
The acting director of Russia's anti-doping agency told The New York Times the country can no longer deny any wrongdoing, calling the scandal "an institutional conspiracy." But she denied that top government officials played a role.
Members of the Federal Security service and a deputy sports minister were also reportedly in on the scheme.
The Times article comes just weeks after a report from the World Anti-Doping Agency claimed more than 1,000 Russian athletes across 30 sports benefited from state-sponsored doping between 2011 and 2015.
A spokesperson for Russian President Vladimir Putin said Wednesday the government has yet to confirm the accuracy of the Times report.