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Medvedev Orders Officials to Keep a Lid on World Cup Spending

Published: August 12, 2014 (Issue # 1823)



  • Medvedev said that although he could not promise Team Russia will dominate the tournament on their home turf, Russia “has to do everything else properly” as the tournament's host.
    Photo: Facebook / Dmitry Medvedev

With preparations under way for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev ordered the government on Monday to keep spending in check.

"Funds have already been allocated for the construction [of sports facilities, hotels and other infrastructure projects]," Medvedev said at meeting with his deputy prime ministers, according to an official statement.

"The costs are being calculated in different ways," he added. "But taking the current situation into account, we need to follow the financial plan that already exists."

Medvedev said that although he could not promise Team Russia will dominate the tournament on their home turf, Russia "has to do everything else properly" as the tournament's host.

In 2010, Medvedev estimated that hosting the tournament would cost Russia $10 billion. Since then, the anticipated cost has more than doubled.

But this is not be the first time Russia will spend more than expected when hosting an international sports event. The cost of the Sochi Olympics in February spiraled to $51 billion, nearly four times the original estimate.

Despite that aspect though, the Olympics went off largely without a hitch. "We already have experience hosting the Olympics, and it was very successful," Medvedev said. "We must ensure that the World Cup is just as successful."

The country's sports minister, Vitaly Mutko, said Monday that 12 stadiums still need to be built, along with 64 training facilities and 102 training pitches, to accommodate the 32 teams that will participate in the next World Cup.

Mutko also said that 10 host-city airports will need to undergo restoration, and that a brand new airport will be built in the southern metropolis of Rostov-on-Don.

Russia will present the results of its efforts to FIFA this fall during the association's first assessment of the country's preparations.

Russia is set to host the World Cup in 2018 from June 8 to July 8, in 11 cities including Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kazan.





 


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Wednesday, Sept. 17


AmCham’s Investment and Legal Committee Meeting convenes this morning in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center at 9 a.m.


Learn more about the science of teaching English at today’s EFL Seminar hosted by the British Book Center. Revolving around the topic of learning styles, the workshop will help attendees better understand the different effective learning methods that can be implemented to learn English more effectively.



Thursday, Sept. 18


Get your nerd on at Boomfest, St. Petersburg’s answer to the United States’ popular ComicCon. Starting today, this international festival of comics will take over venues throughout the city center and includes exhibitions of comics and illustrations, film screenings, competitions and the chance to meet the genre’s authors, artists and experts.



Friday, Sept. 19


SPIBA’s newest addition to their Cultural Discoveries events is “Handmade in Germany,” an exhibition featuring unique handmade objects of a significantly higher quality than mass-produced items. The work of over 100 German manufacturers will be displayed during the event, which opens today in the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Paul on Nevsky Prospekt and runs through Sept. 28.



Saturday, Sept. 20


Starting on Sept. 18 and ending tomorrow is the Extreme Fantasy Wakeboarding Festival in Sunpark by Sredny Suzdalskoye lake in the Ozerki region of the city.


Those after something more laid back can instead head to Jazz and Wine night at TerraVino with legendary jazz guitarist Ildar Kazahanov. 12/14 Admiralteyskaya Emb.



Sunday, Sept. 21


Learn more about African culture and get some exercise during today’s “Djembe and Vuvuzela,” a bike ride starting in Palace Square that includes several stops where riders can listen to the music of Africa or watch short films about the continent. The riders plan to set off at 4 p.m. and all you need to join is a set of wheels.



Monday, Sept. 22


Do you love puppetry? If so, then be sure to go to BTK-Fest, a five-day festival that starts on Sept. 19 celebrating the art. Contemporaries from France, Belgium, the U.K. and other countries will join Russian artists to put on theatrical performances involving a variety of themes, materials and eras. Workshops and meetings are also scheduled for a chance to discuss the artistic medium in further depth.



Tuesday, Sept. 23


Marina Suhih, Director of the External Communications Department at Rostelecom North-West, and Yana Donskaya, HR Director for Northern Capital Gateway are just some of the confirmed participants of today’s round table discussion on “Interaction with Trade Unions” being hosted by SPIBA. Confirm your attendance with SPIBA by Sept. 22.


Kino Expo 2014, an international film industry convention, will be at LenExpo from today until Sept. 26. The third largest exhibition of film equipment in the world, the expo focuses on not only Russia but former Soviet republics as well.



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