It’s Only Six Months After The Olympics And Sochi Already Looks Like It Was Haunted

History repeats itself. As quickly as cities rise up to host the Olympics, they seem to fall even faster. We’ve seen it in Athens, Beijing and London and now in Sochi, Russia.

This is Sochi now, six months after the completion of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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Rosa Khutor, which was one of the main hubs of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, is “completely empty” six months after the games, according Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy.

Belenkiy called the town “lifeless” in a post on his Live Journal blog. He said the shops, restaurants, and hotels were operating at 5% capacity and that he encountered only a handful of tourists on the streets.

The Sochi Olympics cost $51 billion. A good chunk of that went toward building the mountain cluster. The Russian government spent $8.7 billion on a 31-mile road and railway system to connect Krasnaya Polyana to the coastal neighborhood of Adler. Another $2 billion was spentto build the Rosa Khutor ski resort.

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