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Just weeks after Olympics, Sochi is already a ghost town

Jay Busbee
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Abandoned Sochi. (Via Alexander Valov.)
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Abandoned Sochi. (Via Alexander Valov.)

The Sochi Olympics concluded barely a month ago, but according to a local photographer, the Olympic Village and surrounding hotels are already a ghost town.

Alexander Valov, who runs "Blog Sochi," captured photos that depict a desolate Sochi, with infrastructure already breaking down and some construction never completed. Clearly, Russia's priorities are elsewhere with Sochi complete and crises in Ukraine and Crimea. And, yes, photos can be taken at certain times of day or from certain angles to communicate agendas. Even so, these pictures depict a city that has a long way to go in order to meet gaudy promises of becoming a world-class tourist destination.

Wildflowers are growing with hotels in the distance:

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Abandoned Sochi. (Via Alexander Valov.)

Dozens of hotels now sit virtually empty:

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Abandoned Sochi. (Via Alexander Valov.)

Some construction remains undone to this day:

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Abandoned Sochi. (Via Alexander Valov.)

And look ... the stray dogs are returning:

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Abandoned Sochi. (Via Alexander Valov.)

For more images, see Valov's site here. Sochi's future will be a fascinating one to watch.

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