13:55 23.06.2012

Moscow criticizes U.S. for allegations of forced labor at Olympic construction sites in Sochi

The Russian Foreign Ministry has criticized an allegation by the U.S. Department of State about the use of forced labor at construction sites in Sochi.

"Moscow was perplexed to see allegations about the use of forced labor at Olympic construction sites in Sochi in the U.S. Department of State's report on trafficking in persons," Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said.

"The relevant passage from the Department of State report, which is based, as acknowledged by its authors themselves, on 'anecdotal evidence' confirms this document's generally biased and politicized nature, to which the Russian Foreign Ministry already pointed earlier," he said.

"We presume that the Olympstroy corporation has made an exhaustive commentary on this account. It said, in particular, that there is no reliable information on the use of forced labor at the said sites, and the conditions provided to workers are under close supervision of control bodies and the public," Lukashevich said.

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