A socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events.

The Roscongress Foundation is a socially oriented non-financial development institution and a major organizer of nationwide and international conventions; exhibitions; and business, public, youth, sporting, and cultural events. It was established in pursuance of a decision by the President of the Russian Federation.

The Foundation was established in 2007 with the aim of facilitating the development of Russia’s economic potential, promoting its national interests, and strengthening the country’s image. One of the roles of the Foundation is to comprehensively evaluate, analyse, and cover issues on the Russian and global economic agendas. It also offers administrative services, provides promotional support for business projects and attracting investment, helps foster social entrepreneurship and charitable initiatives.

Each year, the Foundation’s events draw participants from 208 countries and territories, with more than 15,000 media representatives working on-site at Roscongress’ various venues. The Foundation benefits from analytical and professional expertise provided by 5,000 people working in Russia and abroad.

The Foundation works alongside various UN departments and other international organizations, and is building multi-format cooperation with 173 economic partners, including industrialists’ and entrepreneurs’ unions, financial, trade, and business associations from 78 countries worldwide, and 179 Russian public organizations, federal and legislative agencies, and federal subjects.

The Roscongress Foundation has Telegram channels in Russian t.me/Roscongress, English – t.me/RoscongressDirect, and Spanish t.me/RoscongressEsp. Official website and Information and Analytical System of the Roscongress Foundation: roscongress.org.

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Global Sports Stars to Participate in SPIEF 2019

Numerous prominent athletes will take part in the sporting programme, organised by the Roscongress Foundation at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum on 6–8 June.

The extensive programme was initiated by the World Chess Federation (FIDE). 14th World Chess Champion Vladimir Kramnik will hold a simultaneous play for SPIEF participants, while Guinness Book of Records record holder Timur Gareyev from the U.S. will demonstrate blind play skills. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich will kick off the Roscongress Cup chess tournament for SPIEF participants and will speak at the session ‘Sports for Everyone: Global Trends Entrepreneurial Approach’. During the Roscongress Cup, the companies World Chess and Telesport Media will present the Armageddon Tournament at the SPIEF with an innovative chess broadcast format that includes filming in a virtual reality studio, a display of the players’ heart rate, and the visualization of other interesting data. The debut Armageddon Tournament will take place on 10–17 June in Moscow with Kramnik and other world chess stars participating. In addition, the Chess Express blitz tournament will take place on a high-speed Sapsan train travelling from Moscow to St. Petersburg under the auspices of the SPIEF on 7 June with the participation of World Chess Olympiad winner Vadim Zvjaginsev, European champion Maxim Matlakov, and other prominent grandmasters.

Three-time world hockey champion Danis Zaripov will play for the SPIEF team in a match with the St. Petersburg team. Zenit President Alexander Medvedev, State Duma deputy and Olympic skating champion Svetlana Zhurova, Novotrans President Konstantin Goncharov, and other representatives of big business and politics will also take the ice.

All SPIEF participants will have a chance to test their marksmanship compared with two-time Olympic biathlon medallist Ivan Tcherezov and two-time practical shooting world champion Vsevolod Ilyin during a multimedia laser shooting gallery held at the Kalashnikov Concern. Cherezov and Ilyin will serve as experts at the stand and will also present modern firearms during the Kalashnikov Roscongress Cup tournament at Nevsky Shooting Club.

Two-time Olympic medallist and VTB United League President Ilona Korstin and two-time world championship medallist and Minister of Sport and Youth Policy of the Nizhny Novgorod Region Sergey Panov will take part in a basketball gala match between the SPIEF and VTB United League teams. In addition, Russian national golf team senior coach Igor Ivashin will conduct a master class for guests of the Roscongress Golf Club tournament at Peterhof Golf Club together with current Russian champions Yekaterina Malakhova and Artemy Yalovenko.

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