WannaCry ransomware may be authored by hackers from Southern China — mediaWorld May 29, 8:58
Russia’s Eastern Military District receives new shipment of Terminator helicoptersMilitary & Defense May 29, 8:18
North Korea test fires another missileWorld May 29, 1:29
Russia’s Zvyagintsev wins Jury Prize at 70th Cannes Film Festival with his LovelessSociety & Culture May 28, 21:32
Three Russian tourists hurt is road accident with tourist minibus in TurkeySociety & Culture May 28, 18:58
Some 40,000 cyclists taking part in Moscow cycle paradeSociety & Culture May 28, 18:33
Corporation Irkut: MS-21 first flight performed in routine modeBusiness & Economy May 28, 16:54
Ukrainian military launch more than 180 shells, mines on Donetsk within one dayWorld May 28, 16:36
Minister: Russia may supply 1,000 MC-21 planes to 2037Business & Economy May 28, 14:42
SOCHI, March 13. /ITAR-TASS/. About 400 volunteers from 60 countries have come to the Sochi Paralympics location to work at 17 facilities there, almost all of them speaking English, said workforce vice president at the Games organizing committee Marina Pochinok.
“Their average age is 25 years. Some are older than 55, we call them ‘silver volunteers’,” she said.
Accepting so many from foreign countries was not an easy task as this required a certain level of comfort, she said.
“I believe that for the first time at the Olympics and Paralympics we managed to provide a very high level of comfort for volunteers. They have everything best - they live in wonderful accommodation, they have free catering during the day and a very cute uniform for both coastal and mountain clusters,” said Pochinok.
About 7,000 volunteers came from Russia, most of them from Moscow, Krasnodar and St. Petersburg: “In some regions, we started to co-operate with universities that helped us train volunteers for the Games," Pochinok said. "They have also started organizing volunteer movements in cities and regions and have already organized more than 300 projects.”
Pochinok added that voluntary work at the Games was “a vivid example of how this project wound up the mechanism of volunteer movement around the country”.
Director of Media and Communications at the International Paralympic Committee Craig Spence spoke of his admiration for the volunteers, saying they surpassed all expectations, were friendly and always there to help. It was to their credit that athletes and spectators left competitions in high spirits, he said.
Organizers say that Russia has already risen to 8th place in the World Giving Index gauge for population involvement in volunteering.