The report, culling information from government budgets and
data from companies involved in construction for the Olympics,
was the latest by the opposition to pour scorn on a project on
which Putin has staked his personal and political prestige.
Anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny, who also led protests
in Moscow against Putin the winter of 2011-12, said the
information challenged Putin's figure for spending on the Games,
which open in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on February 7.
"Russia's overall expenses have already reached $50 billion,
which makes the Russian Olympics five times more expensive than
the Vancouver (Winter) Olympics (in 2010)," said the report.
"Officials and businessmen also took part in the Games and
turned them into a source of income."
In an interview earlier this month, Putin said Russia had spent
some $6.5 billion roubles on preparations for the Games. Deputy
Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak last year said some $50 billion
would be spent on Games infrastructure.
Subcontractors say that corruption has been endemic in the lead
up to the Sochi Olympics and opposition figures have accused
contractors and subcontractors of siphoning off more than half
of the money allocated to the Games.
Putin has dismissed suggestions that there has been large-scale
corruption surrounding the Games.
(Reporting by Thomas Grove; editing by Timothy Heritage)
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