The Price of the (Exceedingly Corrupt) Olympics

Abby Zimet

The upcoming Sochi Olympics, dogged by rumors of mismanagement and reportedly the most expensive Games in history, will cost at least $51 billion - more than the previous 21 Winter Olympics combined, and over 400% higher than originally planned. Russian opposition leader and anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny has launched a dramatic interactive website, in Russian and English, that might explain why: He outs cases of brazen corruption, like 10 buildlings that cost double what they should have, a 31-mile railway project that cost $8.7 billion, or enough to have been paved entirely with beluga caviar, and the rewarding to two Putin childhood buddies of 21 contracts worth $7.4 billion, or more than the total cost of the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Putin says it's all good. Let the games begin.

































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