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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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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.


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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


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