Reloading. Political sport projects «Moscow–1980» and «Sochi–2014» have a lot in common
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Not for the private sake
The financialbackground of the superprojects «Moscow1980» and «Sochi2014» are also extremely similar. At the beginning of 1970s the USSR began developing of the Siberian carbohydrates in Smotlor (14 billion barrels). This is when Soviet Union was «bathing in gold», because the price on oil had jumped to the moon: from 1970 to 1980 they increased by 1300%. Substantial part of that money was used for the Olympics. Probably, we will never be able to find out the exact sums. According to various sources, the Olympic Game of 80s cost USSR 0.1% of the countrys annual budget plus 10% of Moscows budget, which for that year was about 302.7 billion rubles.
In the end, it is quite easy to calculate the cost in our question: a little more than 300 million rubles or 500 million dollars (according to some other, more pessimistic, sources 23 billion dollars). Compare, the Winter Olympic Games of 1980 which were held in the same year in Lake Placid cost USA 363 million dollars, and the Summer Games in Los Angels1.1 billion dollars. If we can trust the preliminary calculations made by the Russian Olympic Committee,
Starting form zero
The circumstances surrounding the construction of the Olympic objects are somewhat similar as well. The USSR neither had an experience in designing and the constructing, which would meet the international standards nor did it have
The difference between future Winter Olympic Games of 2014 and the Olympics of 80s is that almost everything has to be built from «zero». Buildings will be concentrated in two major areas. The first one, Imirtinskaya valley, will have Major and Minor Ice Skating Arenas (for 12 thousand seats), palaces for curling, figure skating
The information system of Moscow metro had to be updated for the Olympic Games of 1980. They had mounted new light emitting displays, sings in both Russian and English languages. There was a central information desk on the station «Revolution Square», all the other stations had stands with the information on the name of the station, which was written with Latin letters, and metro rules in Russian and English. By dialing «21» one could get an answer in Russian language, «22» in English, «23» in French, «24» in German and «25» in Spanish.
For the Olympic Games of 2014, the Department of Internal Affairs printed a trial version of a special dictionary for the police «Olympic Sochi». It has about 300 phrases specific to the police job in Russian, English, French and German, and also a few columns in Spanish. In addition, there are English courses for servers, restaurant managers, cafeterias, shops, hotels, pharmacies, airport personnel and many others. The road signs in English have been already put up.
Nobody will sneak in
Providing the security issues during the competitions are the strong features for both the USSR and Russia, because of the
It is understandable, that the security system of the future Sochi Games is a big secret, hidden behind the seven seals. But it is already known, that the decision was made to relocate and place few sniper battalions in the «hot» areas, such