Jan. 21 (UPI) -- International athletes invited to next month's Olympics in Sochi, Russia will have to face down world-class opponents -- as well as unusually intimate trips to the toilet.
BBC News' Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg set off Vladimir Putin's critics on Monday when he tweeted a photo of a Sochi Olympics bathroom stall containing two toilet bowls.
This year's Winter Olympics have already been beset with diplomatic dustups, with concerns about security and the rights of LGBT athletes threatening to overshadow the games.— Steve Rosenberg (@BBCSteveR) January 20, 2014Advertisement
With this year's Olympics costing $50 billion -- the most expensive Games ever -- some critics used the photo to comment on what they see as Russian wastefulness and corruption.
Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny tweeted, "This is the men’s room in the media center for the Sochi Olympics 1.5 billion rubles."
Famed Russian chess player and political activist Garry Kasparov mockingly weighed in:
[BBC News, Business Insider]