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The year 2007 appears to be successful regarding tourism development. This optimistic statement of the head of the Federal Tourism Agency Vladimir Strzhalkovsky opened the yesterdays press-conference that was organized to sum up and discuss the results of the travel industry in Russia in 2007.

What else can make the heart beat faster and more excitedly if not space travel? The Centre of Cosmonauts Training named after Yuri Gagarin on the territory of Star City gives brave and desperate tourists an opportunity to overcome the space acceleration, try hydrospace and real zero-gravity, and to pilot space aircraft simulators.

The number of foreign celebrities who have not visited Moscow decreases with every week. Russian musical promoters tell us about the way the western celebrities see Moscow including myths and stereotypes they have concerning the Russian capital.

Veterans of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Office say that in the Soviet times they daily caught at least 100 pickpockets at GUM Department Store in Moscow the only store of the country with a goods flow. Nowadays the Russian capital still teems with thieves. A 47-year-old professional pickpocket Pavel Kroshkin (surname changed) enjoys freedom for the last 8 years although he has been caught several times during this period.

If believe the official numbers, nearly 2 million of Muslims live in Moscow. There are over 40 Muslim communities in different districts of the city. The majority of them are small groups united by business interests, but there are also some bigger groups whose ambitions lay beyond creation of a car service network or a couple of sales outlets in Moscow.

Despite the high prices, the Northern capital of Russia remains attractive for travellers. According to the Investments and Strategic Projects Committee of St. Petersburg administration, 4.5 million tourists visited the city in 2006; 2.5 million of them came from abroad, which is 10% more than in 2005.

By the end of the 19th century there had been several vegetarian communities in Russia which, however, were banned by the Bolsheviks after the October Revolution of 1917. Penetration of the Soviet ideology into all spheres of social life and monopolization of the scientific thought led to proclaiming the vegetarian principles bourgeois and pseudoscientific.

Moscow again faces a breakthrough to the past. On October 19-22 the only in Russia and the largest in Eastern Europe specialized exhibition of oldtimers (vintage cars) Ilya Sorokin`s X Oldtimer-Gallery takes place at the international exhibition centre Crocus Expo.

October 2007 is time for the 3rd Gastronomic Festival in Moscow that has been held annually since 2005. This month the citys 50 best restaurants are taking part in the festival that is aimed at demonstration of the latest tendencies and achievements of the catering industry.

Since last Friday Russian media have been teeming with news about Alain Robert French Spiderman famous for climbing the worlds highest buildings without belay. Finally, the Spiderman came to Moscow and climbed the highest tower in Europewith the help of a preliminarily set ladder.

It is hard to imagine a traveller going to a foreign country and unwilling to capture the most exciting moments and sights during the trip. Photo and video cameras can be listed amongst the must-take things in a travellers bag. Undoubtedly, it would be useful for travellers to know the basic terms and regulations of photography and video shooting in Russia.

More and more foreign tourists to the Russian city of Tobolsk express interest in the thematic excursion called Last Mile of the Romanovs Family. According to the chairwoman of the Committee for Travel and Investments of Tobolsk`s administration Alexandra Strunkina, in 2008 the city will host the first group of tourists from Switzerland interested in this exact route.

Moscow is a huge city not only on the surface but underground also: multiple labyrinths, shelters, secret constructions, abandoned mines, catacombs, and bomb-shelters. The underground spaces of Moscow keep mysteries and legends, which open only to dare-devils ready to start on a dangerous journey.

Ice-diving in the Arctic is considered to be one of the most extreme kinds of sports. Nevertheless, the number of people willing to get a thrill increases annually. Despite the severe conditions of diving in the White Sea it remains one of the most popular places for diving in the country.

The new law on migration records for foreign citizens makes the procedure of foreign tourists` registration so time consuming that tourists in fact have no options: they must not leave the hotel or pay fines to Moscow police. The standard fixed price for being unregistered in migration records is 3000 roubles (120 USD).

Mountain travel is linked with passing through areas of complex mountain relief, such as mountainsides, ice shelves, passes, and rivers: to put the description short it is travelling with a rucksack from the point A to point B, and often over mountain peaks. In this way mountain tourism is different from alpinism climbing mountain tops with no luggage.

National parks are a comparatively new form of environment protection in Russia. Creation of national parks on the territory of the country started in the early 80`s of the 20th century, and at the moment there are 35 parks of this type. The majority of Russian national parks are located in the European part of the country; the westernmost park the Curonian Spit is in the Kaliningrad Region.

Original culture, shamanistic ceremonies, and musical folklore are expected to help in development of ethnical tourism in Siberia. The international travel fair Baikaltour has a lot to show its guests and has gained the reputation of a considerable event in the sphere of tourist business.

The National Park at Baikal has for a long time encountered the problem of buildings on the lake coast. Active trials over the buildings illegally set on the costs of Baikal within the parks territories are still in process. Notwithstanding this fact, newspapers and websites teem with stead sale offers.

Making money on country life is possible by not only growing potatoes and grain. Even at lower expenses country tourism can be more profitable than being traditionally occupied with the household, and citizens of the Tver Region are trying to prove this fact.

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