Putin The Party Pooper

Looks like those attending The Sochi Olympics have one more thing to worry about on top of security threats and really weird toilet seat arrangements – where is everyone going to party at night? Russia’s widespread corruption has finally seemed to have gotten on Putin’s nerves, pushing him to crack down on corruption and misspending. But does he really have to pick on the nightclubs in vodka’s homeland? All those venues going into the newly built ski resort housing the olympic games, Rosa Khutor, just might not be getting as wild as originally expected.

Its logical that any self respecting leader would get a little nervous (we know a couple of things that would calm those nerves…). They originally put down USD 12 billion to make Rosa Khutor the hottest place to cool off after all that Olympic excitement. Then all of a sudden it was a whopping USD 51 billion dollars and counting that businesses were shelling out. Russia’s little problem with corruption isn’t really a secret and with all that new development for the Olympics it should have been obvious. Why you gotta take it out on our watering holes?!

So yes, shits getting weird in Russia…and we are not just talking about the way they drive. Everyone has been taking their unaccounted for cut of the massive Winter Olympics budget in Russia. And since its not out of the ordinary, in fact since its business as normal – just perhaps while managing many, many millions – its probably been pretty bad. Hence Putin’s needing to reassert himself and make sure everyone know just who is boss. Rumors are that Putin’s guys will be giving these businesses an extremely hard time, maybe even going as far as to confiscate property in the worst cases. That just might win him the gold medal for Biggest Party Pooper in the World, thank you very much.

Business owners such as Canada’s own Doug Steele, the 62 year old nightlife mogul that conceived the legendary Hungry Duck nightclub, famed for girls dancing on table tops after the lifting of the iron curtain, is among those affected by the threats. Everything was set up – including money, backers and venue – to start putting together one of the coolest places for weary athletes to re energize. However, after a tip from a friend in Sochi that Putin was going to crackdown on corruption in the Olympic village, Steele pulled out. Talk about a cold shower. It could have been great business, but with no way of keeping his hands clean, it just wasn’t worth the dancing on the table tops. And that’s a goddamn shame.

At the same time, economists say its Putin’s fault that this kind of corruption is doing so well in the first place. So what is this crackdown really for? We’re thinking its just because Putin is worried about all eyes on them for the Olympics and wants to make a statement. He’s making a statement all right; that Russia is no longer the capital of debauchery that it once was.

On the upside, Russia still has not cracked down on its vodka drinking. Bottoms up everyone! We’re gonna need it this year.

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