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What Did Sochi Get for $51 Billion? Highways, Railroads and a Lot of White Elephants


World  (tags: Sochi, Sochi Olympics, Development, infrastructure, Russia, taxpayers, politics, corruption, ethics, environment )

Angelika
- 148 days ago - thenation.com
In the old airport, arrivals were written up on the wall by hand and angry attendants yelled out departures over megaphones. Now Sochi has a modern airport that doesn't transport you back to the Soviet Union as soon as you walk into it.



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Comments

Angelika R. (146)
Monday February 24, 2014, 2:54 pm
Although the article dates back from the beginning of the games, even now after they're over, it is still worth reading what the city of Sochi and its inhabitants have possibly gained.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Monday February 24, 2014, 2:57 pm
...or lost..
 

Rose NoFWDSPLZ (274)
Monday February 24, 2014, 8:08 pm
I think they have lost more than gained
 

gabriele jefferson (147)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 5:14 am
noted, signed, shared on fb, twitter, google, thx.
 

Fi T. (16)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 6:07 am
Their lives are precious like ours
 

Gloria picchetti (287)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 6:29 am
The only benefit was everyone got of Sochi alive except for the poor dogs.
 

Jeaneen A. (111)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 6:48 am
What do you want from a country that kills defenseless dogs. Russia is far behind many countries and probably always will be. Start taking care of your animals that would be nice. The only thing that came out of this outrageous Olympic mistake was that we learned how they treat their dogs and other animals.
 

FranNOMAILPLS Darcy (213)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 6:53 am
noted
 

Robert O. (12)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 8:05 am
Thnaks Angelika.
 

Natalie Away J. (125)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 9:02 am
When I think of Sochi I can't help first thinking about all those poor dogs! But I didn't know some people lost their homes as well. And if it cost more than it should, where did the extra money really go then?
 

Thomas B. (1)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 12:52 pm
Corruption? Compared to what? Congress New Jersey, Chicago, Africa, China, South America? Plese. I am shocked, shocked I tell you.
Just think of all the money that went to the artists for the opening and closing ceremonies. Is there a better gig anywhere? At least there is a there there now, if they can learn to attract visitors.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (61)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 1:39 pm
noted, thanks
 

Birgit W. (140)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 1:52 pm
... and what is happening after the Olympics are done. The Soviet tax payers are stuck to pay for many years to come. It was the same here in Canada. Plus many buildings might just stay empty. It is a big waste of money. What about all the poor people in Russia. They would have needed the help.
 

Lloyd H. (46)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 9:19 pm
Oh Please, making Putin look good is priceless. Well trying to make Putin look good is.
 

Betty Kelly (2)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 10:09 pm
I think what good $51 Billion could do for Russia's poor & their animals.
 

Colleen L. (2)
Tuesday February 25, 2014, 11:57 pm
Too bad that any country that gets big bucks would think twice about how they spend it. Instead of throwing it away with wasteful fast ideals. Thanks Angelika
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 26, 2014, 3:32 am
Noted, ty.
 

Marija Mohoric (49)
Wednesday February 26, 2014, 5:58 am
noted, thanks
 

Manuela Annofsky (88)
Wednesday February 26, 2014, 6:17 am
Wenn ich an Sotschi denke, fallen mir zu erst die armen Hunde und Katzen ein die getötet oder vertrieben wurden! Die Zerstörung der Natur war nicht unerheblich und dann die vielen Menschen die vertrieben wurden und das was denen versprochen wurde ist nicht geschehen. All die Arbeiter die bis heute auf Ihr Geld warten. Ich finde das zum kotzen!!!
 

Jordan G. (27)
Wednesday February 26, 2014, 9:23 am
So very tired of reading the American jingoistic anger in the press.

How about, "Well done; it was beautiful. It went off safely and with as few controversies as one might expect."

Always remember that it was America which started the first Olympic boycott of the post-WW-II era. America violated the spirit of the Olympics, not the (then-)USSR.

No Olympics or space program or World Cup or World's Fair (I think every one has lost money throughout history, but I'd have to check on this) or medical operation or lawsuit litigation or other human endeavor, no matter how large or small, goes off without a hitch, error-free, perfect or (even if miraculously perfect) to everyone's satisfaction.

America -- still a great place to live on the planet at this time -- has plenty (too many) of its own problems, errors, faults and frailties.

How about we just admit we enjoyed the visuals (that 3-D floor was astounding, even to those of us with an engineering background) as well as the team spirit and the purpose of the Olympics, and leave the sniping to other countries.

The only basis to comment on the economics is to learn from it for if or when we host our own.

BTW, last time I checked, it was their money and they can spend it as they see fit. Remember, by way of example, America spends more on defense than the next 16 countries combined, but I'd be damned if I'd allow any of them to tell us how much we could spend (even though I gravely disagree with how much we spend -- it's our money and we can spend it as we see fit).

Bravo, Russia, it was beautiful.
 

Angelika R. (146)
Wednesday February 26, 2014, 1:09 pm
Jordan, I don't quite share your assessmanet as for that article, while I can agree for the most part with your comment. The post was NOT for a bashing and the article does point out achievements from the event as well.
And, given tha it is no review, but written at the beginning of the games, it could of course not come up with any summary, be it in favor or the opposite.
 
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