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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Countdown to Sochi Winter Olympics - 09 Oct 2013
With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President’s dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games.
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October 09, 2013
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A general view shows the city centre of the winter sport resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi...
A general view shows the city centre of the winter sport resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi September 21, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
A view shows cabins of the cableway in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi...
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A view shows cabins of the cableway in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi...
A view shows cabins of the cableway in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi September 21, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)


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October 09, 2013
Newly built apartment blocks are seen near a statue of Vladimir Lenin in central Sochi September 19,...
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Newly built apartment blocks are seen near a statue of Vladimir Lenin in central Sochi
Newly built apartment blocks are seen near a statue of Vladimir Lenin in central Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
People rest at the terrace of restaurant at the top of Aibga mountain in the ski resort of Rosa Khutor,...
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People rest at the terrace of restaurant at the top of Aibga mountain in the ski resort of Rosa Khutor,...
People rest at the terrace of restaurant at the top of Aibga mountain in the ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi September 21, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
A migrant worker sits on a balcony in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter...
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A migrant worker sits on a balcony in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter...
A migrant worker sits on a balcony in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi September 21, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Cossacks smoke during an operation to find illegal immigrants by authorities in central Sochi September...
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Cossacks smoke during an operation to find illegal immigrants by authorities in central Sochi
Cossacks smoke during an operation to find illegal immigrants by authorities in central Sochi September 24, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Boys frolic at the bus stop in central Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia...
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Boys frolic at the bus stop in central Sochi
Boys frolic at the bus stop in central Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Children play outside their house near the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September 26, 2013. With...
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Children play outside their house near the beach in the Adler district of Sochi
Children play outside their house near the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September 26, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
People play volleyball in the park in Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia...
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People play volleyball in the park in Sochi
People play volleyball in the park in Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS VOLLEYBALL)

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October 09, 2013
People enjoy the view from a pedestrian overpass near the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September...
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People enjoy the view from a pedestrian overpass near the beach in the Adler district of Sochi
People enjoy the view from a pedestrian overpass near the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September 26, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
A woman passes by at the harbour in Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is...
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A woman passes by at the harbour in Sochi
A woman passes by at the harbour in Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
A man fishes on a pier at the beach in central Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before...
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A man fishes on a pier at the beach in central Sochi
A man fishes on a pier at the beach in central Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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October 09, 2013
A dog looks at the sea as people rest on the beach outside of the Olympic Park in the Alder district...
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A dog looks at the sea as people rest on the beach outside of the Olympic Park in the Alder district...
A dog looks at the sea as people rest on the beach outside of the Olympic Park in the Alder district of Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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October 09, 2013
A man sleeps on the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before...
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A man sleeps on the beach in the Adler district of Sochi
A man sleeps on the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS ENVIRONMENT)

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October 09, 2013
A beach vendor carries smoked fish on the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September 22, 2013. With...
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A beach vendor carries smoked fish on the beach in the Adler district of Sochi
A beach vendor carries smoked fish on the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS FOOD ENVIRONMENT)

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October 09, 2013
Women enjoy the sun on the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months...
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Women enjoy the sun on the beach in the Adler district of Sochi
Women enjoy the sun on the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS ENVIRONMENT)

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October 09, 2013
Tourists enjoy the evening sun at the beach in central Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to...
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Tourists enjoy the evening sun at the beach in central Sochi
Tourists enjoy the evening sun at the beach in central Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL)

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October 09, 2013
Tourists enjoy the the beach in Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due...
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Tourists enjoy the the beach in Sochi
Tourists enjoy the the beach in Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL)

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October 09, 2013
A surfer walks through storm debris on the beach of the Khosta district of Sochi September 25, 2013....
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A surfer walks through storm debris on the beach of the Khosta district of Sochi
A surfer walks through storm debris on the beach of the Khosta district of Sochi September 25, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS ENVIRONMENT)

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October 09, 2013
Natalia Papenkova from Moscow rides storm waves on the beach of the Khosta district of Sochi September...
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Papenkova from Moscow rides storm waves on the beach of the Khosta district of Sochi
Natalia Papenkova from Moscow rides storm waves on the beach of the Khosta district of Sochi September 25, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Engineer Yuri erects a stone pyramid on the head of his acquaintance and colleague Alexander as they...
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Engineer Yuri erects a stone pyramid on the head of his acquaintance and colleague Alexander as they...
Engineer Yuri erects a stone pyramid on the head of his acquaintance and colleague Alexander as they rest on the beach in the Adler district of Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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October 09, 2013
People watch the flooded Sochi river after rain in central Sochi September 24, 2013. With just months...
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People watch the flooded Sochi river after rain in central Sochi
People watch the flooded Sochi river after rain in central Sochi September 24, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
A woman walks through rain in central Sochi September 24, 2013. With just months to go before Russia...
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A woman walks through rain in central Sochi
A woman walks through rain in central Sochi September 24, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Cars drive through a flooded street near the airport during heavy rain in the Adler district of Sochi...
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Cars drive through a flooded street near the airport during heavy rain in the Adler district of Sochi...
Cars drive through a flooded street near the airport during heavy rain in the Adler district of Sochi September 25, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: TRANSPORT SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
A lightning flashes in the sky above the Alder airport as people pass by a light post in the Adler district...
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A lightning flashes in the sky above the Alder airport as people pass by a light post in the Adler district...
A lightning flashes in the sky above the Alder airport as people pass by a light post in the Adler district of Sochi September 20, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 20, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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October 09, 2013
Police officers process documents of migrant workers detained in a sweep by authorities at a police station...
Sochi, Russia
Police officers process documents of migrant workers detained in a sweep by authorities at a police station...
Police officers process documents of migrant workers detained in a sweep by authorities at a police station in central Sochi September 18, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Migrant workers sleep in a car in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter...
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia
Migrant workers sleep in a car in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter...
Migrant workers sleep in a car in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi September 21, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Migrant construction workers chat in a cafe in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi...
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia
Migrant construction workers chat in a cafe in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi...
Migrant construction workers chat in a cafe in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi September 21, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
A dog frolics in the street in central Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia...
Sochi, Russia
A dog frolics in the street in central Sochi
A dog frolics in the street in central Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS ANIMALS)

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October 09, 2013
A woman sits near a pan of traditional pilaf at a street stall at the Tajik market in Sochi harbour September...
Sochi, Russia
A woman sits near a pan of traditional pilaf at a street stall at the Tajik market in Sochi harbour
A woman sits near a pan of traditional pilaf at a street stall at the Tajik market in Sochi harbour September 23, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: FOOD SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Migrant workers lead a sheep in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics,...
KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia
Migrant workers lead a sheep in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics,...
Migrant workers lead a sheep in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi September 21, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 21, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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October 09, 2013
Shadi Madaminov, a vendor from Tajikistan, sits on a chair at the Tajik market in Sochi September 22,...
Sochi, Russia
Madaminov, a vendor from Tajikistan, sits on a chair at the Tajik market in Sochi
Shadi Madaminov, a vendor from Tajikistan, sits on a chair at the Tajik market in Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
A man adds wood to a fire beneath a pan of traditional pilaf at a street stall at the Tajik market in...
Sochi, Russia
A man adds wood to a fire beneath a pan of traditional pilaf at a street stall at the Tajik market in...
A man adds wood to a fire beneath a pan of traditional pilaf at a street stall at the Tajik market in Sochi harbour September 23, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: FOOD SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Migrant workers exit a bus after being detained in a sweep by authorities at a police station in central...
Sochi, Russia
Migrant workers exit a bus after being detained in a sweep by authorities at a police station in central...
Migrant workers exit a bus after being detained in a sweep by authorities at a police station in central Sochi September 24, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 24, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS TRANSPORT)

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October 09, 2013
Builders stand in a line to enter a canteen in the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi September...
Sochi, Russia
Builders stand in a line to enter a canteen in the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi
Builders stand in a line to enter a canteen in the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi September 23, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Workers lay asphalt in the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi September 23, 2013. With just...
Sochi, Russia
Workers lay asphalt in the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi
Workers lay asphalt in the Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi September 23, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 23, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
A view of Olympic venues and accommodation complex is seen through the window of an abandoned bus in...
Sochi, Russia
A view of Olympic venues and accommodation complex is seen through the window of an abandoned bus in...
A view of Olympic venues and accommodation complex is seen through the window of an abandoned bus in the Adler district of Sochi September 25, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 25, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
Builders from Yerevan, Akop, Artyom and Kenrikh (L-R) fish in a pond outside the Olympic Park in the...
Sochi, Russia
Builders from Yerevan fish in a pond outside the Olympic Park in the Alder district of Sochi
Builders from Yerevan, Akop, Artyom and Kenrikh (L-R) fish in a pond outside the Olympic Park in the Alder district of Sochi September 22, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 22, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
A general view of the Olympic village in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi...
Rosa Khutor, Russia
A general view of the Olympic village in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi...
A general view of the Olympic village in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a venue for the Sochi 2014 winter Olympics, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi September 26, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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October 09, 2013
The Olympic village in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor is seen from Rosa peak of Aibga mountain,...
Rosa Khutor, Russia
The Olympic village in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor is seen from Rosa peak of Aibga mountain,...
The Olympic village in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor is seen from Rosa peak of Aibga mountain, some 40 kilometres (25 miles) east from Sochi September 26, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 26, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

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