As more and more members of the international media arrive in Sochi to cover the Winter Olympics, only to report hotel rooms that aren't ready and even water that's not drinkable, the Russians are defending their honor.
On the subject of this tweet, for example ...
My hotel has no water. If restored, the front desk says, "do not use on your face because it contains something very dangerous." #Sochi2014— Stacy St. Clair (@StacyStClair) February 4, 2014
... the Russian deputy prime minister in charge of the Olympic preparations had this to say:
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.
A spokeman for the deputy prime minister later said there is no surveillance in hotel rooms or bathrooms, according to The Wall Street Journal.
But suffice to say, the global media spectacle has begun a little early.
The New Yorker and The Economist were already out with covers putting Russian President Vladimir Putin on slippery ice.
Barry Blitt, who illustrated the New Yorker cover, said in a post that Mr. Putin was a "gift to caricaturists (but to humanity in general, not so much)." Let's see how he's pictured once the Sochi games are complete. Mr. Putin may well wish for the good old days of bitter accusations over figure skating scoring.