Panorama

Season 62 Episode 2

Putin's Games

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Aired Wednesday 8:15 PM Jan 27, 2014 on BBC
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Putin's Games
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With the cost of the Winter Olympics in Russia rising to £30 billion following corruption allegations, reporter John Sweeney investigates claims that lucrative contracts have been handed to President Putin's friends, and that billions have been embezzled by fraudsters and corrupt officials. Despite the huge cost of the games, thousands of Olympic workers say they have not been paid, and some claim they were tortured by the police when they tried to protest. The games in Sochi are supposed to be a showcase for modern Russia, but what do they really reveal about President Putin's state?moreless
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