Sochi Got the Gold. Bypassed Village Got Dust.

SARAH LYALL New York Times News Service Published Feb 10, 2014 at 11:46PM
A man crosses the Mzymta River on a shabby wooden bridge linking the villages of Kazachiy Broh and Akhshtyr, near Sochi, Russia, Feb. 5, 2014. Despite new roads and rails that cost a reported $8 billion linking Sochi to the mountains above, Akhshtyr is more isolated than ever, denied even the benefit of an exit from the highway that cuts off pedestrian paths to the river below. (James Hill / The New York Times)
The village of Akhshtyr nestles in the treed slopes above a new superhighway linking Sochi, Russia to the mountain resorts of Krasnaya Polyana, Feb. 5, 2014. (James Hill / The New York Times)
Lyubov Kalmikova sits with her dogs and cats on her porch in the village of Akhshtyr, Russia, Feb. 6, 2014. (James Hill / The New York Times)
Alexei Grigorian stands in the garden of his daughter's home, littered with construction debris, in Akhshtyr, Russia, Feb. 6, 2014. (James Hill / The New York Times)
Sergei Shergersky, a security guard in Akhshtyr who said he's exasperated by unfulfilled government promises, stands on the main street of the village near Sochi, Russia, Feb. 5, 2014. (James Hill / The New York Times)
A truck sits idle beside a house in the village of Akhshtyr, near Sochi, Russia, Feb. 5, 2014. (James Hill / The New York Times)