National Geographic photographs Putin's Olympics

Brett Forrest and Thomas Dworzak tour the Russian seaside town.

Sochi Olympics: Putin's Party

A giant ad promotes a resort complex for the 2014 Olympics. Critics say it uses fascist-inspired imagery.

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Rosa Khutor Alpine Resort was constructed to help Russia win its bid for the Sochi Games. At a cost of more than $50 billion, these Olympics will be the most expensive ever. (©Thomas Dworzak/National Geographic)

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who often skis in the region, attends a figure skating competition at a new Olympic rink in Adler. (©Thomas DworzakNational Geographic)

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Russian athletes watch the opening ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics on an outdoor screen. Putin hopes Sochi will showcase a newly resurgent Russia. ( ©Thomas DworzakNational Geographic)

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A migrant worker walks through frigid puddles near the building site of a shuttle-train station on the road to Krasnaya Polyana, where the skiing and sledding events will take place. Nearly every venue for the Sochi Games has been built from scratch. (©Thomas Dworzak/National Geographic)

National Geographic January 2014 cover

National Geographic magazine January 2014 cover. (Credit: National Geographic)