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Struggling in Sochi

<p>A general view shows a stone quarry above the village of Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

A general view shows a stone quarry above the village of Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A general view shows a stone quarry above the village of Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, is reflected in the turbid water of his well in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 12, 2013. 

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A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, is reflected in the turbid water of his well in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, is reflected in the turbid water of his well in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, moves a handle of a well that has gone dry in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, moves a handle of a well that has gone dry in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A villager, Grigory Topkaryan, moves a handle of a well that has gone dry in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>A villager, P. Grigoryan, (L) talks with the water delivery man in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

A villager, P. Grigoryan, (L) talks with the water delivery man in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A villager, P. Grigoryan, (L) talks with the water delivery man in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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.
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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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>Villager Tatyana Velikaya fills up a tank with her weekly water ration in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

Villager Tatyana Velikaya fills up a tank with her weekly water ration in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Villager Tatyana Velikaya fills up a tank with her weekly water ration in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>A villager fills up a bathtub in his garden with his weekly water ration, in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

A villager fills up a bathtub in his garden with his weekly water ration, in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A villager fills up a bathtub in his garden with his weekly water ration, in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 13, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>Nadezhda Kukharenko, 77, talks during a village gathering to discuss water and infrastructure problems in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

Nadezhda Kukharenko, 77, talks during a village gathering to discuss water and infrastructure problems in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Nadezhda Kukharenko, 77, talks during a village gathering to discuss water and infrastructure problems in Akhshtyr, a district of Sochi, October 12, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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. 

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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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

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...more

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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.   REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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.

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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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>Tatiana Skiba sits between her two houses, both damaged by a landslide on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi, October 5, 2013. 
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Tatiana Skiba sits between her two houses, both damaged by a landslide on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi, October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Tatiana Skiba sits between her two houses, both damaged by a landslide on Bakinskaya Street in Sochi, October 5, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

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...more

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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.  REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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. 
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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...more

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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.REUTERS/Thomas Peter</p>

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.REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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.REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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. 
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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...more

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>Workers remove a window in an illegal housing development in Sochi, October 8, 2013.

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Workers remove a window in an illegal housing development in Sochi, October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Workers remove a window in an illegal housing development in Sochi, October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>The window of an illegal housing development overlooks the Olympic Park in Sochi, October 8, 2013.

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The window of an illegal housing development overlooks the Olympic Park in Sochi, October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

The window of an illegal housing development overlooks the Olympic Park in Sochi, October 8, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>A worker watches an excavator demolishes an illegal housing development in Sochi, October 9, 2013. 

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A worker watches an excavator demolishes an illegal housing development in Sochi, October 9, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A worker watches an excavator demolishes an illegal housing development in Sochi, October 9, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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. 

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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,...more

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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. 

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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,...more

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>A man walks past new apartment high-rises in the formerly low-scale district of Golubye Dali in Sochi, November 1, 2013. 

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A man walks past new apartment high-rises in the formerly low-scale district of Golubye Dali in Sochi, November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

A man walks past new apartment high-rises in the formerly low-scale district of Golubye Dali in Sochi, November 1, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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<p>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.
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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...more

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. REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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