Russian Greens Protest Against Winter Olympics in Sochi
Activists of several Russian youth movements gathered in Moscow downtown to protest against hosting Olympic games-2014 in Russia. Most sports of the winter Olympics are alien to Russia, and there is no need to plant foreign culture where there is lots of own nice traditions, activists said.
The protesters chanted â€œSeoul â€” yes! Sochi â€” no!â€ indicating that they saw South Korean city as a much more suitable bidder than Russiaâ€™s Sochi.
Many of the young people were wearing t-shirts with the Olympic bear, famous symbol of Russian Olympics, crossed out.
Sochi, a city on the Black Sea coast, bade to host the Games, and is now up against the Austrian city of Salzburg and the South Korean city of PyeongChang. However some youth activists, as well as environmentalists, are not at all happy about Sochi making it to the shortlist.
â€œMountain skiing is an alien sport for Russia,â€ one of the actionâ€™s participants, head of Green Patrol in Krasnodar region, told RIA Novosti. â€œRussia keeps trying to take up alien habits and hobbies. â€
â€œRussia has own traditional winter sports â€” playing snowballs, making snowmen. Mountain skiing is an intellectual sport that will take ages to sink in Russia. This is why we think the Olympic Games should be held in Seoul,â€ he said.
Meanwhile, Russian environmental researchers have also voiced concern about the impact of staging the Games in Sochi. They say the sports venues worth billions of dollars that are to be built for the Olympics will seriously disturb migrating birds, who stop at the Black Sea bays on their way to the south.
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