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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

Saturday, Dec. 20


The city’s Babushkina Park on Prospekt Obukhovskoy Oborony will be invaded by dozens of rocking-and-rolling Santa Clauses during today’s Santa Claus Parade. Not only will they parade through the park but there will also be competitions amongst the festively-clad participants and a musical master class. There will also be a prize for the best-dressed Santa Claus.


Add to your record collection during the Vinyl Christmas Sale at the KL10TCH bar on Konyushennaya Ploshchad today. Spend the afternoon perusing the records for sale while listening the classic, clean sound of records spinning out hits from a variety of musical genres and time periods.



Sunday, Dec. 21


The Zenit St. Petersburg basketball team returns to the northern capital this evening for a matchup with Krasny Oktyabr, a Volgograd-based basketball club. Tickets for the game, which tips off at 6 p.m. this evening, can be purchased on the club’s website or at their arena, Sibur Arena, on Krestovsky island.


Satisfy your sugar cravings during Sweet New Year, an ongoing seasonal festival at the Raduga shopping center. Each weekend of December will welcome hungry visitors to taste hundreds of different kinds of desserts made from a plethora of sweet treats. Workshops are open to visitors and seasonal gifts can also be purchased for those rushing to finish their New Year shopping.



Monday, Dec. 22


Pick out the latest fashions as holiday gifts for loved ones or as early presents for yourself during the Christmas Design Sale at Kraft on Obvodny Kanal, starting on Dec. 20 and continuing through Dec. 27. Designer clothes will be on sale every day of the week or you can buy something more festive to decorate the home while sipping on hot coffee and perusing the various master classes.



Tuesday, Dec. 23


Meet Arctic explorers Fedor Konukhov and Viktor Simonov during SPIBA’s and Capital Legal Service’s event “Arctic Expedition” this morning in the Mertens House business center at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. The meeting will discuss the explorers’ ongoing eco-social project and how companies can use the project as a unique marketing opportunity. Email office@spiba.ru by Dec. 22 if you wish to attend.



Wednesday, Dec. 24


The Anglican Church of St. Petersburg we will be holding a Christmas Eve service at 7 p.m. led by Rev Wm. Shepley Curtis of the Episcopal Church. The service will be held at the Swedish Church at 1/3 Malaya Konyushennaya Ulitsa.



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