Putin has announced that this will be the “greenest” Olympics ever. Sochi is situated in Caucausus Region of Russia. It's a wild beautiful region, protected by Sochi National Park and the and the bordering buffer zone of the Western Caucasus reserve with the status of a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s hard to believe that without international control, principles of sustainable development will be preserved. This concern is confirmed by the report of a UNESCO monitoring team which visited Sochi in April 2008. It asserts that facilities are too close to the buffer zones and other boundaries of the reserves.