Corruption at the 2014 Winter Olympics
by Kindsey on January 27, 2014 - 1:38pm
In the article published on January 27th, "Russian Activist Alexei Navalny Publishes Data pointing to Corruption at Sochi Olympics" by Nataliya Vasilyeva, it is unveiled that even though Winter Olympics hosts less athletes than the summer ones, the 2014 Winter Olympics are proving to be the most costly Games of all time, about $51 billion worth. More than the double of the money actually needed was spent on building 10 of the venues. As a response to this current situation, president, Vladimir Poutine refuses to accept the possibility of corruption stating that all this extra spending is an error made by investors and businessmen who undervalued the construction costs. However, the worst in all of this is that some of the money has gone missing; it was not spent on the erection of the Olympic Village or venues and probably lost forever.
While there are already three criminal investigation pending against some employees of the managing company Olympstroi, there is definitely more that can be done to put an end to this corruption. Alexei Navalny has definitely taken the first steps to improve this situation and finding the scam artist by creating his website Sochi fbk, but more should be done. If president Poutine could admit corruption, this would likely make this situation a whole lot easier to deal with. For more information on the excessive costs of this year’s Games: http://sochi.fbk.info/en/.