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North-Caucasian resorts at media’s gunpoint2012-01-18 20:59
The project of a tourist cluster in the North Caucasus must be mentioned either positively, or must not be mentioned at all. Ironic comments of Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper about a submachine gun being the best equipment for a skier caused the state operator's protest. "Resorts of North Caucasus" OJSC believes jokes to be out of place when the point at issue is the future of the region and millions of residents. GTimes correspondent tried to make out whether Russian tourists can really feel safe on the slopes of the Caucasian Ridge.
Komsomolskaya Pravda has already removed the photos with sarcastic comments from its website, such as "Tourists won't need a submachine gun in the mountains of Ingushetia in 10 years" and "A submachine gun is a useful piece of a skier's equipment in Ingushetia". These comments related to the articles about the plans on tourism development in the North Caucasus. They sounded insulting to "Resorts of North Caucasus" OJSC, so the company's press-service addressed an open letter to the newspaper's editor Vladimir Sungorkin.
"In our opinion, a thoughtless and populist approach to the matter is not only unacceptable here but may aggravate international relationship and destabilize the situation in the North-Caucasian region", - the message goes. The journalist's statements were called "provocative and insulting for millions of citizens of the Russian Federation".
Besides, the newspaper was accused of publishing unreliable information about the state treasury costs going to grow by 55 billion rubles in view of including Ingushetia in the tourist cluster development project. This is not true, the press-service asserts. The sponsorship of a bunch of resorts (Lagonaki in Adygeya, Elbrus-Bezengi in Kabardino-Balkaria, Arkhyz in Karachay-Cherkessia, Mamison in North Ossetia and Matlas in Dagestan, as well as two resorts in Ingushetia and the Caspian shore of Dagestan recently put on the project) has not exceeded 60 billion rubles so far. Officials hope to attract the rest of the means, which is almost 400 billion rubles, in the form of private investments. Ingushetia, for instance, has already signed an agreement with the Acropolis group of companies. Investments in Tsori and Armkhi mountain tourist centers of Sunzhen and Jeyrakh regions of the republic may reach 27 billion rubles.