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Photos: The toilets of Sochi

posted at 8:26 am on February 5, 2014 by

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Heh.

Quite sensitive of those Russkies to provide side-by-side toilets for all those homosexual couples the U.S. is sending to represent us … or something.

ShainS on February 5, 2014 at 8:37 AM

From a Drudge link:

Four days before the Winter Games begin, Sochi staffers are looking for a few goose men

The Olympics officially kick off Friday. We imagine many a staffer and volunteer are scurrying around the Black Sea resort of Sochi, trying to prepare for the glamorous opening ceremony and making sure all security protocols are in place. But it turns out that Russia, despite spending a reported $51 million on the most expensive Olympics ever, neglected a few key details.

It appears there aren’t enough pillows for the athletes in the Olympic Village. This news comes via the Instagram posts of Luiza Baybakova, a member of the catering staff for the games.

Baybakova posted a picture of a notice to volunteers, which translates as follows:

“ATTENTION, DEAR COLLEAGUES!

Due to an extreme shortage of pillows for athletes who unexpectedly arrived to Olympic Village in the mountains, there will be a transfer of pillows from all apartments to the storehouse on 2 February 2014. Please be understanding. We have to help the athletes out of this bind.”

Lie down with a used Russian pillow, get up with…?

Wethal on February 5, 2014 at 8:48 AM

In the one with the stick figures showing what you could and couldn’t do with the toilet, what was the last guy doing and is fishing in the toilet really a problem there? Would you eat what you caught?

Kafir on February 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

as a famous philosopher once said, it’s not difficult for a civilized man to behave like a barbarian, but its impossible for a barbarian to behave like a civilized man.

I submit that the same rule applies to nations. This is what happens when a third world hell hole pretends that they can function on the same level as the civilized world.

Tom Servo on February 5, 2014 at 9:11 AM

It’ll be interesting to see if NBC focuses any attention on this.

WisRich on February 5, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Another Drudge link:

Richard Engel reported last night on NBC that all visitors to the Sochi Olympics are getting hacked as soon as their electronic devices connect to any Russian network:

“As tourists and families of athletes arrive in Sochi, if they haven’t been warned, and if they fire up their phones at baggage claim, it’s probably too late to save the integrity of their electronics and everything inside them. Visitors to Russia can expect to be hacked. And as Richard Engel found out upon his arrival there, it’s not a matter of if, but when,” reports NBC’s Brian Williams.

Engel says, “The State Department warns that travelers should have no expectation of privacy. Even in their hotel rooms. And as we found out, you are especially exposed as soon as you try and communicate with anything.”

“One of the first thing visitors to Russia will do is log on,” says Engel. “Hackers here are counting on it.”

They test the system in the report — and are, as one might expect, immediately hacked the moment the test computer connects with the Russian network.

“Malicious software hijacked our phone before we even finished our coffee, stealing my information, and giving hackers the option to tap and record my phone calls.”

Sochi may puncture Russian power in a way no one anticipated: by making Putin a laughingstock. Hard to be feared when you’re viewed as a joke.

Wethal on February 5, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Meh, I remember that in Boot Camp and aboard ship, we didn’t have any dividers or doors between the toilets. You sat down with some other folks, did your business and left. Interesting way of making new friends, though. :)

TKindred on February 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

Well, this isn’t a vacation, it’s a sporting event. If you want pampering, hit the French Riviera after the games. And the signs asking that toilet paper not be flushed is similar to the Greece Olympics a few years back…the local plumbing can’t handle too much of it.

JetBoy on February 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM

The reporter who was surprised by the sign saying not to flush the toilet paper doesn’t get out much.
I saw those signs in Thailand. In much of the world sewage treatment is not up to the task of handling toilet paper. It clogs the pipes.

Curmudgeon on February 5, 2014 at 9:45 AM

When I was in the good old USSR 25 years ago, the rule was “How do you find the bathroom? Follow your nose!”

At least there are no foot prints on the floor over a hole.

Wander on February 5, 2014 at 9:48 AM

…WHAT?…they are not using Obama Porta-Potties…with ObamaCare advertisements?

KOOLAID2 on February 5, 2014 at 10:42 AM

Nice toilets. Next.

Christien on February 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM

I wish we could upload photos to Hot Air. I took a picture last July in Sochi of the nastiest toilet I have ever seen.
Sochi was by far was the most decrepit city I have ever visited…and I live 15 minutes from Tijuana. Sochi makes Tijuana look like Barcelona.

oceansidecon on February 5, 2014 at 2:26 PM

Meh, I remember that in Boot Camp and aboard ship, we didn’t have any dividers or doors between the toilets. You sat down with some other folks, did your business and left. Interesting way of making new friends, though.

TKindred on February 5, 2014 at 9:22 AM

This.

I do remember no partitions at Great Mistakes, but there were partitions on all the ships I was on. But no matter, on the subs I was TAD to, the head was the social center of the boat. Guys would stand there while you were doing your business and critique your activity.

I didn’t go to the bathroom for a month!

NavyMustang on February 5, 2014 at 2:41 PM

When I was in the good old USSR 25 years ago, the rule was “How do you find the bathroom? Follow your nose!”

At least there are no foot prints on the floor over a hole.

Wander on February 5, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Friend told me a story once about his time in Ireland. He was in a pub and needed to avail himself of the facilities. He politely asked where the bathroom was and he was just as politely directed down a long hallway, told to take a left and enter through the door on the right.

The directions led him outside.

Brings new meaning to the phrase, “going to see a man about a horse.”

NavyMustang on February 5, 2014 at 2:44 PM

Who needs pillows? As long as they have enough condoms in the Olympic Village, right?

portlandon on February 5, 2014 at 5:05 PM

Sochi? I thought this place was named Potemkin Village #1?

Athos on February 5, 2014 at 5:22 PM

In the one with the stick figures showing what you could and couldn’t do with the toilet, what was the last guy doing and is fishing in the toilet really a problem there? Would you eat what you caught?

Kafir on February 5, 2014 at 9:10 AM

I want to know what the one at the bottom right is. The only thing I can think of is someone falling down….drunk maybe?

tommer74 on February 5, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Gravity should do most of the work for a while anyway. Cost overruns and overflows and all.

Sherman1864 on February 5, 2014 at 9:01 PM

Look where Obama is leading us.

Sherman1864 on February 5, 2014 at 9:11 PM

I went to Turkey in 1999. Reporters & athletes are living it up in Sochi compared to the crap holes (literally) you see in Turkey.

Good times.

Mark Boabaca on February 6, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Well, this isn’t a vacation, it’s a sporting event. If you want pampering, hit the French Riviera after the games. And the signs asking that toilet paper not be flushed is similar to the Greece Olympics a few years back…the local plumbing can’t handle too much of it.

JetBoy on February 5, 2014 at 9:44 AM

Come on, JetBoy. It’s not “pampering” to expect that urinals would have pipes attached to them, is it? The Russians are not ready for prime time here.

Throat Wobbler Mangrove on February 6, 2014 at 9:43 AM

While “no fishing” and “no shooting drugs” are the best guesses for the last two signs, others have suggested: “no bank shots” and “no porn movies.”

Crazy, but the “no squatting” sign reminds me that many around the world actually do it that way.

G. Charles on February 7, 2014 at 9:18 AM