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Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has decided to postpone the UEFA EURO 2020™ matches by a year. The UEFA EURO 2020™ matches will take place between 11 June and 11 July 2021. The previously issued FAN IDs will not be valid for attending UEFA EURO 2020™ matches, as well as for entering and leaving the Russian Federation in 2021.

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum 2021

The St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is a unique event in the world of business and economics. The 24th St. Petersburg International Economic Forum is set to take place on 2–5 June 2021.

E-visas for Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region

Since October 1, 2019 citizens of certain foreign countries may arrange through a special website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs single-entry Business, Humanitarian and Tourist Visas in the form of an electronic document (electronic visa, e-visa) to visit the territory of the city of Saint Petersburg and the Leningrad region.

Opinion of Maria Zakharova!

There were numerous reports saying that Spiegel and Süddeutsche Zeitung received a video recording of someone posing as a niece of a Russian oligarch with an Austrian politician. This video was acquired from a company that bought the recording for a reported amount of 600,000 euros. Finally, the whole story turned out to be a planned provocation featuring a Bosnian student who was hired for a generous sum of money. Surely, the German journalists behind this fake story have to explain themselves, to say the least. How come they were the ones who got their hands on this piece of fake information that they put in the spotlight, having added more misinformation?

Emergency Response Capacity of the World Food Programme benefits from a donation of 97 Trucks and 30 Trailers by the Russian Federation

Dubai, United Arab Emirates | 21 May 2019: The World Food Programme welcomes the Russian Federation’s donation of 97 KAMAZ trucks and 30 trailers, which will greatly help enhance its transport capacity. Today’s handover marks another important milestone in the historic and long-lasting partnership between the Russian Federation and WFP in the area of logistical technologies. This recent donation will contribute to boosting the operational performance of three of WFP Regional Fleet Hubs, namely in the UAE, Ghana and Uganda.

Article by Andrei Krutskikh, Ambassador at Large of the Russian Federation, Special Presidential Representative for international cooperation in information security, published in the Kommersant business daily on March 27, 2019

Against the backdrop of the habitual – even ritual – anti-Russia propaganda, some voices of reason have been heard lately among American experts. Of particular interest in this regard is the recent article by the Daily Beast titled "This Hotline Could Keep the U.S. and Russia from Cyberwar". No doubt, for the professionals who have closely followed the development of the situation this publication will hardly be an eye-opener. What is important is that the article openly admits that the absence of a depoliticized expert dialogue between Russia and the U.S. on international information security is not only a road to nowhere but also a dangerous course fraught with further misunderstanding and a risk of a large-scale conflict.

Information on the Implementation of the Tax Free System in the Russian Federation

Since April 2018, the value-added tax refund system (Tax Free System) has been launched in the Russian Federation. To be eligible for a VAT refund, you must be a citizen of a foreign country outside of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU – the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Russian Federation).

Russian-UAE mutual visa waiver agreement

On February 17, 2019 the Agreement Between the Government of the Russian Federation and the Government of the United Arab Emirates on Reciprocal Visa-Free Travel comes into force.

On the Passing of Ambassador Vitaly I.Churkin

On February 20, 2017 His Excellency Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to the United Nations Vitaly I.Churkin suddenly passed away. Ambassador was in his office fulfilling his duties when the tragedy occurred.

Russia Visa Application Centre launched in Dubai

On January 22, 2017 Russia Visa Application Centre was launched by VFS Global in Dubai. The opening ceremony was attended by the Consul General of Russia in Dubai Gocha Buachidze. Residents of the UAE can visit the new VFS Global centre to submit their visa applications to Russia in a comfortable and professionally managed environment. The centre is centrally located at WAFI Mall, Level 2, Falcon Phase 2, Umm Hurair 2, Dubai. More information on the Visa Centre services may be found on their website:
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