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Putin's Games

Panorama investigates claims that lucrative contracts for the Winter Olympics have been handed to President Putin's friends, and that billions have been embezzled by fraudsters.

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 have not 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 showcase for modern Russia, but what do they really reveal about President Putin's state?

30 minutes

Last on

Fri 31 Jan 2014 00:20

Credits

Role Contributor
Reporter John Sweeney
Producer Richard Cookson
Producer Nick Sturdee
Executive Producer Andrew Head
Editor Tom Giles

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