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Putin: Fire senior Russian Olympic official

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  • A crowd of sports enthusiasts waving Russian and Moscow flags surround the one-year countdown clock for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics in Moscow, Russia.

      A crowd of sports enthusiasts waving Russian and Moscow flags surround the one-year countdown clock for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics in Moscow, Russia.
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SOCHI, Russia -- A year before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics begin, President Vladimir Putin has demanded that a senior member of the Russian Olympic Committee be fired.

Putin's move came after he scolded officials over a two-year delay and huge cost overruns in the construction of ski jump facilities for the Sochi Games.

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Akmet Bilalov's company was building the ski jump and adjacent facilities before selling its stake to state-owned Sberbank last year.

During his tour of Olympic venues Wednesday Putin fumed when he heard the cost of the ski jump had soared from 1.2 billion rubles ($40 million) to 8 billion rubles ($265 million) and the project was behind schedule.

Kozak told reporters Thursday that Putin has recommended the Russian Olympic Committee fire Bilalov, one of its six vice presidents.

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