Sochi 2014: Russian officials spying on journalists in hotel rooms?

By now you’ve all heard about the horrendous conditions at the hotels in Sochi on the eve of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Journalists and athletes are appalled by the condition of everything from the lack of beds, pillows, floors, hot water, working toilets, light bulbs, door handles, etc. It sounds like a nightmare. But on Thursday a Russian official claimed those reports are overblown, and he knows that because he’s been spying on those hotel rooms.

Russian authorities have been dismissing the claims of foreign journalists all week, but deputy prime minister Dmitry Kozak took things a bit further on Thursday. The Wall Street Journal reported the following:

Kozak, the deputy prime minister responsible for the Olympic preparations, reflected 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 the whole day,” he said. An aide then pulled a reporter away before Mr. Kozak could be questioned further on surveillance in hotel rooms.

So the Russians are spying on people in their hotel rooms? Awesome. These Olympics are already off to the worst start in history and they haven’t even officially started. From the complete lack of preparation, to the indiscriminate slaughter of stray dogs, immediate hacking of journalists upon arrival, to the homophobia and now spying accusations, this is a total disaster. Russia should be ashamed.



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