• Russian court sentences Olympics critic to three years


    MOSCOW: A Russian environmentalist working on a report about impact of the Sochi Olympic Games was sentenced to three years in a penal colony Friday for causing damage to property, in what he said was an attempt to scare other activists. A judge in the southern Black Sea town of Tuapse which borders Sochi ruled that Evgeny Vitishko had violated his parole and turned a suspended sentence of three years he is currently serving into a real one. A geologist and member of regional group Environmental Watch on North Caucasus, Vitishko is currently working on a report that will highlight the negative environmental impact of Olympic construction on Sochi’s nature.


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