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The Northerner Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 02:08 AM
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Russians evicted from homes for Olympics
SOCHI, Russia Sochi native Vladimir Tkachenko needed a decade to build a house on his modest salary. He then had 11 hours to move all belongings out of the way for the bulldozers clearing the way for a new road.

Tkachenko's violent eviction, which has recently alarmed the Sochi community, is only the latest incident in what critics say is the darker side of Sochi's Olympic preparations ahead of the 2014 Winter Games.

The father of two, who had to seek medical assistance after bailiffs hit him over the head with an electric shock baton, does not shy with his words: "It's real fascism," he told AFP a week after his family's three story brick house was reduced to rubble.

"We scream that we are a democracy, but judging by the way people are treated we are in a cavemen state," Tkachenko said. "I don't understand anything. I am completely lost."

Russia is to hold the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in its southern resort of Sochi, and has pulled out all the stops to develop massive sports and transportation infrastructure on time in an area that has been a residential and agricultural backwater south of the city.

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ixion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 05:00 AM
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1. It's sad. You can't tell Russia from the US anymore
Thanks Globalization! NOT. :grr:
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