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Pictures of the Week: February 21 – February 28

From tens of thousands gathering in Kiev’s Independence square, to a rare meeting of North and South Koreans, and hundreds of tiny pandas packed into a Chinese theater to a Japanese island inhabited by bunnies, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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Pictures of the Week: February 14 – February 21

From deadly protests in Ukraine and a series of shocks at the Sochi Olympics to new waxworks of Ronald and Nancy Reagan and the start of Carnival in Rio, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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Pictures of the Week: February 7 – February 14

From the most reputable gay club in Sochi and a sinkhole at the Corvette Museum in Kentucky to the Westminster Dog Show in New York and the killing of the healthy giraffe, Marius, at the Copenhagen Zoo, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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Pictures of the Week: January 31 – February 7

From the opening of the Winter Olympics in Sochi and mourning the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman to fighting horses in China and the world’s largest baby Jesus, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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Sochi Russia January 15  2014 A patient during his mineral bath at the Matsesta Sanatorium in Sochi.  Starting in the late 1930s, Matsesta was at the center of Josef Stalin's drive to turn Sochi into the premier resort city of the Soviet Union. Workers from across the USSR were given yearly leaves, paid for by the government, to rest in Sochi's sanatoria and recuperate from their year of toiling in Soviet factories and mines. After the fall of communism, however, Matsesta was privatized and found it hard to compete with resorts in foreign countries like Turkey and Egypt, which were suddenly open to Russian visitors in the early 1990s. The dilapidated sanatorium now survives on the trickle of tourists still nostalgic for the sulphur baths and hot springs they remember from their Soviet holidays.
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Weird, Wonderful Sochi: Inside Russia’s Own Palm Beach

TIME contract photographer Yuri Kozyrev takes us inside the weird, wonderful world of Sochi, which was known in Soviet times as Russia’s version of Palm Beach.

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Pictures of the Week: November 22 – November 29

From the Pope meeting Putin and the Central African Republic nearing the brink of civil war to Cyber Monday preparations and passing the Olympic Flame under water, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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Pictures of the Week: September 27 – October 4

From the federal government shutdown and Capitol Hill shooting to an international feline beauty show and a seven-car pileup at Paris Fashion Week, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.

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Summer Songs of the Russian Riviera

Rob Hornstra is one of photography’s pioneers of crowdfunding and self-publishing. His latest book is on the restaurant singers of Russia’s favorite Black Sea resort town of Sochi. The series just won first place for the Arts and Entertainment—Stories category at the World Press Photo awards.

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