King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden and Queen Silvia flew to St. Petersburg by a Swedish air force plane. Viktor Cherkesov, Authorized Representative of the Russian President in the North-Western federal district, St. Petersburg Governor Vladimir Yakovlev with his wife, Chairman of St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly Sergei Tarasov met the royal couple at the Pulkovo airport. Russian Vice Premier, Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin is accompanying the royal couple on its visit to St. Petersburg. They came to St. Peterburg aboard one plane. Upon their arrival in St. Pete, the King and Queen of Sweden will lay wreaths to the Monument to heroic Leningrad Defenders in the period of the German-fascist blockade during the Great Patriotic War (1941-1945).
"Russia and Turkey - From Cooperation to the Union. Why not? " - new article written by a well-known entrepreneur, politician (formerly a member of the Federation Council from Krasnodar and a PACE member), public figure Farhad Akhmedov - was published this week in several leading Russian media, and it claims to be a sensation which highlights various essential issues.