Tourists enjoy the the beach in Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy ... more 
Tourists enjoy the the beach in Sochi September 19, 2013. With just months to go before Russia is due to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, cranes still tower over muddy construction sites in the palm tree-lined city, as it tries to complete its multi-billion dollar transformation into a winter sports hub. If everything goes according to plan the Games will be a showcase for Russia's achievements under President Vladimir Putin, the culmination of a six-year personal project on a truly Soviet scale. But the President's dream could still be crushed if Sochi is not ready on time, protests break out over a Russian law banning "gay propaganda" or Islamist militants attack the Games. Picture taken September 19, 2013. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov (RUSSIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS TRAVEL) ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 18 OF 40 FOR PACKAGE 'COUNTDOWN TO SOCHI WINTER OLYMPICS'. TO FIND ALL IMAGES SEARCH 'SOCHI MAXIM' less 
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