Russian torchbearers started in October the history’s longest Olympic torch relay ahead of Winter Games in Sochi. The relay took the flame across the country through all 83 of its regions, including extreme locales such as Chukotka, the remote region in Russia’s Far East, the turbulent North Caucasus, and even Russia’s European exclave Kaliningrad.
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Sochi, host to the 2014 Winter Olympic Games from February 7-23, has underdone massive development of construction within the last 11 months. Reuters photographer Kai Pfaffenbach captured before and after images of the changes in Russia.
The Sochi Olympic Park, built along the Black Sea coast, houses all the ice venues such as the Bolshoi Ice Palace, the Maly Ice Palace, the Olympic Oval, the Sochi Olympic Skating Centre, the Olympic Curling Centre, the Central Stadium, the Main Olympic Village and the International Broadcast Centre and Main Press Centre. Reuters photographer Maxim Shemetov takes us on an overhead tour of Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
For some time, Sochi was one of Russia’s top gay scenes. But after the coastal city was chosen as the site for the 2014 Olympics and President Vladimir Putin signed a “gay propaganda” law into action, Sochi’s LGBT scene has been shrinking.
Reuters photographer Thomas Peter documented slices of LGBT life in Sochi in October, about four months before the 2014 Winter Olympics were slated to begin.
Feb. 22 Photo Brief: Chingay Parade, Purim celebrations, Irish dancing competition and Hyderabad prayers
Hyderabad twin bombing victims remembered, dancers compete in the 29th All Scotland Irish Dance Championship, the Jewish holiday of Purim is celebrated in Israel, the “Fire In Snow” Chingay Parade weaves through the streets of Singapore and more in today’s daily brief.
Feb. 18 Photo Brief: A year to go until the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, Libya celebrates second anniversary of uprising, Iberia workers on strike
A year to go until the Sochi 2014 Winter Games, Libya celebrates second anniversary of uprising, Iberia workers on strike and more in today’s daily brief.