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E-VISAS TO RUSSIA TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED

18 January 2021

In accordance with the order of the Government of the Russian Federation dated March 16, the processing and issuance of visas of all categories, including e-visa, to foreign citizens has been temporarily suspended in order to ensure state security, protect public health and prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
OLD NEW YEAR... HOW’S THAT?

14 January 2021

On the 13th of January, the Old New Year is celebrated in Russia - a holiday with the traditions of old times and modern habits. The Old New Year appeared in our calendar because of a change in chronology, when the Bolsheviks transferred the country from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian one.

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THE HERMITAGE RESUMES GUIDED TOURS

21 January 2021

One of the largest and most fascinating museums - the Hermitage State Museum - resumes guided tours. The Hermitage as a second largest art museum in the world is a true gem of Saint-Petersburg and the whole Russia. Apart from the richest collection of paintings, Ancient Greek, Egyptian and Mesopotamian collections, wide range of prehistoric artifacts and many more being on display in the museum, the main building itself, named Winter Palace, is an important cultural and historic object. It used to be a residence of Russian tzars, and the beauty of the interiors is truly breathtaking.

During the quarantine period, the Hermitage prepared and presented 153 virtual tours in less than four months: not only guides were giving the tours but also curators, scientists and restorers. There were 258 broadcasts on Instagram, the total number of views of the Hermitage-Online project was 46.5 million. This is ten times more than the annual attendance of the museum. And now the museum finally opens its doors for tourist groups. At the moment the maximum number of people in the group is limited to 5 persons but the number may be increased according to the epidemiological situation.