"Nature preserves in Russia are not for presidential dachas"
RUSSIA, Krasnodar, Adygeya. The building of a road to the elite skiing complex "Lunar Clearing" is encroaching on the Caucasian Nature Preserve, reported Ecological Watch on the North Caucasus on October 13. Illegal building is being conducted on the territory of this natural monument on the "upper reaches of the Pshekha and Pshekhashkha Rivers", which, as part of the the Caucasian Nature Preserve, were declared parts of the World Natural Heritage Site the "West Caucasus" in 1999.
Vadim Kozhin, business manager for the President of Russia, is personally involved in this building process, which will ensure transportation to "Lunar Clearing", also illegally constructed on the territory of the Caucasian Nature Preserve. This mountain-skiing complex was created as one of the residences of the Russian President.
" The building of a road to the presidential complex" Lunar Clearing " on the territory of a world natural heritage site shows the complete neglect of Russian authorities towards natural sites which have world-wide value. Vladimir Putin, for whose leisure the mountain-skiing complex was built, was originally obligated to prevent building on the territory of preserve. Nature preserves in Russia exist not for presidential dachas and elite health resorts, but to retain unique natural complexes and objects as general national property. However, neither of these things were done when the mountain-skiing complex was illegally constructed or now, when the road is being constructed. And according to Ecological Watch on the North Caucasus, until this road is completed, regulators, fearing to fight violations of the law committed on behalf of the President, apparently will be doomed to their "blindness", which makes it possible that not one department has "revealed" the fact of the illegal building of a road on this World Natural Heritage site.
Translated by OM Kenney PRIMA-News agency [2007-10-15-Rus-40]
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