St. Petersburg is a modern European metropolis, acknow-ledged center of economical, cultural and spiritual life, city of museums and theaters, one of the most popular tourist centers of the world.
Saint Petersburg is a city of old traditions, culture and arts. One can feel the
connection of the times and generations, interlacing of history and modern age
in it. This was especially revealed and striking during the days of celebration
of the 300th anniversary of Oranienbaum, one of the most beautiful suburbs of
Saint Petersburg, and the 200th anniversary of Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum, the spiritual
Mecca of Russian intellectuals.
Culture, and arts are still being of an invaluable benefit to the mankind in the
world, which is still divided by borders, economic systems, national and religious
traditions. So we decided to expand the cultural component of our magazine, as
it is published in the city, which could justly have the status of the European
Cultural Capital. However, this does not mean that our magazine is addressed only
to that, quite demanding, but a narrow circle of readers. We aim at becoming an
authoritative magazine for experts and being of interest to the general reading
public, and we continue the story of big economic projects, international cooperation,
innovations and investments, arts and tourism in this issue. We hope that our
publications will support your festive mood. Christmas and New Year are approaching.
Congratulations to all our readers and those who are going to join them. We wish
you happiness and success, health and longevity, joy and prosperity in your homes.
Every year the biggest forums and festivals take place in St. Petersburg, it becomes
the site for business, cultural and entertainment events of the highest level.
The city regularly participates in prestigious congresses and exhibitions both
in Russia and abroad.
New facilities of transport infrastructure, intended to improve communications
of our city with the rest of the world, are under construction in St. Petersburg.
A new airport Pulkovo terminal and a highway between Moscow and St. Petersburg
are among them. One of the largest passenger sea ports in Europe — Marine Fasade
— was opened to receive tourists arriving on cruise ships and ferries. A high-speed
railway linked St. Petersburg with Moscow and Helsinki. All those measures definitely
make a great contribution ' to the development of investment and tourist attractiveness
of the Northern capital, strengthen the image of our city in the world arena.