MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree waiving visa requirements for athletes and officials attending international sporting events in Russia, the Kremlin announced on Monday.
"Participants in international sporting competition can enter and exit the Russian Federation without applying for visas," the government said in a statement posted on its official website (www.kremlin.ru).
The government would publish a list of international sporting events and regulations on how long foreigners may remain in the country, the statement said.
Participants must carry a valid passport and official accreditation from local organizers to qualify for visa-free status, the Kremlin added.
Over the next few years, Russia is hosting a number of major sporting events, starting with the world athletics championships in Moscow in August, the Sochi Winter Olympics next February and the soccer World Cup in 2018.
Today the Yle Finnish national broadcasting company offered a TV news edition in Russian for the first time in the history of Finland.
Producer of the Yle Russian Service Heidi Zidan told journalists that these news spots will take place on a daily basis, five minutes a day including the weekends.
First of all, this news is meant for almost 60,000 Russians living in Finland. The news will be provided with subtitles in Finnish, which will make it available for a wide circle of TV viewers.
The first Yle TV news in Russian was dedicated to the rapid growth of the Russian diaspora, which, according to forecasts, in 50 years will reach the size of the large Swedish diaspora.