The Anonymous Widower

Is Sochi A Monstrous Scam?

I have just read this report on the BBC’s web site.

Admittedly it is from May last year, but in a few weeks time, we’ll see whether the Games will be worth the reported $50 million spent.

The Times had a news report yesterday, where Giuan-Franco Kasper, the Head of World Skiing, said that a third of the cost had been lost to fraud.

The 2014 Winter Olympics could be one of the best examples of car crash television for some time.  Especially, after reading about the climate on Wikipedia and reading reports that there hasn’t been much snow in the area.

January 12, 2014 - Posted by | Sport, World | ,


  1. Kickbacks are very common in Russia in many industries, and especially in construction where so much depends on various authorities and their decisions. I’d still say that the games are going to be a success – after all, it isn’t that difficult to build a bunch of big buildings and cater for a lot of people. Expensive, yes, but that isn’t a rocket science and that’s something mankind has been doing that for ages.

    The only thing which can ruin the event is terrorism (and counter-terrorism measures), but that is a different story.

    I personally don’t care much about the Olympics. Actually, it’ll even be a schadenfreude moment for me if Russia screws up (given there will be no victims in process).

    Comment by Yuriy | January 12, 2014 | Reply

    • i’ve never done any business in Russia, so I’ll bow to your greater knowledge. But some of the countries we did business in, in the 1970s and 1980s, bribery was a way of life. And some, weren’t the usual suspects too! The best Russian near-bribery story was from a nephew of JRR Tolkein. He told me, that in the days of the Soviet Union, he always had plenty of his uncle’s books in his briefcase, as they were an easy way to overcome difficulties with officials.

      Comment by AnonW | January 12, 2014 | Reply

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