Russia is going to spend a cool billion dollars on the 2019 Krasnoyarsk Winter Universiade Games.
No, they aren’t dumb. Putin’s crony oligarchs are getting antsy about the economic crisis, so Putin will let them steal most of this billion in government contracts they will get.
The population will be told that these games are crucial to uphold Russia’s worldwide prestige and stick it to the Americans.
That the Americans are not very aware of the 2019 Krasnoyarsk Winter Universiade Games will not be mentioned.