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Russia's Supreme Court: construction of Olympic facilities in Sochi is legal

05.06.2007 16:12

Russia's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the construction of Olympic facilities in Sochi, a resort on the Black Sea bidding to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, was legal.

The Cassation Board of the Supreme Court rejected an appeal from the environmental group Greenpeace, requesting the cancellation of a previous court ruling in favor of the construction passed on March 21. Greenpeace is seeking the cancellation of a federal targeted program for Sochi's development in 2006-2014, RIA "Novosti" reporting.

Environmentalists claim that the construction of sports and tourist facilities fails to observe environmental legislation, but that holding the Olympics in Sochi is possible if the project causes no significant damage to the environment. They first voiced their concerns during the visit to Sochi by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission February 19-23.
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