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

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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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