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 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 bag — which as Russian photographer Alexander Belenkiy shows us, is full of too many buildings and not enough people to occupy them.

Belenkiy traveled to Sochi in early August to shoot the town on its six month anniversary of the 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. And it's worth pointing out that Sochi is preparing to open Russia's first F1 racetrack, which could serve to bolster tourism in the city.

Still, his photos paint a bleak picture, showing a neighbourhood — Rosa Khutor — 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. A few weeks ago, 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

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    Most of these places have the same issue. When initially built, the real estate prices are ridiculous. Now I bet they would be cheap, but no one could/would afford it at first so no one is there now. They simply expect unrealistic prices.

    did sydney suffer the same fate when they held the olympics?

      No, there's all kinds of sporting/music/festival activities in Homebush. Also, there's been a boom in residential housing in surrounding areas along the Parramatta River which is still going today.

      There's also lots of fun fairs, and offices moved in.
      like the biggest bank in australia also have a whole business park/centre there, which keeps the place going.

      Think it helps that there's also bicentenial park inbuilt within, so people can do a lot of cycling activities there too... Shame that the Golf centre is gone though, it used to be if you buy breakfast you get a free bucket of balls!

      Nope, like many host cities, Sydney had a plan for the new construction after the games.

    Looks like a nice place to live. I'd live there if there was a decent internet connection.

    Not sure winter-specific resort town bit was always true. My understanding in Soviet times when overseas travel wasn't as accessible to every day Russian's that Sochi also used to be a big beach resort town. Now apparently they hit the bit in Turkey...

      Sounds like they need to invade Turkey then...

    Can't we just stop with the Olympics. It's boring and it doesn't prove anything. People get gold on the day because they were lucky, not because they were the best. The whole thing is a sham. Get rid of it.

      GUYS!! THIS GUY SAYS THE OLYMPICS IS BORING! THAT MUST MEAN EVERYONE THINKS THE SAME WAY AS HIM! LETS NOT DO IT ANYMORE OK!?

      By that logic we should stop with the Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Comics. They are all boring and they don't prove anything.

      Last edited 26/08/14 2:17 pm

        Look. All in saying is the Olympics has lost its specialness. It's highly overrated and is a total waste of money. Another thing that has ruined the Olympics is that countries buy athletes from other countries just so they can get a gold medal and some how that makes their country feel special. It's all crap.

    Sydney lost more than 10 years of infrastructure maintenance because road, school and hospital maintenance was stopped so as to be able to pay for the olympics. Homebush still makes a net loss of about $350MILLION a year. We weren't told about that were we.

    I hate the Olympics and agree with the comments above that it is a waste of time and money. I do find it all pointless, and dont think that the Olympics were that special to begin with (especially that ribbon twirling event....WTF?). Anyway, looks like Sochi will end up like the venues of the games in Greece a decade ago.

    And it’s worth pointing out that Sochi is preparing to open Russia’s first F1 racetrack, which could serve to bolster tourism in the city.

    Um 10-12 October this Year. So better not be "preparing" as its only a month and a half away...
    http://www.formula1.com/races/in_detail/russia_930/circuit_diagram.html

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