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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

2 Held Over Olympic Protest

Adler police detained two activists Thursday evening after they interfered with clear-cutting for a road being built for the Sochi Olympics.

A protest resumed in the morning near where it dispersed Wednesday afternoon, since logging was still being done, despite the police’s promises to stop it, detainee  Andrei Rudomakha said from a police station in Adler.

Rudomakha said he filed another official complaint to the police, but the officers sent to respond to the call detained him and another activist, Suren Gazaryan.

There were a total of 10 people protesting the work, which they say is being done without proper documentation. The 50-kilometer road and rail link is the largest and most expensive part of the state’s preparations for the Olympics.

About half a dozen police were present when the two were taken away, Rudomakha said.

“They didn’t write citations for us or tell us their names during the detainment,” he said.

Vladimir Lutsshuk, a duty officer who answered the phone at the police station, confirmed that police responded to a complaint in the morning. He said the activists were detained in the evening for not listening to the police, an administrative charge that carries a penalty of 500 rubles ($16) or 15 days in jail.

Lutsshuk said an Adler court would hear the case Friday.