The visa initiative will help vitalize tourism, Minister Vladimir Medinsky highlighted in a meeting with members of the Committee of Education and Culture, a unit under the Federation Council.
Only the airports of Moscow, Sankt Petersburg and Kazan will be applicable, and the short-term visa will concern first of all transit travellers, the minister said. “It will for example enable a Japanese going to Rome make a stop at the Bolshoy Theater”, he argued.
According to Medinsky, his ministry also wants to introduce a ten-day visa-free regime for foreign participants in cultural events and festivals, as well as for football players.
The initiatives are part of a new legislative bill currently under elaboration by the ministry, newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta reports.
August 9th, the Barents Region celebrated the UN International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. The day was commemorated in several parts of the region, including Karasjok in Northern Norway and Teriberka in Northwestern Russia.
Sports in the Barents region have joined forces and established Barents Games. This weekend athletes from all over the region met in Oulu to compete in 14 differents sports during the Barents Summer Games. See our slide show from the competitions.
Norwegian business leaders and academics interviewed by Yle’s Swedish-language news service say they are disappointed in the overall level of Swedish language skills among its job applicants from Finland.