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City of Sochi Suffers Heavy Floods

Sochi is under water, Yod News reports with the headline, "Olympics Atlantis."

The city of Sochi, site of the Olympic Games in 2014, has experienced heavy rains all week and the forecasts are that they will continue.

Streets, homes and businesses are flooded, cars are floating, and people are improvising boats to get around.

Most of the damage seems to be in the city proper, and not so much at the Olympic sites outside the city, although the Adler District, where some of the resorts are, has been affected.

One of the issues critics of the site of Sochi had was the fear that massive construction in some areas of this fragile environmental zone near the river would worsen the effects of flooding and was not advisable at all due to frequent floods in this area. This was mentioned in a report prepared by the late opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, Winter Olympics in the Sub-Tropics.

As Yod points out, a number of cities have experienced flooding this spring and summer, including Moscow, but they usually don't experience this much flooding and relentless rain.

Here are some pictures; for the full set go to Yod.

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LifeNews reports that city authorities announced that home and business owners will not get any compensation unless they had insurance. Flood victims will have to get in line behind fire victims in Russia and appeal to the president.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick



Translation: Adler Airport: Cost, 8.2 million rubles (according to Forbes)

We'd note, though, that the cost of the airport renovations was estimated by USA Today to be nearly $300 million (at the rate of the ruble in 2013); Wikipedia says that Basic Element spent over 14 billion rubles ($410 million) from 2007-2013 to revamp the airport.

Either way, it looks like part of it may be under water.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick, James Miller

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Witness Recounts How Kadyrov Threatened to Shoot Nemtsov in 2002

Aleksandr Ryklin, a journalist and civic activist in Russia, claims that Ramzan Kadyrov threatened Nemtsov in December 2002 at the Congress of the Chechen People in Gudermes in 2002, according to Vadim Prokhorov, the lawyer for Nemtsov's family. At that time Nemtsov was head of the Union of Right Forces in the State Duma, and he was twice threatened that day after a speech. Nemtsov himself wrote about the incident in his book Tales of a Rebel published in 2007.

The first threat came from a man who showed his identification as an officer of the FSB and told Nemtsov that he should be shot after his speech. The second person to come up and threaten him was Ramzan Kadyrov, who made the threat outside in the presence of witnesses.

Prokhorov note that these threats were taken seriously not only by Nemtsov but by Kadyrov's own father, Ramzan Akhmad-Khadji Kadyrov, who assigned body guards to Nemtsov who accompanied him to the border of Ingushetia.

Nemtsov's relatives have demanded that Kadyrov himself be interrogated in the case. Recently he said in an interview with Ekho Moskvy that he would be willing to be questioned, although he claims not to remember the incident.

"They say that Kadyrov supposedly said [this] to Nemtsov, but I don't remember it. It's just that Nemtsov, the rest, that fifth column, when people begin to forget them, they begin recalling me, so that a certain public in Russia began talking about Kadyrov, so that they are on the surface."

Five Chechen men remain in custody as suspects in the murder, and the chief defendant, Zaur Dadayev, was a former officer in the Interior Troops of the Chechen Interior Ministry, which Kadyrov personally controls. He has been found on an airport video tape with another officer of these troops, Ruslan Geremeyev, who is said to have organized the murder.

-- Catherine A. Fitzpatrick

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