At least one company has already acknowledged the futility of its investment in Sochi.
During his inspection tour in February, Putin asked the chairman of mining giant UGMK, Andrei Bokarev, whether he would give the new $100 million hockey arena that UGMK has built to the state after the games.
"There's nothing standing in the way of you doing it," Putin commented.
That was not a direct order but its intent was clear.
Putting aside previous pledges that the stadium would be dismantled after the Sochi games and moved near an UGMK facility to benefit the company's workers, Bokarev responded with gusto to the suggestion.
"We're ready!" he said.
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