This video from Russia is about the Sochi Olympics preparations.
From the New Zealand Herald:
Saturday September 16, 2006
By Andrew Osborn
RUSSIA – Russian ecologists have launched a last-ditch legal battle to save one of Europe’s most pristine national parks from being turned into a sprawling winter sports complex for Russia’s rich.
Greenpeace Russia accuses the Kremlin of putting profits and sport before the environment by approving a £6billion ($17.5 billion) project to turn the area surrounding the Black Sea resort of Sochi into a ski resort fit to host an Olympic Games.
The area includes one of the few large mountain ranges in Europe – the Western Caucasus – that has not experienced significant human impact.
Its sub-alpine pastures have only been grazed by wild animals, many unique to the region, and tourist numbers have traditionally been restricted.
But all that looks set to change after President Vladimir Putin, who famously loves Sochi’s snow-covered mountains for skiing and its subtropical climate for sunbathing, threw his weight behind the city’s bid for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
In an attempt to edge out rivals Salzburg in Austria and Pyongchang in South Korea, he has sanctioned an ambitious building programme to transform the region and appears set to go ahead regardless of whether Sochi’s Olympic bid is successful.