Monthly Archives: March 2013

Environmental Watch on North Caucasus’ update on inspection conducted on March 27, 2013

As a part of the governmental policy, FSB together with the Center for Combating Extremism and Prosecutor’s Office (all local departments) searched Environmental Watch on North Caucasus. From the very beginning, controllers violated the law. First, officers, with exception of … Continue reading

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FSB searched Environmental Watch on North Caucasus and was especially concerned about the report on Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Environmental Watch’s office in Maikop was inspected today by FSB officers and people from the prosecutor’s office. “This is part of the sweeping intimidation campaign against NGOs this week in Russia.” FSB officers made EWNC’s employees log into their email, … Continue reading

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Illegal Mining on the Territory of the Sochi National Park Organized for Olympic Contrustructions

Illegal mining on the territory of the specially protected natural areas, which is conducted for construction purposes in preparation to Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, is a serious violation of Russian environmental and criminal law. Dmitry Medvedev was revolted by the … Continue reading

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Sochi 2014: soil from Olympic sites is illegally dumped on the territory of the Sochi National Park

The Sochi National Park illegally allows soil dumping, including hard rocks, left from Olympic constructions on its territory. Such activity violates the Federal law 33-FZ On specially protected natural areas, specifically its Chapter III, which regulates protection of national parks. … Continue reading

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Temporary bridge to Kudepsta thermal power plant is deformed by the river flood.

Temporary bridge to Kudepsta thermal power plant is deformed by the river flood. Evgeny Vitishko, geological engineer, human rights defender and environmentalist, comments on the situation: “This deformation and flood of the bridge proves that all calculations and engineer data, … Continue reading

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Sochi 2014: violation of the right to access information and public participation in decision-making on environmental matters

Sochi 2014: violation of the law on access to information and public participation in decision-making on environmental matters Kudepsta thermal power station, perhaps, is one of the most controversial Olympic projects. But it does not end with the power plant … Continue reading

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Open Statement to the Head of Sochi Administration regarding the access to information and public participation in decision-making on environmental matters

ENVIRONMENTAL WATCH ON NORTH CAUCUSUS <March 11, 2013> Open Statement to the Head of Administration Sochi A.N. Pakhomov   On public hearings related to Kudepsta thermal power plant gas supply Dear Anatoly Nikolaevich!             According to your orders ## 119, … Continue reading

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Sochi Team Sprint by Noah Hoffman

“On the way to the restaurant we got caught in a ton of traffic because the road was closed up ahead for Russia’s Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev.” “The area around the restartant, like everything else in Sochi, was under construction. … Continue reading

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Kudepsta: ongoing fight for the right of free assembly and access to information and public participation in decision-making on environmental matters

Natural Gas Power Plant at Kudepsta is planned to be built very near to residential areas of Kudepsta. It is a part of Olympic plan. Environmental groups and experts criticise the project because of its health and environmental threats as a … Continue reading

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Sochi 2014: Marie Dorin Habert Feels that Sochi Is a Ghost Town

Here is testimonies of Marie Dorin Habert, the biathlete who represented France at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and will also represent her country in Sochi next year; Lithuanian biathlete Natalia Kochergina, and American biathlete Lowell Bailey: http://www.argophilia.com/news/sochi-ghost-town/28527/ “They built one of the most … Continue reading

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