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Sergei Mitrokhin demanded from President Medvedev to stop unlawful construction works for Olympic Games in the Sochi national park

Press Release

September 23, 2011

YABLOKOs leader Sergei Mitrokhin forwarded to President Medvedev a letter demanding to stop unlawful excavation works in the lime-pit the Sochi national park for construction of Olympic facilities in Sochi. In June 2011, after his meeting with environmentalists, Dmitry Medvedev ordered the Russian Government and the regional government to stop such works, however, Presidents orders have been sabotaged.

YABLOKOs activists and activists of the North Caucasus Environmental Watch detected these violations. Excavation of lime in the national park have already eliminated inhabitations of many species of the rare plants, inflicted irreparable damage to landscapes and fauna. However, this unlawful pit has been guarded by the Federal Security Service.

President Medvedev learned this during his meeting with environmentalists on June 21, 2011. He ordered Prime Minister Putin and Alexander Tkachyov, head of Administration of the Krasnodar Area, to stop excavation works at the Sochi national park by August 1.

It is not the first time that the Federal Security Service shelters unlawful works instead of implementing their duty of safeguarding the state border, said Andrei Rudomakha, one of the leaders of the Krasnodar branch of YABLOKO. Earlier the Federal Security guards had been sheltering another unlawful construction of the largest Olympic facility Adler Krasnaya Polyana highway. The guards of the Federal Security Service did not let environmentalists from YABLOKO and the North Caucasus Environmental Watch to inspect it.

I hope that the President will adopt efficient measures for implementation of his ordered of June 21 as it refers to provision of environmental safety when preparing to the Olympic Games, Sergei Mitrokhin noted. Mitrokhin also demanded to find and punish those guilty of sabotage of Presidents orders.

See also:

YABLOKO Against Corruption

Protection of Environment

Environmentalists crash Putins seaside palace. France 24, The Observers
July 5, 2011

Sergei Mitrokhin: tortures in the name of Christ. Sergei Mitrokhins blog at the Echo Moskvi web-site, July 5, 2011



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