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'Putin World' is not open for Russia's Olympics

'Putin World' is not open for Russia's Olympics

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Feb 4, 2014

Two days until Russia hosts the Winter Games, and "Puntin World" remains unfinished.

The price to build "Sochi Park," also humorously dubbed "Putin World," cost $370 million (13 billion rubles.) It's a hotel and an amusement park in the grandiose shape of a beige castle with a red-peaked towers, offering "visitors a rich history lesson about the nation, as well as retail shows, rides and a place to sleep," reports Today. The hotel projects an elaborate light show at night.

However, construction workers are still on-site building the structure.

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"Today" show host Matt Lauer made a red-flag report that "when the huge steel bolts designed to attach the roller-coasters to the concrete slabs beneath them arrived in Russia they were 'misplaced' at Customs, so Russian officials tracked down the guys who 'misplaced' them and convinced them to return them." Lauer also shed light on locals who are verbally hesitant to actually take a chance on the rides once opened.

Equally as odd, the park's hote,l although closed, is reported as being "fully occupied." Rumors target Dutch and Sri Lankan royals as the unidentified guests.

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Julianne Cassidy is a newly Nashville-based entertainment journalist from Philadelphia.