01/30/2014 10:59 EST | Updated 04/01/2014 05:59 EDT

Going to Sochi? Some Things You'll Need to Know

Be vigilant about possible terrorist threats.


Every thing you say and do will be recorded. Probably. Possibly.


Go through Russian language press to find hitherto unknown information. First stop?

Moskovskiy Komsomolets. The most popular Russian tabloid.

Hey, everyone can learn from the tabloid press, right?

But did you know that if you want to hold up a sign in your native language supporting your favourite team or athlete that you must have it translated into Russian? And that translation has to be notarized by a public official before you can hold it up?

That is according to Articles 18 and 19 of the Rules of conduct for spectators published by the Sochi Organizing Committee.

And how about this one.

Article 5 paragraph "c" states:

"Do not throw things in the direction of other spectators, participants and other persons at the venue of the official sports competition."

Olympic spectators tend not to bring firecrackers or flares.

This is not soccer.


The rules do not stipulate exactly which items. The tradition of throwing the skaters on the ice soft toys -- teddy bears, roses and other flowers, well that's technically not allowed now.

Its a violation of rules.

Or the same article, only paragraph "d":

"It is forbidden for fans to hide their faces, including the use of masks, except as specifically set by the official organizer of a sporting event, as well as masking agents and other items specifically designed to identify difficulties."

Well here at least there is an "except" clause.

Look at any pictures from the Olympic crowds of past Games.

Hundreds if not thousands completely painted in national colours. Two years ago in London you could see hundreds off Prince Charles masks, or people completely painted in the "Union Jack" and even with contact lenses with the image of the British flag.

Can't do that in Sochi. Not according to the rules.

But would the Russians really dare to kick people out of venues for throwing teddy bears on the ice to a 16 year old skater?

I can hardly wait for Canada's first hockey game.

Translate this, Russians!