This photo from a Sochi hotel room making the rounds won't make Russian tourism flush with success

This photo from a Sochi hotel room making the rounds won’t make Russian tourism flush with success

All was missing was Texas Gov. Rick Perry saying: “Oops..” A Russian official, angry because of many reports indicating the Sochi hotel where Olympic-goers stay is beyond just plain lousy — it’s reportedly gross — decided to hammer home his contention that the press is exaggerating it and even sabotaging the hotel. So he said they have surveillance video showing people turning on the shows.

Dmitry Kozak, the deputy prime minister responsible for the Olympic preparations, seemed to reflect the view held among many Russian officials that some Western visitors are deliberately trying to sabotage Sochi’s big debut out of bias against Russia. “We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day,” he said. An aide then pulled a reporter away before Mr. Kozak could be questioned further on surveillance in hotel rooms. “We’re doing a tour of the media center,” the aide said.

And then it was onto damage control.

A spokesman for Mr. Kozak later on Thursday said there is absolutely no surveillance in hotel rooms or bathrooms occupied by guests. He said there was surveillance on premises during construction and cleaning of Sochi’s venues and hotels and that is likely what Mr. Kozak was referencing. A senior official at a company that built a number of the hotels also said there is no such surveillance in rooms occupied by guests.

You wonder after this whether Mr. Kozak will be reassigned to serve as Deputy Prime Minister in Charge of Snowstorms in Siberia.

Press reports about hotel conditions have been brutal and hilarious with pictures of gross looking water. Tweets have been even more withering. Look at this article.

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    Gee, where could all of those billions have gone? Do they even allow auditors in Russia?

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    At least the guy with his bed on the side of the cliff won’t have to worry about Russian (bed)bugs…

  • sheknows

    “In my Sochi hotel. You’re welcome to pop by and sit forlornly in my Chairs of Desolation.” 🙂

    I am certain much of it is very exaggerated, and I have to say, it is just such a gigantic cost to any nation to host these games. I am opposed to that aspect of it.