When Vainshtok resigned last Thursday, government officials said the change in command had been planned in advance and would not affect the pace of preparations.
But a flurry of subsequent media reports suggested that Vainshtok had quit because he realized the task was too unwieldy.
"It is very difficult to make Sochi an Olympic city," an unidentified official said, RIA-Novosti reported. "There are many infrastructure limitations – no electricity, no roads, no way to get cargoes there needed for building."
Hint to future authoritarians considering hosting the Olympics: it's not worth the embarrassment.