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Officials Sum Up Spending On G8

Published: July 18, 2006 (Issue # 1187)


Running the G8 summit cost Russia 10.7 billion rubles ($397 million), according to official data, Interfax reported. The federal government spent 3.2 billion rubles ($119 million) directly on preparing and running the event in St. Petersburg.

Apart from preparing the Konstantinovsky Palace and hosting foreign delegations, considerable funds were spent on various sites constructed in St. Petersburg, said the manager of the presidential administration, Vladimir Kozhin.

Preparing for the summit, Pulkovo airport completed a new landing strip.

Some funds were spent on road construction and road intersections in the city and in areas of the Kiyevskoye, Volkhonskoye and Tallinskoye highways and on construction of the ring-road.

“Over ninety percent of the funds were provided by the federal budget,” Interfax cited Kozhin as saying Friday.

“A number of companies, naturally, provided financial support to the organizational committee. No state company participated in G8 financing,” he added.

The head of the summit secretariat Sergei Vyazalov has promised to publish a detailed report on costs on the official G8 web site by December of this year.

“We faced the task of preparing the city infrastructure for the summit, first of all — the airport for guests’ arrival,” Interfax quoted Vyazalov as saying Thursday.

“On our recommendation, the transport ministry conducted reconstruction of a landing strip, replaced meteorological stations, navigation and signaling equipment,” Vyazalov added.

He estimated that the approximate spending on these works totaled 3.7 billion rubles ($137.4 million).

The organizational committee bought 60 electric buggies for guests’ transportation. A total of 600 cars were used during the event and 60 million rubles ($2.2 million) was spent on buying new helicopters.

According to Vyazalov, 160 million rubles ($5.9 million) came from private companies.

“Through a special fund, sponsors’ money was spent on transportation, NGO events and infrastructure solutions, like decreasing the level of the water around the Konstantinovsky Palace. Some money was spent on scientific research,” Vyazalov said.

Apart from the $10 million press center complex in Strelna suburb, no building was purpose-built for the summit.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Oct. 22


English teachers can expect to receive a few useful pointers today from Evgeny Kalashnikov, the British Council regional teacher, during the EFL Seminar this afternoon hosted by the British Book Center. The topic of today’s seminar is “Grammar Practice.”


Young Petersburgers will get the chance to jumpstart their careers at “Professional Growth,” a job fair and forum featuring more than 40 major Russian and international companies vying for potential candidates for future positions. The forum not only is a chance to network but also to learn more about the modern business world and to understand what it takes to get the job you want.



Thursday, Oct. 23


AmCham’s Public Relations Committee meeting is scheduled to meet this morning at 9 a.m. in their office in the New St. Isaac Office Center.


Sportsmen get their chance to stock up on all kinds of gear at the Hunting and Fishing 2014 exhibition starting today at Lenexpo. Everything from rods and reels to boats, motorcycles and equipment for underwater hunting will be on sale so that any avid outdoorsman can always be prepared.



Friday, Oct. 24


SPIBA’s ongoing “Breakfast with the Director” series continues today, featuring Tomas Hajek, Managing Director of the Northwest Division at Danone Russia. Hajek will be discussing collaborations between businesses from different cultures. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at the Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel and all who wish to attend must confirm their participation by Oct. 23.


Get your gong on at “Sounds of the Universe,” a concert at the city planetarium this evening incorporating six different gongs to create relaxing songs that will transport you upwards into the stratosphere. Tickets are 700 rubles ($17).



Saturday, Oct. 25


AVA Expo, the eighth edition of the event revolving around all things pop culture, returns to Lenexpo this weekend. Geeks, nerds, dweebs and dorks will have their chance to talk science fiction and explore a variety of international pop culture. Tickets for the event can be purchased on their website at avaexpo.ru.



Sunday, Oct. 26


Zenit St. Petersburg returns home for the first time in nearly a month as they host Mordovia Saransk in a Russian Premier League game. Currently at the top of the league thanks to their undefeated start to the season, the northern club hopes to extend the gap between them and second-place CSKA Moscow and win the title for the first time in three years. Tickets are available at the stadium box office or on the club’s website.



Monday, Oct. 27


Today marks the end of the art exhibit “Neophobia” at the Erarta Museum. Artists Alexey Semichov and Andrei Kuzmin took a neo-modernist approach to represent the array of fears that are ever-present throughout our lives. Tickets are 200 rubles ($4.90).



Tuesday, Oct. 28


The Domina Prestige St. Petersburg hotel plays host to SPIBA’s Marketing and Communications Committee’s round table discussion on “Government Relations Practices in Russia” this morning. The discussion starts at 9:30 a.m. and participation must be confirmed by Oct. 24.



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