Russian President Vladimir Putin has had several bilateral meetings with the leaders of countries participating in the Gas Exporting Countries Forum held in Moscow. Among them President of Venezuela Nicolas Maduro, President of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and President of Bolivia Evo Morales. Practically all the talks focused on bilateral cooperation, and first and foremost in the power industry.
The Moscow city government is considering simplifying certification exams for highly skilled European and American specialists who want to work in the Russian capital.
Record numbers of foreign tourists are expected in Moscow for the May holidays. In the second half of April, travel agencies sold some 30% more tours to Moscow than over the same period last year.
Russia’s Barneo drifting research station has opened its new Arctic season. Every April, one of the ice floes drifting in the Arctic Ocean hosts a mini research and tourist camp called Barneo. Several prefab module houses warmed by blow heaters and powered by diesel generators have all the amenities and comforts of home.
On April 7, the Orthodox Christian world will celebrate the Annunciation of the Most-Holy Mother of God, one of the 12 main holidays in the Church calendar. On this day, angel Gabriel announced to Virgin Mary that she would conceive and become the mother of Jesus, the son of God, the Saviour. Henceforth, the Annunciation means the Good News.
Despite the abnormally cold spell that been gripping most of Russia since the middle of March, the Emergencies Ministry has come out with a frightening report, which says that temperatures in the Arctic may rise by 7 degrees Celsius towards the end of this century.