By John Dodge
(CBS) — Complaints about substandard facilities in the days before the Sochi Olympics were dismissed by Russian officials on Thursday as overblown and biased.
And, one said, they have video surveillance to prove it.
Video from hotel bathrooms.
“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,” Dmitry Kozak, the deputy prime minister for the Olympic preparations, told the Wall Street Journal.
That’s right, he said the bathrooms.
Later, a spokesman for Kozak, said there were no cameras in bathrooms, only during the construction phase, according to the Journal.
Journalists and athletes have been blasting out complaints via Twitter about dangerous water, rooms without doorknobs or shower curtains (really, who cares, if there are cameras anyway) and strange bathroom etiquette requests, such as not flushing toilet paper.
The complaints have clearly upset Russian officials, who say the complaints are overblown and relatively minor and infrequent.
Olympic spectators, athletes and journalists can expect that they will be closely watched while the attend the events.
But, cameras in the bathrooms?