Putin sets up govt commission for Sochi Olympics organization

Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree setting up a governmental commission for preparing and holding the 22nd Winter Olympic Games and the 11 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi in 2014.

A decree published on the Kremlin website on Tuesday says that the commission has been tasked with coordinating decisions regarding the organization of the games made by federal executive bodies, regional executive bodies, and local self-government bodies, says the decree published on the Kremlin website on Tuesday.

Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak has been appointed the commission's chairman.

First Deputy Presidential Chief of Staff Alexei Gromov, Russian National Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov, Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko, Regional Development Minister Igor Slyunyayev, and Economic Development Minister Andrei Belousov have been appointed the commission's deputy chairmen.

The commission also includes Federal Tax Service chief Andrei Belyaninov, Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev, Justice Minister Alexander Konovalov, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, and other high-ranking officials.

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