From June 15th to June 18th the city hosts the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF), the best and largest Russian political and business event dubbed the Russian Davos. Unlike the Davos, SPIEF usually makes the life of the residents and visitors much worse. First of all, those going to Pulkovo airport, towns of Pushkin and Peterhof should care because of traffic constraints.
This year the forum will be held at the ExpoForum exhibition center put into operation in late 2014, while since 2006 it had been held at a more distant exhibition center of LenExpo. This transfer will significantly impact on traffic situation in a negative way. Local traffic police announced that some restrictions would be imposed a few major roads as Russian fat cats will fill them with their big bellies and expensive cars to get transported to the ExpoForum.
A large part of this restrictions falls onto the roads to Pulkovo airport, towns of Pushkin and Peterhof. To make things worse, concrete time periods of the restrictions is not announced so you may appear in a jam on your way to flight at any time. Our advice here is to leave for the airport as earlier as possible with enough time in reserve to survive an unforeseen delay.
About getting to Pulkovo airport you can read here.
Regarding getting to a town of Puhskin, we’d advise you to use a route via Kupchino metro station. You can read about it here.
If you are going to Peterhof, well, you might be stuck into a very long jam since the road there goes pass Vladimir Putin’s, President of Russia, residence, the Konstantinovsky Palace. If Mr Putin opts to live there it would be better to postpone your visit to Peterhof. Visit the Hermitage, for example.
Photo: The official website of the Kremlin http://www.en.kremlin.ru
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