Kuohuntaa Sotjin olympialaisten ympärillä

Kansainvälinen Olympiakomitea KOK myönsi kokouksessaan heinäkuussa 2007 vuoden 2014 talviolympialaiset Sotjin kaupungille Mustan Meren rannalla. Mutta toteutuvatko suunnitelmat? Hanke on hyvin ristiriitainen monestakin syystä. Urheilujuhlan sijaintina on tsherkessien kansanmurhan näyttämä vuodelta 1864, hautausmaa jossa lähes 1½ miljoonaa ihmistä tapettiin Venäjän kolonialismin alttarilla.

Urheiluareenoiden rakentaminen neitseelliseen maastoon on herättänyt ympäristöjärjestöt toimintaan, näiden joukossa etenkin Greenpeace. Turvallisuuskysymykset nousevat esille, sijaitseehan Sotji keskellä hyvin rauhatonta Pohjois-Kaukasiaa ja vain muutaman kilometrin etäisyydellä Abhasiasta, eli Georgiaan kuuluvasta maakunnasta joka käytännössä on liitetty Venäjään. Investoinnit tulevat maksamaan suunnattomia summia – jopa 10 miljardia euroa on mainittu. Näin suuressa projektissa tosin korruptio syönee noin puolet investoinneista, joten siltä osin on kyse tulonjaosta eikä kulutuksesta.

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  1. Ympäristövaaroihin käsittelebään osuuteen pitää ilmeisesti suhtautua hieman varauksellisesti. Alla on Yahoo Chechnya-Short-List:lla käyty keskustelu asiasta (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chechnya-sl/)

    Norbert Strade wrote:
    I have a content question. I always believed that a radio telescope is a device to receive certain radio frequencies, in principle nothing more than a huge satellite dish connected to a receiver. In hich way would such a thing generate radioactive waste? Is it powered by its own nuclear reactor? Any radio astronomers out there?

    Re: JFNC: The Challenges of the Sochi Olympics and Russia’s Circassian Problem

    That’s obviously rubbish. A radio telescope is a passive device, i.e. it does not radiate but only receive electromagnetic radiation. In principle it can be quickly converted into an active transmission system but then it would be no longer a radio telescope, but a communication or radar ystem, and Ratan antennas would work only in a frequency range which is not harmful, certainly far from any nuclear radiation wavelength. It does not roduce any waste, no more and no less than any receiving antenna. The materials of which each antenna is made of should be simple metal, I could not see any reason to employ radioactive substances. Of course one can use a nuclear reactor to power it, but this would be totally superfluous since it is a passive system which energy consumption must be relatively low. I think this is only a typical example of irrational and emotively based eco-paranoia. I suppose that what happened is
    that some people see hundreds of antennas out there on the ground and begin to panic asking themselves “What do these things do? Making us
    all radioactive?”

    BTW Ratan is a good example of what really Russia can offer to the world. Their legacy from soviet times is their brilliant scientific skills and the capacity to explore ingenious technical solution at very low costs to build top of the art devices where others spend trice as much to obtain the same. But Putin’s regime does not know its own country and is totally unaware of its capacities,
    being only hypnotized by a military-plutocratic grandeur. He is throwing out of the window also these good scientific and cultural potentialities, pressing for a state reform which should bring every academia under Kremlin’s control as
    during Stalin’s times. That would naturally mean the death of Russian’s scientific skills too.

    Marco

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