Market forces: portrait of the migrant workers who, out of sight and underpaid, have built the Games

It’s taken tens of thousands of migrant workers from across Russia, eastern Europe and central Asia to transform the resort town of Sochi into a venue fit for the Winter Olympics. Yet very little of the $50bn splurged on the event has trickled down to those working long hours to ensure the Olympic sites are built on time. Human Rights Watch has reported on their widespread exploitation, including lack of pay, cramped housing conditions, and, more recently, hurried deportations. Photographer Max Avdeev travelled to Sochi in December to meet the workers who built the Games.

27 January 2014

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