Transcript for Threats to Olympics Whistleblower: 'You Will Be Drowned in Blood!'
This year's Winter Olympics could have been held in the Austrian Alps for this story villages. Meantime -- -- -- US. Or in this popular Stevens in the mountains of South Korea snowboarders Paris. Instead the International Olympic Committee chose a sub tropical Russian city on the Black -- Famed for its summer beaches but one of the few places in Russian and rarely gets no. And that's the least of the city's problem. While such is better known for its palm trees -- it's no there is a blizzard of allegations. Of unsavory ties to organized crime figures official corruption. And a location near a hotbed of Islamic terrorists who have threatened to attack here. All of which raises the question of why the International Olympic Committee -- -- in the first place. Become more and -- The record -- find out we met some of the fuel Russian journalists brave enough to ask those questions including -- -- Who always has a hidden camera in his bag in case he is attacked again. As he has been twice before of the strangulation marks on his -- to prove -- -- -- -- one put a slip knot over my neck and tried to strangle me. And we tracked on a Russian businessmen who went into hiding after making allegations of Kremlin corruption that led to threats on his life. You'll do you draw all the ball. Well. And we heard from the mayor of Sochi who tried to -- off our questions about corruption and mafia ties within paid off camera telling him not to answer. -- -- -- What are you talking about that never so she could never be amount -- city because this is a city where people come to relax and it is as -- the could. The decision by the international Olympic committee to choose Sochi has made seven years ago. Pictures of Sochi is that the best features there's no doubt that the personal appearance by Russian president Vladimir Putin was a big factor -- -- -- English put something he almost never doesn't pop. Such as Olympic beat his -- Reagan brought to its many things. But that's not the whole story like Putin and Russia. One the day a -- the -- city of Sochi. ABC news investigation has kept behind the -- this mystery man. Was directly involved in helping Russia get the needed Olympic votes -- His name is -- for -- came off says he's just a businessman. A vice president of what's known as the Olympic council of Asia. He has been publicly -- by the Russian Olympic committee for his single minded work. In delivering the votes of some Asian countries for Sochi -- -- it would have been hard for Sochi -- count on the victory. But we discovered -- came off as much more than just another businessman with friends on the Olympic Committee. He is one of the four or five. Most important people in beheaded and trade in the world he is accidentally. A very major and -- dangerous -- Craig Murray the former British ambassador to Uzbekistan rocky -- home country. Says -- came off has a track record of payoffs to government officials the nature is drugs move across Asia and Russia into Europe without interference. A lot of ends up -- the United Kingdom. It's primarily for the European market there's no -- -- -- used in injustice in Petersburg itself. Has a terrible. -- and problem. In fact as US authorities sought to freeze -- he must bank accounts they described him as a key member of a huge Russian Asian criminal syndicate. With a specialty in the organize production of drugs in the countries of Central Asia. The travel all the way to Europe yet that's the very -- the Russians admit they used to help them get the votes for the Winter Olympics in Sochi. You can annuity with a -- -- if we're talking about these links between criminals in the Kremlin and you don't have to go far. Russian investigative reporter Sergey cannot showed us photos of -- -- off with the mafia boss of Sochi before the mafia boss was killed last year. And told us that about he -- would not help Russia unless there was something in it for him. And his close -- criminal network which is known in Russia as the thieves in law. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- There was obviously some sort of agreement between the Kremlin and the thieves in law yeah. And -- have shown us this photo of -- off and a Russian Olympic children's event. His alleged ties to heroin trafficking apparently not a problem. -- -- government not at that time he was known as the drug trafficker and there was a warrant for his arrest in Pakistan. -- and off through a translator and spokesperson denied any criminal wrongdoing but confirmed to ABC news his role in helping Russia get the Olympics. Quote he talked to them -- translator said he convinced them because of his good relations with these people he has great influence he added. It was not necessary to pay any money or bribes. The Olympic Committee should be embarrassed by this that that states that you know this is one all of it's a terrible scandal that that is one over a large number of scandals -- adult and national sport but. Over many years and it seems extremely difficult to embarrass these people into behaving well. And from that tainted beginning. With votes obtained thanks to the help of an accused drug kingpin. A cloud of crime and corruption has lingered over the Sochi Olympics ever since as Russia went on an estimated fifty to sixty billion dollars spending spree for the winter games. Dozens of buildings and facilities bringing up all across the area has seen in -- time -- promotional video. Critics say huge amounts of that money ended up in the bank accounts of well connected Russian. Everybody know that this is the most criminal case in that -- -- Russia. Morrison and solve a former Russian deputy prime minister and potent political rival. Has produced what he says is documented evidence of rampant criminality. In what will be the most expensive Olympics ever in my estimation that these are all about certainty billion dollars hoping they stole the thirty you are so -- It's about -- over the course. And soft points to the Olympic Stadium three times the cost of any previous stadium anywhere in the world. And worst insult says that nine billion dollar highway and railroad. That had to be built to link the summer resort city to the mountains where the snow days thirty miles away. By most accounts this may be the world's most expensive highway per mile -- about 300 million dollars of -- Then -- saying it is the corruption nothing concrete. Makes some very expense. For example for -- program. Mean to fly to -- He street -- cheaper. -- -- real this history breathing. And then there's the Olympic ski jump two years behind schedule and more than six times over budget -- This remarkable video shows president Putin's reaction -- aides try to dodge around the question of who is responsible he was a top Russian Olympics -- -- Who was that comrade below below and what's he doing now. He's managing resorts in the northern Caucasus. Pollutants not satisfied with what else I don't know what else he has been doing now we asked another -- You -- this really love -- now. -- over the vice president of the with a convicted if you love is the vice president is that -- of the vice president of the national Olympic Committee is taking care such a large scale construction. -- -- the reaction says he at all. The Olympic vice president -- would be them off has now fled the country. Accused of and -- -- several million dollars a charge she denies. Despite all that in his interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC news President Putin said no one has presented any evidence -- -- serious corruption problems like the -- in the we have not seen any big large scale instances of corruption in connection with the implementation of the Sochi Olympics project -- need him. Yeah well and we heard the same thing from the mayor of coach Anatoli -- Obama. Who gave us a 45 minute walking tour of all the improvements he says the city is making. -- telling us reports of corruption charges journalists. So you don't think this is going to be a corrupt Olympics -- festive. I can say with certainty that there were no corruption schemes during the construction of the Olympic facilities -- the new book fair they're just making it up. Many of the -- they make it up but the evidence of corruption and criminality is overwhelming. Russian businessmen told us right into the office of the president in Moscow. -- the officials who control construction contracts in such. This is the system called the business is -- for years Valerie Morris off now and -- -- in Britain. After going public with his allegations says he did business with top officials in the president's office -- -- to put -- there was no no -- -- -- says he used a piece of luggage like this bag. Two regularly deliver tens of millions of rubles what he called a corruption tax to a key official stuff -- rubles. Stop with the rubles and they're doing this. While few times who got all that money. You know that this is not -- -- The -- when -- for me. I -- to bring you got justice -- -- -- says a prosecutor's report concluded the official personally accepted a bribe in form of a large sum of money. But no charges were brought. And now more -- -- says he is a marked man even living in an undisclosed location far away from Russia in England. Fearing the threats against him will be carried out once the Olympics are over -- the threats against U. But that. You -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Those -- the words -- QB drowned and not yet.
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