According to news from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office the highly publicized foreign policy engagement by his administration with other BRICS took another step today. The official policy concept now approved by the Russian President, the federation has now outlined very specific objectives of cooperation between the association’s members.
In news from the Moscow Times, tourism to the Russian Federation has taken a hit this year so far as excessive costs and red tape have stifled European inbound travel there. According to the newspaper, the first quarter of 2011 saw a 24% decline in tourists from Europe. With the Sochi Olympic just around the corner, it may be time for half measures to cease.