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(Buzzfeed)   Modern photographer explores desolate ghost town that once was host of the 2014 Winter Olympics   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 57
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2014-03-26 08:20:23 PM  
Soviets Russians build the best abandonware.
 
2014-03-26 08:23:51 PM  
s3-ec.buzzfed.com

♫We're off to see the Wizard!♫
 
2014-03-26 08:38:16 PM  
So did Putin's buddies make or lose millions on this? I know they spent a butt load, but how much were they able to graft away from the government?
 
2014-03-26 08:47:10 PM  

EvilEgg: So did Putin's buddies make or lose millions on this? I know they spent a butt load, but how much were they able to graft away from the government?


Terry Gross interviewed some professor from Columbia University's Harriman Institute on Russian, Eurasian and East European studies yesterday who said that many of the building was done by friends of Putin's with loans from the Russian government which no one expects them to pay back, even if they could.
 
2014-03-26 08:51:03 PM  

InterruptingQuirk: EvilEgg: So did Putin's buddies make or lose millions on this? I know they spent a butt load, but how much were they able to graft away from the government?

Terry Gross interviewed some professor from Columbia University's Harriman Institute on Russian, Eurasian and East European studies yesterday who said that many of the building was done by friends of Putin's with loans from the Russian government which no one expects them to pay back, even if they could.


Oh good, I was concerned that might not have figured out how to turn a loss of billions into a personal profit.
 
2014-03-26 09:24:02 PM  
I was looking through the pictures and I noticed, there were no pictures of the infamous stray dogs we read about before the Olympics as a problem Putin & Co were looking to eradicate before the opening of the games.  I thought, at least the Russians managed to get one thing right.  And then I went to the photographer's blog and found this:
img-fotki.yandex.ru
The photographer noted "did someone leave a dog behind at Sochi?"
 
2014-03-26 09:57:44 PM  
I always wondered what cities did with the giant stadiums they built for the Olympics.
 
2014-03-26 10:28:31 PM  
It kinda looks like Spain.
 
2014-03-26 10:30:39 PM  
Why are they abandoned? No homeless people in Russia?
 
2014-03-26 10:39:08 PM  
Are those buildings all empty? Where are the locals?
 
2014-03-26 11:55:03 PM  
 
2014-03-26 11:55:53 PM  
Still not as creepy as the clown ride at Chyrnobyl.
 
2014-03-26 11:56:40 PM  
Picture #2... did they really just pave over a dead animal???
 
2014-03-26 11:56:42 PM  

raerae1980: Are those buildings all empty? Where are the locals?


What locals?
 
2014-03-26 11:59:11 PM  
Well at least they got the G8 Summit to look forward...oh yeah...
 
2014-03-27 12:02:14 AM  
Reckon ALL the copper has been stolen out of those apartments yet?
 
2014-03-27 12:03:37 AM  
Only in Russia does an entire city get abandoned before it's even fully built. Thanks, central planning!
 
2014-03-27 12:08:46 AM  
The worlds first not butt farkingly horrible buzz feed link
 
2014-03-27 12:09:36 AM  
So a town that was built to house a special event is empty a month after that event. I think that this was to be expected at this point. Give them a year. Give them time to sell the units and move people there. But with what Putin is doing now, I doubt the Russian economy is going to allow anybody to move there in the future
 
2014-03-27 12:10:06 AM  
Looks like it's just the olympic village. I wouldn't expect them to move in people yet since it just recently ended. Are there any pictures from the rest of the area?
 
2014-03-27 12:10:38 AM  

kazikian: Only in Russia does an entire city get abandoned before it's even fully built. Thanks, central planning!


Russia has nothing on China when it comes to abandoned cities before they are fully built.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pbDeS_mXMnM
 
2014-03-27 12:20:32 AM  

Joxette: Picture #2... did they really just pave over a dead animal???


Not there. That's a hole, not a bulge. (giggity)
 
2014-03-27 12:35:31 AM  
A couple of notes:

It's been said on here before, but the Sochi Olympic Park (inculding the athletes' village which what they mostly showed) isn't even in Sochi. It's in a suburb called Adler some 17 miles to the east. The Russian border with Georgia (the country, not the state to kill off the jokes now) is about a mile east of the Park.

While there are still plans for that Park this year (a Formula 1 grand prix in October), with the current political situation; who knows if those places will be used as planned ever?

EvilEgg: InterruptingQuirk: EvilEgg: So did Putin's buddies make or lose millions on this? I know they spent a butt load, but how much were they able to graft away from the government?

Terry Gross interviewed some professor from Columbia University's Harriman Institute on Russian, Eurasian and East European studies yesterday who said that many of the building was done by friends of Putin's with loans from the Russian government which no one expects them to pay back, even if they could.

Oh good, I was concerned that might not have figured out how to turn a loss of billions into a personal profit.


Did the professor account for those buddies siphoning off some of that money for themselves? The fact is that based on what the world was shown, the Sochi Olympics should never have cost $52 billion. There were too many farkups outside of the venues themselves (which were pretty good, to be honest) for that much money to have been spent legitimately.

Oh, BTW: they opened the alpine skiing venue to public skiing over the weekend. And an avalanche killed two women.
 
2014-03-27 12:43:44 AM  

Tr0mBoNe: It kinda looks like Spain.


The architecture reminded me of Soviet-style buildings in Mongolia.
 
2014-03-27 12:45:49 AM  

Prey4reign: I was looking through the pictures and I noticed, there were no pictures of the infamous stray dogs we read about before the Olympics as a problem Putin & Co were looking to eradicate before the opening of the games.  I thought, at least the Russians managed to get one thing right.  And then I went to the photographer's blog and found this:
[img-fotki.yandex.ru image 800x533]
The photographer noted "did someone leave a dog behind at Sochi?"


Free dog?

/I'll seat myself, thank you
 
2014-03-27 12:57:19 AM  
Nice moat.
 
2014-03-27 01:15:09 AM  
Looks like like the village I stayed in last time I visited Russia.  I couldn't catch the name of it, though.  I asked the locals, and they kept saying something like "Putin Kin" or "Poten Kin" or somesuch
 
2014-03-27 01:16:01 AM  
Boring ass composition by this so called professional photographer. Sorry, had to say something.
 
2014-03-27 01:19:19 AM  

bahr: Looks like like the village I stayed in last time I visited Russia.  I couldn't catch the name of it, though.  I asked the locals, and they kept saying something like "Putin Kin" or "Poten Kin" or somesuch


Maybe Potemkin village?
 
2014-03-27 01:33:59 AM  

fusillade762: [s3-ec.buzzfed.com image 800x533]

♫We're off to see the Wizard!♫


Wow way to lay those pavers in a way that they will buckle in a few years.
/Epic fail
 
2014-03-27 01:59:22 AM  
That reminds me, I wanted to pick up a copy of this book.

http://olympiccityproject.com/
In The Olympic City, we're documenting the successes and failures, the forgotten remnants and ghosts of the Olympic spectacle. Some former Olympic sites are retrofitted and used in ways that belie their grand beginnings; turned into prisons, housing, malls, gyms, churches. Others sit unused for decades and become tragic time capsules, examples of misguided planning and broken promises of the benefits that the Games would bring. We're interested in these disparate ideas - decay and rebirth - and how each site seems to have gone one way or the other, either by choice or circumstance. We're equally interested in the lives of the people whose neighborhoods have been transformed by Olympic development.
olympiccityproject.com
 
2014-03-27 02:00:35 AM  
Potemkin villages gotta Potemkin
 
2014-03-27 02:03:59 AM  

EvilEgg: So did Putin's buddies make or lose millions on this? I know they spent a butt load, but how much were they able to graft away from the government?


Double billing, premium prices for shoddy materials, charging Turkish-level prices for Uzbek labor. You know, honest graft.
 
2014-03-27 02:08:32 AM  

mr_fulano: Boring ass composition by this so called professional photographer. Sorry, had to say something.


He LOOOVES his vanishing points. It reassures me that my 6th grade drawing experiments were totally awesome.
 
2014-03-27 02:34:24 AM  
And I thought Sarajevo had gone downhill.
 
2014-03-27 02:41:35 AM  

morg: http://blogsochi.ru/content/mertvyi-gorod


Thanks. The cyrillic jibberish that accompanies the pictures is still better than giving buzzfeed clicks...
 
2014-03-27 03:50:50 AM  

Badgers: morg: http://blogsochi.ru/content/mertvyi-gorod

Thanks. The cyrillic jibberish that accompanies the pictures is still better than giving buzzfeed clicks...


Spoken like a true Commie. "We will ignore your memes and we will never find out what happens next that will change the way you think about everything! If you object, thanks for avoiding that click. The guy passed out in Birmingham keeps refreshing thousands of clicks every millisecond cause he's wasted and none of his comrades helped! But you, you good sire, you made a stand in the sand. You said NO MORE WILL I CLICK ON BUZZFEED because you are a man built on principle and desire, and even if that click was worth less than 1/100 of 1/100000 of 1/ 100000000 or whatever, your tiny fraction on a cent will surely be worth more than reading a goddamned article and hope other people explain it to you.
 
2014-03-27 04:00:45 AM  
Compaction? Drainage? Really? For 52 billion? Pfft! That costs at least 60, biatch!

/seriously, we be abandoning this a month later. Why would we?
 
2014-03-27 04:08:54 AM  
In Russia, Olympic Village abandons you!

/ got nothing
 
2014-03-27 04:26:35 AM  
It looked like a ghost town before it was abandoned, based on the photos floating around during the Olympics.

And it's all downhill from now on...
 
2014-03-27 05:42:55 AM  

EvilEgg: So did Putin's buddies make or lose millions on this? I know they spent a butt load, but how much were they able to graft away from the government?


Meh. Even if they stole the whole $51 billion spent it's still less than how many months of $84 billion a month gifted by taxpayers to US banks under QE1,2,3.....
 
2014-03-27 06:15:57 AM  

ransack.: Why are they abandoned? No homeless people in Russia?


I expect any homeless person would find it difficult to feed themselves in an empty town. I doubt there's much in the way of food, and even if there was, it won't last forever, and a single person (particularly a homeless person, presuming they are homeless for reasons other than "no job so can't afford rent") is not likely to directly produce enough to feed themselves.

Also, it is likely that yes, Russia does not have any "homeless persons" just as they, or Iran for example, don't have any gays at all.
 
2014-03-27 06:22:15 AM  

SacriliciousBeerSwiller: raerae1980: Are those buildings all empty? Where are the locals?

What locals?


Circassians?
 
2014-03-27 07:32:09 AM  
The only thing missing is a nuclear plant in the background.
 
2014-03-27 07:32:11 AM  

bahr: Looks like like the village I stayed in last time I visited Russia.  I couldn't catch the name of it, though.  I asked the locals, and they kept saying something like "Putin Kin" or "Poten Kin" or somesuch


I think you might have been staying in Mandy Patinkin's house.

/Prepare to die!
 
2014-03-27 07:47:17 AM  
"50,000 people used to live here...now it's a ghost town."
 
2014-03-27 08:12:55 AM  
It looks a fair bit (architecture, setting) like the Olympic Village they built here (Vancouver) for the 2010 games. Altho, now, there are people living in the buildings here...
 
2014-03-27 08:46:14 AM  
It'll be bulldozed to make way for a glorious new tractor factory.
 
2014-03-27 08:50:51 AM  

Niveras: ransack.: Why are they abandoned? No homeless people in Russia?

I expect any homeless person would find it difficult to feed themselves in an empty town. I doubt there's much in the way of food, and even if there was, it won't last forever, and a single person (particularly a homeless person, presuming they are homeless for reasons other than "no job so can't afford rent") is not likely to directly produce enough to feed themselves.

Also, it is likely that yes, Russia does not have any "homeless persons" just as they, or Iran for example, don't have any gays at all.


The genocide the Soviets committed as they expanded in the 30s through the 60s is really underappreciated.  Tribes like the Balkhars, or entire countries like Tunna Tuva wiped out.  Soldiers would systematically go through a region, surrounding villages, gunning down the women and children, and ship the men to labor camps in Siberia or the Archangel Oblast.  Churches, Buddhist temples, mosques bulldozed.  They used to just ship ethnic Russians all over Northern Asia to try to repopulate it.  Did the same with Euro POWs from WWII, which is why there are German communities in Northern Khazakhstan and there were Greeks in Tajikstan (there was a mass return to the homeland when the Soviet Union crumbled).  Crazy stuff.
 
2014-03-27 08:54:22 AM  

desertgeek: Did the professor account for those buddies siphoning off some of that money for themselves?


I think that was assumed when she said that they were unlikely to pay back the loans. A company is already going to make a profit when it contracts to do a job, but when you don't pay back the loans you took out to finance the job, that would automatically increase the margins.
 
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