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Russia is a country with rich cultural and scientific traditions, historical heritage famous for its museums and magnificent architecture. It is the only country in the world which is the place of West and East connection and harmonious confluence of two different worlds.

Russia is fertile land for scientific discussions of scientists from all over the world. The capital of Russia is Moscow, the country’s largest city, its major political, industrial and cultural center. First tribes appeared on the territory of the future Moscow in the Neolithic epoch. The reference to Moscow, as a town, is found in the old manuscript of 1147. Today Moscow is one of the world biggest megapolises and the biggest city in Europe. Its population is about 15 million people.

The second largest Russian megapolis with almost 5 million people inhabitants, St Petersburg is really a unique place to visit. The city was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, Russia's first and the most famous Emperor. For more than 200 years, St Petersburg was the capital of Russia and the main residence of 13 Russian Emperors.   

The participants of the conference will have a chance to visit two capitals of Russia:Moscow (before the Conference) and St. Petersburg (after the Conference), to enjoy the beauty of their magnificent historical monuments.

The Currency

The currency of Russia is ruble. To see the rate of exchange you may visit http://www.xe.com/

There are many currency exchange offices in the center of the city, though you should pay attention to the fixed commission being charged and consider the special rates offered for the exchange of large sums.

As a rule, the worst rates are available at large banks and Sberbank in particular. Do not exchange money with private individuals – you may get ripped off in the process of exchanging the money in the street. In addition, the exchange will be illegal.

Try to have the right change when traveling in route taxis as drivers often refuse to accept 500 ruble and 1,000 ruble bank notes as they have no way of checking their authenticity.

Banking Facilities

Traveler’s checks are accepted only by leading banks. You should be aware that using traveler’s checks in Russia is not popular as in other countries. Credit cards Visa, Master Card, American Express are widely accepted at hotels, department stores, big shops, restaurants.

Credit Card

Despite the fact that credit card use is fairly widespread in Moscow, it is best to carry at least some cash when in the city. Many places do not accept cards (transport, certain restaurants and cafes, museums). You should also be warned that the logo or sticker of any payment system on the door of any particular establishment is no guarantee that your card will be accepted and you should check with the staff in advance. Cash machines accepting the main credit and debit cards – Visa, Master Card, Maestro, American Express – are fairly common and can be found at shopping centers and large shops, hotels and metro stations.


In Moscow you will find shops for your personal needs — there is almost everything from exclusive boutiques to markets. Supermarket, shopping malls, small shops, brand shops, specialized shops — for sure you will be able to find almost everything. 


Official language in Russia is the Russian language. English is quite widespread among the population, especially younger people. At most 4 and 5 star hotels staff speaks English, German, and French. You may find useful some basic knowing of the Russian alphabet, as most of the signs are in Russian. The conference staff speaks fluent English, they will be happy to help anyone who is experiencing difficulties in communicating their needs.

Climate | Weather

The average temperature for August is about 20…25 ºC, but as year by year the temperature is mostly unpredictable, in 2010 it reached 37,3 ºC. The weather may be rainy as well, so it is recommended to take an umbrella.


The Organizing Committee does not accept any liability for personal injuries sustained, nor for loss or damage to property belonging to the participants or accompanying persons, either during or as a result of the conference. You are advised to make your own arrangements for health and travel insurance.

Moscow Maps

Interactive map of Moscow - click here
Map of Moscow metro - click here

Public Transport in Moscow

The main share of interurban and local passenger carriage is carried by public transportation enterprises:

  • Subway (Moscow Metro). Metro operates approximately from 5:45 till 01:30.
  • Buses and electrical surface transport (trams and trolleybuses). 
    Operational hours from 6:00 till 00:00.
  • There is also a well-developed system of routed minibuses (marshrutnoe 
    taxi, marshrutka). The typical price for a single trip is 20 to 25 roubles (depending
    on route), paid to a driver after boarding.
  • There are 9 rail stations in Moscow that perform long-distance trips. 
    Those are Kazansky, Yaroslavsky, Kursky, Rijsky, Paveletsky, Kievsky, 
    Savelovsky and Bielorussky.
  • The major airports of Moscow are: Sheremetyevo (SVO), 
    Domodedovo (DME) and Vnukovo (VKO).

Emergency Services

  • 01: Fire emergency
  • 02: Police
  • 03: Ambulance
  • 04: Gas accidents

These can be dialed from any landline or mobile phone charge free, including payphones (certain mobile phones do not support dialing of two-digit numbers, in such case dial 010, 020, 030, 040 respectively). On mobile phones you can also call 1-1-2 which will connect you to the emergency number.





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