Authorities have solved the problem with the funding of the world youth festival

During the launching ceremony of the countdown to the beginning of the XIX festival of youth

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Authorities have found the money to host the world festival of youth and students in Sochi, which almost left without funding because of the reshuffle in the Kremlin. The amount will be 4.5 billion rubles, told RBC sources.

4.5 billion for the second reading

On Friday, November 18, following consideration of the first reading of the budget for 2017-2019, the state Duma adopted a resolution (there RBC), which is recommended by the relevant Committee and the government to find funds for preparation and holding of the world festival of youth and students. World festival of youth will take place in Sochi from 14 to 22 October 2017.

The resolution with a recommendation to raise funds for the festival means that the second reading of the budget in the state Duma, the lower house will be amended accordingly. The authors of the initiative will be the United Russia party may be joined by deputies from other factions, said RBC Deputy Chairman of the budget Committee Nadezhda Maksimova (United Russia).

About the need to “consider” about the financing of the festival referred to in the decision of the faction “United Russia”, which a visiting session with the participation of Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev was held in the Expocentre on November 15.

A source in the Federal Agency for youth Affairs, which is responsible for the organization and conduct of the festival, told RBC that the cost of the event will amount to 4.5 billion rubles.

Recently, the organizers of the forum really came from the amount of 4.5 billion rubles, told RBC press Secretary of the world festival of youth and students Anton Pashkov. According to him, in total, the festival is expected to be 20 thousand, 7 thousand volunteers, as well as numerous speakers and guests. “The total number of participants can reach 30 thousand people,” says Pashkov.

The forgotten festival

As previously reported by RBC, the budget for 2017 at the stage of its introduction at the state Duma have not been allocated to host the world festival of youth and students. Sources told RBC that the event was left without funding because of the reshuffle in the Kremlin the first Deputy head of the presidential administration Vyacheslav Volodin has passed in the state Duma, and in his place was appointed the head of state Corporation “Rosatom” Sergey Kiriyenko.

Sources close to the Kremlin, told RBC that on the event “forgot” in the bustle of election and the subsequent change of the political block of the Kremlin, which, along with the relevant Deputy Prime Minister (formerly Minister Olga Golodets, now Vitaly Mutko) is in charge of the Federal Agency for youth Affairs.

Press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov told RBC that the President is aware of the fact that the festival is not allocated. “This issue is still to be worked out,” explained Sands.

Adjusted estimates

The main items of expenditure from the budget for the festival — the cost of preparation and technical equipment the opening ceremony of the festival, the participants, the organization of their supply, production of Souvenirs, etc.

According to the interlocutor of RBC in Rosmolodezh, the budget will also Finance the educational, cultural and sports programs that are scheduled at the festival.

Initially, the youth requested a much larger sum, told RBC two sources close to the presidential administration. It was about 15 billion rubles. “However, this figure is not agreed”, — said one of interlocutors of RBC.

Pashkov says that the organizers planned the estimate of the festival, focusing on the amount that was spent on accommodation of participants, etc. during preparation and holding of Universiade in Kazan 2013. Funding for these articles, he said, then cost 12-13 billion rubles. But at the stage of approval of estimate of expenses had to be adjusted, said Pashkov.

According to the representative of a major capital event, the company, the amount of 4.5 billion rubles for the festival at the declared parameters based on the number of guests and time of holding “is consistent with the market”.

“Sochi is a very complex area, — says the interlocutor of RBC. — Despite the apparent availability of existing infrastructure remaining after the Olympics, the region is very limited number of rooms and under so many guests will have to use all of the hotel, including all the most expensive with room rates from 100 thousand rubles per day”. Expensive transportation will be, all souvenir products, technical management for any show (sound, light), taking into account the time of year — heated areas.

“So many people are always allocated the security services and medical services, the cost of which at major events may take up to 20% of the budget”, — said the interlocutor of RBC.

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