Alexei Kravets rummages through belongings he saved from his house after being forcibly evicted in the course of construction work ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi October 6, 2013. Kravets ... more 
Alexei Kravets rummages through belongings he saved from his house after being forcibly evicted in the course of construction work ahead of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi October 6, 2013. Kravets battled eviction for over a year until he was forcibly evicted, his belongings thrown into the street and his house demolished in 2012, he said in an interview. He has not received compensation, he said, adding he has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights to consider his case. Spending on the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi is expected to pass $50 billion, and the Games are a priority for President Vladimir Putin who wants to use them to showcase the country's modern face to the world over two decades after the fall of the Soviet Union. But locals have expressed concern about various difficulties they are facing as the city gears up for the Olympics, ranging from disruption to a local water supply, to damage to housing. Picture taken October 6, 2013. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA - Tags: SPORT OLYMPICS SOCIETY BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 18 OF 30 FOR PACKAGE 'SOCHI - STRUGGLING LOCALS' TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'STRUGGLING SOCHI' less 
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