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Russia's Olympic spend-a-thon: By the numbers
From $46 breakfasts to $1,400-per-night luxury hotel rooms, misspending during Russia's Winter Olympics quest reportedly reached mountainous proportions
 
Vitaly Mutko racked up a $32K hotel bill during his stay in Vancouver.
Vitaly Mutko racked up a $32K hotel bill during his stay in Vancouver.
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After Russia's disappointing performance at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, president Dmitry Medvedev ordered a government audit — which uncovered nearly $200 million in misspent funds. Now Sports, Tourism, and Youth Policy Minister Vitaly Mutko, who reportedly rejects the findings, has come under fire for wasting taxpayer's money, with some calling for his resignation. Here, a look at some of the controversial figures:

$186 million
Total amount Russia spent on the games

15
Number of medals won by Russian athletes in Vancouver (including three gold medals, five fewer than they collected at the 2006 Games in Turin, Italy)

$12.4 million
Amount Russia spent per medal

$32,400
Total Vancouver hotel bill for Sports Minister Mutko

$1,408
Nightly rate for his hotel room

$130
Amount Russian government officials are allotted to spend for nightly hotel accommodation

97
Total number of breakfasts Mutko claims to have eaten during his 20-day stay, or roughly five per day (racking up a breakfast bill of $4,500)

$8,000
Amount the Russians spent on parking fees during the Games

$14 billion
Total amount Russia expects to spend to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi — more than three times the previous record

Sources: Associated Press, Moscow Times, Financial Times, The Jakarta Globe

 

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