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6,000 Unpaid Sochi Workers Expected To Be Compensated

Workers clean an area next to an unfinished hotel in the mountain media village on top of the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi on February 2, less than a week before the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Workers clean an area next to an unfinished hotel in the mountain media village on top of the village of Esto Sadok at the Rosa Khutor alpine resort near Sochi on February 2, less than a week before the opening of the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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More than 6,000 unpaid workers involved in the construction of the Olympic facilities in Sochi are expected to receive their overdue wages.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) spokesman Mark Adams said on February 10 that IOC officials had conducted an investigation into some 500 construction companies that were working in Sochi and that those which failed to pay their employees have been fined and ordered to pay compensation.

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Adams said the Russian authorities had been very helpful and were interested in ensuring that all migrant workers who had helped the country prepare for its first Winter Olympics are paid for their labors.

Preparations for the Sochi Olympics were marred by mass complaints by migrant workers of illegal exploitation and salary denials by construction companies.

Based on reporting by RIA-Novosti and "The Moscow Times"

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