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Russia Scrambles to Ready Hotels for Sochi Winter Games

Large crates of equipment stand unopened outside the entrance to the plush new Swissotel above Sochi as it scrambles to be ready for the start of the Winter Olympics. A bricklayer in a woolen hat puts the finishing touches to a nearby wall, workers in white helmets fix cables and others clear snow with shovels. Inside the hotel, new chairs are piled on top of each other in the lobby. Russian officials have declared Sochi ready for the Games, on which President Vladimir Putin has staked his...

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