An interesting battle broke out yesterday between Putin apologists and the online community at Reddit.
Sadly for Putin, Reddit won.
You see, it all started when someone by the name of “Eye-Have-You” posted a link on Reddit to a series of “you are there” photos of Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Winter Olympics are taking place in only two weeks.
The photos show Sochi to be a bit of a not-ready-for-prime-time mess, with unfinished buildings and garbage everywhere. Soch is the most expensive Olympics in history, with over $50 billion in costs, of which perhaps half have been reportedly stolen. Here are only a few of the photos that were posted, with a decidedly Russian accent to the captions IMHO:
But then the Putin-philes struck back and posted their own photos of a fabulously-finished Sochi:
And some bleachers in a stadium, somewhere:
And best of all, Sochi’s world-famous 800 year old castle that sits beautifully on the Mediterranean, and Sochi’s gorgeous old Catholic church that’s just a convenient short walk from the sea.
And as for that castle and church – they’re actually in Malta. Which might account for why that other guy “forgot to show you” them:
So, I suspect you won’t be surprised to hear that this gorgeous rotunda isn’t in Sochi either.
Yep, you guessed it: Malta.
Now, sure, maybe two weeks out from the Olympics there’s still not even electricity yet in Sochi to turn on the street lights:
And maybe the sidewalks still need a bit of work:
But nobody holds a candle to the Russians when it comes to building those beautiful old forts:
Well, except the Maltese: