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Sochi – Struggling Locals - 14 Nov 2013 
Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But Sochi locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. 
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October 05, 2013 
A crack runs along the wall of Tatiana Skiba's bedroom after a landslide damaged her house on Bakinskaya... 
Sochi, Russia 
Crack runs along wall of Skiba's bedroom after landslide damaged her house on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi... 
A crack runs along the wall of Tatiana Skiba's bedroom after a landslide damaged her house on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi October 5, 2013. In 2010, a landslide made the house where Skiba was living uninhabitable, so her family moved into a new one next door, which was still under construction. That house is also badly damaged. Skiba blames the landslide on a dump further up the hill that is used by a construction company, involved in Sochi's pre-Olympic Games building boom. She says the city authorities deny any connection between the landslide and the dump. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 05, 2013 
Tatiana Skiba sits between her two houses, both damaged by a landslide on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi... 
Sochi, Russia 
Skiba sits between her two houses, both damaged by landslide on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi 
Tatiana Skiba sits between her two houses, both damaged by a landslide on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi October 5, 2013. In 2010, a landslide made Skiba's smaller house uninhabitable, so her family moved into a new one next door, which was still under construction. That house is now also sinking on its foundations. Skiba blames the landslide on a dump further up the hill that is used by a construction company, involved in Sochi's pre-Olympic Games building boom. She says the city authorities deny any connection between the landslide and the dump. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 05, 2013 
A house damaged by a landslide is seen on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi October 5, 2013. The house at the... 
Sochi, Russia 
House damaged by landslide is seen on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi 
A house damaged by a landslide is seen on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi October 5, 2013. The house at the top of the sloping Bakinskaya Street was damaged in 2010, trapping its inhabitants, who had to be rescued by emergency services, neighbour Tatiana Skiba, said in an interview. Skiba blames the landslide on a dump further up the hill that is used by a construction company, involved in Sochi's pre-Olympic Games building boom. She says the city authorities deny any connection between the landslide and the dump. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS REAL ESTATE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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October 06, 2013 
Alexei Kravets rummages through belongings he saved from his house after being forcibly evicted in the... 
Sochi, Russia 
Kravets rummages through belongings he saved from his house after being forcibly evicted in course of... 
Alexei Kravets rummages through belongings he saved from his house after being forcibly evicted in the course of construction work ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi October 6, 2013. Kravets battled eviction for over a year until he was forcibly evicted, his belongings thrown into the street and his house demolished in 2012, he said in an interview. He has not received compensation, he said, adding he has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights to consider his case. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 6, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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October 05, 2013 
Andrey Martynov overlooks the courtyard of the former Soviet tourist hostel that serves as his temporary... 
Sochi, Russia 
Martynov overlooks courtyard of former Soviet tourist hostel that serves as his temporary home after... 
Andrey Martynov overlooks the courtyard of the former Soviet tourist hostel that serves as his temporary home after he lost his property during Olympic construction in Sochi October 5, 2013. Martynov was granted temporary shelter at a Soviet era tourist hostel, where he shares an eight square-meter room with his wife. Martynov says he was first deprived of his land by a real estate agent who cheated him with fake land-survey documents. During litigation, he ultimately lost his property to the state corporation responsible for building the Olympic Village in Sochi's Adler district. He said he has not received any compensation for his loss and city authorities deny registration at the hostel, rendering him legally homeless. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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December 05, 2013 
Andrey Martynov sits on a stool, one of his few remaining pieces of furniture, as he poses for a picture... 
Sochi, Russia 
Martynov sits on stool as he poses for picture near site of his former property that now lies within... 
Andrey Martynov sits on a stool, one of his few remaining pieces of furniture, as he poses for a picture near the site of his former property that now lies within the boundaries of the Olympic Park in Sochi October 5, 2013. Martynov was granted temporary shelter at a Soviet era tourist hostel, where he shares an eight square-meter room with his wife. Martynov says he was first deprived of his land by a real estate agent who cheated him with fake land-survey documents. During litigation, he ultimately lost his property to the state corporation responsible for building the Olympic Village in Sochi's Adler district. He said he has not received any compensation for his loss and city authorities deny registration at the hostel, rendering him legally homeless. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS REAL ESTATE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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October 07, 2013 
A man walks past an illegal housing development in Sochi October 7, 2013. In the shadow of official competition... 
Sochi, Russia 
Man walks past illegal housing development in Sochi 
A man walks past an illegal housing development in Sochi October 7, 2013. In the shadow of official competition venues and hotels that are being built for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, scores of illegal construction sites for apartments have sprung up all over the city, adding to the huge amount of building work already taking place there. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS REAL ESTATE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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October 06, 2013 
Alexei Kravets leaves the trailer where he keeps belongings he saved from destruction after being forcibly... 
Sochi, Russia 
Kravets leaves trailer where he keeps belongings he saved from destruction after being forcibly evicted... 
Alexei Kravets leaves the trailer where he keeps belongings he saved from destruction after being forcibly evicted from his home in Sochi, October 6, 2013. Kravets battled eviction for over a year until he was forcibly evicted, his belongings thrown into the street and his house demolished in 2012, he said in an interview. He has not received compensation, he said, adding he has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights to consider his case. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 6, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 06, 2013 
Alexei Kravets poses at the site of his property, holding dishes he saved from among his belongings after... 
Sochi, Russia 
Kravets poses at site of his property, holding dishes he saved from among his belongings after being... 
Alexei Kravets poses at the site of his property, holding dishes he saved from among his belongings after being forcibly evicted in Sochi October 6, 2013. Kravets battled eviction for over a year until he was forcibly evicted, his belongings thrown into the street and his house demolished in 2012, he said in an interview. He has not received compensation, he said, adding he has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights to consider his case. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 6, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 07, 2013 
Resident of Ternovaya Street Sedrak Torosyan (R), his daughter Margarita (L) and their neighbour Alvar... 
Sochi, Russia 
Resident of Ternovaya Street sit in their neighbourhood where landslides have damaged houses in Sochi... 
Resident of Ternovaya Street Sedrak Torosyan (R), his daughter Margarita (L) and their neighbour Alvar Karabadzhakyan sit in their neighbourhood where landslides have damaged houses in Sochi October 7, 2013. Since the erection of pylons on the hill above their houses, which carry power lines supplying Olympic venues, the hillside has been gradually giving way, triggering landslides that have destroyed orchards and damaged buildings, rendering some of them uninhabitable, Ternovaya Street residents say. The Adler regional court dismissed the residents' request for compensation in 2012. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT BUSINESS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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October 07, 2013 
Residents of Ternovaya Street Sedrak Torosyan, 77, (L) and his daughter Margarita (2nd L) take a rest... 
Sochi, Russia 
Residents of Ternovaya Street take a rest from cutting wood in front of their house in Sochi 
Residents of Ternovaya Street Sedrak Torosyan, 77, (L) and his daughter Margarita (2nd L) take a rest from cutting wood in front of their house in Sochi October 7, 2013. Since the erection of pylons on the hill above their houses, which carry power lines supplying Olympic venues, the hillside has been gradually giving way, triggering landslides that have destroyed orchards and damaged buildings, rendering some of them uninhabitable, Ternovaya Street residents say. The Adler regional court dismissed the residents' request for compensation in 2012. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But Sochi locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA) 
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October 07, 2013 
Resident of Ternovaya Street Irina Borochkova sits outside a container that serves as her home after... 
Sochi, Russia 
Resident of Ternovaya Street sits outside container that serves as her home after her house was severely... 
Resident of Ternovaya Street Irina Borochkova sits outside a container that serves as her home after her house was severely damaged by a landslide in Sochi October 7, 2013. Since the erection of pylons on the hill above their houses, which carry power lines supplying Olympic venues, the hillside has been gradually giving way, triggering landslides that have destroyed orchards and damaged buildings, rendering some of them uninhabitable, Ternovaya Street residents say. The Adler regional court dismissed the residents' request for compensation in 2012. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 07, 2013 
Construction waste piles up in the countryside near Ternovaya Street in Sochi October 7, 2013. Since... 
Sochi, Russia 
Construction waste piles up in countryside near Ternovaya Street in Sochi 
Construction waste piles up in the countryside near Ternovaya Street in Sochi October 7, 2013. Since the erection of pylons on the hill above their houses, which carry power lines supplying Olympic venues, the hillside has been gradually giving way, triggering landslides that have destroyed orchards and damaged buildings, rendering some of them uninhabitable, Ternovaya Street residents say. The Adler regional court dismissed the residents' request for compensation in 2012. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 08, 2013 
Workers remove a window in an illegal housing development in Sochi October 8, 2013. In the shadow of... 
Sochi, Russia 
Workers remove window in illegal housing development in Sochi 
Workers remove a window in an illegal housing development in Sochi October 8, 2013. In the shadow of official competition venues and hotels that are being built for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, scores of illegal construction sites for apartments have sprung up all over the city, adding to the huge amount of building work already taking place there. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 07, 2013 
Furniture in the kitchen of Tatiana Skiba stands at a crooked angle after a landslide damaged her house... 
Sochi, Russia 
Furniture in kitchen of Skiba stands at crooked angle after landslide damaged her house on Bakinskaya... 
Furniture in the kitchen of Tatiana Skiba stands at a crooked angle after a landslide damaged her house on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi, October 7, 2013. In 2010, a landslide made the house where Skiba was living uninhabitable, so her family moved into a new one next door, which was still under construction. That house is also badly damaged. Skiba blames the landslide on a dump further up the hill that is used by a construction company, involved in Sochi's pre-Olympic Games building boom. She says the city authorities deny any connection between the landslide and the dump. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 7, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 08, 2013 
The window of an illegal housing development overlooks the Olympic Park in Sochi October 8, 2013. In... 
Sochi, Russia 
Window of illegal housing development overlooks the Olympic Park in Sochi 
The window of an illegal housing development overlooks the Olympic Park in Sochi October 8, 2013. In the shadow of official competition venues and hotels that are being built for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, scores of illegal construction sites for apartments have sprung up all over the city, adding to the huge amount of building work already taking place there. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 10, 2013 
A birds-eye view shows the recently completed neighbourhood of Nekrasovka bordering the Sochi 2014 Winter... 
Sochi, Russia 
Birds-eye view shows recently completed neighbourhood of Nekrasovka bordering Sochi 
A birds-eye view shows the recently completed neighbourhood of Nekrasovka bordering the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Park in Sochi October 10, 2013. The residents of Nekrasovka were resettled from Imeretinskaya Bay, a former Old Believer settlement that had to make way for the coastal cluster of the Olympic Park. All that remains of the historic home of the adherents of this purist Orthodox faction is a graveyard that is now sandwiched between Olympic venues. The Old Believers and other residents of Imeretinskaya received single detached houses, varying in size according to the amount of land they used to own.Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 10, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 12, 2013 
A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, moves a handle of a well that has gone dry in Akhshtyr, a district of... 
Sochi, Russia 
Villager moves handle of well that has gone dry in Akhshtyr district of Sochi 
A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, moves a handle of a well that has gone dry in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 12, 2013. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village, which produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. "It's not that we want an airport or a stadium in our village," Topkaryan said in an interview, "All we want is basic things - water and a road. We are simple people, we ask for very little." Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 09, 2013 
A worker watches an excavator demolishes an illegal housing development in Sochi October 9, 2013. In... 
Sochi, Russia 
Worker watches excavator demolishes illegal housing development in Sochi 
A worker watches an excavator demolishes an illegal housing development in Sochi October 9, 2013. In the shadow of official competition venues and hotels that are being built for the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, scores of illegal construction sites for apartments have sprung up all over the city, adding to the huge amount of building work already taking place there. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 9, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION REAL ESTATE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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October 13, 2013 
A general view shows a stone quarry above the village of Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 13, 2013.... 
Sochi, Russia 
General view shows stone quarry above village of Akhshtyr district of Sochi 
A general view shows a stone quarry above the village of Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 13, 2013. The quarry, one of two above the village, is located in a nature reserve and illegally used for the disposal of waste, local ecologists say, warning of the danger this poses to underground fresh water deposits in the area. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village, which produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But Sochi locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 13, 2013 
Villager Tatyana Velikaya fills up a tank with her weekly water ration in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi... 
Sochi, Russia 
Villager Tatyana Velikaya fills up tank with her weekly water ration in Akhshtyr district of Sochi 
Villager Tatyana Velikaya fills up a tank with her weekly water ration in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 13, 2013. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village, which produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. "This used to be such a beautiful place. I used to love it, I still love it, but look what has become of it today," Velikaya said. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 12, 2013 
Nadezhda Kukharenko, 77, talks during a village gathering to discuss water and infrastructure problems... 
Sochi, Russia 
Kukharenko talks during village gathering to discuss water and infrastructure problems in Akhshtyr district... 
Nadezhda Kukharenko, 77, talks during a village gathering to discuss water and infrastructure problems in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 12, 2013. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village, which produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. "I don't think about the Olympics, I think about how to survive the next winter," Kukharenko said. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 12, 2013 
A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, is reflected in the turbid water of his well in Akhshtyr, a district of... 
Sochi, Russia 
Villager is reflected in turbid water of his well in Akhshtyr district of Sochi 
A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, is reflected in the turbid water of his well in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 12, 2013. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village, which produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. "It's not that we want an airport or a stadium in our village," Topkaryan said in an interview, "All we want is basic things - water and a road. We are simple people, we ask for very little." Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture rotated 180 degrees. Picture taken October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) 
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October 12, 2013 
A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, is reflected in his car's rear view mirror as he looks at the construction... 
Sochi, Russia 
Villager is reflected in his car's rear view mirror as he looks at construction site of railway tunnel... 
A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, is reflected in his car's rear view mirror as he looks at the construction site of a railway tunnel near Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 12, 2013. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village, which produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. "It's not that we want an airport or a stadium in our village," Topkaryan said in an interview, "All we want is basic things - water and a road. We are simple people, we ask for very little." Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 13, 2013 
A villager fills up a bathtub in his garden with his weekly water ration, in Akhshtyr, a district of... 
Sochi, Russia 
Villager fills up bathtub in his garden with his weekly water ration in Akhshtyr district of Sochi 
A villager fills up a bathtub in his garden with his weekly water ration, in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 13, 2013. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village, which produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 13, 2013 
A villager, P. Grigoryan, (L) talks with the water delivery man in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October... 
Sochi, Russia 
A villager talks with water delivery man in Akhshtyr district of Sochi 
A villager, P. Grigoryan, (L) talks with the water delivery man in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 13, 2013. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village, which produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 13, 2013 
Villager Saven Topkaryan (R), his wife Irina (2nd R) and his son Grigory receive their weekly water delivery... 
Sochi, Russia 
Villagers receive weekly water delivery in Akhshtyr district of Sochi 
Villager Saven Topkaryan (R), his wife Irina (2nd R) and his son Grigory receive their weekly water delivery in the village of Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 13, 2013. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village, which produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 13, 2013 
Water drips from the hose of a water truck as it makes its rounds to deliver a weekly supply to villagers... 
Sochi, Russia 
Water drips from hose of water truck as it makes its rounds to deliver weekly supply to villagers in... 
Water drips from the hose of a water truck as it makes its rounds to deliver a weekly supply to villagers in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 13, 2013. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village, which produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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October 13, 2013 
A general view shows a stone quarry above the village of Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 13, 2013.... 
Sochi, Russia 
A general view shows a stone quarry above Akhshtyr district of Sochi 
A general view shows a stone quarry above the village of Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi October 13, 2013. The quarry, one of two above the village, is located in a nature reserve and produces gravel for the construction of Sochi 2014 Winter Games venues. Residents of Akhshtyr say their wells have gone dry since the construction of railway and highway tunnels and the excavation of a stone quarry near the village. They also say the construction of railway and highway tunnels next to their village has cut them off from public transport, forcing them to walk a 7km (4 mile) diversion. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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November 01, 2013 
A man walks past new apartment high-rises in the formerly low-scale district of Golubye Dali in Sochi... 
Sochi, Russia 
A man walks past new apartment high-rises in the formerly low-scale district of Golubye Dali in Sochi... 
A man walks past new apartment high-rises in the formerly low-scale district of Golubye Dali in Sochi November 1, 2013. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION ENVIRONMENT) 
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