Claim: The technician responsible for the lighting failure during the opening ceremonies at Sochi was found dead.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, August 2013]
Origins: On 8 February 2014, the Daily Currant published an article about technical difficulties during the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia:
According to local reports the body of T. Borris Avdeyev was found his hotel room early this morning with multiple stab wounds.
Avdeyev was a technical specialist responsible for the Olympic Ring spectacle, which embarrassingly malfunctioned last night. Five animatronic snowflakes were supposed to transform into Olympic Rings. The first four functioned properly but the fifth snowflake failed to change shape.
Although his body was badly mangled and the wounds were consistent with a struggle, so far officials say they don't suspect foul play.
Q. Are your news stories real?
A. No. Our stories are purely fictional. However they are meant to address real-world issues through satire and often refer and link to real events happening in the world
Last updated: 8 February 2014