It seems to me that the situation with lies and gossips around Sochi has hit overload. Many things that have been published about the Olympics on the Internet are lies and I want to debunk them. The logo is burning panties from the famous English proverb: "Liar liar, pants on fire".
All Sochi's mythsMyth №1. Rusty water from the tap
Myth №2. Mass slaughter of animals
Myth №3. Ice-cream in «ass»/ in assortment
Myth №4. Toilet in the wall
Myth №5. Places for judges in a toilet
Myth №6. Sudden fire
Myth №7. A toilet for 5 people
Myth№8. The Olympics will be held with a backdrop of derelict Soviet buildings
Myth №9. Door knobs fall off into your hand
Myth №10. Grass in Sochi is being dyed
Myth №11. Road to the media centre
Myth №12. Assassination of the person responsible for the unopen Olympic ring
Myth №13. Mass computer virus infections for spectators and hacks in Sochi
Myth №14. Anti-gay sign with a lift in the butt
Myth №15. Don't throw paper down the toilet, eat it!
Myth №16. Toilet signs in Sochi that will make you endure
Journalists circulate photographs of rusty water, that flows from taps in Sochi. As an example, Washington Post advertised the account@Sochiproblems, in which the photograph was published.
The given photograph was used in 2012 to illustrate the news story about the low quality of drinking water in Ukraine. Particularly, the photograph is used here (the date of the news article – October 9th 2012)
Info on mass killings of stray dogs constantly appears on Twitter. Particularly, a Russian opposition blogger Vitaliy Shushkevich shows a photo of a pile of killed animals (see an example below).
The given photograph was taken in 2012 in Ukraine in the town of Donetsk. The article was about an uncontrolled burial of dogs next to the city. The author of the photograph is Pauluskp.
Many share this picture with a photo of a menu in a cafe presumably in Sochi. The ice-cream name has been translated incorrectly, which brings a new funny pun into the world.
This photograph is real but was not taken in Sochi. It was published quite some time ago (June the 21st of 2012) as a funny illustration.
Russians can not only put two toilets in one room, but also half a toilet in a room.
This photographer appeared as a joke on a popular website Reddit 6 months ago.
There are special seats for spectators in Sochi toilets. Or, even more likely, that it is a judge panel, who mark the athletes' performance even in this sport.
This photograph became rather famous on the internet after its publication on the 20th of December 2013. It is not certainly known where this photograph could have been made, there is no evidence that it is a toilet actually in Sochi.
Russia is so harsh that here you can accidentally come under fire.
This photograph made it into the selection of world's most absurd road signs back on the 19th of June 2012. There is no evidence that this was photographed in Sochi. Such signs are absolutely typical at military facilities borders..
Sochi – a place for friendly people . Here you can hang our with a group of friends with a pint of beer right on the toilet.
"Pass me the toilet roll, please.".
This photo has actually been taken in Russia, but in a different place. This is a toilet in Kazan University, and the photo is by Maks Lomakin for BBC.
ВAll the money set for the Olympics were stolen by Putin personally to pay salary to the police beating up gay people. The Olympics are held right on the remains of Soviet Union.
This photograph was really taken in Sochi, but not in the Olympic period. The photograph was made by Kai Pfaffenbach back on 19th February 2013 for Reuters.
For reconstruction works in Sochi there was no money either. All the money was stolen by the greedy bureaucrats to fight the opposition. This is exactly why all the door knobs in all the hotels fall off right before your eyes. American journalist Barry Petcheky tried to open his hotel room, but the door knob remained in his hand.
Barry himself wrote two days later that this photo was not taken in Sochi.In addition, Barry said a wonderful phrase: «The best part of every Olympics– is to trash those who organise it».
In fact, after that it became clear to everyone, what's the reason for foreign journalists photograph all «drawbacks» of Sochi Olympics. Here is the opinion of Vasiliy Solovyev, NTV's sports commentator. .
The real green grass in Sochi is not green enough. That is why it needs to be coloured right in front of the guests. Journalist of Russian «Novaya Gazeta» Evgeny Feldman has posted a Reuters photo, on which it's seen how the grass next to the Stadium is being dyed. An important note from the journalist is that it's being dyed right in front of Olympics guests.
These action with the grass is called hydroseeding. In the picture above the woman is simply planting the grass this way. Also, Evgeny Feldman's photograph was published late in the evening of February the 4th. There is "Reuters" written in the corner. What's interesting is that on the same day Reuters published a different photograph, where we can see an absolutely green grass, which there is no need to colour.
In Sochi you, a journalist from a civilised country, are forced to make your way to the media centre by a road that has not been reconstructed since the decline of the Roman Empire. Journalist Simon Rosner from Wiener Zeitung told the whole world how awful paths in Sochi are.
Turns out, the German journalist made a joke. He posted a photo from Vienna, a photography of a pathway to a press-centre. Unfortunately, the whole world took him seriously and reposted his photo of a broken road with a backdrop of typical slums a few thousand times.
At the Olympics opening ceremony one of the rings did not open up and stayed a snowflake. Unfortunately, the person responsible for the equipment at the opening ceremony Boris Avdeev, according to the foreign publication "The Daily Currant", was found dead in his hotel room. It is assumed, that he was killed.
In fact, the name of the site is "Daily Currant", as in the berry. The site itself publishes only satire news, that have nothing to do with reality. One can make sure of that on their website. That, however, did not stop Russian journalists and Olympics haters to spread the news as the truth.
If your arrive in Sochi, your phone and computer will be immediately hacked. Apparently, due to the ban on homosexual propaganda local hackers try to break foreign people's gadgets to download their personal "special content". NBC journalist Richard Engel told how , particularly in Sochi all your electronic devices will be broken by hackers.
This is what Lenta.ru writes about this gossip:
"Errata Security employee Robert Graham disproved the information about the immediate hackers' break of any computers, connected to the internet in Olympic Sochi... NBC journalist Engel's affirmations of computers allegedly immediately infected by Russian hackers Robert Graham said to be indefensible. According to his words, firstly, the journalist went through with the computer data security test being not in Sochi, but in Moscow (journalist connected to the internet from a Moscow hotel and also through a Wi-fi network in «Jean-Jeacque» restaurant in the centre of the capital). Secondly , as Graham notes, «the hack» of Engel's computer happened after a visit to sites dedicated to the Olympics, and not simply because he was in Russia. «Such a break could have also happened to equipment situated in the USA.Т», — post author clarifies. The only conclusion that can be made from this reportage, Graham sums up, is that one should not give their phone to Richard Engel.
Any homosexual propaganda in Russia is banned. Even signs at the lift prove this.
This photographs has been first published at a Polish (most probably) website back on August 15th 2011, almost 3 years ago.
It is prohibited in Sochi to throw used toilet roll down the toilet.
This is the first more of an explanation, rather than a refutation. Many Russians have already seen this sign commonly. This is usually placed in public institutions. In Russia it is historically so that public institutions are situated in buildings either very old or built under not very best technologies during the Soviet regime. This sign usually makes clear that the pipes are old and can easily get blocked. The sign in the photograph above really could have been made in Sochi in the preparation for the Olympics. It says nothing of any awful non-modern pipes. The appearance of this sign most likely is to do with site manager having worked in a public institution before and seeing such signs all the time.
And also a life hack: usually Russian people when seeing such a sign still flush toilet paper down the toiet.
And as a special treat - a photo from an Ikea in a very civilised country (proof):
Signs in Sochi do now show where the restroom is, they show us how one can scoff at one's bladder.
This photograph first appeared on January the 29th as an illustration to an article about a Jewish community in Ukraine.
Media about us:
RSN (on air)
Voice of Russia
Occupy Abai website
Other resources which refutate Sochi myths: