posted on Jan, 29 2014 @ 01:26 PM
Threats to Sochi Olympics Whistleblower: 'You Will Be Drowned in Blood!'
A Russian businessmen said he is a "marked man" after publicly alleging officials in the office of President Vladimir Putin demanded payoffs in
exchange for Olympic construction contracts in Sochi.
"You will be drowned in blood," Valery Morozov said he was told after fleeing Russia for Great Britain in the wake of his allegations of rampant
corruption surrounding the Olympics.
"The contract is there," Morozov told ABC News for a report to be broadcast tonight on ABC News' "World News With Diane Sawyer" and
He says he believes the greatest chance of an attempt on his life will come after the Olympic Games are concluded in late February.
"I've no regrets and I'm not a man who regrets," the former construction executive said.
Morozov's allegations, first made public in 2010, are part of chorus of allegations that the Sochi Olympics will be the most expensive and most
"Everybody knows this is the most criminal case in the history of Russia," said Boris Nemtsov, a former Russian deputy prime minister and Putin
Nemtsov said he has documented evidence that huge amounts of an estimated $50 to $60 billion spent on Olympics projects has ended up in the bank
accounts of well-connected Russian officials and businessmen.
"My estimation is that they stole $30 billion altogether," Nemtsov told ABC News.
So, Russia, the nation of freedom for Snowden (okay I realize he didn't have many options but will never get over that…) is in the spotlight for
Putin originally claimed the olympics would cost around 12 billion, but a construction executive, whistleblower, has claimed the russians have spent
more like 50-60 billion on it, and pocketed around 30 billion among the higher ups in charge for construction projects.
As The Economist explained, the initial Russian bid was $12 billion, which was already the most expensive Winter Olympics in history. But that was
a crazy silly estimate: As it turned out, simply one of the roads they're building is going to cost $9 billion. One of the main reasons it's turning
out to be so expensive is because many of the construction "companies" in charge are run by pals of President Putin. A line in the story about this
almost sounds like a Yakov Smirnoff joke: "In Russia corruption is not a side-effect: It is a product almost as important as the sporting event
itself." (In Russia, corporations construct you!)
It's almost a comical caricature of corruption you might see somewhere else. So you have someone in power, hand out all these bids to his friends,
"Ok Ivan, we must need bild a ski jemp. Vat we having for dis?"
Putin's friends' companies are also not good at, well, construction: The ski jump, for example, has already "been redone several times," and
sewage pipes keep bursting, leaving some lingering, oh, unpleasantness. There are constant environmental issues. Everything keeps breaking.
In a sense, it kind of outlines what happens everywhere else, except that it's blatantly obvious done here.