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Medvedev not said anything about organizing a gambling zone in Sochi

December 19, 2013, 11:58 UTC+3 (Adds details) ¶ MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, December 19. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has not said anything about organisation of a gambling zone in Sochi, the prime minister’s press secretary Natalya Timakova told reporters on Thursday.

“Dmitry Medvedev has not voiced the idea to organize a gambling zone in Sochi,” she said. “The idea came from a representative of a banking sector during a meeting in Sochi on Monday; the final list of orders following that meeting contains the order to ‘consider the suggestion.’”

“Clearly, some businesses have tried to make their idea more sounding, as they claimed it had come from the prime-minister’s mouth,” Timakova said in conclusion.

On Thursday, the Kommersant daily wrote referring to top managers of two companies, involved in construction of the Olympic facilities, and an official, who had participated in the meeting, that the prime minister “has suggested organising a gambling zone in Sochi and establishing special tourism zones there.” The newspaper says the issue will be considered by a commission on support of the Olympic investors.

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