Only 7 of 2175 Apartments on One Sochi Street Built for Putin Olympics Now Occupied
September 23 – In the run-up to the Sochi Olympiad in February 2014, many
people pointed to the massive diversion of Russian taxpayer money into the hand
of corrupt officials and businessman and to the destruction of the environment in
the regions adjoining the site of the games.
now that the Olympiad is over, another cost of Vladimir Putin’s gigantist
Soviet-style project is becoming obvious: the way in which even those things
that money was actually spent to build are not being used at anything like the
capacity that Putin and his officials promised and that all too many accepted.
major threat to the unoccupied apartments, the few residents there have told
Valov, is the large number of thieves and hooligans who break in and steal
everything they can, including furniture left by earlier occupants and even toilets
and other bathroom fixtures. Moreover, drug addicts now are camped out on the
so few people are in these housing blocks is that local officials have allowed
all communal services, including electricity and heat, to lapse. As a result, the
blogger says, these high rises which impressed so many at the time of the games
are now on their way to joining the “ghost” settlements elsewhere around Sochi.