Russian Official Says Sochi Hotel Showers Are Under Video Surveillance

Rucuss staffFebruary 7, 2014

The Sochi Olympics are off to a disastrous start.

Reporters have posted plenty of photos and tweets about their horrible living accommodations since arriving in Russia. Photos show undrinkable water, toilets without handles, unfinished rooms and lobbies and small living areas.

On Thursday, a Russian official fired back at the critics while revealing some showers are under surveillance.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Dmitry Kozak said Russian officials believe visitors from Western nations have been deliberately trying to sabotage their accommodations to make Russia look bad.

“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,” Kozak said. “We’ve put 100,000 guests in rooms and only gotten 103 registered complaints and every one of those is being taken care of.”

Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian president Vladimir Putin, said the media has been sensationalizing minor issues that are present at every Olympics.

“In fairness, I would ask everyone to recall the reports from international and our domestic media about various Olympics,” Peskov said. “Everywhere someone doesn’t like the food, someone doesn’t like the hotel, someone thinks the mattress is too hard, etc. That is, such complaints accompany all Olympics. But the guest is always right and the organizer is obliged to listen to these complaints.”

While there maybe some truth to what Peskov is saying, we doubt people at other Olympics were complaining about being videotaped while showering.

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