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Putin says Sochi could take part in healthcare and education development programs

February 11, 2014, 0:01 UTC+3 SOCHI
The president recalled that hotels for 41,000 places have already been built in Sochi
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Sovcomflot general director Sergei Frank (L) and Russia's president Vladimir Putin at the Media center for non-accredited journalists

Sovcomflot general director Sergei Frank (L) and Russia's president Vladimir Putin at the Media center for non-accredited journalists

© ITAR-TASS/ Mikhail Klimentyev

SOCHI, February 10. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin holds that the city of Sochi could join programs for development of healthcare services and education. He said this at the meeting with representatives of the public council that was in charge with the preparation for the Winter Olympic Games.

“Territorial and municipal authorities should give more attention to this, perhaps to join in some federal programs,” the president said. He noted he meant the programs for the development of the health services, education and other social areas. The head of state stressed the important role of the public council in the joint work with the regional authorities in these areas. He said public representatives could influence through deputies of the city parliament the decision-making, the spending of funds and the priorities of the development of Sochi.

The president remarked that he was asked earlier in the day if Sochi could participate in development of domestic tourism, which also envisages financing hotel construction. The president recalled that hotels for 41,000 places have already been built in Sochi. “To be honest, we don’t know how to fill these places. Then why allocate funds into building more hotels,” he asked.

The head of state suggested considering other spheres. “I, for instance, believe the condition of healthcare services is not quite good in Sochi,” Putin stressed. He said Sochi has plenty of problems in this area. Putin acknowledged, though, that prior to the Olympic construction these services did not stand up to scrutiny.

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