By any measure, Sochi has been expensive for Russia

Russia will have spent more than $2.5 million per athlete competing at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, even using President Vladimir Putin’s very conservative estimate. An opposition watchdog group says it’s closer to $12 million per athlete. And those figures don’t include the billions of dollars spent on infrastructure projects such as the airport, railroad line and port. Either way, it’s by far the most ever spent. Read related article.

The cost of the Sochi Winter Olympics compared
Source: Bent Flyvbjerg and Allison Stewart of Said Business School, University of Oxford, England;; The Anti-Corruption Foundation (Moscow). Dan Keating and Richard Johnson/The Washington Post. Published on February 7, 2014, 9:07 p.m.
Read what others are saying