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A turnstile awaits further construction at the 2014 Winter Olympics site at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on Thursday, August 14, 2008.  (For The New York Times)As the mountainous Black Sea resort Sochi, Russia, prepares for the Winter Olympic games scheduled there for 2014, it emerges as a place replete with contradictions -- glitzy clubs and impoverished street vendors, progress and repression, Westernization and former Eastern bloc ideologies.

A turnstile awaits further construction at the 2014 Winter Olympics site at the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, on Thursday, August 14, 2008.  

(For The New York Times) 

As the mountainous Black Sea resort Sochi, Russia, prepares for the Winter Olympic games scheduled there for 2014, it emerges as a place replete with contradictions -- glitzy clubs and impoverished street vendors, progress and repression, Westernization and former Eastern bloc ideologies.