So, it's been established that there are silly things going on in Sochi. (That's why we have our FLAWLESS OLYMPICS category.) This is why the Sochi Problems Twitter has more followers (169,000 and counting) than the actual Sochi Twitter handle (133,000)
It seems a good number of these are bathroom-related. This inspired our Grant Brisbee to give a field guide to Soviet Pooping. Specifically, a good number of them seem to be related to lack of privacy in the bathroom.
So we've decided to compile a full list of ways someone can watch you pooping in Sochi. We'll add throughout the games, so keep your eyes peeled! (And although some of the images that have come out of Sochi are great, a lot of them have been apocryphal.These are f'real.)
Two toilets, one stall. This is apparently not a unique problem:
Прибывающие на олимпийские игры иностранные спортсмены с удовольствием позируют в диковинных туалетах города Сочи pic.twitter.com/NFzUmybHar— Илья Яшин (@IlyaYashin) February 3, 2014
The latter appears to have multiple toilet paper holders, so you don't have to ask your poop-partner to spare a square. I've never shaken somebody's hand post-poop, and I hope to never be logistically able to do so.
This wouldn't allow somebody to get the whole "watching you poop" experience -- they'd only be able to see a birds-eye view -- but, still.
3. There is a surveillance camera allowing some Russian government official to watch you poop.
We have no evidence this is a thing, but this did happen:
Dmitry Kozak, the deputy prime minister responsible for the Olympic preparations, reflected the view held among many Russian officials that some Western visitors are deliberately trying to sabotage Sochi's big debut out of bias against Russia. "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," he said. An aide then pulled a reporter away before Mr. Kozak could be questioned further on surveillance in hotel rooms. "We're doing a tour of the media center," the aide said.
We don't know if there are really bathroom cameras. And if they do, perhaps they're just shower cams. But a Russian government official did accidentally say something about bathroom cams, so, you never know.
4. There is a giant hole in your bathroom door
To be fair, this one was made by US bobsledder Johnny Quinn: