Impact of Sochi’s Winter Games Leaves Locals Cold
Putin seems determined to make the Sochi Olympics a win for his image, but he’s not earning any medals. Ignoring the advice of geological experts, he chose a construction plan that threatens to destroy a national park. Meanwhile, locals are being forcibly evicted and 16,000 migrant workers building the sites are being grossly underpaid. While the international community eyes Russia’s homophobic laws and the Games’ big price tag — $8 billion more than Beijing’s — local opposition groups worry mostly about what will happen to them when the celebration is over and the cameras go away.