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Russian premier to celebrate New Year in Sochi ski resort

December 31, 2015, 7:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The premier also has plans to hold a meeting on developing tourism in Sochi in the first days after the New Year celebration
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MOSCOW, December 31. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said he plans to celebrate the New Year in the ski resort in Sochi, the 2014 Winter Olympic host city.

"I will go to Sochi. Where else? It’s good there. The snow has fallen, the temperature is OK, and now it’s below zero at night, so the ski season may be opened. There is a lot of snow. People ski on the full swing," Medvedev told reporters.

The premier also has plans to hold a meeting on developing tourism in Sochi in the first days after the New Year celebration.

Spending the New Year holidays has become a tradition for Medvedev. In January 2014, Medvedev celebrated the New Year at home and then came to Sochi to inspect the Olympic facilities before the competitions. This January, Medvedev also found time to go down the slopes in Sochi.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will celebrate the New Year at home with his family, as is his custom, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said last week, giving no location details.

The Russian president's work schedule provides for a break from December 31 to January 5, he said. The long Russian New Year holidays last from January 1 to January 10.

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