From a report by Boris Nemtsov, former reformist mayor of Nizhny Novgorod and thorn in the Kremlin’s side forever:
“The Sochi Olympics has gone down in history before it has opened: it is the most expensive Olympics in the history of humankind. With over $50 billion already spent, it is more expensive than the sports buildings of all the other winter Olympics combined, and there have already been 21 of them.”
That fun little tidbit appeared in The Interpreter magazine, which looks like it ought to ride up to the top of everybody’s bookmarks during the Sochi Olympics. Why, just today its lead story is Sochi Migration Service Catching Journalists. “As she was holding a tape recorder, Lukyanova attracted the attentions of officials….” the article explains. It’s no good for journalists to hold tape recorders on advance of the Olympics, as we all know.