Yulia Gorbunova_ An Olympic Demolition - WSJ

I first met t atiana in april when i v isited the

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Unformatted text preview: t met T atiana in April when I v isited the modest two- story house where she liv ed with her husband, two children, ages four and eight, and her parents, who built the home. T he house is in the Adler section of Sochi, future home to many of the major sporting v enues, the Oly mpic media center, an Oly mpic v illage, and other infrastructure for the 201 4 Winter Oly mpics. I n early 201 1 , construction began on a hotel, elev ated road, and parking lot just steps from the family 's home. Russian officials initially contacted the family about resettlement to a newly built home in the area, like those offered to most of the thousands of other residents displaced by Oly mpic construction. But then the authorities shifted gears, suing T atiana's father, Sergei Khlistov , for an illegal house, and winning a court order to demolish the home at a hearing for which Mr. Khlistov nev er receiv ed a summons. All efforts by the family to appeal the decision hav e been futile. Meanwhile, ev ery other home in the area was demolished, and construction of Oly mpic mega sites powered on day and night. Sergei...
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This note was uploaded on 11/02/2012 for the course ECON 3853 taught by Professor Ronsasine during the Fall '12 term at Arkansas.

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