Sochi’s Olympic Twin Toilets – Gay-Friendly Russian Propaganda?

twin toiletsPerhaps having a men’s bathroom with two sit down toilets next to each other is normal in Russia. Whatever the case the photo at right has caused a Twitter storm reports BBC News:

A BBC photo of a men’s cubicle with twin toilets at a Sochi Olympics venue has caused a Twitter storm in Russia.

The picture from the Biathlon Centre tweeted by Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg was picked up by opposition leader Alexei Navalny among others.

Mr Navalny queried how the budget for the games, said to be $50bn (£30bn; 1,700bn roubles), had been spent.

Elsewhere, the photo caused disbelief and much hilarity, with some linking it to the recent debate over gay rights.

“Seeing double in the Gentlemen’s Loo at the Olympic Biathlon Centre,” our correspondent wrote in his original tweet.

Retweeting the photo, Mr Navalny commented: “This is a men’s toilet in a Sochi Olympics media centre for 1.5bn roubles [£27m; $45m].”

“Two toilets – 28,000 roubles,” wrote another blogger. “Olympic media centre – 1.5bn roubles. Global embarrassment – priceless.”

Others joked about Russia’s controversial law on “gay propaganda”, which led to calls from international campaigners to boycott February’s games.

“This is how they understand the needs of sexual minorities,” was one quip…

[continues at BBC News]

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  • Damien Quinn

    Only one toilet roll holder mind you, seems a bit short sighted.

  • InfvoCuernos

    Do gay people want to sit side by side while shitting? I’ve never heard of that. Are we sure one of those isn’t a bed ay?

  • doodahman

    has anyone noted that the twin shitters are in the BIATHALON BUILDING? Isn’t that a combination of two sports into one event? So here they have pissing and shitting. Or shitting and puking. Either way, it makes perfect sense.

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