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Russia's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the construction of Olympic facilities in Sochi is legal
Russia's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the construction of Olympic facilities in Sochi, a resort on the Black Sea bidding to host the 2014 Winter Olympics, is legal. The court rejected the appeal of the environmental group Greenpeace, which is seeking the cancellation of the federal targeted program for Sochi's development in 2006-2014. Greenpeace lawyer Mikhail Kreindman said he will appeal the ruling. Sochi has been short-listed as a host city for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, along with Austria's Salzburg and South Korea's PyeongChang. The city previously bid for the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, but was rejected largely due to its poor-quality Soviet-era infrastructure. The winner of the bid will be announced in July 2007 in Guatemala City. 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. Environmentalists voiced their concerns during the visit to Sochi of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Evaluation Commission February 19-23. Chiharu Igaya, who heads the Evaluation Commission, acknowledged that the Olympic building plans raise a number of environmental issues, but said he hopes the Russian government and environmental organizations will reach a compromise. The World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Russia director, Igor Chestin, said in mid-February that there would be no problems with ecology during preparations for the Olympic Games thanks to the close cooperation between environmentalists and the authorities. He said the federal targeted program for Sochi's development will undergo ecological assessment, and that land parcels in the resort city will not be leased without the prior approval of the environmental watchdog. Under the program, which has a $12 billion budget, 580 kilometers (360 miles) of roads will be reconstructed and built near Sochi for the Olympics.
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