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Sochi accused of going gay with twin toilets in men’s cubicles

Sochi accused of going gay with twin toilets in men’s cubicles

As if terrorism threats, accusations of corruption and the international furore over homophobic legislation weren’t enough, Russia now has a new problem.

A Sochi Olympics bathroom is being accused of breaking the ‘gay propaganda’ law.

BBC correspondent Steve Rosenberg tweeted the picture of twin toilets in a single men’s cubicle, saying he was ‘seeing double’ at the Olympic Biathlon Centre.

The snap quickly went viral in Russia and around the world.

‘This is how they understand the needs of sexual minorities,’ one quipped, with another wondering: ‘Is this a setup by Russia to entrap gay sportsmen?’

Others accused organizers of ‘shoddy construction’ and that it was a further sign Russia was becoming an international ‘embarrassment’.

The Biathlon Centre was completed nearly two years ago, with investment from the Russian state gas company Gazprom. The entire construction project cost 1.5 billion roubles ($44.5 million,  €32.6m).

‘The building is one of the biggest and most comfortable structures of its kind in the world,’ a company representative told Russian’s Interfax news agency at the time.

‘Two toilets – 28,000 roubles,’ wrote one blogger. ‘Olympic media centre – 1.5bn roubles. Global embarrassment – priceless.’