Western media bores are salivatingly eager to resuscitate the most trivial and banal aspects of Cold War conflict during the Sochi Winter Olympics: hotel rooms are bugged with neo-KGB surveillence; bread lines are longer than the bob-sled run; the athletes quarters look like the Lubyanka; Putin is smaller and weedier than he appears in his publicity shots; etc. It is rare to watch any event without such snide, anti-Russian remark being passed by our TV commentary teams.
No doubt things are not great in Russia. Where on Earth are they ever?
Not that I actually watch the Olympic coverage, of course. But I can hear the obnoxious, braying sound of competetive snowboard experts seeping through the pages of whatever book I'm reading as my wife vainly waits for figure skating to begin. It never seems to, however, since there's always more snowboarding whackiness for hours on end.