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Sochi dual toilet photos sparks a storm in Russia

Agencies | January 23, 2014, 08.01 am IST

Moscow: Sochi games seem to get more controversial by the minute. A photo of community toilets tweeted by a BBC journalist has taken the whole of Russia by a storm.

BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg tweeted the photo from the Biathlon Centre of the venue and was immediately picked by the Opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

Navalny then sought the expenditure list of the games and indicated that  if Russian President Vladimir Putin’s words are true that nearly $50 billion was spent, then why are there community toilets?

Others thought it was hilarious and linked it with the recent debate over gay rights related to the games.

Retweeting the photo, Navalny wrote, “This is a men’s toilet in a Sochi Olympics media centre for 1.5bn roubles (£27m; $45m).”

“Two toilets — 28,000 roubles,” wrote another blogger. “Olympic media centre — 1.5bn roubles. Global embarrassment —priceless.”

Others joked about Russia’s controversial law on “gay propaganda”, which led to calls from international campaigners to boycott February's games.

“This is how they understand the needs of sexual minorities,” one had quipped.

There was one toilet roll between two in the cubicle. 

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