Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak reacted to the criticism on Thursday and may have inadvertently revealed that surveillance cameras have been installed in the hotel rooms in Sochi.
In what might have been a slip of the tongue, Kozak said that even if the water in some hotel rooms isn’t working, the security cameras are.
"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."
Before he could be asked any followup questions about surveillance in hotel rooms, an aide pulled him away.
Also, if Russia is putting cameras in the showers of journalists, they must not know many journalists— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 6, 2014
Though it does make one wonder about the photos with strange wiring in the most unlikely places.
"We've put 100,000 guests in rooms and only gotten 103 registered complaints and every one of those is being taken care of," Kozak said, according to the Wall Street Journal. "The realization of such a project is an enormous victory for the entire country. As we say in Russia, victors don't get blamed."
Kozak said he has no “claims against Western or Russian journalists who are doing their jobs,” but that most of the things people are complaining about are just “small imperfections in the Olympic facilities and tourist infrastructure.”
Russian Railways subcontracted to work on some of the hotel accommodations in Sochi. Company president Vladimir Yakunin attacked the way that journalists have been reacting to their temporary homes in a blog post.
"I'm very offended that the closer we get to the opening of the Olympics, the more hysteria around Russia becomes inflamed in the Western media," Yakunin wrote. "There's not a word about the quality of the Olympic facilities, about the fact that the level of readiness of the Olympic infrastructure has no analogues in the world."
New Sochi Olympic Events:
1. Escape rabid dogs— Greg Dorris (@GregDorris) February 6, 2014
2. Fight homeless man for block of cheese
3. Women's ski jump
[Wall Street Journal]