Tickets to Sochi Olympics should be affordable for people of various incomes - Putin

The price policy of the Sochi Olympics organizers should be flexible in order to allow people of various income levels to attend the Games, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

The price policy of the Sochi Olympics organizers should be flexible in order to allow people of various income levels to attend the Games, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"The opportunity to attend this event should be given to people from different Russian regions. I assume that the price policy will be flexible and will allow [an audience] of different income levels to attend the Olympic Games," Putin said on Thursday at a meeting dedicated to the organization issues of preparing for the Olympics 2014.

Almost everything is ready for holding the Olympics, Putin said. "But when I say almost, this means that everything should be polished. The main facilities are ready and test competitions have been held," he said.

At the same time, it is also necessary to discuss issues related to holding the opening and closing ceremonies at the main stadium of the Olympics, the president said.

"It is necessary to install the rest of the equipment and to hold necessary preparatory works," Putin said.

The issue of preparations for the Paralympics should be emphasized and it is necessary to create all conditions for Paralympics teams, Putin said.

"We should ensure them with conditions to prepare and compete in the competitions," the president said.

As of November 27, 297 Olympic facilities have been completed and other 89 are "in the highest level of readiness," Olympstroi President Sergei Gaplikov said. "The readiness level is 90-95 percent," he said.

All main Olympic sporting facilities have been put into operation in the Olympic park, Gaplikov said. "As of today, Iceberg has been launched, Adler Arena has been launched and the Bolshaya Ice Arena has been launched as well. As of today, the Olympic flame is almost complete and a singing fountain is under it," he said.

According to the information of Gaplikov, five out of six facilities in the mountain cluster (Krasnaya Polyana) has been put into service.

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