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Russia: Forced eviction tramples olympic ideals

Author: Human Rights Watch, Published on: 19 September 2012

...The illegal eviction of a family in Sochi casts a dark shadow over preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Human Rights Watch said...“The home demolition and forced eviction of this family with young children is a tragedy that was completely avoidable,” said Jane Buchanan, senior researcher for the Europe and Central Asia division...[C]ourt bailiffs removed the Khlistov family, whose property was expropriated for Olympic construction without compensation...Sergei Khlistov has been living in a modest two-story house in...Sochi for 16 years. His wife, daughter, son-in-law, and two grandchildren, ages 4 and 8, also live in the home...The authorities claim that the Khlistovs’ use of the land and the home were illegal and sued the family in order to expropriate the land for Olympic use...In...2010, officials from Olympstroi, the state corporation responsible for the construction of venues and related infrastructure for the 2014 Winter Games, informed the Khlistovs that their home fell within the scope of Olympic construction projects and that the family would be relocated to a newly built home in the area. The Sochi authorities transferred use of the Olympstroi. In...2011...the Sochi administration sued the Khlistovs for illegal construction of a home on the land.

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