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Olympic Ring Mishap: Boris Avdeyev, Man Responsible for Opening Ceremony Mistake, Was Not Killed or Found Dead in Russia

Travelers Today       By    Katie McFadden

Updated: Feb 09, 2014 05:29 PM EST

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The Olympic Ring mishap has left a man dead. Or has it? A report on the Internet claims that the man who was responsible for the fifth ring not lighting up during the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Sochi, was found dead the next day. However the report is just a hoax.

The Daily Currant reported that Boris Avdeyev, the technical specialist who was responsible for the Olympic Ring spectacle that malfunctioned during the Opening Ceremony, was found dead in his hotel room with multiple stab wounds.

The report reads, "Although his body was badly mangled and the wounds were consistent with a struggle, so far officials say they don't suspect foul play.
"Sure there were stab wounds and bruises all over the body," admits the lead investigator on the case. "But who knows what caused them. Maybe he tripped and fell on a set of knives. Right now we're ruling this an accidental death.
"It's terrible when accidents like this happen. But then again, maybe Mr. Avdeyev should have thought twice before he screwed up the Olympics. Accidents tend to happen to people who betray Russia."
Despite the government's story, fellow hotel guests reported hearing a struggle in Avdeyev's room around 3 a.m. local time.
"There was a very loud noise last night," Canadian bobsled member Guy Lafleur, who was staying two hotel rooms down. "I called the front desk but the phone didn't work so I went to the room where the sound was coming from and saw three big men leave the room."

Some have came across the report and thought it was true due to the stories of corruption coming from Russia and the Olympics. But the story of Avdeyev's death isn't true. Anything that comes form the Daily Current isn't true. It's satire.
A description of the site in its "About" section reads, "The Daily Currant is an English language online satirical newspaper that covers global politics, business, technology, entertainment, science, health and media."

It goes on to answer the question of "Are your new stories real?" to which is replies "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."

However not everyone caught on to the fact that the story is satire. Many took to social media to discuss the death. Some examples of tweets include:

"It's pretty messed up that no one cares much about the dude who was killed for the olympic ring mistake..."

"WOW! they really killed off the guy who messed up the Olympic ring display of the opening ceremony, people beat him to death, wow Russia.."

"The Russian who was responsible for the Olympic ring not opening just got killed... Called it."

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