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The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum strives to promote cooperation between the peoples of Finland and Russia by supporting civic initiatives for democracy, human rights, and freedom of speech.



EU-Russia Civil Society Forum in St Petersburg


Photo: Eric Esquivel.

The EU-Russia Civil Society Forum will hold its annual general assembly on 9-10 October 2012 in St Petersburg. Following the previous conferences in Prague and Warsaw, the assembly will discuss various topics relevant to civil society actors in both Russia and the EU, evaluate the recent developments of the Forum as well as work on the further consolidation of its agenda. Among the civil-society topics, the Forum’s general assembly will discuss some of the most pressing issues such as public assembly law, LGBT rights, economic crisis and its implications, as well as ecological impact of urban development. The Finnish-Russian Civic Forum (FINROSFORUM) will attend the event.

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Art and Politics in Russia Today


The Arkadia International Bookshop in Helsinki will host a discussion on art and politics in today’s Russia with journalist Oksana Chelysheva and street artist Alexandra Kachko on Monday 26 March 2012 at 6pm. Oksana and Alexandra will discuss Alexandra’s art and other topics pertaining to Russia today: The imprisonment of the members of the feminist punk group, Pussy Riot, the dismantling and criminal prosecution of the organisers of the Be Cautious: Religion! and Forbidden Art exhibitions, the Voina art group and the reasons they are on international wanted lists and currently in hiding. The discussion will be in English and Russian. Entrance is free and green tea will be served. A donation of EUR 2 or more to fund the event would be most welcome.


Умерла Марина Салье

Сегодня не стало Марины Салье. Она была главой комиссии Санкт-Петербургского горсовета, которая анализировала деятельность председателя комитета по внешним связям мэрии Санкт-Петербурга Владимира Путина. Затем возглавляла Свободную демократическую партию России, в последнее время была членом Партии народной свободы.

Home-buyers: Do not invest in Russia!


Home-buyers from Russia’s northern capital, St Petersburg, have organised a demonstration in connection with the second EU-Russia Innovation Forum in the Finnish border city of Lappeenranta on 25 May 2011. The demonstrators are holding a meeting outside Lappeenranta city hall, urging foreign investors to avoid investments in Russia.


Finland top among Russian tourists


Finland expects to receive a record number of Russian tourists in summer 2011. “Russia’s GDP growth was 4% in 2010 and is expected to reach 4.5% in 2011. This can be seen in traffic, tourism, and shopping tours,” Finland’s ambassador to Moscow, Matti Anttonen, says.

The number of trips Russians made abroad increased by more than 30% in 2010. The most popular destination was Finland, with 3.3 million visits by Russian tourists. Turkey came in second with around 3 million visits, and Egypt was third with around 2.5 million visits in 2010.


Victory in campaign against Gazprom tower


St Petersburg’s historic skyline looks safe, after Gazprom’s planned sky-scraper has been given the push from the northern capital’s centre. St Petersburg City Hall announced that a new place to build will be decided soon. “We have asked builders to present other locations for the building,” said Igor Metelsky, deputy governor.


St Petersburg International Airport in Helsinki?


Finland's Helsinki Airport can become the new international airport for Russia's "northern capital", St Petersburg, YLE News reports. A new high-speed rail link, Allegro, between Helsinki and St Petersburg will allow people from St Petersburg to reach Helsinki Airport faster than Moscow's three international airports. The new express train will shorten the route from St Petersburg to Helsinki to nearly three and a half hours. International traffic from St Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport is limited.

Antti Jaatinen, head of passenger traffic at Finland's railway operator, VR, said the number of passengers on the route between Helsinki and St Petersburg could reach around 700,000 per year in ten years. The Ring Rail Line will have a direct rail connection to Helsinki Airport. The line will go into operation in the middle of 2014. Rail passengers from St Petersburg can then change trains at Tikkurila, close to the airport. There are further plans to reroute trains from St Petersburg via the airport.