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All-Russia Exhibition Center in Moscow

The All-Russia Exhibition Center, situated in Moscow, is host to various exhibitions, conferences, fairs, art festivals, music festivals and other notable events. Officially known as the Vserossiyskiy Vystavochny Centre (VVC), the exhibition center was originally established in 1935 and, after a series of set-backs, welcomed the public in August 1939 with different pavilions representing different regions of Russia as well as some of Russia’s neighboring countries, and an imposing statue of Joseph Stalin dominating the Central Pavilion.


Ice Diving – Underwater Adventure in Russia

The White Sea, an inlet of the Barents Sea on the northwest coast of Russia, is the only sea in Europe that freezes over during winter. With its beautiful underwater world of soft corals, starfishes, sea-urchins, shrimps, sea anemones, crabs, myriads of colorful fish, rocks, rifts and even shipwrecks to explore, as well as visibility of between 30 and 50 meters, the White Sea is the ice-diving destination of choice for many adventurers.


Grand Architecture of the Twelve Colleges

Situated on the Neva embankment of Vasilevsky Island in St. Petersburg, Russia, the majestic, three-story, red and white “Twelve Colleges” building, which is more than 400 meters long, is actually made up of twelve identical buildings standing side by side. By far St. Petersburg’s largest structure from the Petrine era – a style of Baroque architecture and decoration favored by Peter the Great – the Twelve Colleges gives the illusion of being a single building.


Musical Olympus International Festival

St. Petersburg is an enchanting city with ancient palace-lined waterways and numerous beautifully-preserved relics from the days of the Russian Tsars. The 13th Musical Olympus International Festival from 25 May to 2 June 2008 invites more than 20 young award-winning musicians from 15 countries to showcase their immense talent to appreciative audiences in this culturally rich Russian city. Music-lovers can expect to be enchanted with performances by the world’s foremost young musicians accompanied by the renowned St. Petersburg Orchestras in stylish theater venues.


Tennis Star Nikolay Davydenko

Nikolay Davydenko, often referred to as the Russian Machine or Iron Man, made history when he won the 2008 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami on Sunday 6 April, claiming the title as the first Russian to win this men’s tournament. Beating the world number two tennis player Rafael Nadal (Spain) in under two hours with 6-4, 6-2, Davydenko has become a Russian sensation that has taken the world by storm, one tennis match at a time.


Exceptional Performances of the Helikon-Opera

Multi award-winning Helikon-Opera in Moscow, Russia, has the reputation of being one of the most interesting and well attended theaters in the city. Under artistic director, Dmitry Bertman, Helikon-Opera offers a repertoire of more than 50 unique performances. Audiences can be sure that a Helikon-Opera performance will be out of the ordinary, sometimes surprising and always exhilarating. In April 2008 Helikon-Opera will be celebrating 18 years of success.


Vitoslavitsy Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture

In the open field between the Yuriev Monastery and Novgorod, is the location where the Vitoslavlitsy village once stood. Once dotted with life and monasteries, the area lies silent amongst the rivers, streams, meadows and lakes that lured the villagers to this area. The village of Vitoslavlitsy and most of the monasteries might be gone, but the countryside has been decorated with the Vitoslavitsy Open Air Museum of Wooden Architecture, keeping the memory of the past alive.


The Past Splendor of Gatchina Palace

The town of Gatchina, located approximately forty six kilometers from St. Petersburg, was first documented in 1499 while owned by Novgorod the Great. Unbeknownst to the people of the time, this wonderful town in Russia was destined for greatness. At its centre is the Gatchina Palace. Gatchina Palace became the symbol of royalty in Russia and has remain a vital part of the country’s history, still able to astound and dazzle visitors who walk its grounds today.

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