CHOPPED: Putin Thrown Out of International Judo Federation, Stripped of All Positions

The International Judo Federation (IJF) is cutting ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a report from the New York Post. Putin, who is a black belt and co-authored the book Judo: History, Theory, Practice, will be stripped of his honorary president status.

“The International Judo Federation announces that Mr Vladimir Putin and Mr Arkady Rotenberg have been removed from all positions held in the International Judo Federation,” it said.

Billionaire Russian businessman Arkady Rotenberg was also kicked out of the federation; he had been on the IJF Executive Committee as a development manager since 2013.