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Russia Today: Sochi Blast Claims 2

posted by eagle on July, 2008 as Genocide Crime

From: Eagle_wng  (Original Message) Sent: 7/5/2008 4:46 PM
Sochi blast claims 2
July 2, 2008, 22:03
Sochi blast claims 2
A child is being evacuated

Sochi blast claims 2

An explosion has ripped through a 12-storey apartment block in the Russian resort city of Sochi, killing at least two people and leaving more than 30 others injured. A 14-year-old and his grandmother were killed. A criminal case has been opened into the incident.

The blast shook the apartment in the Blinovo block at 5:34 am.

Those who live in the building and hundreds of people in the neighborhood were terrified.

“I’m from the neighbouring house. We were scared when the glass was smashed out. Thank god the children are alive,” a witness said. 

“I was on the 12th floor when the explosion went off. Half past four it blew. I thought it was a thunderstorm, but then the smoke went in and I started to choke. And only just now they took me down,” a woman recalls.

“We rushed out of our beds when we heard a powerful blast. When we looked out of the window there was smoke all over the place. My husband came down, saw what happened and started helping people,” another woman said.  

The blast destroyed the only staircase in the building, making it impossible for survivors to escape.

Minutes later firemen arrived on the scene and used their ladders to help people leave their apartments.

All 120 residents of the building have been evacuated.

The police are searching for any clues. From the very beginning there were two main versions - natural gas explosion, someone could have kept a gas canister in this building, and a possibility of a terrorist act.

However, the household gas cylinder theory was later considered unlikely, according to the Russian technical standards watchdog, Rostechnadzor.

All leads are being checked and it might take a while before the investigators will come up with the final version.

A criminal case has been opened into the explosion.

"The criminal case has been opened under Article 109 of the Russian Criminal  Code, which deals with infliction of death through carelessness,"  Sochi city police spokesman Alexander Erenburg told the Interfax news agency.

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From: Eagle_wng Sent: 7/5/2008 4:47 PM
Different ways and means of reporting the Sochi Explosion!

In Sochi apartment house explosion thundered (Krasnodar region) 

No explosive traces found in house ruins in Sochi

In Brief - 2 Dead in South Russia Apartment Blast

Blast kills two in Russian apartment block

Reporting on relocating the Sochi Olympics facilities!!!!!!!!!!

Russia Sochi 2014 Olympic Bid News

Putin Calls for '14 Sochi Olympics Changes 5 Jul 2008 04:33 GMT
... Hotel Matignon, in Paris. Paris,FRANCE-29/05/2008 Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for controversial Olympic facilities planned for Sochi to be relocated, saying ecological concerns were more important than expense, Russian news agencies ...

From: Eagle_wng Sent: 7/6/2008 12:15 AM

Report: Putin Wants 2014 Olympics Changes

Report: Putin wants controversial 2014 Sochi Olympics facilities moved to other sites


The Associated Press


Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday called for controversial Olympic facilities planned for Sochi to be relocated, saying ecological concerns were more important than expense, Russian news agencies said.

The southern Russian resort city was chosen last year to host the 2014 Winter Games, despite environmentalists' complaints that some planned construction would damage the region's complex ecology.

But Putin, in a meeting in Sochi with environmentalists and games construction officials — called for some of the facilities — the bobsled track and the athletes' village for snow sports — to be relocated to other sites in consultation with the International Olympic Committee, according to news agencies.

"In determining priorities — money or ecology — we choose ecology," Putin was quoted as saying by the Interfax news agency. "If the balance of nature is upset, this could lead to a situation that would be impossible to restore for any money."

Both the bobsled track and the athletes' village were planned for the undeveloped Grushevy Ridge, adjacent to a nature reserve. Along with the possible damage to the pristine area, environmentalists also warned the track would obstruct animal foraging tracks.

Such a major change in plans was likely to raise already-high concerns about the massive amount of construction needed for the Olympics. The Sochi region, although a popular resort for Russians, has poor infrastructure and underdeveloped sports facilities.

Putin asked Olympics construction chief Viktor Kolodyazhny whether changing the sites would throw off the construction timetable, and Kolodyazhny said "we will try" to keep on schedule, according to ITAR-Tass.

"'We will try' -- that's not an answer," Putin responded.

Russia as a whole, and Putin in particular, have significant prestige riding on the games — the first winter Olympics the country has held, even though it has been a major force in winter sports.

International Olympic Committee assessors were concerned about the huge amount of construction needed — including all ice-sport venues, two athletes' villages and a light-rail system connecting the seaside ice venues with the snow-sport facilities some 30 miles away in the rugged Caucasus Mountains.

Putin's appearance at the Olympic committee meeting that chose the winning bid — in which he gave an address in English for the first time — was seen as key to the bid's success. He was Russian president at that time.

Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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