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A burst of fireworks filled the night sky over Sochi on Friday as Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Winter Olympics open. (Feb. 7)

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Sochi, Russia - 7 February, 2014

1. Wide of Olympic stadium with fireworks marking the moment Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Games open

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A burst of fireworks filled the night sky over Sochi on Friday as Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Winter Olympics open.

More than with most games, these Olympics are closely tied to the leader of the host nation.

Putin personally pushed for the right to stage them in the Black Sea summer resort of Sochi and the nearby Caucasus Mountains slopes.

He then spent 51 billion US dollars to transform Sochi into a winter sports paradise, in a project fraught with corruption, environmental abuses and fears of militant extremism from nearby Chechnya and Dagestan.

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