Double toilet picture at Sochi Olympic venue goes viral
Daniel Bitonti, CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Tuesday, January 21, 2014 1:46PM EST
A picture of two toilets side by side at an Olympic venue in Sochi, Russia had Twitter buzzing Tuesday, with some arguing it is evidence of the mismanagement and corruption that’s becoming increasingly associated with the upcoming Games.
The picture, posted on Monday by BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg, has garnered so much attention that Rosenberg posted it a second time, making it clear that he hadn’t manipulated the photo.
On Tuesday, Rosenberg shared another photo showing numerous toilets in a room at Kazan University in Russia ahead of an international collegiate sporting event in 2013, known as the Summer Universidad.
Kazan University on the eve of the Summer Universiade 2013. Image: BBC cameraman Max Lomakin pic.twitter.com/s9PDECpSrN— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) January 21, 2014
Russian journalist Nikita Likhachev wrote a blog post in response to the double toilet picture, revealing that similar facilities exist in other parts of the country.
But the picture is certainly not the type of international attention Games’ organizers or the Russian government likely wanted, as allegations of corruption in the financing of the Games continues to grow.
Critics immediately jumped on the double toilet.
One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s most vocal opponents, politician Alexei Navalny, posted the picture saying, “this is the men's room in the media center for the Sochi Olympics 1.5 billion rubles.” That roughly comes out to US$45,000,000.
Others had a little fun with the image, splicing in a picture of Putin with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.
После вчерашней критики туалета в олимпийском центре биатлона там, наконец, навели порядок. pic.twitter.com/4ApM78thwk— Рустем Адагамов (@adagamov) January 21, 2014
Garry Kasparov, chairman of the non-profit Human Right Foundation as well as a government critic and chess legend, also took his own humorous shot, but not missing the chance to make a provocative attack.