JSC VTB Bank, its subsidiary banks and financial organisations (VTB Group or the Group) comprise a leading Russian financial group, offering a wide range of financial and banking services and products in Russia, the CIS, and select countries of Europe, North America, Asia, and Africa.

VTB Bank provides a full range of banking services through a wide network of branches. Its subsidiary financial organisations offer insurance, leasing, factoring, and other financial services, as well as services on the stock market.  

VTB Group has the most extensive international network of any Russian bank, with more than 30 banks and financial companies in more than 20 countries.

As of 31 October 2017, the Group was the second largest financial group in Russia by assets (RUB 12.7 trillion) and by customer accounts (RUB 9.6 trillion).The Government of the Russian Federation is VTB Group’s main shareholder and owns 60.9% of the voting shares through the Federal Property Management Agency.

The Russian export center

The Russian export center (REC) is the state institution for export support established with the Russian Government assistance. REC is a “single window” for financial and non-financial support as well as for cooperation with the relevant ministries and institutions. The Russian Agency for Export Credit and Investment Insurance (EXIAR) and Eximbank of Russia were integrated in the group of Russian export center to completely implement the “single window” concept.

REC provides a wide range of services for non-oil companies at all stages of export cycle, cooperates with the public authorities, preparing suggestions for improving Russian business climate in terms of foreign trade activities, interacts with business and expert community, participates in removing economic and administrative barriers and decreasing the number of “system” limitations.

The main services provided by REC include credit, guarantee and insurance support for exporters, foreign partners selection and economic analytics, consulting on customs, certification, as well as organization of the educational project for exporters and providing other types of non-financial support.


Genesis is a premium brand launched in November 2015. Genesis vehicles feature the highest standards of automotive industry and leading engineering solutions, elegant design and outstanding driving dynamics.

The Genesis brand seeks to create a new definition of luxury, which will form the basis of future models that are maximally customer oriented. 

The company plans to expand the model range to six cars by 2020 in several segments.

In the Russian market, the Genesis brand was introduced in September 2016. The first model of the brand is the flagship premium G90 and G90L. In March 2017, the company introduced the second model – Genesis G80. One of the key advantages of the all-wheel drive sedan G80 is the modern driver and passenger safety systems. Among the plans for 2018 is the premiere of Genesis G70.

PJSC “Aeroflot”

Aeroflot is Russia’s largest airline and a proud member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance. Its hub is based at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow.

Aeroflot has a reputation for industry leading customer service. It has been certified with the 4-Star Airline Rating by Skytrax and named a Five Star Global Airline in APEX’s Official Airline Rating. In 2017 Aeroflot was recognized as World’s Leading Airline Brand at the World Travel Awards.

By 2017 year end Aeroflot’s fleet, one of the world’s youngest, consisted of 224 aircraft: Airbus, Boeing and Sukhoi Superjet 100 airliners.

Aeroflot commits to the highest international standards for flight safety. It was the first Russian carrier to be included in IATA’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) Registry and has been successfully recertified to this standard. The company has also obtained the IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) certification. Aeroflot’s integrated management system is certified to ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2004.

JSC Rosseti

Rossiyskie Seti (Rosseti) – a Russian public holding company, manages 1 power transmission and 14 power distribution subsidiaries (all together form Rosseti Group), operates one of the World’s largest grid.

Rosseti is a systemically important company responsible for safe, high-grade and available power supply to the Russian consumers of all classes.

Rosseti Group presents in 75 regions of the Russian Federation transmitting and distributing 78% of total volume of electricity generated in the country.

Rosseti Group number of employees exceeds 215 thousand.

Rosseti has become the national grid’s driver in innovation technologies and domestically produced state-of-the-art electrical equipment implementation.  The company adheres to energy saving, power efficient, environment protective and aimed at professional safety policy.


Sberbank is Russia’s largest bank and a leading global financial institution. Sberbank holds almost one third of aggregate Russian banking sector assets, it is the key lender to the national economy and the biggest deposit taker in Russia. The Central Bank of the Russian Federation is the founder and principal shareholder of Sberbank owning 50% of the Bank's authorized capital plus one voting share, with the remaining 50% held by domestic and international investors. Sberbank has more than 145 million customers in 21 countries. Sberbank has the largest distribution network in Russia with almost 15,000 branches, and its international operations include UK, US, CIS, Central and Eastern Europe, India, China, Turkey and other countries.

The Bank holds the general banking license No.1481 issued by the Bank of Russia.


Gazprom is a global energy company focused on geological exploration, production, transportation, storage, processing and sales of gas, gas condensate and oil, as well as generation and marketing of heat and electric power.

Gazprom holds the world’s largest natural gas reserves and is the global leader in gas production. The Company actively implements large-scale gas development projects in the Yamal Peninsula, the Arctic shelf, Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East, as well as hydrocarbon exploration and production projects abroad.

Gazprom supplies gas to consumers in Russia and over 30 foreign countries. The Company is among Russia’s top oil and power producers and ranks number one in the world in terms of thermal energy generation.

State Corporation “Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)”

The State Corporation ‘Bank for Development and Foreign Economic Affairs (Vnesheconombank)’ is a national development bank and one of the largest financial institutions in Russia. Established in 1924, Vnesheconombank has been operating in compliance with the special Federal Law on the Bank for Development since 2007. Vnesheconombank’s supreme governing body is the Supervisory Board headed by the Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Medvedev.

In compliance with the Strategy 2021, VEB will focus on financing high value added industrial projects; infrastructure development, non-resource exports, innovations and National Technological Initiative projects.

VEB will operate at a new level of quality: it will proactively search for projects corresponding to the state’s priorities, thoroughly analyze business projects together with customers, draw private co-investments, and track the implementation of projects with the aid of the latest technologies.

PJSC “Post Bank”

Post Bank has 12 500 points of presence

The bank continues to expand its retail chain in the Russian regions. In 2017 it has increased by 6500 points of presence up to 12500 branches in 4300 cities and urban centers in 82 regions of Russia.

5M clients

During the year client base increased by 2M people and exceeded 5M clients, 86% of whom live outside Moscow and St Petersburg.

19 000 ATMs and terminals

In 2017 the amount of ATMs has doubled and now reaches 4K items. The amount of POS terminals now exceeds 15K devices.

Mobile bank

Mobile app is the core of the bank’s digital platform. In 2016 it was ranked among top 3 best apps of Russian mobile banks. In 2017 online loan arrangement and payment documents recognition were launched in the application.

National projects

The bank participates in the “Far Eastern Hectare” state program implementation by providing landowners with incentive rate – from 8,5% up to 10.5% annual rate. The amount of a loan is up to 600K rubles.

Ecological activity
During the year the bank’s clients helped to recover 1M trees in 25 Russian national parks as a part of the eco project “Give the forest as a gift to a friend”. Three years after the project launch, 2M trees (500 hectares of the new forest) were recovered.

PJSC Rostelecom

PJSC Rostelecom ( is one of the largest national telecommunications operators in Russia and Europe. The Group operates in all segments of the telecommunications market and covers millions of households in Russia.

Rostelecom is an undisputable leader of the broadband and pay-TV markets in Russia with over 12.3 million fixed-line broadband subscribers and over 9.3 million pay-TV subscribers, over 4.2 million of which are subscribed to Rostelecom’s IPTV services.

The Group is a market leader in providing telecommunications services to government bodies and corporates of all levels. It is also an important innovator that provides solutions in the field of medicine, E-Government, cloud computing, education, security and housing & utility services.

Rostelecom was assigned ‘BBB-’ and ‘BB+’ international credit ratings by Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s respectively.


AHML was established in 1977 with a remit to implement the national housing policy. It is wholly owned by the Russian government through the Federal Agency for State Property Management. AHML sets the strategic direction for the Russian housing market development, improving the affordability of modern comfortable housing and reshaping the urban environment. In 2015, AHML served as a basis for a newly established Integrated Housing Development Institution. As part of its activities, AHML fosters the development of the mortgage lending, mortgage-backed securities and rental housing markets, including the use of collective investments, and brings idle land plots owned by the federal government into development. One of the Agency’s priorities is creating a comfortable urban environment in Russia. To that end, AHML is developing the Standards of Integrated Development to drive the transformation of all 1,112 Russian cities and towns, and the Urban Environment Quality Index – a tool for municipal heads and research and design companies to identify and address key urban challenges. Other targets include the transformation of Rossiysky Capital into a universal mortgage and construction bank under the ДОМ.РФ brand, expected to rank among the country's Top 3 banks by mortgage loans issued in 2020.

Russian venture company (RVC)

RVC – is the Russian government’s fund of funds and the development institute of the Russian Federation, one of country’s key tools to create and expand the national innovation system. RVC’s main objectives are to promote Russia’s venture investment industry, and to take on the role as the project office for the National Technology Initiative (NTI). The company has a wide range of programs to develop Russia’s venture investment market establish educational and organizational services for market players, as well as increase the ability of Russian technology companies to compete in the global marketplace.

RVC’s authorized capital amounts to RUB 30,011,320,700. RVC’s capital is owned in full by the Russian Federation represented by the Russian Federal Agency for State Property (Rosimuschestvo). The total number of RVC funds has reached 26 (including two funds in foreign jurisdictions), with their total size of RUB 35.1 bn. The share of RVC is RUB 22.5 bn. The number of innovative companies approved for investment by RVC funds reached 216 in 2017. The total volume of approved investments is RUB 17 bn.

MMC Norilsk Nickel

“Nornickel” is the world’s largest producer of nickel and palladium, and one of the world’s leading producers of platinum and copper. The Company produces cobalt, rhodium, silver, gold, iridium, ruthenium, selenium, tellurium and sulfur.

“Nornickel” is involved in prospecting, exploration, extraction, refining and metallurgical processing of minerals, production, marketing and sale of base and precious metals.

The main Russian production units of “Nornickel” are include: the Polar Division of MMC Norilsk Nickel, Kola Mining and Metallurgical Company and Bystrinsky GOK (Bystrinsky mining and processing plant), located in the Gazimuro-Zavodsky District of Trans-Baikal Territory.

Norilsk Nickel Harjavalta belonging to the Group is the only nickel refining plant in Finland.

Norilsk Nickel has its own global network of representative and sales offices in Russia, the UK, China, USA and Switzerland.

When determining the strategy for its global operations and future development, “Nornickel” is focused on compliance with all social and environmental responsibility principles in the various countries in which it operates, which is essential for ensuring sustainable and efficient business development.

Russian information channel “Russia 24”

Russian information channel “Russia 24” is the undisputed leader of fieldwork with the most important events – maximum live broadcasts, crews in the very action, access to true-to-fact information.  

Three quarters of Russians note that “Russia 24” is the main source of information for them and more than half of the respondents states that they watch the TV channel regularly.  

According to the information and analytics system Medialogiya, “Russia 24” holds the highest citation index among Russian TV channels.
TV channel “Russia 24” has created a single information space in the country, providing one-time access to the news to everyone from Kamchatka to Kaliningrad.

Russian News Agency TASS

TASS is Russia’s state news agency and an integral part of the world media system since 1904.

A staff of more than 1,800 and more than 60 foreign bureaus and 70 regional centers in Russia maintain a steady news flow 24/7. TASS generates a diversified newsfeed and audio-visual products and services in Russian and English, covering a very broad variety of topics.

With a database covering more than a century of facts and a unique photo archive, TASS provides illustrations and reference information to accompany any news item within seconds.

Every year TASS holds hundreds of events featuring Russian and foreign political leaders, representatives of the biggest Russian and foreign companies, artists, scientists and athletes.

TASS is part of regional and global media organizations, maintaining partnership relations with more than 60 news agencies around the world.
TASS: We know!

FSВI “Editorial “Rossiyskaya gazeta”

“Rossiyskaya Gazeta” is a modern multimedia group that provides readers daily with up-to-date, reliable and relevant information about Russian regional and federal affairs and worldwide events.

The newspaper and its electronic platforms publish news, features, exclusive interviews and comments from public officials and the most powerful representatives of business, politics and culture.

Today “Rossiyskaya Gazeta” is the leader in terms of audience size in the segment of daily sociopolitical and business newspapers. It is also among the leaders of the media citation rating.

Media holding of “Rossiyskaya gazeta” include:

“Rossiyskaya gazeta” – Daily social and political newspaper
“Rossiyskaya gazeta - Nedelya” – Weekly issue
“Rodina” – Monthly historical magazine
“Rossiyskaya gazeta” supplements – Special color thematic supplements.

Rossiya Segodnya

Rossiya Segodnya is an international media group whose mission is to cover world events in a prompt and unbiased manner and to inform its audiences about various viewpoints on key events, including those uncovered by other media outlets.

The media group is Russia’s largest provider of information products for a wide international audience, offering radio broadcasting, 24х7 newswires, information portals in over 30 languages, multimedia press centers, production and distribution of photo content and infographics, platforms in social networks and mobile applications.
Rossiya Segodnya is headed by journalists, Dmitry Kiselev as Director General and Margarita Simonyan as Editor-in-Chief.

Outside of Russia, the International Information Agency is represented by the Sputnik news agency and radio network which has multimedia news hubs in dozens of countries.

PH “Kommersant”

PH “Kommersant” was founded in 1989. Nowadays, it is one of the eldest Russian publishing houses and one of the most authoritative and influential mass-media in the country, whose main principles are efficiency, authenticity and objectiveness.

Daily newspaper “Kommersant” is a first private business title in Russia. Portfolio of the PH “Kommersant” consists of weekly analytical magazine “Kommersant Vlast”, economic weekly “Kommersant Dengi”, socio-political weekly “Ogoniok”, weekly magazine about lifestyle “Kommersant WEEKEND”, monthly automobile magazine “Kommersant AUTOPILOT” and monthly color supplement to the Kommersant newspaper “STYLE” about lifestyle and actual fashion tendencies & news.
Since 2017 “Kommersant VLAST” and “Kommersant Dengi” weekly are available only online.

PH “Kommersant” launched official web-site in 1995.  In March, 2010 “Kommersant FM” radio station has started it’s regular broadcasting.

PH “Kommersant” applications are available for mobile devices operating on Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Android and iOS platforms.


Rambler News Service (RNS) is a rapidly growing agency, specializing in providing in-depth and engaging analysis of current affairs in Russia and beyond, exclusive economic news and related multimedia content.

By focusing on the major events, decisions, appointments and resignations within the intricate framework of big corporations, we are able to bring you content featuring topical commentary from leading business, economic and political experts.

Forming part of the Rambler&Co digital group, our team of seasoned specialists report on the economy, policies and everything in between, delivering content for ten different topic-specific news feeds: Economy, Finances, Energy sector, Internet, Industry, Consumer markets, IT and Media, Transport, Sports economics, Regional economics.


Lenta.Ru is one of the oldest and most respected online media in Russia. It covers a wide variety of topics including Politics, Economy, Science, Internet, Culture and Sports. Lenta.Ru is the only Russian title within Top-5 Europe’s Most Visited Websites.
It has 2.5 million unique visitors daily and about 30 million unique visitors monthly.

AO “GAZETA.RU” is the first socio-political online media in RuNet. It was established in September 1999. The publishing house is among five largest online media in RuNet in terms of the number of unique visitors according to LiveInternet and is included in top three quoting outlets according to Medialogy. Everyday publishes news, exclusive materials and interviews with leading public and political figures, as well as photo reports and online event broadcasting. In addition, the publishing house produces special projects, video galleries, own video programs and mobile applications.

Business daily VEDOMOSTI

Vedomosti Business daily is the authoritative source of business and economics information for 18 years. Vedomosti is a part of The Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. The publication earned readers' trust due to high-quality journalism, their impartiality and independence.

Vedomosti Business daily includes web-site, mobile version and free mobile app for all platforms.

Business FM

Business FM – Russia’s first business radio station.

Broadcasting in Moscow at the frequency 87.5 FM
St. Petersburg – 107.4 FM
Ufa – 107.5 FM
Kaliningrad – 101.8 FM
Ekaterinburg – 99.4 FM
Krasnoyarsk – 104.2 FM
Сhelyabinsk – 100.8 FM
Nignii Novgorod – 107.8 FM
Novosibirsk – 105.7 FM
Samara – 90.6 FM
Kazan – 93.5 FM

Business FM provides an exclusive product for a small segment of the general public but the most active and influential one, which in minutes must have the full spectrum of information about money. Business FM is a member company of the RUMEDIA group of companies.

Interfax Information Services Group

Interfax is the leading information group in the CIS and the recognized leader in the B2B segment of Russia’s information market.

Interfax dates back to 1989, the founding of the Interfax News Agency, which became the country's first nongovernmental outlet for up-to-the-minute political and economic news.

Interfax is the most frequently cited source for information on Russia and the CIS in the world media and the most popular newswire service on the Russian financial market.

Interfax develops professional information solutions that help companies operate in the financial and commodity markets, enabling them to make investment decisions, manage risk, organize external communications and fulfill regulatory requirements.

Interfax's best-known IT services include SPARK (counterparty risk management), SCAN (media analysis and monitoring), ASTRA (analytical solution for compliance with Russian law on transfer pricing), X-Compliance (Know Your Customer solution to comply with anti-money laundering and anti-terrorism financing legislation), SPARK-Marketing (analysis of commodity markets), Regulatory news disclosure center (e-DISCLOSURE.RU), RU DATA (reference data and analytics).

Interfax develops partnerships with the leading world brands.

Working with Sberbank of Russia and Experian, Interfax created the United Credit Bureau, Russia’s market leader for consumer credit information. Interfax's joint venture with Dun & Bradstreet, another international information market leader, provides business information.

Prime Business News Agency JSC

Prime is the leading business news agency in Russia and a subsidiary of Rossiya Segodnya media company. It ranks 1st among the most-cited financial news agencies in the country.*

An outstanding team of journalists and analysts works day and night so that subscribers will be the first to know the key Russian and global economic news and events.

PRIME provides data to the Russia's Presidential Executive Office, Russian Government, Bank of Russia and other public agencies as well as to major Russian banks and companies. PRIME subscribers include news aggregators and leading business media.

PRIME has an exclusive cooperation agreement with Dow Jones Newswires in Russia, publishing news items on the global foreign exchange, commodity and stock markets.

PRIME is also accredited by the Bank of Russia to disclose securities information. The agency acts as a publisher and distributor of the Bank of Russia Bulletin.

Besides, PRIME is an official partner of major trading platforms and rating agencies. Through PRIME Inforterminal the agency can broadcast a wide range of data feeds, news and analytic items and macroeconomic data.

The agency's portfolio comprises over 40 corporate products and services, such as BIR-Analitik system – a tool for comprehensive corporate analysis and evaluation of business landscape, credibility assessment, identification of customers and market research. Another system – Prime Trading Terminal – is used to manage liquidity, conversion, deposit and credit transactions with bank subsidiaries and customers.

*According to Medialogia’s information in the II-nd quarter 2017.

Ekonomika I Zhizn’ Russian Nationwide Newspaper

A3, 40-page weekly

Founder and publisher: Ekonomika I Zhizn’ Publishing House

Founded on 6 November 1918, Ekonomika I Zhizn is the oldest high-volume economic weekly in Russia, as well as the most reputable B2B edition. The newspaper is distributed by subscription in all regions of the Russian Federation, and its one issue’s audience is about 296 200 people.

The newspaper’s audience for a half-year is 1 468 700 people (TNS Russia. According to NRS Russia). Also the weekly has its web-site, audience of which is approximately 500 000 people.

The mission of the newspaper is to support business management and services with the economical and financial expertise.

The weekly advises on corporate governance, business and financial management, as well as taxation, accounting, legislation in different fields of law, legal defence of the business interests in the arbitration court. It analyzes and predicts the economy developments in Russia and globally. 

Krasnodar Region Magazine

Krasnodar Region bilingual magazine is a social and economic, public and cultural periodical.

The magazine places high emphasis on international links of the Kuban region and investment projects that are implemented in the territory of the region with the participation of an international business. The periodical also monitors the social, economic and political development of Krasnodar Region, contains the analysis of the investment activity of the region, and reports about the internal and external policy of the region, its leaders and outstanding citizens, businessmen, sportsmen.

The magazine is not limited to just numbers and facts but provides its readers with comprehensive and reliable information, presents trends, analytics, forecasts, ratings, describing the state of production branches and publishing interviews with key persons of the region.

The magazine holds an open and independent position, and carries out an active public activity, earning increasingly greater reputation from year to year.

Business-Dialog Media LLC

The publishing and communication group BUSINESS-DIALOG MEDIA was established in 2014. To date, the publishing division produces a line of 7 magazines, among them BUSINESS-DIALOG Media (a regional business magazine of the Moscow region), Russian Business Guide (an international business magazine published in Russian and English languages), Dialog WeekenD (the only information and entertainment slick magazine of the Moscow region), Energy, Housing and Utilities Services of the Moscow Region (a branch regional magazine), BUSINESS-DIALOG Municipality (a magazine on the socio-economic development of municipalities in the Moscow region), etc.

Production BUSINESS-DIALOG MEDIA carries out the production of presentation, documentary business films, commercials. The Production cooperates with federal and regional television channels in broadcasting video content. The Production realizes successful projects on industrial photography, aerial photography.

BUSINESS-DIALOG MEDIA organizes discussion sites, an interview-club “Russian Business Guide. Business meetings” for business representatives.

In April 2017, following the results of the contest “Economic Revival of Russia”, BUSINESS DIALOGUE MEDIA was recognized as the best regional business publishing house in Russia.

The publishing and communication group cooperates with the majority of public associations of business. It is a partner of federal, regional and international business forums.

Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters provides professionals with the intelligence, technology and human expertise they need to find trusted answers. We enable professionals in the financial and risk, legal, tax and accounting, and media markets to make the decisions that matter most, all powered by the world's most trusted news organization. Thomson Reuters shares are listed on the Toronto and New York Stock Exchanges (symbol: TRI).


RBC is a leading Russian media holding, with leadership positions in news and business media, as well as in domain name registration and hosting. The company’s history counts more than 20 years. RBC employs key media platforms such as the Internet,TV,and press,develops B2B media services,and provides domain registration and hosting services (RU-CENTER Group).

RBC’s aggregate monthly business audience exceeds 34m people (source: TNS data, including overlapping audience). At the same time, has continually been ranked among top online media in the citation ranking (source: Medialogia data for 2014).

RU-CENTER Group provides services to more than 1 million users, with major Russian companies and leading players on the Internet market among them.
In 2013, RBC’s brand was valued at RUB 10.6bn by Interbrand, an international branding agency, making it 24th out of 40 most valuable Russian brands.

The publishing house “Komsomolskaya Pravda”

The publishing house “Komsomolskaya Pravda” is the largest Russian media holding. It consists of the daily and weekly newspaper «Komsomolskaya Pravda», the magazine “TV Program” and the weekly newspaper “Express-gazeta”. Group's portfolio also includes: websites KP.RU,,, radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda” with the Federal broadcasting as well as printing locations in the largest cities of the Russian Federation.

The newspaper “Komsomolskaya Pravda” is distributed in more than 450 cities in 85 regions of Russia. Our digests come out in 11 CIS countries and in 37 countries around the world – from Australia to Canada.

Website KP.RU is included in the first Russian “The Three” in terms of coverage in a “media and news” category. Every day 2 000 000 people visit the website KP.RU

Radio “Komsomolskaya Pravda” is broadcasting in 400 cities of Russia. Twice the winner of the “The best news radio station” Radio Station Awards (2014, 2015) and the
Radio Station Awards (2016) winner in the “The best business radio station” nomination.

RT channel

RT is a global, round-the-clock news network that includes eight TV channels broadcasting news, current affairs, and documentary content, digital platforms in six languages, and a global multimedia news agency Ruptly. In Moscow, RT Studios broadcast 24/7 in English, Spanish, Arabic, while RT America broadcasts from its own Washington, DC studios, RT UK airs from London, and RT France broadcasts from Paris. Today, RT has a global audience of 70 million viewers weekly–half of which watch RT daily–in the 38 of the more than 100+ countries where RT is available. RT creates news with an edge by inspiring viewers to question more. It covers stories overlooked by the mainstream media, provides alternative perspectives on major global events, and acquaints international audiences with a Russian viewpoint. RT is the most watched TV news network on YouTube with more than 5 billion views. It is also the winner of the Monte Carlo TV Festival Award for best 24-hour newscast and a five-time Emmy finalist for news.


“EXPERT” is the exclusive business weekly that works at economics, business, social and political processes deeply and professionally. Over the years, “EXPERT” has become not just a magazine, but business partner to hundreds of business owners, topmanagers, executives, and managers at various levels all over the country. “EXPERT” is a desk edition of the decision makers.

“EXPERT” is not limited to facts and figures, but gives readers the volume and reliable information, representing the trends, analysis, forecasts, ratings, characterizing the state of industries, publishing interviews with key figures in business. The magazine holds an open and independent position, leads an active social life, gaining more and more great reputation each year.

JSC “Argumenty i Fakty”, Publishing house

Publishing house “Argumenty i Fakty” publishes same-titled and the largest weekly edition in Russia, as well as regional and topical applications.

“Argumenty i Fakty” is the federal weekly newspaper number 1, a leader among of the social-political weekly in audience, sales, subscription and federal quality of edition (according to Mediascope and the Bureau of edition audit).

Web-site of the Publishing House “Argumenty i Facty” is ranked in the top-10 Russian media reports, according to Liveinternet and Mediascope. Monthly site visits more than 18 million people.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Publishing house «Argumenty i Fakty» Ruslan Novikov.

Editor in chief of the newspaper “Argumenty i Fakty” Igor Chernyak.

Living Planet

Living Planet is the nation's main TV nature channel.

Viewers are able to observe Russian nature in all its different forms through the expeditions of the channel's crew and the best Russian and foreign documentaries.

Living Planet talks about the life of the Far Eastern leopard, the Amur tiger and the fish owl. We show the real work of vets, teach how to survive in the wild whilst treating it with care and actively involve ourselves in public life, compiling annual environmental ratings of domestic businesses.

Living Planet's mission is to make Russians proud of their country's nature and to teach them how to better understand its language.

The channel is part of the DTR (VGTRK / Rostelecom) digital package's informative range. Living Planet boasts an audience of over 14 million subscribers.

“Business Crimea” Magazine

LLC Management company “National Banking Journal”

The National Banking Journal is the national scale business edition, devoted to the problems of the banking community. It was established by Association of Russian Banks in November, 2003.

The magazine covers a state of the domestic banking market, its part in the development of national economy and society, its place in the world financial system.

Three topical sections “Banks & World”, “Banks & Business”, “Banks & Society” disclose peculiarities of the bank community’s life and its activity in Russia and abroad. Every issue has a key topic, and basic articles refer to it.

Russian TV business channel WBC

World Business Channel is a Russian 24-hour cable and internet TV channel about business. It is a platform for the business community on the territory of Russia, as well as abroad. Audience: businessmen and top-managers.

WBC primarly carries interviews, analytical and discussion programs, documentaries. Anchors are businessmen and top managers.

WBC's large video-library on business subject has an extensive collection of interviews and unique footages of the enterprises.

WBC is the territory of business: for those who know that everything is achievable!

The Strategy Journal

The Strategy Journal is a Russian-language business analytics magazine. Available in print and digital: website and quarterly print edition distributed through subscription and circulation at Russia’s key business events through exclusive partnership.

The magazine's readership is federal and regional governments officials, top business managers, industry analysts and ACIG Group partners.

The English online edition is available for international readers.

The business magazine features articles, commentaries and opinions of state officials and top-managers of the largest Russian and global businesses, eminent scientists, educators, public figures and leading sustainable development experts and practitioners. 

BRICS Business Magazine

BRICS Business Magazine is a bookazine – a book-like magazine – addressed to global investors, business executives, politicians, and experts. A business and humanitarian publication on rapid-growth markets, it is issued four times a year and explains how to understand others. The goal of the project is to organize a direct information exchange between the BRICS countries and other emerging markets, to help bridge communities, guide investors and lead nations. The magazine is published in two language versions – English and Russian.

The Chairman of the Editorial Board is Ruben Vardanyan, entrepreneur and philanthropist, cofounder of the RVVZ Foundation, cofounder of Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO, Member of the Boards of KAMAZ, SIBUR Holding, United Grain Company and other corporations.

FederalPress Russian News & Information Agency

FederalPress Russian News & Information Agency is the largest multiregional media holding that provides timely information, analytics, and research in politics and economy to public authorities and the political and business establishment of Russian regions and the official Moscow.

In the 14 years of work in Russian regions, FederalPress has acquired a reputation of an authoritative and influential information resource among the Russian political and business elite.

FederalPress Russian News & Information Agency focuses on a target audience that may be characterized as “influence groups”: federal and regional structures of public and municipal government agencies; experts in various areas of economics and finance; federal and regional mass media.

Currently, FederalPress Russian News & Information Agency is a mass media outlet that largely influences the agenda: the latest news, key topics in politics and economy of Russian regions, Internet TV, expert opinions and blogs, news coverage, journalist research, analytical articles, and ratings.

Monthly traffic numbers over 6,000,000 visitors. 

Kurortniy Olymp Magazine

This magazine about travel and leisure in Russia is intended for a broad readership and includes interesting and up-to-date information about domestic tourism and its development prospects.

It also includes lively, vivid material on a variety of subjects, raises acute questions and presents authoritative opinions based on independent monitoring and social surveys. The analytical materials and expert forecasts in the magazine supplement interviews and commentaries by eminent specialists in the field, travel articles, overviews of tourist attractions and interesting stories written specially for the magazine. 

The publication is the information partner of a number of renowned events and strikingly presents the tourist potential of the regions at major Russian and foreign exhibitions and forums, thereby helping increase the tourist flows to the country’s resorts.

“New Kuban”

“New Kuban” – modern social-political Kuban news agency, which provides timely and true information about the most important international, federal and regional events. News, reports, exclusive interviews and comments of influential representatives in business, political and cultural life of the Kuban.

Writing team “NK” are the wellknown kuban journalists, experts, analysts and own correspondents.

“New Kuban” set the following objectives and goals: promotion of development and updating in Krasnodarsky krai, support and providing direct and ongoing dialogue between citizens and the governor, involvement of citizens, organizations and institutions in continuous cooperative work to define the priorities of our region.

The magazine “Russian Business Guide”

Launched in 2006, is the official printed edition of the chamber of Commerce and industry of the Russian Federation (CCI RF).

Publisher – The International Institute of management of business associations (IIMBA).

The Institute provides services in the field of business education for managers and specialists of CCI RF, business associations, authorities, entrepreneurs.

The main objectives of the journal is to promote the formation of positive business image of Russia and Russian business structures, showing the role played by the  CCI RF in support of small and medium business in the country, promotion of the interests of Russian entrepreneurs abroad.

The journal is published with the support of the CCI RF, Central exhibition complex Expocenter, World Trade Center of Moscow. The project partners are the Corporation for the development of small and medium business, the School of education of the Russian export center.

It is published in Russian with a circulation of 3000 copies.

Sovetsky Sport

Sovetsky Sport is Russia's leading sports publishing group, established in 1924. Today, Sovetsky Sport comprises a multimedia online portal, internet TV and mobile apps, a daily newspaper, and weekly supplements Sovetsky Sport Football, Sovetsky Sport Hockey and Sovetsky Sport Life&Style. It has a distribution network across 35 cities throughout Russia and a circulation of more than 5 million unique users.

“Russian Highways”

“Russian Highways” (“Avtodor”) State Company was founded in 2009 with the purpose to form and develop the national network of highways and motorways, attract private funding to road infrastructure projects, establish new markets and forms of economic activity in Russia.

“Avtodor” performs concession agreements and other PPP projects in the road sector, provides design, construction and operation of highways and motorways, development of roadside facilities including service areas as well as implements innovative programs in the road industry.

Highways and motorways under management: M-1 “Belarus”, M-4 “Don”, M-3 “Ukraine”, M-11 “Moscow – St. Petersburg”, Central Ring Road in Moscow region.

Long-term Performance Program of “Avtodor” (2010 – 2021) stipulates 1 421,6 billion roubles of investments of which 492,5 billion roubles is private funding.

CJSC Transmashholding

Joint Stock Company Transmashholding is a leading company in the Russian transport machine building sector. Enterprises of the Group manufacture mainline and industrial electric locomotives, mainline and shunting diesel locomotives, freight wagons and passenger coaches, EMUs and metros, rail buses, tramways, diesel engines of various applications, casting and other products. The Company provides maintenance services in relation to the manufactured products, also through life cycle contracts.

Renova Group of companies

Renova Group is a major private Russian business group which owns and manages assets in the metallurgy, mining, chemical, construction, transport, energy, telecommunications, high-tech engineering, public utilities, medical, and financial sectors in Russia and abroad (CIS, Switzerland, Italy, South Africa, and the United States of America). Renova is a strategic investor, which acquires assets in industries with significant growth and consolidation potential. Renova participates in research and development into high-end technologies with applications in a variety of businesses.

Renova’s largest assets include interests in UC RUSAL, T Plus, Octo Telematics, and Swiss-based high-tech engineering groups Schmolz+Bickenbach, OC Oerlikon, and Sulzer.

The Group operates in 38 regions of Russia and has 136,000 employees.

Joint Stock Company “Russian Railways”

Joint Stock Company “Russian Railways” is one of the largest rail companies in the world with huge volumes of passenger and freight transportation.

The company has high financial ratings, qualified specialists in all the rail business spheres, extensive scientific and technological basis, project and construction facilities, experience in international cooperation.

100% of the stock of the company operating the railways network as long as 85,3 thousand kilometers belongs to the Russian Federation.

Every year Russian Railways carries more than 1 billion passengers and ships up to 45% of the country's cargo turnover (including pipelines).

Russian Railways belongs to the top 3 of the world rail industry leaders.

The company’s mission is to meet the market demand for transportation services, increase efficiency, quality of services and deep integration into the Eurasian transport system.

Inter RAO

Inter RAO is a diversified energy holding working in various segments of Russian and international electric power industry. Inter RAO is a leading exporter and importer of electric energy in Russia actively increasing electricity generation and sales, and developing new lines of business.

The corporate strategy of Inter RAO is focused on making Inter RAO a global energy enterprise, a key player in the global energy market, and the leading Russian energy company by energy efficiency. Inter RAO Group owns and operates approximately 32,7 GW of installed power generating capacity. 

CJSC “Korenovskiy Milk Processing Factory”

CJSC “Korenovskiy Milk Processing Factory” is one of the oldest milk processing plants in Krasnodar region. From year to year the factory products wins a gold medals in the nomination “For the best dairy products”, takes top places and has numerous diplomas. Consumers know a trademark “Cow from Korenovka” not only in Russia, but also in the CIS countries and the European Union countries.

The main products of CJSC “Korenovskiy Milk Processing Factory” are:

- Canned milk
- Dairy butter
- Whole - milk products
- Ice cream

Factory policy aims to produce environmentally friendly products because we using only natural raw materials in our production process. Daily plant receives more than 600 tons of raw milk and delivers over 500 tons of end products.

For all the time of activities of CJSC “Korenovskiy Milk Processing Factory”, the top management implements effectively the measures which are aimed at preserving jobs, modernization and diversification of production, the expansion of jobs due to the construction of new work sections and the expansion of production – today the average number of manpower is more than 2500 people.

Orimi Trade Group

Orimi Trade Group of Companies is the largest producer of tea and roasted coffee in Russia.  Orimi Trade Group of Companies is rated in 400 largest Russian companies list published by “Expert” magazine.

The Group integrates all functions for creating and promoting its consumer products including import of bulk tea and coffee from the major origin countries, development of unique proprietary tea and coffee blends, production of all types of tea and coffee consumer products, multi-level production and management control systems, logistics, sales, marketing, advertising support, customs clearance and export.

The company brands – Greenfield and TESS teas, coffees Jardin – are among most well-known and popular in Russia. The major asset of Orimi Trade Group of Companies is Orimi LLC tea and coffee producing factory. Orimi LLC factory is the key production facility of Russia’s tea and coffee industry. It is included in the List of Strategic Enterprises of Russia approved by the country’s cabinet of ministers.

Orimi Trade products are sold in the EU, the USA, Canada, Israel, Saudi Arabia and the CIS countries.

Nestlé in Russia&Eurasia region

Nestlé, the world’s leading Health, Nutrition and Wellness Company, is committed to bringing good food and good life to consumers everywhere.

Today, Nestlé is the Russian market leader in most of its categories like soluble coffee, coffee systems and coffee capsules, culinary, breakfast cereals and instant porridge, infant nutrition and holds strong positions in confectionery and pet food.

In 2016 Nestlé reached 12% sales growth vs 2015 with 114.4 bln Rub total sales in Russia and Eurasia region. For the period of 1996-2016 Nestlé cumulative investment into Russian economy exceeded $1.91 billion.

Geographically, Nestlé Eurasia region includes countries such as Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Mongolia, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan. Across Russia and Eurasia region Nestlé employs about 10 thousand people. The company operates 10 factories, of which 8 are located in Russia allowing Nestlé to locally produce more than 90% of what is being sold on the regional market.

“Krasnodar Tea Union”

Krasnodar’s tea is common name of tea grown in different areas of Greater Sochi. Only our company grows native tea in its historic homeland - on the very plantations in the village Solokh-Aul, where more than a hundred years ago the first tea bush in Russia has been grown.

Solokh-Aul is a small village 30 km from the sea, which is divided into Upper and Lower. It is here, among the beautiful green slopes, near the cool waters of mountain river Shahe our gardens are stretched.

The assortment of our tea consist of 23types, including “Krasnopolyanskiy” and “Dombayskiy” tea. Their recipe was developed by best teataster of the company.
This year we developed new blends of tea from Sochi plantations. Our product line can easily compete with foreign analogues. Only the taste of Krasnodar tea differs moderate astringency and diverse aftertaste.

We don’t invent the taste, we keep it!

Public Joint Stock Company “Abrau-Durso”

PJSC “Abrau-Durso” is a group of companies operating in the wine production and sales industry, as well as in viticulture and wine tourism. The Abrau-Durso Group of Companies holds a leading position in the Russian market for sparkling and still wines. The Abrau-Durso estate was established by a Decree of Russian Emperor Alexander II, on November 25, 1870. Since 2006 more than 130 million USD has been invested in modernising the production facilities at Abrau-Durso. Sparkling wine is produced by the classical method and the Charmat method. The Group's brands 'Imperial', 'Abrau-Durso Victor Dravigny', 'Russian Champagne', and 'Abrau Light' are distributed throughout most regions of Russia. The wines are exported to more than 15 countries. The wine tourism center in Abrau-Durso – which is a part of the largest tourism cluster of Krasnodar Region - was visited in 2016-2017 by approximately 500 thousand people.

Coca-Cola in Russia

Coca-Cola system in Russia is formed by “Coca-Cola Soft Drink Consulting” LLC and Coca-Cola HBC Russia  that makes it  one of the leaders on soft-drink market and one of the country’s largest foreign investors with over $5,7 billion investment into the Russian economy. Coca-Cola system in Russia uses up to 90% of local ingredients and materials for soft drinks production.

Coca-Cola system in Russia, comprises manufacturing modern facilities, directly employs up to 10,000 highly qualified individuals and generates about 60,000 additional jobs in related industries.

Within Russia, our product range includes high-quality non-alcoholic beverages: Coca-Cola, Coca-Cola Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Powerade, BonAqua, Schweppes, Dobry, Rich, Moya Semya, Pulpy, Fuzetea, Burn and Monster.

Coca-Cola is the official sponsor of the Russian Football Union, the official sponsor of the Russian national football team, as well as the sponsor of the All-Russian Children and Youth Tournament “The Leather Ball - the Cup of Coca-Cola”, in which more than 500,000 young players take part each year.

Coca-Cola is proud to be an integral part of Russia, and an active participant in the continuing development of the country’s economy.

Moёt Hennessy

Moёt Hennessy is a part of LVMH group – a world leader at the luxury goods market – possessing a unique portfolio of 60 upscale brands.

Moёt Hennessy comprises such outstanding Houses as Hennessy, Dom Perignon, Krug, Moёt&Chandon, Ruinart, Veuve Clicquot, Mercier, Glenmorangie, Ardbeg, Belvedere, Chandon, Estates&Wines.

Each House creates products that embody unique savoir-faire, integrating a carefully preserved heritage and modern trends.

These exquisite creations make the Houses ambassadors of a distinctively refined art de vivre.

Russian Post

Russian Post is a federal post operator, is included in the Russian Federation strategic companies list. It includes 42,000 offices across the country and has one of the biggest staff – about 350,000 post workers.

Every year, Russian Post delivers over 2.5 billion letters and bills (of them 1 billion letters are from state authorities) and 365 million parcels. Russian Post services about 20 million subscribers in Russia by delivering 1 billion copies of print publications per year. The annual volume of transactions processed by Russian Post is 3.3 trillion rubles (pensions, payments and transfers).

In 2017 Russian Post has processed a record number of international postal items with merchandize – more than 284 million, which is 26% higher than previous year (225 million items) and more than 10 times higher than 2012 (21.7 million items). Postal export from the Russian Federation in 2017 increased by 13%, comprising about 3 million items.


Natural water BAIKAL PEARL comes from an artesian subsurface source at depth of more than 60 meters, in close proximity to Lake Baikal. Water from the aquifer flows into Baikal and is virtually identical to deep water, however there is a very important distinction – it contains useful minerals. Age of the water is approximately 20 million years, which is the age of Lake Baikal itself. Natural water BAIKAL PEARL is securely concealed in the formations and protected against any external impact, which guarantees its supreme quality. The bottle’s design and logo are created to enable each buyer to see his/her own Baikal in it. The key elements are petroglyphs from a cliff on the shore of Lake Baikal named Sagan Zaba, and a water line shown in a wave shape.

Management Company LLC METALLOINVEST

Metalloinvest is a global leader in merchant hot briquetted iron (HBI) production, a major producer and supplier of iron ore and steel products and one of the regional producers of high-quality steel.

Metalloinvest owns some of Russia’s leading metals and mining enterprises: Lebedinsky GOK and Mikhailovsky GOK, OEMK, Ural Steel and Ural Scrap Company, as well as businesses providing services and supplies of raw materials to mining and steel enterprises.
The Company has the world’s second-largest measured iron ore reserve base in the world with approximately 14.2 billion tonnes on a JORC-equivalent basis. This equates to a mine life of around 140 years at current mining levels. Metalloinvest is the world’s second-largest pellet producer and a regional leader in production of niche grades of high-quality rolled steel. OEMK and Ural Steel together produce more than 2,000 grades of steel.

Mars, Incorporated

Mars, Incorporated is a private, family-owned business with more than a century of history, $35 billion in sales, and six diverse business segments producing some of the world's best-loved brands: M&M’S®, PEDIGREE®, WHISKAS®, ORBIT®, SKITTLES® и UNCLE BEN’S®.

Based in McLean, Virginia, Mars has net sales of more than $35 billion, six business segments including Petcare, Chocolate, Wrigley, Food, Drinks, Symbioscience, and more than 100,000 Associates worldwide that are putting Five Principles of Quality, Efficiency, Responsibility, Mutuality and Freedom – strive every day to create relationships with our stakeholders that deliver growth we are proud of.

Mars started business in Russia in 1991 and has invested over $2 billion in the Russian market. Currently, Mars has 10 factories in Russia to produce pet food, chocolate, chewing gum, and confectioneries.

Association of Lawyers of Russia

The Association of Lawyers of Russia was established on 22 December 2005, reunites 35 000 lawyers, has 84 regional departments, 550 local departments, 750 free legal assistance centres in all the subjects of the Russian Federation, 76 young lawyers councils attached to the regional departments.

The Association accredits legal higher education institutions and faculties, carries out expertise of regulatory acts and drafts hereof, implements educational set of measures aimed to develop an intolerant attitude towards the corruption in the society.

The Association has established and holds the following awarding ceremonies: Highest Legal Award “Lawyer of the Year”, V.A. Tumanov Award, O.E. Kutafin Medal, M.M. Speranskiy All-Russian Legal Award, S.S. Alexeyev Award “For Merit in Jurisprudence”, G.R. Derzhavin Russian National Legal Award, G.F. Shershenevich Russian Legal Award, Y.K. Kalmykov All-Russian Legal Award “For Honour and Dignity”, All-Russian Award in Law among Mass Media.

The Association’s activities in the youth sphere are organised and conducted by the Coordination Council of Young Lawyers.

The group of companies “Novotrans”

The group of companies “Novotrans” was founded in 2004.

At present, Novotrans is one of the largest railway rolling stock operators in Russia and the CIS.

Own repair production renders a full complex of services on technical and service maintenance of freight cars.

Association of Innovative Regions of Russia

The Association of Innovative Regions of Russia (AIRR) is consisted of 14 strongest and most innovative constituent entities of the Russian Federation.

The list of the Association’s members includes: Republic of Bashkortostan, Republic of Tatarstan, Republic of Mordovia, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Perm Territory, Tomsk region, Novosibirsk region, Irkutsk region, Kaluga region, Lipetsk region, Samara region, Tyumen region, Ulyanovsk region, Altai Territory.

The aim of the Association is to promote economic partnership of the regions-members of the Association, which is built on the complex representation of their interests at the interregional, federal and international levels.

Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration

RANEPA is one of Russia's leading universities in the areas of public policy, public administration, and business administration.

Today RANEPA constitutes a multi-tier educational, research, and training system that reflects a philosophy of life-long learning. RANEPA offers educational and training programs to serve the learning needs of civil servants, entrepreneurs, managers, financiers, and lawyers.

 RANEPA is commited to:

  • life-long learning

  • an individualized approach to learning

  • internationalization

  • embracing new educational technologies

  • competency-based education

  • developing centers of excellence

Over the years, RANEPA has developed unique programs to train civil servants for federal and regional authorities in Russia. Generations of Russian civil servants have received their training at RANEPA receiving first undergraduate degrees and later attending graduate and short-term programs. RANEPA dominates the field of professional education for top-level managers at Russian enterprises. RANEPA was a pioneer in the domestic MBA program market and was the first in Russia to receive international accreditation for its MBA program.

Universa Blockchain Platform

Universa Blockchain Platform is a protocol and a blockchain platform for building business applications aimed at addressing the tasks of the production sector of the economy. Advantages of the platform: up to 22,000 transactions per second, extremely low transaction cost, wide range of applications – from electronic access keys to direct interbank payments. Universa is not a provider of crypto-currency, but offers a technology for decentralized management and reception of any crypto-protected documents and ready-made services for working with them.

The Russian Triathlon Federation

The Russian Triathlon Federation (RTF) is an all-Russia public organization officially authorized to develop the triathlon in Russia. Together with the Ministry of Sport of Russia, the RTF provides for preparation of the Russian national team members for competing at international events. The RTF also acts as an educational institution in the sphere of sport, providing training and certification of coaches, while also offering advisory and methodical support for competition hosts and promoting development of children’s triathlon.

Today, triathlon is one of the most dynamically developing sports in Russia. The country is seeing a real triathlon boom. The best achievements throughout the history of Russian professional triathlon have been the victory by Ivan Vasiliev at the European Championship in 2013 and the third place claimed by Dmitry Polyansky in the 2012 World Triathlon Series. Most of Russia’s amateur triathletes are businessmen and top managers.

The President of the Russian Triathlon Federation is Peter Ivanov.

Vesna Hotel

Vesna Hotel is an excellent venue for comprehensive individual leisure activities, business meetings, seminars, conferences and training sessions of Russian national teams.

The Vesna, located in the resort area of the Adler District, is only 15 minutes from the airport and railway station, 25 minutes from the centre of Sochi and 40 minutes from the Krasnaya Polyana mountain ski resort.

A special feature of the Vesna Hotel is its huge sports complex named after the famous Russian wrestler Alexander Karelin.

It is, indeed, a unique complex with:

  • gyms with an area of 2,500 and 1,500 sq. m;

  • a football field covered with latest generation artificial grass;

  • spacious fitness halls with Finnish saunas, covering a total of 560 sq. m;

  • a 25-metre five-lane swimming pool;

  • outdoor and indoor tennis courts

all under one roof!

A gym is an ideal place for wrestling and team sports, such as volleyball, basketball, handball, tennis, mini football, etc.

You may also enjoy a Finnish sauna.

Highly qualified instructors are always available at the gym to provide support and help. You can stretch your muscles and relax after an intense workout using the Flexibility Technogym equipment. To enhance your agility, flexibility and coordination, use the Kinesis Technogym systems.

In addition to a gym workout, you may also join group exercises. There is a broad choice of fitness programmes: from calm and relaxing ones to reduce stress and tension to more intense workouts for those wishing to lose weight.

To gain excellent sports results, you may always seek advice from the specialists of the complex.

The Karelin sports complex is a regular venue for tournaments and competitions in freestyle wrestling, judo, Greco-Roman wrestling, volleyball, handball, tennis and mini football, rhythmic gymnastics, synchronised and underwater swimming, and it is also a permanent training site for many Olympic champions.