The Winter Olympics Are Four Months Away And These Pictures Show Sochi Is Not Ready

Mud? Upside-down signs? Sad dogs? Check.

1. The Winter Olympics in Sochi, a project personally promoted by Vladimir Putin, are just four months away.

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2. Time is running out.

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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 kilometers (25 miles) east of Sochi.

3. Asphalt is still being laid.

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The Olympic Park in the Adler district of Sochi Sept. 23.

4. But not all the asphalt has been laid.

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5. The city still has some rough edges.

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6. And some upside-down signs.

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A view of the Olympic village in the mountain ski resort of Rosa Khutor on Sept. 26.

7. Russia has hired thousands of migrant workers to build the Olympic venues.

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Migrant workers lead a sheep in the village of Krasnaya Polyana, a venue for the Sochi 2014 games, on Sept. 21.

8. And works them to the bone.

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9. But then, in random bursts of nationalist fervor, sometimes it goes ahead and arrests them.

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Migrant workers exit a bus after being detained in a sweep by authorities at a police station in central Sochi Sept. 24.

10. These guys are Cossacks, a religious militaristic force, and sometimes help with the anti-migrant sweeps.

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Cossacks smoke during an operation to find illegal immigrants on Sept. 24.

11. There’s still a lot of work to do.

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A surfer walks through storm debris on the beach of the Khosta district of Sochi on Sept. 25.

12. And it’s been a particularly rainy autumn in Sochi, Russia’s only subtropical city.

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People on the terrace of a restaurant at the top of Aibga mountain in the ski resort of Rosa Khutor, a Winter Olympics venue outside Sochi.

13. Many still wonder exactly why Russia chose to have its Winter Olympics here.

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The city center of Rosa Khutor, an Olympics venue, on Sept. 21.

14. And, most of all, whether all the construction will be done in time.

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Lightning flashes in the sky above Sochi’s Adler airport on Sept. 20.

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