Russia remains Russia: inefficient, shoddy, and careless workmanship. The workers are still the same as they were half a century ago. The free market has encouraged them to increase their output. But what gets produced is junk.
What is a Potemkin village? Wikipedia says this: “According to the story, Grigory Potemkin erected fake settlements along the banks of the Dnieper River in order to fool Empress Catherine II during her visit to Crimea in 1787. The phrase is now used, typically in politics and economics, to describe any construction (literal or figurative) built solely to deceive others into thinking that some situation is better than it really is.”
Putin made a mistake that Potemkin would never have made. He invited reporters to stay in the village to report on the winter Olympics. Here are tweets from reporters on the quality of hotel rooms.
CNN booked 11 rooms in one @Sochi2014 media hotel five months ago. We have been here for a day and only one room is available. #cnnsochi
Still waiting for “preparations” on hotel room to finish. Hoping they’re origami-folding toilet roll, rather than, say, putting the roof on.
I have a room! No heating or internet, but it has a (single) bed at least…
Got back to hotel. Lift broken after half day in use. Trekked up stairs. Door to my floor (that’d be the fire door) locked.
Water main break means no water at our hotel in #Sochi. Could take awhile to fix.
My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, “do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous.”
This is “the agony of defeat” on a grand scale.
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