According to officials, nearly 97 percent of the ethnically diverse peninsula voted yesterday to secede from Ukraine.
There's a broad consensus the city faces an unusually painful reckoning.
And then because that wasn't enough, walk on a crane more than 2,000 feet above the pavement.
Including a fancy new $8.7 billion rail line.
As eyes turn to Sochi, a look at the countries where it's worst (and best) to be gay.
Russia's unarmed, heavily costumed guards may look intimidating, but their actual power is pretty limited.
Animal activists estimate that thousands of dogs have been killed under the government's Olympics-motivated crackdown.
Tropical flora is all over the coastal parts of Sochi, and visitors are taking notice.
Canadians are not impressed with their hockey team's accommodations.
The former Soviet dictator loved vacationing in the coastal resort town.
Local officials see extermination as the most efficient method, though it's controversial among activists.
Days from the opening ceremonies, constructions crews are still at work on hotels, shops, and sidewalks.
And the death figures go down whenever the country's government cracks down on alcohol sales.
The country is deploying 50,000 soldiers and police for the Games.
"I am not sure, but I don't bloody know them."
Russians drove the Circassians out in the 19th century. A handful have returned to trace their ancestral roots.
Stylish spots that intensely fashionable Muscovites will love.
A fascinating new book offers an inside glimpse of Sochi, which will host the Winter Olympics in February.