BBC World News

Putin's Games

The cost of the winter Olympics in Russia has quadrupled to a record breaking �30 billion following allegations of massive corruption. Reporter John Sweeney investigates claims that lucrative contracts have been handed to President Putin's friends and that billions have been embezzled by fraudsters and corrupt officials. Despite the huge cost of the games, thousands of Olympic workers say they haven't been paid and some claim they were tortured by the police when they tried to protest. The games in Sochi are supposed to be a show case for modern Russia, but what do they really reveal about President Putin's state?

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 2 Feb 2014 20:30 GMT


Role Contributor
ReporterJohn Sweeney
ProducerRichard Cookson
ProducerNick Sturdee
Executive ProducerAndrew Head
EditorTom Giles
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