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Medvedev has suggested easing the Russian Visa processing for the Chinese tourists

Medvedev has suggested easing the Russian Visa processing for the Chinese tourists

The prime-minister Dmitriy Medvedev has expressed his will to ease the Visa processing for the Chinese tourists traveling in small groups. According to him, the Russian government will soon put this initiative for consideration.

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Simplified visa to the Free Port of Vladivostok

Simplified visa to the Free Port of Vladivostok

Almost 3 thousand citizens of 15 countries already have entered Russia with the e-Visa through the Port of Vladivostok. The simplified Visa regime came into force 2 months ago. With its help, the foreign visitors are able to obtain single entry business, tourist or humanitarian Visas, as was reported in the press service of the Ministry for Development of Russian Far East.

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Peterhof Museum breaks attendance record with 54 thousand attendants in one day

Peterhof Museum breaks attendance record with 54 thousand attendants in one day

Despite the cold summer, the open-air museum Peterhof has reached a new record of tourists attendance. On one day in July, the Lower Park has received 54 thousand people.

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Tourists received their first Electronic Visas to Vladivostok

Tourists received their first Electronic Visas to Vladivostok

The first International tourists received their Electronic Visas for entry to the Russian Federation through the Far East region, reports Minister of Russian Federation on Far East development Alexander Galushka.

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More than 50 military ships have arrived at St. Petersburg

More than 50 military ships have arrived at St. Petersburg

Over 50 ships, motor boats, and military vessels have arrived at the Northern Capital in order to participate in the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS).

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The Bilateral year of Tourism between Russia and Greece

The Bilateral year of Tourism between Russia and Greece

Alla Manilova, the deputy of the Minister of Culture of Russian Federation, has announced that tourism exchange year 2017-2018 is planned to begin this September. During this year, the numerous events, which are exceptional by its value for future cooperation, will take place.

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E-Visas for foreign travelers are planned to be launched in St. Petersburg

E-Visas for foreign travelers are planned to be launched in St. Petersburg

In order to stimulate the tourism flow to St. Petersburg, the local government suggests to incorporate the e-Visas for foreign citizens. The proposal, prepared by the tourism development committee of St. Petersburg, has been already forwarded to the president of Russia and the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko.

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Visa-free travel between Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa

Visa-free travel between Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa

On 30th of March, the protocol, signed between Russia and South Africa, will come into force, enabling the possibility to travel between the countries without a Visa for 90 days.This possibility is granted to people who hold foreign travel passports and are visiting country for tourism purposes or passing through it

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The Russian Visa procedures were simplified for the citizens of Austria

The Russian Visa procedures were simplified for the citizens of Austria

Russia has simplified the Visa procedures for the Austrian citizens. Starting from this year, Austrians will be automatically granted with the double-entry Visa valid for 6 months. According to the comments of Russian Ambassador to Austria, the main aim of the simplification process is to attract visitors not only to Moscow and St. Petersburg, but also to the regions.

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Public Holidays in Russia in 2017

Public Holidays in Russia in 2017

Below is a list of Public Holidays in Russia in 2017. Russian Consulates worldwide will be closed on these dates. Please note that if the date of observance falls on a weekend, another week day is selected to compensate it.

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Moscow has proposed to cancel Visas for foreign tourists

Moscow has proposed to cancel Visas for foreign tourists

The government of Russian capital came forward with a proposal to allow visa-free entrance for the foreign tourists, who are traveling for 2-3 days. It is assumed that it would allow to increase the number of tourists, who are coming for a weekend.

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St. Petersburg's Hotels outperformed Moscow by price and occupancy rate

St. Petersburg's Hotels outperformed Moscow by price and occupancy rate

St. Petersburg's Hotels have left behind Moscow by the price rate. At the same time, the mean occupancy rates in the hotels of the Northern Capital appeared to be higher than in Moscow. This information was delivered by the head of the city's development committee of tourism Andrey Mushkarev during his speech in the St. Petersburg's Hospitality Forum.

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Saint-Petersburg has received the title of the Europe's Leading Destination 2016

Saint-Petersburg has received the title of the Europe's Leading Destination 2016

The Gala Ceremony of the Europe World Travel Awards 2016 has been held on Sardinia in Italy. Here, St. Petersburg has taken the title of the Europe's Leading Destintation 2016. Already second time in a raw the cultural capital of Russia has received this prestigious award.

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The History of the city from A to Z is on display at the Moscow Museum

The History of the city from A to Z is on display at the Moscow Museum

The Moscow Museum has launched a new exhibition "The Alphabet of the Museum". It is dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the museum and has over two thousands exhibits from different periods on display. Here you can find the 15th century sword from the times of Tokhtamysh invasion and the restaurant bill of the 19th century.

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Exhibition

Exhibition "Ivan Aivazovsky. The 200th anniversary"

The Tretyakov Gallery is preparing an exhibition dedicated to the one of the most popular and loved russian artist - Ivan Konstantinovich Aivazovsky (1817 - 1900). The main themes of his works - the depiction of an endless, infinite spaces, the changing nature - are themes which have concerned many generations of painters. Out of numerous paintings created by the artist (according to Aivazovsky himself, he has painted around 6000 pieces), on the exhibition will be displayed 100 oil paintings and 50 graphical works.

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New decorated train to be launched in Moscow metro

New decorated train to be launched in Moscow metro

News agency "Moscow" has announced that the train decorated with paintings from Tretyakov Gallery will start operating in the Moscow metro. The paintings will be displayed inside and outside the train, which would consist of 8 carriages . According to the head of the Tretyakov Gallery press service Anna Kotlyar, the Tretyakov Gallery will present the reproductions of paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Natalia Goncharova, Aristarchus Lentulova and Erik Bulatov. The paintings will be accompanied with the educational materials.

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Russia and Bolivia Sign Visa-Free Agreement

Russia and Bolivia Sign Visa-Free Agreement

On 12th of April the meeting was held between the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov and his colleague the Chancellor of Bolivia David Choquehuanca. As the result of the meeting, the bilateral agreement on visa-free travel between two countries was signed. With this agreement, almost whole South America became an area of visa-free travel for Russian citizens.

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Visa fee to Russia might be reduced

Visa fee to Russia might be reduced

Oleg Safonov, the head of the Federal Tourism Agency (FTA), has commented during his speech at the "Russian News Agency" that visa costs should be reconsidered. According to him, the current price of the visa, which equals to 100 USD, is very high. Such a high fee, is one of the constraining factors that prevents tourists from coming to Russia. His has suggested to lower the visa fee to the average level of 20-30 USD per visa. He anticipates that the reduction of the visa costs would increase the inbound tourism to Russia up to 40%.

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 Visa-free access to the Kaliningrad Oblast is being discussed

Visa-free access to the Kaliningrad Oblast is being discussed

The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has suggested to create a Visa-free entrance for tourists to the Kaliningrad Oblast. This was announced by the Deputy Minister of Economic Development Alexander Tsibulsky during the sitting of a Committee of Socio-Economic Development of the Region.

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Museum of 20-21st Century Art of St. Petersburg

Museum of 20-21st Century Art of St. Petersburg

A new museum dedicated to 20-21st century art has just opened its doors in St. Petersburg. This is the result of 25-year-long work of Manege Exhibition Hall employees. The collection includes paintings and sculpturescreated by St. Petersburg artists since 1910 till the present day

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