Foreigners Still Love Russia
According to the latest Russian census, there are about 120,000 foreigners living and working in Russia, not including some 1 million individuals who were listed as citizens of the former Soviet Republics.
During economic crisis that has rattled through all of Europe, and despite ongoing tension between the United States, EU, and Russia regarding missile defense, tourists and ex-pats are still coming in droves. Its easy to see why. Walking through the streets of St. Petersburg, there is always something happening, says Moscow-based Ksenia Zdmskova,
“People are not sitting in their bedrooms chatting with their friends over Facebook or Twitter. They still gather in groups and hammer out ideas, and this seems extremely healthy from my point of view.”
“Everywhere you turn in St. Petersburg there is something happening,” he said. “There is such energy in the air – electrified is the best way I can describe it – people are not sitting in their bedrooms chatting with their friends over Facebook or Twitter. They still gather in groups and hammer out ideas, and this seems extremely healthy from my point of view.”
The annual Miss Russia contest is a big draw for Moscow. The first pageant was actually held in Paris, in 1927, by Russians displaced after their Civil War. This year, contestants received special dance instruction from Stanislav Popov, President of the Russian Federation Dance Union.
In the face of financial crisis, many of Moscow’s notoriously expensive hotels are lowering their prices. Never has there been a better time to visit Russia, and despite the hard times, people keep coming.