National Press Club

Corruption & Abuse in Sochi Olympics

Corruption & Abuse in Sochi Olympics

January 30, 2014 9:30 AM

Location: Murrow Room

Olympic Abuses: Russia Before the Sochi Games
Thursday, January 30, 2014
9.30am – 11.00am
National Press Club, Edward Murrow Room
(529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045)


Hon. Boris Nemtsov
Russian opposition leader, former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia,
co-author of Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics

Leonid Martynyuk
Russian journalist and opposition activist from the Krasnodar Region,
co-author of Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics

Hon. David J. Kramer
President of Freedom House, former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State

Vladimir Kara-Murza
Senior Policy Advisor, Institute of Modern Russia

On February 7, Vladimir Putin will open the XXII Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. The Sochi Olympics have already cost more than the combined price tag of all Winter Games since 1924; only the amount of money stolen during construction has been estimated at $30 billion. Olympic preparations were marred by forced evictions of residents, environmental damage, and mistreatment of construction workers. Meanwhile, Putin's government continues to hold political prisoners and show trials, censor the media, falsify elections, and breed mammoth corruption.

At this event, the Institute of Modern Russia will launch a new online interactive “corruption guide” to the Sochi Olympics, and will present the English-language publication of Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics, a report co-authored by Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov and local opposition activist Leonid Martynyuk, who will discuss their findings. David Kramer, president of Freedom House, a leading U.S. human rights organization, will offer his perspectives on how the West should approach the Sochi Olympics.

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