Slaving Away in Sochi

Andrea Rossini reports on preparations for the Winter Olympics in the Abkhazia capitol of Sochi in the Caucasus region, just north of the Georgian border on the Black Sea. While corruption by developers with IOC contracts is commonplace — no matter where the Olympics are held — the use of slave labor is hopefully less so. As Rossini notes, this is perhaps the first time the Winter Olympics has been held in a community that has no snow. Ruminating on why they are being held in a sub-tropical seaside resort, Rossini says local protestors call it a “private project of Putin and a few oligarchs.”

One candidate now running for mayor of Sochi says, “When Putin decided to enhance his international standing, he spent a few hours bent over a map of Russia, and ended up choosing the one place without snow.”

~ by Jay Taber on December 21, 2013.

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