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October - November 2012
Visas eased for US citizens
After much negotiation the US and Russia have signed a newagreement which came into force on September 09 significantly easing the Russian visa process for American citizens. Under thenew agreement all business and tourist visas issued to Americancitizens will now be multiple-entry and valid for three years allow-ing the visitor to stay in Russia for up to 6 months. In addition,invitation letters from businesses or individuals in Russia will not be required to be submitted in support of an application, except in certain circumstances. For more information on how to apply for a Russian visa as an American citizen please contact your local Russian consulate or embassy.
175 years of Russian rail
This year in October Russia celebrated the 175 anniversary of the state railways network RZD. The first Russian rail tracks werelaid in 1837. The 26.3 km track ran between St. Petersburg andthe imperial suburb of Tsarskoe Selo. From these humble begin-nings the rail network soon began to swiftly grow. In 1842 work started on the route connecting Moscow and St. Petersburg and in 1891 construction began on the famous Trans-Siberianrailway. Incredibly it took only 25 years to lay all the 9,289km of track stretching from Moscow to Vladivostok, passing throughsome of the world’s most inhospitable territory. One of thebiggest employers in the country, Russian Railways currently employs more than 970,000 people and over the next eight years the company will continue to grow. By 2020 RZD plans tohave laid 20,000km of new rail tracks, particularly in the Urals,Siberia and the Far East and will be developing yet more high-speed routes similar to the Sapsan route which runs betweenMoscow and St. Petersburg, whilst also focusing on developing its lucrative freight routes connecting the pacific coast withWestern Europe. As part of continued restructuring, the company has also introduced new special deals on tickets for second class(kupe) places on night trains. If you buy your kupe ticket morethan 30 days in advance of your journey, you can get the ticket half-price. The offer is valid on all long-distance trains.
New concert venue A2 opens
St. Petersburg‘s live music scene continues to go from strengthto strength with the opening of the large new concert space A2,located in a 19th Century former factory on the Petrograd side of the city. The new 5,000 square metre club has two stages; oneaccommodating crowds of up to 5,000 people and a smaller onesuitable for 1,500, as well as ample bar and restaurant spacesand other areas which can accommodate the overflow of large festivals and events. This unique project has been put together by the same team who opened the now defunct A2 club whichheld numerous small-scale concerts by major internationalnames such as Yoav and Patrick Wolf and who also now run thelarger and more commercially successful Kosmonavt club. Theline-up for the coming months includes numerous big interna-tional acts such as Garbage, Yann Tiersen and Scooter as wellas major club nights featuring top star DJs and alternative music festivals showcasing the best of the European underground.
, pr. Medikov 3,
Petrogradskaya, tel. (+7)495 309 99 22, a2.fm
Happy Unity Day
November 04 is Russia’s Day of Popular Unity. This nationalholiday is a new old holiday having been celebrated for the first time in 1649 and commemorates the victorious uprising in 1612by Minin and Pozharsky which ejected the Polish forces from Mos-cow. Celebrated every year from 1612 up until 1917, the holiday was resurrected in 2005. It is viewed by most observers as areplacement holiday for the now-abolished holiday of November 7 which commemorated The October Revolution. Creating theconfusion of how to you congratulate someone on this holiday…Happy Unity Day! As the holiday falls on a Sunday this year,Monday November 05 will be taken as a national public holiday.
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Nor spring nor summer beauty hath such grace, as I have seen in one autumnal face
- wrote John Donne, the Englishpoet. For many Russians, St. Petersburg is associated withautumn, which has always been my favorite time of the year.Ok, it may be cold and rainy (and since we are talking about Russia - sometimes snowy too) but there`s something magicalabout Autumn in this city.School has already started and there’s newness in the air,even though the season is the precursor to winter. October andNovember can be a wonderful time to explore St. Petersburg,despite the fact that you can never predict the weather, there’splenty to do. If it`s not too cold and there’s no ice on the Nevayou can still admire the bridges opening at night (check theschedule on page 11) or if winter has arrived early just gospend the evening in a hot Russian banya instead (page 61).Enjoying the vibrant colours of the falling autumn leaves or the sparkle of the first frost in the countryside at one of St.Petersburg`s imperial suburbs is another must. And if youwill be staying in Russia a bit longer we recommend you visit Vladimir, one of the oldest towns in Russia and a gateway tothe famous ‘Golden Ring’. Turn to pages 20-22 to read our tips on what to do in this historic town.Of course this is also the time when the new cultural season isin full swing. Whether you like rock, pop or classical concerts, film festivals, art exhibitions, opera or ballet, St. Petersburg is your kind of town this autumn. And football fans shouldn’t miss the pride of the city - FC Zenit - playing in two ChampionsLeague matches at the Petrovsky Stadium. You can find out all about these events and more on pages 11-19. And just asthe seasons are changing, so too is St. Petersburg: new clubs,concert spaces, bars, cafés and restaurants are opening all the time. Whatever you do here this autumn share your experiences with us and other readers at www.facebook.com/StPetersburgInYourPocket.
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