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Investors have flooded the Russian beach town of Sochi since its award as the 2014 Winter Olympics location in an effort to create a Mediterranean-style resort. Here, a bus rider glances at a mural of the Russian communist politician Vladimir Lenin on Tuesday, August 12, 2008. <br />
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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.