Murphys Law Rears Its Ugly Head In Sochi Olympics
The Sochi Winter Olympic Games kick off today, and as far as Russian president Vladimir Putin is concerned everything is coming along perfectly, while the reality of the dire straits of Sochi is quickly becoming the real story. Olympic organizers just can’t seem to catch a break and it’s quickly looking as though this could be a total disaster. It’s just been one negative thing after another rolling out from Sochi, a Black Sea resort community and one of the warmest places in Russia, with people like Keith Olbermann even calling for a boycott of the games! I’ve gathered some of the more depressing stories breaking out from Sochi and put them all in one spot for your reading pleasure. Enjoy and be glad you’re not there!
No Homosexuality Allowed
Russia’s negative stance towards homosexuality has never been a secret, however the Sochi games has brought the issue to the forefront. The mayor of Sochi has even gone on record with the statement “There are no gay citizens in my town.” This article on Sky News, based in the UK, details the hardline stance and how gay athletes are dealing with it.
The Sochi Olympics are Insanely Over Budget
Money, there’s never enough of it am I right? Well, it seem like Russian Olympic officials may have miscalculated the expense the games were gonna cost to host just a slight bit. Back in 2007 when Russia first bid to host they quoted an expected cost of $12 billion. But here we are in 2014, and they have spent over $50 billion, which is more then four times their original budget. Whoops! It’s on track to being the most expensive Olympics in history even surpassing Beijing’s 2008 Summer Olympics. Don’t people care about the summer games more than the winter games? Seems that way to me… Anyway, CNN breaks down some of the numbers for us.
Dogs And Cats Murdered Together… Mass Hysteria!
Enough, I get the point. There’s been disturbing reports of stray cats and dogs on the streets of Sochi being exterminated by a company hired by Russian officials to try and clean up the street a bit. I can understand the safety concern of stray dogs perhaps attacking Olympic visitors, but damn, isn’t that just a little bit harsh? Go here if you want to learn more about that. And yes, I managed to squeeze in a Ghostbusters reference into a bit on Russia murdering dogs. Impressed?
Drinking The Water May Just Kill You
Well, at least it’s been restored. I guess that’s half the battle right?
— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
Corruption Is Out Of Control
Wherever there is lots of money you can be sure that people are going to be taking advantage of it as much as possible. It is being said that as much as $30 billion of Olympic funds have been stolen by officials linked to Putin and his business partners. This article details some of the nitty gritty. Is anyone really surprised by this though? I think someone being surprised by this would be more news then the story itself.
Migrant Workers Are Not Being Paid
Since 2007, when Russia won the bid to host the Winter Games, thousands of laborers moved to Sochi to help build two separate clusters of venues, packed with over 100 Olympic sites. But hundreds are now complaining about lack of pay, excessive hours, overcrowded housing, inadequate food, and, in recent months, unlawful detentions and hasty deportations. Almost sounds a little bit like slavery if you ask me. This MSNBC article has the details.
Families Are Being Evicted From Their Homes
It’s never fun to hear about someone losing their home to eminent domain. It just feels like the little guy getting picked on by the man. Regardless of what it sounds like and what you and I think about it, thousands of hardworking families in Sochi have experienced just that when they were relocated under eminent domain to make room for Olympic venues and roads that are part of Sochi’s 2014 Games development plan. Raw Story has the 411 on that.
The Surrounding Environment Is Being Destroyed
It just doesn’t stop, does it? Along with all the other stuff, it looks like they are starting to fuck shit up royally environmentally wise over there. The construction of a new road and a high-speed railway has damaged Sochi’s Mzymta River and the fragile local ecosystem of the surrounding Sochi National Park. The dumping of illegal construction waste and the construction of power lines have also resulted in landslides, causing homes to sink and partially collapse and threatening residents’ health and safety.
Absolutely Nothing Is Finished
It seems the games came 6 months too early for Russia, as nothing seems to be completely finished. Considering the games kick off today, that is a bit of an issue. The Star Tribune gives us a small glimpse in this article. The hotels are coming off as a bit of a joke, so much so I don’t have room on the page to include everything about them. Luckily the Washington Post does, and they have it chronicled here. Oh, and watch your step as you move about the city!
— Jo-Ann Barnas (@JoAnnBarnas) February 1, 2014
You May Want To Hold It Until You Get Home
One of the more humorous problems we keep learning more about is the toilet situations found in some of the surrounding venues in Sochi. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so a tweet with a picture must be worth a thousands words with an additional 140 characters!
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
— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) January 20, 2014
— Rob Elgas (@RobElgasNBC) February 5, 2014
Touche… I couldn’t have said it better myself. At least he didn’t have to share.
I’m sure there is more stuff I missed here. Let me know about it in the comments. Ugh, what a disaster. Now aren’t you glad you are going to be watching the games from the comfort of your own home, and not in Sochi?
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