Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan on at

It's been almost exactly six months since the Sochi Olympics wrapped up and the world promptly moved on to speculating about the Rio 2016. Since then, the town of Sochi has been left holding the proverbial baby — which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, seems to have left it with more buildings than people to occupy them.

Belenkiy travelled to Sochi in early August to shoot the town on the six month anniversary of its Olympics, and he describes what he found as a "ghost town," a "huge wasteland" that's "abandoned". Now, in fairness, it's the summer season in Sochi, an essentially winter-specific resort. Still, his photos show a neighbourhood that's all but abandoned, strewn with toilets that were never installed and stacks of bricks that never made it into actual walls.

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

It's a sad scene—and it's one that's been repeated across the world as Olympic host cities struggle with the economic burden of their investments. Last week, we looked at how the Olympic Village in Athens is now in ruins. Unless something changes, it seems Sochi could eventually follow in its path. [Alexander Belenkiy]

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town

Just Six Months After the Olympics, Sochi Looks Like a Ghost Town