Aida Ogonyan with her two children and a neighbor’s children inside a damaged home on Ternovaya Street in Chereshnya village, Sochi, where construction of electrical lines as infrastructure for the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games caused landslides, resulting in severe damage to houses, including collapse of walls and cracks in foundations and walls. After a wall collapsed in her house, Ogonyan complained to the local authorities on numerous occasions beginning in March 2012. In response, the authorities threatened to place her children with social services because their home was deemed “uninhabitable.” The authorities eventually ordered the construction company responsible for the electrical lines to install a metal trailer next to the damaged home for the family to live in.
© 2012 Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty for Human Rights Watch
May Day rallies around the world // May 1, 2013
Photograph by Yuri Kozyrev—NOOR for TIME
TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev went from an embed in Afghanistan to the aristocracy of the Bolshoi Ballet in mere hours in back-to-back assignments for TIME. See the work here on LightBox.
Pictured: Svetlana Zakharova, prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, during a curtain call with principal dancer Nikolai Tsiskaridze after a performance of Swan Lake in the Bolshoi Theatre.
Migrant workers building sites and infrastructure for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, have been cheated and exploited. With exactly one year to go before the Winter Olympics, Russia and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) should make rigorous monitoring of workers’ rights on Olympic construction sites a top priority to prevent further abuses.
Photo: © 2012 Brent Stirton/Reportage by Getty Images for Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch and Brent Stirton report from Sochi, Russia, where the local population has been especially affected by massive efforts to prepare for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. As one resident, evicted from his home, recalls:
‘My home was everything, I spent my whole life on my house. I have a big family. A daughter, a son, grandchildren, a wife. We all lived together in the house. We built the house in 1996, and in 2012 the Olympics came and they demolished my home.’
Please see the full report from Human Rights Watch here.
Over the past ten years, Russia has seen a rise in domestic cults; the Russian Orthodox church estimates that over four thousand religious movements currently exist across the country.
Click-through for a selection of David Monteleone’s photographs from his time with the Vissarionites, a religious cult that lives in a community based in the rural Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, and more on the Vissarionites by Maria Lokke: http://nyr.kr/WCv0SB