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Is this taking Russia’s anti-privacy stance too far?

A lot of the build-up to the Sochi Games has focused not on sports but rather Russia's rather 'Big Brother' attitude to citizen liberty.

The country's methods of surveillance have also been brought into the spotlight in recent months.

However, a new picture that has gone viral surely takes the biscuit, as it suggests that Russia anti-privacy approach has quite literally gone to the toilet.

The above picture was tweeted from Sochi by the BBC's Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg from the men's biathlon centre at Sochi and was immediately shared around the social network.

So unbelievable did the picture seem that people dared to question Rosenberg's journalistic integrity but as he pointed out: "Just to make clear, this is not photoshopped. You can see my reflection in the flusher."

The photograph was even retweeted by Alexei Navalny, leader of the opposition in Russian, who mused: "This is a men's toilet in a Sochi Olympics media centre for 1.5bn roubles [£27m)"

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Not only would it seem are people expected to share a cubicle but also toilet paper, with many noting that the photo appeared to have just one roll shared between the two.

It all seems rather cosy considering the cost of the Winter Olympics in Russia has been estimated at $50 billion (£30.4 billion), well over the $12 billion President Vladimir Putin said it would cost in 2007.

To put that into some sort of perspective that means it will be more expensive than all the other Winter Olympics combined and over three times more than the summer Games in London.