Russia’s Deputy PM: The Hotel Showers at Sochi Are Fitted With Spycams

That's how he knows that guests are secretly sabotaging the facilities

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Russia Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, left, signs the Olympic truce wall as International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach looks on at a ceremony in the Coastal Cluster Olympic Village at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has dropped another Sochi bombshell by insinuating that hotel showers at the Olympic city are equipped with spy cameras.

Kozak was replying to widespread concern over Sochi’s lack of preparedness for the Winter Olympics, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Blaming the inadequate plumbing on visitors who sabotage the facilities, Mr. Kozak told journalists that “We have surveillance video from the hotels that shows people turn on the shower, direct the nozzle at the wall and then leave the room for the whole day.”

Kozak’s assertion was later denied by a spokesman, who said the minister was referencing surveillance videos made during the construction and cleaning of the premises. It was not possible to question Kozak further on the subject.

In his response to criticisms of accommodation standards, Kozak said that “We’ve put 100,000 guests in rooms and only gotten 103 registered complaints and every one of those is being taken care of.”

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov asked people to recall criticisms of previous Olympics.

“Everywhere someone doesn’t like the food, someone doesn’t like the hotel, someone thinks the mattress is too hard,” Peskov said.