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A Look Inside Stalin’s Dacha In Sochi

Long before it hosted the Olympics, the resort city of Sochi was the holiday home of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, who had a summer residence built there in 1937. Stalin's dacha, still furnished with some of the original decorations, is now open for visits from tour groups. (10 PHOTOS)

Josef Stalin's holiday home in Sochi, built in 1937
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Josef Stalin's holiday home in Sochi, built in 1937

A portrait of Stalin hangs in the boardroom.
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A portrait of Stalin hangs in the boardroom.

A wax figure of Stalin is seated inside the villa's cinema hall.
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A wax figure of Stalin is seated inside the villa's cinema hall.

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A sign advertising the "Stalin's Dacha" restaurant
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A sign advertising the "Stalin's Dacha" restaurant

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This chess set belonged to the Soviet leader.
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This chess set belonged to the Soviet leader.

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