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THE PUBLICATION “NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTES OF RUSSIA” ISSUE 1(2) 2018 THE RICHES OF MOSCOW SAKHALIN KAMCHATKA Islands of In the Land of Attraction active Volcanoes FOOTBALL CA PITA LothRhufuenfsasdwnirasoerhfdrladsosmowf atehlllocoouvmseaerndds 7 POPULAR EVENTS IN SAINT PETERSBURG

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General Director ANTON SEMENOV Editor-in-Chief ALEXANDER KRESTNIKOV Editor, English Edition KATHLEEN ZABELINA Managing Editor DMITRY FILIPCHENKO Deputy Chief Editor OLEG ZLOBIN Art Director ARNOLD PEPLOV Prepress NADEZHDA ROMASHKINA Advertising Director NELLY KLYAGINA Advertising Manager SERGEY GRIGORYEV Director for Distribution SERGEI SOLOVYOV Proofreader GALINA KRIKUNOVA Assistant DENIS KUZNETSOV Translation APRIORI LTD THE PUBLICATION “NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTES OF RUSSIA” PARTNERS AND DISTRIBUTION LOCATIONS Austria Russisches Kultur Institutin Wien Brahmsplatz 8, 1040 Wien Österreich Argentina Casa de Rusia Av. Rivadavia 4266 Buenos Aires, CF, Argentina Belgium Centre Culturel et Scientifigue de Russie 21, rue du Meridien - 1210 Bruxelles Brazil Alameda dos Jurupis, 900, Varanda das Bosques, apto. 173 Indianopolis / CEP 04088-002 / Sao Paulo / SP Avenida das Nacoes, SES Q.801, Lote A, Brasilia-DF Great Britain Representation of Rossotrudnichestvo 37 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5ED, Great Britain Hungary OroszKulturálisKözpont Hungary1062, Budapest, Andrassy út 120 Germany Russisches Haus der Wissenschaft und Kultur 101117, Berlin, Friedrichstraße 176-179 Greece Οδ.Τζαβέλλα 7, Χαλάνδρι, 15231, Αθήνα, Ελλάδα Tzavella str.7, Chalandri, Athens, Greece Denmark Vester Voldgade 11,1552 Kobenhavn V, Denmark Israel 38 Geula St., Tel Aviv, Israel 63304 India The Russian Centre of Science and Culture 24, Ferozeshah Road, New Delhi 110 001 The Russian Centre of Science and Culture 31-A, Dr. Gopalrao Deshmukh Marg, Mumbai – 400 026. Maharashtra Indonesia Russian Center for Science and Culture Jl. Diponegoro, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat 10310 Jordan The Russian Centre of Science and Culture P.O.Box 2187, Amman 11181, Jordan, 7 Shahed Ismail St., First Circl Iran The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Iran, 39, Nofel Loshato (Neauphle Le Château) St, Tehran, Iran Spain Centrorusodecienciaycultura Calle Atocha, 34, 28012, Маdrid Italy Il Centro russo di scienza e cultura Italia, Piazza Benedetto Cairoli, 6 - 00186 Roma Canada The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Canada, 285 Charlotte Street, Ottawa ON, K1N 8L5 Cyprus Russian Centre of Science and Culture Alasias 16, Nicosia 1301, P.O. Box 24561, Cyprus Alasia 16, T.K. 24561, 1301 Λευκωσία, Κύπρος China PRC, Beijing, Dongcheng district, Dongzhimennei str., 9 (NAGA), building 2. Zip code: 100007 Luxembourg Centre culturel .S.Pouchkine 32, rue Goethe / 5, rue C.M.Spoo, L-2546, Luxembourg Malaysia Russian Center for Science and Culture, 205, Lorong Ampang 2, Off Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Mexico Embajada de la Federacion de Rusia Av.José Vasconcelos 204, Col.Hipodromo Condesa, Del. Cauhtémoc, C.P. 06140, Mexico D.F. U.A.E Abu Dhabi, P.O. box 8211, Khalifa street., East Plots 65/67, building of the Russian Embassy Poland Rosyjskie Centrum Nauki i Kultury w Warszawie 00-761 Warszawa, ul. Belwederska 25 Rosyjskie Centrum Nauki i Kultury w Gdansku 80-827 Gdansk ul. Dluga 35 Portugal Representaçao de Rossotrudnichestvo na Republica Portuguesa Av. Dugue de Avila 185, 6C, 1050-082 Lisboa Republic of Korea Embassy of the Russian Federation in Korea, 34-16 Chong-dong, Chung-gu, Seoul, 100-120, Republic of Korea Slovakia Ruské centrum vedy a kultúry v Bratislave Slovakia, 81105 Bratislava, Frana Kral’a 2 Slovenia Ruski center znanosti in kulture Ciril Metodov trg 1, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia United States of America Mission of Rossotrudnichestvo in the United States of America Consulate general of Russia in New York, 9 East 91 Street, N.Y. 10128, USA Russian Center for Science and Culture, 1825 Рhelps Place, N.W. Washington DC 20008, USA Turkey Rossotrudnıçestvo’nun Türkye Cumhuryeti Temsilciliği Yıldızevler mahallezi, Çankaya konakları, Blok F, 17/17 Finland Venäjän tiede- ja kulttuurikeskus (VTKK) Helsingissä Nordenskiöldinkatu 1, 00250 Helsinki, Suomi France Le Centre de Russie pour la science et la culturе 61, rue Boissiere, 75116 Paris, France Croatia Hrvatska, 10000 Zagreb Montenegro 8100, 1 Veliše Mugoše Podgorica Czech Republic Ruské středisko vědy a kultury v Praze 160 00 Praha 6 - Bubenec Na Zatorce 16 Chile Centro de Ciencia y Cultura de Rusia Ejercito Libertador 57, Santiago Centre, Santiago de Chile Switzerland Die Vertretung der Rossotrudnichestvo in der Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft Brunnadernrain 37, CH-3006 Bern, Schweiz Sri Lanka Russian Centre for Science and Culture Sri Lanka, Colombo-7, Independence Avenue 10 South Africa South Africa, Pretoria; 316 Brooks Street, Menlo Park Japan Japan, Minatoku, Tokyo, 106-0041, Azabu-Dai 2-1-1 Embassy of the Russian Federation in Japan ON THE COVER Mexican fans who came to the FIFA World Cup have astounded everyone with their passion for the game and their boisterous support for their team. A group of friends brought an image of their friend cut out of cardboard, his T-shirt emblazoned with the words: “My old lady wouldn’t let me go,” and they carried it with them to all the cities where their team played. Mexican fans had the biggest national fan zone—8.500 square meters in Gostiny Dvor right in the centre of Moscow. Between matches, guests were entertained by a band’s virtuoso performances of mariachi music. Photo by Alexey Malgavko Address of the editorial office: 127006, Moscow, Tverskaya Street, 18/1, Office 820. Tel: +7 (495) 650-02-83, 650-28-26, 650-36-63, 650-26-30. E-mail: info@rustur.ru tlrussia.com Publisher Otdyh Media Ltd. Printed in the “Deviz” Printing Complex. 195027, St. Petersburg, Yakornaya Street, 10, block 2, letter A, room 44. Tel. +7 (812) 335-18-30. Order No. ТД-4048 “TOURISM AND LEISURE IN RUSSIA” IS PUBLISHED ONCE A YEAR AND CIRCULATED VIA THE OFFICES OF “INTOURIST-THOMAS COOK” INTERNATIONAL TOUR OPERATOR and other major tour operators, as well as Visit Russia offices, Russian embassies and cultural centres, and missions of The Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad, and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) abroad, as well as at major foreign travel exhibitions where Russia is represented (CIBTM in Beijing, IBTM World in Barcelona, IMEX in Frankfurt, etc.), at international travel exhibitions in Russia (INTOURMARKET and OTDYKH LEISURE in Moscow, INWETEX in St. Petersburg, SIFT in Sochi, etc.), at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and at the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok. The magazine is also available in airport VIP lounges and at hotels. © Otdykh Media Ltd., 2018.

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EDITOR’S Note World Cup Test “Russians are a people that desperately want to have friends,” wrote Gabriel Garcia Marquez after visiting the USSR. The FIFA World Cup in Russia seems to have proven the famous writer’s statement to be true. The World Cup has, of course, also brought to light the pluses and minuses of the Russian tourism industry. In some way, it was a test not only for hoteliers, restaurateurs, and law enforcement officers, but also for ordinary residents of the eleven cities where the World Cup matches took place. Certainly, the hosts did not excel at everything. However, I think they did get some things right: they were friendly and sincerely wished to help their foreign guests. Just as the Russian team, lacking in playing skills, compensated with huge enthusiasm and dedication and won the game against Spain, so the “players” of the Russian tourism industry had their many small victories, leaving their foreign guests with a positive attitude towards their not-always-perfect service, and demonstrating genuine hospitality. One way or another, many of the stereotypes, created by politicians and the Western media about our country fell apart before the eyes of our foreign guests. Those who have now been to Russia won’t be afraid to come here again. The Russian proverb: “What is good for a Russian is poison for a German,” lost its relevance for the tourists who came from the banks of the Rhein. Except for the German team, of course ... All of us have realized that the East and the West have a lot in common, and that we should be meeting each other as often as possible to discover new things, to learn from each other, and just to be friends. So, perhaps it’s time for a holiday in Russia... Alexander Krestnikov, Editor-in-Chief 4 TOURISM & LEISURE IN RUSSIA NATIONAL TOURIST ROUTES

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Contents ISSUE 1(2) / 2018 76 Ergaki 20 Meet the Northern Palmyra It’s no coincidence that St. Petersburg was called the “Northern Palmyra” by our ancestors. The image of the richest ancient city in the Syrian desert evoked 32 comparisons with St. Peters- burg among Russian writers and poets. 26 Welcoming Waters The Passenger Port of St. Petersburg is the first and only port of its type in 42 Russia’s North-West Region. 28 Get to know the capital We have put together an itin- erary for those with only one free day in Moscow. Our itinerary covers the most iconic and popular places. You’ll need to gather your energy for long walks between the main sights! Treasures of Moscow Region For tourists, Moscow Region offers a neverending array of wonders, extraordinary discoveries, and enigmas. Territory of Attraction Sakhalin is the only region of Russia that consists entirely of islands. Its rivers, waterfalls, bamboo groves, thermal springs, varied 24St. Petersburg Sergiyev Posad 35 fauna, extraordinary landscapes, and majestic volcanoes attract travellers from all over the world. 46 The Mystique of Primorye Stone statues have been standing amidst the Primorye taiga for hundreds of years. No one- neither tourists nor scientists, can guess their origin. According to legend, in ancient times, sacrificial offerings were made here. 54 The Island Reserve Furugelm Island is the southernmost island not just in Primorye, but in the whole of Russia. 60 In the Land of Volcanoes In January, I was lucky enough to visit Kamchatka for the first time in my life. Neither the nine-hour flight, nor advice to “pack every piece of warm clothing you have” could deter me. PHOTO: SERGEY KARPUKHIN / THE-VILLAGE.RU / JAMES HYNDMAN

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Contents ISSUE 1(2) / 2018 tains” – the Khibiny, the Urals, over, even in the most the Sayan, or in Kamchatka savage cold. There, – or through the foothills of each winter a miracle the “big mountains” – the happens. On the open Caucasus and Altai. waters of the lake, 94 100 Wild Beauty Deep forests, cliff faces, mountain lakes, and waterfalls – Adygea has managed to preserve its primeval attractions. On Foot Through the 110 shrouded in thick fog, dozens of swans flock together. This lake is held in reverence above all others by one of the local indigenous peoples — the Kumandins. Calendar of Events What are the Russian regions Southern Capital famous for? Some are famous If it’s your first time in for their watermelons, others Rostov-on-Don, a city also for their dumplings, and yet referred to as the southern others—for being the coldest capital of Russia, make sure places in the world. you’re equipped with a 17 102 camera and a good mood, and head out for a walk. Expanding borders Russian Convention Bureau, a trade association for the MICE 43Sakhalin Moscow industry, has for the first time represented Russia at IMEX 2018, Europe’s largest inter- 70 The Real Taiga Russia can boast a vast number of truly beautiful national event industry exhibition in Frankfurt. 104 Swan people places, one of which is Ergaki In the foothills of Altai there Nature Park in the Western is a lake that never freezes Sayan Mountains, a special conservation zone in Krasnoyarsk Territory. Kamchatka 78 Siberian riches 68Novosibirsk Region is Siberia in miniature. Here you find rich scenery, fast rivers, thou- sands of salt and fresh water lakes, mineral springs and therapeutic mud. 82 Imperial tour A new itinerary bearing the “imperial” brand has appeared in the year marking the 100th year anniversary of the Russian Revolution, which brought an end to the monarchy. 84 Game fit for a Tsar Hunting east of the Urals can provide even the least experienced trackers with impres- sive bird and animal trophies. 86 Reaching your peak There are a great number of destinations in Russia suitable for mountaineering beginners to go trekking. Popular treks run through the “small moun- Novosibirsk 79 There are more than 400 exhibits in the Museum of Siberian Birchbark. PHOTOS: IVAN DEMENTIEVSKY / DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION POLICY OF THE SAKHALIN OBLAST GOVERNMENT / LIVEMASTER.RU / VISUALRIAN

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NEWS Regions RUSSIA IS LIKE A BEAUTIFUL GIRL WHAT PARTICIPANTS AND GUESTS AT THE Brazil Italy Japan 2018 FIFA WORLD CUP ARE SAYING: NEYMAR GIANNI HISAKO Captain of Brazilian national team, 2016 Olympic champion “About the girls, that’s another story entirely. They are very beautiful in Russia, and I think that will give more motivation to the Russian team. With such beautiful fans in the stands, you simply have to win.” INFANTINO FIFA President “The World Cup is going fabulously. Russia is a very welcoming country. The tournament changes the perception of Russia, especially in the West. This festival in Russia became a festival for the whole world. Anyone can come to Moscow or another city and enjoy the football atmosphere.” TAKAMADO Princess of Japan “Everything is at the highest level. I am warmly accepted here. I am very comfortable, and people are very kind and friendly. It is wonderful that the championship is taking place in such a hospitable country. I put on a pink kimono today on purpose. It is something between the color of the Japanese and Russian flags.” On May 24, residents of Russia and other countries celebrated the 1155th anniversary of Slavic writing. Perm IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF VITUS BERING An extensive tourist route is being created in Russia, following the footsteps of the 18th century Kamchatka expeditions led by the well-known Russian explorer and seafarer Vitus Bering. The route includes 39 Russian regions and eight coun- tries. In the Urals, the route passes through the Perm, Sverdlovsk and Tyumen regions. In the Perm region, the route is already being used by tourists, including foreign guests. The government of Denmark, where Vitus Bering was born, is also ready to support the project. TAX FREE IN ACTION In April, a tax free system of VAT refunds for purchases made by foreign nationals, was launched in a test mode in Russia. Citizens of foreign country that are not part of the Eurasian Economic Union are entitled to receive a tax refund. In order to receive a refund, you have to purchase goods in one day that exceed the amount of 10,000 rubles (about $160.) Foreign nationals can save up to 18 percent on certain goods - including clothing, electronics and jewellery, and 10 percent on other items purchased including food, medicine and books. 10 T O U R I S M & L E I S U R E I N R U S S I A N AT I O N A L T O U R I S T R O U T E S Vladivostok FREE VISA Fourteen thousand foreign nationals visited Primorye with electronic visas issued on the territory of the Free Port of Vladivostok. The majority of visitors came from the People’s Republic of China, Japan, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and other countries. From August 2017, citizens of 18 foreign countries may receive an e-visa to enter Russia. Visa issu- ance takes no more than four calendar days. No invitation is needed. Just fill in the application on the website. Electronic visas are issued free of charge.

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PHOTOS: CLUB443.RU / M.GAZETA.RU / LADTIME.RU / SACRALTERRA.RU / THESUN.CO.UKTWITTER.COM inF cus ZARYADYE SETS A RECORD MOSCOW. ALMOST SEVEN MILLION PEOPLE have visited the new landscape park, Zaryadye, since it opened in September 2017. The park recreates every climatic zone of Russia: forest, steppe, floodplains and the landscape of the North. The most popular places are the Floating Bridge and a large amphitheater under the so-called glass bark. When the weather is good, more than 100,000 people can visit the park daily. Zaryadye was short-listed for the World Architecture Festival (WAF) award, the Oscar of architecture.

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PHOTOS: VISUALRIAN 12 T O U R I S M & L E I S U R E I N R U S S I A N AT I O N A L T O U R I S T R O U T E S

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inF cus HALF A CENTURY LEGEND St. Petersburg. Over a million people attended the Alye Parusa (Scarlet Sails) festival for high school graduates. The festival, which marks its 50th anniversary this year, has become world-famous as one of the symbols of Russia’s northern capital. A large-scale multimedia show, a concert and a dazzling fireworks show were organized on the Neva. The festival culminated in the appearance of a brigantine under scarlet sails. According to tradition, a Swedish sail-boat, Tre Kronor, played the part of the boat in Alexander Grin’s novella The Scarlet Sails.

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