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Yulia Gorbunova_ An Olympic Demolition - WSJ

Yulia Gorbunova_ An Olympic Demolition - WSJ - Yulia Gor...

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05/10/12 Yulia Gorbunova: An Olympic Demolition - WSJ.com 1/2 online.w sj.com/article/SB10000872396390444712904578024320180061596.html#printMode See a sample reprint in PDF f ormat. Order a reprint of this article now OPINION EUROPE October 1, 2012, 3:13 p.m. ET Artur Lebedev, Sochinskie Novosti The Khlistov/Samokhval family home, just before it By Y ULIA GORBUNOV A Moscow I called Tatiana the afternoon her home was being demolished. I couldn't hear her well as she was sobbing and there was a lot of screaming in the background. A giant excavator leveled the front wall and windows and caved in the roof. It sounded terrible. And so ended the long struggle of an ordinary family in Sochi to get some compensation for their home of over 16 years before it was bulldozed to make way for construction for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. I first met Tatiana in April when I visited the modest two-story house where she lived with her husband, two children, ages four and eight, and her parents, who built the home. The house is in the Adler section of Sochi, future home to many of the major sporting venues, the Olympic media center, an Olympic village, and other infrastructure for the 2014 Winter Olympics. In early 2011, construction began on a hotel, elevated road, and parking lot just steps from the family's home. Russian officials initially contacted the family about resettlement to a newly built
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