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.
MURMANSK: Ecological groups gathered on Kola Peninsula fear that Barents nature will be the looser after Oslo decided to call off the environmental minister’s Moscow meeting in response to Russia’s annexation of Crimea.
TROMSØ: Since the first five specimens of snow crab were found in the Barents Sea in 1996, the population has exploded. There is now ten times as much snow crab than king crab in the area, and scientists are just starting to find out how this new species has adopted to life in the Barents Sea.
The current situation in Ukraine makes cross-border cooperation with the neighboring countries even more important, Barents Secretariat leader Rune Rafaelsen says. At the same time, Norway has joined NATO’s condemnation of Russia’s military escalation on the Crimea peninsula.
Board member Amund Trellevik in the press network fears entry-denial of Kremlin’s controversial propaganda-journalist Dmitry Kiselyov could be retaliated by refusing Norwegian journalists access to Russia.