Is Vladimir Putin using the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to become the next great James Bond villain? Let's look at some facts.
The greater Sochi area is smack dab in the middle of one of the most dangerous, volatile regions in the world, marred by violence and terrorism. Hosting the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in a place like that is definitely something an evil mastermind would do.
The poor treatment of journalists in Sochi is well documented, but maybe they shouldn't complain too much. Last time a foreign reporter criticized him, Putin threatened to have the reporter castrated. Total super villain move.
Not to mention, Sochi was one of Joseph Stalin's favorite vacation spots. Evoking Cold War era hostilities is deep in James Bond bad guy territory.
Comedian Kevin Janus and I talk all about Putin and Sochi on the latest episode of the Where The F**k Are We comedy podcast (WTFAW for the kids on iTunes). Have a listen!