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Russia

Federal Republic with the last presidential elections in March 2012 and parliamentary in December 2011. Its President is Vladimir Putin , and Prime Minister - Dimitri Medvedev.

The population is 141,9 millions inhab., the official language: Russian and local currency: the ruble.

Capital
Religion
Time Difference from Paris
Flight duration Paris - Moscow
VISA
Country rating
Moscow Various from +2h to + 12h 3h30m Yes Baa1 (2014)

Growth Rate
Unemployment Rate
Inflation Rate
GDP
GDP per inhabitant
Export
Import
4,2 % (2013) 5,3 % (2014) 3,8 % (2013) 2 092 billion USD (2014) 19 240 USD (2012) 357,7 billion USD (2010) 221,5 billion USD (2008)


MAJOR EVENTS BEFORE 2018

Russia will host the F1 Grand Prix in 2014. On 2nd of December, 2010 Russia won the organization of the World Football Championship in 2018 and the project already appears to be a new challenge for the Russian government. 13 Russian cities (Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kazan, Sochi, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad, Nijnii Novgorod, Yekaterinburg, Krasnodar, Rostov-on-Don, Samara, Volgograd, and Saransk) will participate. The estimated budget is 3.82 billion USD because none of the cities have stadiums that meet the requirements. According to experts, this project will be the most expensive in the country's history and will even surpass the preparation of the Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014 with an initial budget that has already almost doubled.

To these two major events, one must also add that Russia will host the World Cup of Hockey in spring 2016 in St. Petersburg and Moscow, and the Russian and French Presidents made a joint declaration for a participation of French experts in tourism development in North Caucasus.

MEDIA
RBTH,
RT,
Le Courrier de Russie,
The Moscow Times.

USEFULL LINKS
http://www.tresor.economie.gouv.fr/pays/russie,
http://www.statistiques-mondiales.com/russie.htm,
http://www.cci-international.picardie.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/fiche-Russie.pdf,
http://www.iledefrance-international.fr/pays/russie.