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Over 500 people participated in a rally against Kudepstinskaya heat power plant

Press Release

September 10, 2012

On September 9, a rally against construction of a thermal power plant in Kudepsta near Sochi brought together over 500 residents of Sochi. YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin asked the developer to submit the permission documentation.

Local residents oppose the construction of environmentally hazardous industrial facilities, the operation of which will result in air pollution, noise and other factors posing a serious threat to the health of tens of thousands of residents and holiday-makers in Sochi. The Sochi administration and the Olympstroy company plan to locate the thermal plant in the centre of a densely populated resort area.

The rally was organised by two initiative groups headed by YABLOKOs candidates at the regional election and activists from the North Caucasus Environmental Watch Alexei Mandrigelya and Vladimir Kimayev. The authorities tried to interfere so that the rally would not take place. However, when police arrested Alexei Mandrigelya, Vladimir Kimayev, Olga Noskovets and Valery Suchkov managed to organize the rally.

In addition to local residents and activists from the Environmental Watch the rally was attended by YABLOKO activists from the Krasnodar Territory and other regions who made a protest camp # OkkupayKuban against the construction. YABLOKO leader Sergei Mitrokhin also came to Sochi to participate in the rally. He opened the rally and was supported by the local residents.

Mitrokhin called the construction of thermal power plant an environmental crime. According to him, it was a criminal and oligarchic project, as the company GazEnergoStroy was registered in offshore zones. 15 hectares of forest will be cut during the construction, the plant will pollute the air and endanger health of the people living there. And all this is made so that the owners of the plant could take the profit to the offshore, said Mitrokhin.

The resolution adopted by the rally demanded abolishing of the dangerous construction project.

Photographs by Olga Noskovets


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