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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.





 


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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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