A PHOTO OF two toilets in one bathroom stall at the Olympic Biathlon Center in Sochi, Russia has prompted fresh criticisms about waste and corruption at the upcoming Winter Games.
With a $50 billion (€36 billion) price tag, the Sochi games are nearly 20% more expensive than the 2008 Beijing Olympics — the most expensive Olympics ever.
The organisers went $39 billion (€28 billion) over budget with projects such as a 31-mile highway/train line that ended up costing $8.7 billion, and could have been paved it with Beluga caviar for cheaper.
Check out this BusinessWeek story for a full rundown of wasted funds at the Sochi games.
Two toilets in one stall is hardly as wasteful as a $8.7 billion (€6.4 billion) road. But with critics already out in full force, one ridiculous toilet photo was all it took to reignite the debate.
Putin nemesis Alexey Navalny wrote on Twitter, “This is the men’s room in the media center for the Sochi Olympics 1.5 billion rubles.”