When in 2007 the International Olympic Committee for the Olympic Winter Games chose the city of Sochi, it was just a small seaside resort town.
The idea of the Winter Olympics in the subtropics, which arose in the last century, at first seemed a complete utopia. However, after seven years, the city was built a few dozen large objects created millions of square meters of new housing, new transport infrastructure and security. A few hours before the opening of the 2014 Olympics, we look at some already passed stages of construction and preparation for the main sporting event of the year.
How much does it cost
Sochi Olympics has become for Russia this “construction of the century”, it worked the whole country. All expenses related to the Olympics had an absolute priority. Data on costs vary widely.
At the request of Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, the overall cost of the Sochi Olympics were about 214 billion rubles . Facts of misuse of funds in the construction of Olympic facilities, he assured, was not. In such a sum is hard to believe, because it is even less than the first number is the value of the Olympic Games – 316 billion rubles. and the cost of the recent Universiade in Kazan (228 billion rubles) – event incomparably smaller scale.
According to some Western experts, Russia spent on the Olympics, which will be held from 7 to 23 February, about $ 51 billion , making it the most expensive Olympics in history. Known blogger Navalny believes that the Sochi Olympics has cost at least 1.5 trillion rubles .
Major sporting facilities are ready, but sometimes not everything went smoothly. For example, the neighborhood looked Roses Farm more February 2, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Kai Pfaffenbach):
Further, there are several series of photographs from different years of construction.
Picture 1. Ice Palace “Large”, 20 May 2011. He is the main hockey stadium during the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi. (Photo by Reuters | Sergei Karpukhin):
Photo 2 . Construction of an ice palace “Large”, December 23, 2010. (Photo by AP Photo | Igor Yakunin):
Photo 3. Ice Palace “Large”, February 3, 2014. As is known, in Sochi scandal about the extermination of stray cats and dogs to the top of the Olympic Games. IOC representatives stood up for Sochi authorities, journalists and social activists who accused the barbaric destruction of stray animals. Sports functionaries and officials said they do not kill stray dogs, and caught and placed in a nursery. However, most documents found zoozaschitniki City Hall that the animals still shoot and killed with poison. (Photo by AP Photo | Patrick Semansky):
Photo 4. Ice Palace “Large”, January 25, 2014. (Photo by AP Photo | David J. Phillip):
Picture 1. April 25, 2009. On-site construction of the Olympic gardeners still work in their gardens. (Photo by AP Photo | Sergey Ponomarev):
Photo 2. Same plot October 26, 2010. (Photo by Mikhail Mordasov | AFP | Getty Images):
Photo 3. Demolition of old houses on the background of construction of the Olympic Village, February 17, 2002. (Photo by Reuters | Denis Sinyakov):
Photo 4. Olympic Park, December 23, 2013. (Photo by Reuters | Maxim Shemetov):
Do not have time to build … One of the buildings has moved down the slope, Sochi, March 3, 2013. (Photo by AP Photo | Artur Lebedev):
Picture 1. Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, 19 May 2011. (Photo by AP Photo | Alexander Zemlianichenko):
Photo 2. Krasnaya Polyana, Sochi, February 4, 2014. (Photo by AP Photo | Jae C. Hong):
Rose Farm, February 2. Work continues. (Photo by Reuters | Kai Pfaffenbach):
Picture 1. Palace Iceberg winter sports, 20 May 2011. He assigned one of the dominant roles. This determined its location – the Olympic Park, which will be the heart of the competition in the coastal cluster. (Photo by Reuters | Sergei Karpukhin):
Photo 2. Winter sports palace Iceberg, February 10, 2012. (Photo by Reuters | Wolfgang Rattay):
Photo 3. Palace winter sports Iceberg, August 20, 2013. (Photo by Reuters | Gary Hershorn):
Volunteer of the Games and one of the unfinished buildings, Sochi, February 6, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Eric Gaillard):
Picture 1. Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron at the construction site of the Olympic stadium “Fischt”, which will host the opening and closing the 2014 Winter Olympics. Right – Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov, left – Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, the one who has officially declared that the value of investments in the Olympics is “about 214 billion rubles.” (Photo by AP Photo | RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky):
Photo 2. Construction of the Olympic stadium “Fischt” window of the house, going to be demolished, February 18, 2013. (Photo by Reuters | Kai Pfaffenbach):
Photo 3. Construction of the Olympic stadium “Fischt”, August 20, 2013. (Photo by Reuters | Gary Hershorn):
Photo 4. Built Olympic Stadium “Fischt”, February 2, 2014. (Photo by Joe Scarnici | Getty Images):
Working at the top bowl of the Olympic flame, February 4, 2014. (Photo by AP Photo | Wong Maye-E):
Testing bowl of the Olympic flame, January 29, 2014. (Photo by AP Photo | David J. Phillip):
Olympic Torch Relay on top of Mount Elbrus, October 25, 2013. (Photo by AP Photo | Konstantin Dikovsky, Olympictorch2014.com):
Sarah Reed (Canada) during practice at the bobsleigh track in Sochi, February 5, 2014. (Photo by Alex Livesey | Getty Images):
Skiing and biathlon complex Laura, February 5, 2014. (Photo by Julian Finney | Getty Images):
Training with the French figure skater Vanessa James, February 4, 2014. (Photo by AP Photo | Ivan Sekretarev):
Train Swedish snowboarder Rose Farm, February 4, 2014. (Photo by Reuters | Dylan Martinez):
Snowboarders from New Zealand, Sochi, February 4, 2014. (Photo by Adam Pretty | Getty Images):
Train the Russian figure skaters, world champions in pairs Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov, Sochi, February 5, 2014.
Refer to the website soon report on the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Games and cheer for our athletes. (Photo by AP Photo | Ivan Sekretarev):