Plurality of Russians Believe Olympic Funds Being Embezzled

Plurality of Russians Believe Olympic Funds Being Embezzled

A plurality of Russians believe the cost of the Sochi Games has soared due to widespread corruption. 

The Levada Research Group poll found that “47 percent of people believed the cost of hosting the Games, widely expected to pass $50 billion, has soared because funds have been embezzled or mismanaged.” The survey found that “only 22 percent said they believed officials or businessmen responsible for pilfering funds would be brought to justice after the Olympics, and 17 percent said they thought Russia had bid for the Games mainly to boost Putin’s image.”

The poll was conducted from January 24-27, and it also found that “43 percent oppose the country bidding to host a summer Games” while only 32 percent are in support.  

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