Sochi's Olympic Village is Half-Built and Full of Rubbish

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Sochi is in bad shape. With two weeks to go before the most expensive Olympic Games ever, the sleepy city on the Black Sea looks like a giant rubbish dump.

We already knew that Sochi was screwed; we just haven't quite been able to picture it. Now, though, thanks to Alexander Valov, we can picture it. Valov took a jaunt through Sochi's Imerati Valley, home to the official Olympic Park. While most of the main complex is shiny and new, Valov found crumbling sidewalks, half-finished hotels, and acres upon acres of filthy trash all around it. It's like a scene from City of God, only colder, cloudier, and thirsty for vodka.

Of course, we recently saw how Rio de Janeiro is similarly unprepared for its own Olympics. The important difference is that Rio's Olympics are still two years away. Valov's photos were taken 15 days before the opening ceremony. And, since the train wreck of a project is already $39 billion over budget, it's hard to imagine how they'll manage to clean everything up in time to host the entire world. [BlogSochi.ru]
 

A bus stop ready for tourists

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

A street roughly one mile from the Olympic Park

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

Fences hiding an unfinished hotel

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

The other side of the unfinished hotel

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

More unfinished buildings

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

A construction site near the new Olympic highway

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

Workers try to fit a sewers in the volunteers' housing

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

Unfinished wiring in a pedestrian tunnel

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

Litter pouring down a nearby staircase

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

There's supposed to be grass here

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

Here, too

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

Still no grass

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

This is Putin Park

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

Putin Park includes a grand entrance

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash


 

To top it all off, a stray dog and crumbling pavements

Sochi's Olympic Village Is Half-Built and Full of Trash

All images via Alexander Valov / BlogSochi.ru