MOSCOW, May 5 (Itar-Tass) — The construction of the Lagonaki resort in Krasnodar Territory and Adygeya does not run counter Russian legislation and does not violate Russia’s international obligations, chairman of the board of directors of North Caucasus Resorts, Akhmed Bilalov, told Itar-Tass on Saturday.
Bilalov commented on a statement made by activist of the Environment Watch Andrei Rudomakha, who accused of the North Caucasus Resorts, the leadership of Caucasian regions and Russia of “ruining the world natural heritage”.
“The environmentalist, who knows nature protection legislation and international norms, distorts the truth consciously and intentionally by humiliating honour and dignity of many people,” the legislator said.
At the same time, Bilalov stressed that the territory of the Lagonaki resort “does not touch upon the reserve’s lands and the facility of the UNESCO World Heritage. It is only related to the Lagonaki biosphere proving ground. The environmentalist must know that the reserve and the proving ground are not the same thing. Different nature protection laws are effective in them. The function of the proving ground is determined by law: these are scientific research, environmental monitoring, demonstration and development of methods of rational nature management.”
“The law implied in order to develop educational tourism, physical culture and sports facilities of the necessary infrastructure can be deployed at proving grounds. The list of such facilities is made up by the Government of the Russian Federation. This is the case – the prime minister determined a list of facilities for the Lagonaki proving ground and others related to the development of tourism,” Bilalov explained.