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Sochi authorities select place for rallies if such are going to be held during the Games

January 10, 2014, 21:09 UTC+3 SOCHI
Police have already received instructions to guard security and order in places of assembly of citizens, russian Human Rights Ombudsman said
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SOCHI, January 10, 19:47 /ITAR-TASS/. The Sochi authorities have selected a venue for holding public actions and rallies that are not linked to the Sochi Olympic Games. Those who will wish to express their political views during the Games will be free to do that in a park located in the Khosta district of Sochi, Russian Vice-Premier Dmitry Kozak told journalists on Friday.

According to him, police have already received instructions to guard security and order in places of assembly of citizens.

“Until recently, we have not received any applications. We hope that no actions will be held during the Olympic Games, which are not a political event,” Kozak emphasized.

Russian Human Rights Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin has visited the place. He said its location was convenient and easy to reach.

“It is located halfway between the Imereti valley, where the Olympic competitions will be held, and the center of Sochi. It took me ten or fifteen minutes to get there. The venue can be easily reached by car, by bus or by train both from Sochi and the sport center,” the ombudsman said.

Lukin noted specially that the city authorities had found a place where the Olympic Charter, which bans the expression of any political views at the Olympic Games, is not applied.

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