Are any of our readers going to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics? Do any of our readers know anyone who is going to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics? Can any of our readers imagine knowing anyone who is going to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics?
Aside from the security and corruption angles, journalists arriving in Sochi to cover the Olympics are having some grim fun tweeting about the horrible conditions in their (frequently unfinished) hotels.
— Harry Reekie (@HarryCNN) February 4, 2014
People have asked me what surprised me the most here in Sochi. It's this. Without question … it's … THIS. pic.twitter.com/1jj05FNdCP
— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) February 4, 2014
— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
"One journalist was shown 3 rooms. The first two were dirty, a dog walked out of the third room" Hope there's a puppy in my room! #Sochi2014
— Jay Onrait (@JayOnrait) February 3, 2014
— Kevin Bishop (@bishopk) February 4, 2014
Of course none of this is particularly welcome news for Russia’s on-and-off-and-on-again president Vladimir Putin– who, despite the tens of billions of dollars lavished on the event, couldn’t manage to complete a few decent and functional hotels for foreign visitors.
Update: But wait: there’s more!