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.
The company is closing down its biggest mine in the Kola Peninsula following plummeting raw material prices. Consequences will be dramatic for Zapolyarny, the industrial town located along the border to Norway.
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.
“This sends a clear message to Russia that things aren’t so good when it comes to basic journalistic values in Norway either” The firing of BarentsObserver’s Editor Thomas Nilsen has led to massive reactions from journalists and other protectors of press freedom.