Sochi Official Hints That Media Hotel Bathrooms are Under Surveillance
Suffice to say, the American media hasn't been giving glowing reviews of their experiences in Sochi thus far, particularly in relation to the accommodations.
Earlier in the week the Washington Post rounded up some tweets by various reporters whose complaints ranged from undrinkable water at their hotel, to the building itself lacking a lobby altogether.
On Thursday, Russian officials responded to some of the claims with vociferous denial.
Vladimir Yakunin, president of the national rail operator Russian Railways, wrote in a blog that he is "very offended that the closer we get to the opening of the Olympics, the more hysteria around Russia becomes inflamed in the Western media."
Fair enough, but this quote delivered by his colleague, Dmitry Kozak, the deputy prime minister responsible for Olympic preparations, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, probably won't do much to quell said hysteria:
"We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day," he said. An aide then pulled a reporter away before Mr. Kozak could be questioned further on surveillance in hotel rooms.