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Medvedev Announces Tender For Construction of Bridge Over Lena

Published: April 10, 2013 (Issue # 1754)


MOSCOW Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has issued a directive to hold a concession tender for the construction and maintenance of a bridge across the Lena River in the northeastern city of Yakutsk, a statement posted on the Cabinets official site said Friday.

State financing of the project will total 40.3 billion rubles ($1.28 billion), Interfax said. Budget funds of 15.6 billion rubles will be spent in 2016, and then continue in various sums through 2019, when the bridge should be complete, Interfax reported.

The concession winner will also receive 16 billion rubles ($512 million) from the budget between 2020 and 2027 in structured, decreasing payments. The concession will run for 14 years.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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