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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