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Ghosts Of Sochi: Hundreds Killed In Olympic Construction

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Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games at Sochi's Fisht Stadium on the coastline of the Black Sea in February 2014.

Seven years under construction at a reputed cost of over 40 billion euros (now about $48 billion), the Winter Games in Russia is the most expensive sporting event in history.

But reminding the family of Moldovan Mihai Cernisov of the lavish complex and two-week festivities only causes them grief.

Back in July 2013, newlywed 22-year-old Mihai was eager to make some cash fast. His wife, Mariana, was six months' pregnant with their first child, a boy, and they wanted to buy their own house.

But in Moldova, a poor ex-Soviet republic wedged between Romania and Ukraine, with high unemployment among the young, well-paid work was difficult to find.

A friend told Mihai about jobs on Olympic construction sites in Russia paying 1,000 euros ($1,200) per month, over five times the average salary in his country.

The work was illegal. But for many of the thousands of Moldovans then working in Sochi, this technicality hardly mattered.

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Ghosts Of Sochi: Hundreds Killed In Olympic Construction

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