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RUB50 bln to be invested in mini Russia Park

August 06, 2012, 18:11 UTC+3

The park will be created in the Domodedovo area near the Small Moscow Ring Road on an area of about 1,000 hectares

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VALAAM, Karelia, August 6 (Itar-Tass) —— Some 50 billion roubles will be invested in a new miniature model park called Russia, Moscow Regional Deputy Governor Dmitry Kurakin said.

The park will be created in the Domodedovo area near the Small Moscow Ring Road on an area of about 1,000 hectares. The central part of the park will occupy about 300 hectares.

It is planned that several more parks will be created alongside it as well: safari park, an amusement park and an adventure park.

“According to preliminary estimates, the park will cost about 50 billion roubles. The miniature model park is the most costly thing and its cost cannot be met by investors alone,” Kurakin said at a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Russian Geographical Society on Monday, August 6.

“This is a costly undertaking and investors alone cannot do it. The participation of the state is required and sponsors can pitch in, too,” he added.

At the initial stage, technical and financial specialists will have to be hired to organise an international contest for an architectural and artistic concept and financial model of the park.

“This stage can take up to nine months, taking into account the contest,” Kurakin said.

Once the best bidder has been chosen, “a regular contest can be held within a year to choose the contractor that will design and operate the park”.

Kurakin said the park would be unique and unparalleled in the world.

According to Emergencies Minister Sergei Shoigu, the company Coalco, which owns the land, will donate 1,000 hectares for the project. “The final decision has already been made,” he said, adding that if the company changed its mind, the region would find another place for the park.

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