Visitors take pictures under the Olympic rings and infront of the Bolshoy Ice Dome at the seaside cluster on February 3, 2014 prior to the start of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games. (AFP PHOTO / MARIE-LAURE MESSANA)
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