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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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Stalin's Villa - 29 Jan 2014
Images of former Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s Villa in Sochi. Josef Stalin's love of Sochi and its subtropical climate, lush forests and sea views boosted the city's popularity after World War Two, making it the ultimate Soviet vacation spot.

For the small price of a ticket, visitors can tour the villa built for Stalin on the grounds of the Green Grove spa where a billiards table still stands, with his favorite cue on display.Stalin's desk is still there along with a kitsch life-sized wax sculpture of the late dictator, and the wood-paneled rooms of his wartime getaway still hang heavy with his presence.

The Green Grove, where the buildings are actually green, is just one of many of the stately stone spa resorts built for those in Soviet times who had the privilege of vacationing at Sochi and using its mineral baths and curative springs.
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January 28, 2014
The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi,...
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Wax figure of Soviet dictator Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi
The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL)
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January 28, 2014
The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi,...
Sochi, Russia
The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi
The wax figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin is seen in a cinema hall at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL)
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January 28, 2014
A view of the boardroom of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s...
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View of the boardroom of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi
A view of the boardroom of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL)
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January 28, 2014
People visit the pool of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014....
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People visit the pool of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi
People visit the pool of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL)
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January 28, 2014
People leave a room that houses Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's chess set at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi,...
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People leave room that houses Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's chess set at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi
People leave a room that houses Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's chess set at Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL)
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Visitors visit the billiard room of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014....
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Visitors visit billiard room of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi
Visitors visit the billiard room of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS POLITICS TRAVEL)
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January 28, 2014
Visitor looks on inside a cinema hall of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28,...
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Visitor looks on inside a cinema hall of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi
Visitor looks on inside a cinema hall of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL)
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January 28, 2014
The signboard of the restaurant "Stalinskaya dacha" is seen inside the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s...
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Signboard of the restaurant "Stalinskaya dacha" is seen inside the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa...
The signboard of the restaurant "Stalinskaya dacha" is seen inside the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL)
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A signboard of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa is seen in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa,...
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Signboard of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa is seen in Sochi
A signboard of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa is seen in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL)
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A general view of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or...
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General view of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s Villa in Sochi
A general view of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY TRAVEL)
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A general view of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or...
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General view of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi
A general view of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin’s Villa in Sochi, January 28, 2014. Stalin’s Villa, or Dacha, was constructed in 1937. Sochi will host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7 to February 23. REUTERS/Alexander Demianchuk (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL POLITICS)
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