As many as 99 Russian publishing firms will attend the 53rd Frankfurt book fair to be held from October 10 to 15, said Nikolai Filippov, head of the Russian Press Ministry's main directorate for international book fairs. The core of Russia's exhibits will be the Best Books section featuring nominations and winners of the 14th Moscow International Book Fair. Altogether, about 1,000 best titles issued in 2000-2001 in Russia will be put on display. Russia's participation in the Frankfurt fair has been perceptibly growing in recent years: with more space booked and more stands put up. In 2003, by decision of the Frankfurt book fair directors, Russia will be the main exhibitor. 2003 in Frankfurt will be a year of extensive cultural exchanges: apart from books Russia will present its theatrical productions, in particular, of the Mariinsky Theater from St Petersburg. The 53rd fair is going to be attended by 7,500 companies from 110 countries.
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