Russia's pavilion has been named one of the top 10 most popular sites at Expo 2017. On the twentieth day of the exhibition, they welcomed their 120,000th visitor. Why has the Russian pavilion gained such popularity, and become the center of attraction at EXPO-2017?

Once inside the Russian pavilion, you find yourself in another continent. A visitor faces a futuristic view of the Arctic. Low temperature and unusual design recreated the desolate continent with a harsh climate in the Russian pavilion. There is an installation with small models of innovative developments in the center of the pavilion. Automated models demonstrate how they will work in the near future.

 

YULIYA LOPAREVA, DIRECTOR, RUSSIAN EXPO PAVILION:

 - The Arctic is rich in resources. Russia has been working in this region for many years. You know, we have very big plans for the development of these territories. Moreover, at present, we are working on technologies that will both develop these territories more efficiently and preserve the environment.

These technologies have no analogues in the world, the idea is just impressing. At the Expo, Russia presented a modern atomic icebreaker named "Leader." Rosatom plans to launch it in December. It will become the most powerful vessel in its category, and the energy will be received through a unique nuclear installation. "Leader" is able to break four-meter thick ice. To let visitors understand the scale of the project, a piece of a real Arctic iceberg was delivered to Astana.

 

IRINA KLIMOVA, GUIDE:

 - It is supported by special systems; you can feel the cold here. In the summer heat in Astana, it became a very popular place where people come to cool down, they can also touch the iceberg, as you see, and there are a lot of handprints because everyone wants to touch it. We are taking care of it, polishing it every night, and cooling it off. We will maintain the necessary temperature throughout the summer until the end of the exhibition.

Russian icebreakers operate in frozen Arctic waters year-round. These giants help discover unexplored expanses of permafrost. Russia is the only country in the world that has its own fleet of nuclear icebreakers. Russia is certainly proud of it and constantly improves the ships' characteristics. This part of the pavilion showcases a real Arctic town, with a hospital, a school and a children's playground. This model presents the project of a future floating nuclear power plant. It is fully automated and mobile. It will provide electricity to the northern cities cut off from civilization.

 

IRINA KLIMOVA, GUIDE:

 - It will be installed in Pevek, in the Arctic Ocean. It will work on special uranium tablets; this is also an innovative development. Each of them has two 35 megawatt reactors, and will be able to provide power to a city with a population of 25,000 people and also to the factories for forty years, until about 2055.

The economic model of Russia is being built on an optimal balance, taking into account the best practices of traditional and renewable energy, without minimum impact on the environment. The country pays special attention to preservation of the environment. The whole sector of the Russian pavilion is devoted to this topic.

 

MARIYA NIKOLAYEVA, GUIDE:

 - Here we have an exhibition named "Amur Tigers". We talk about this rare animal and raise topics on ecology. 2017 was declared a year of ecology in Russia. By preserving the population of this tiger, we preserve the entire region of the country, including its flora and fauna.

 

Russia has launched a special program to increase the population of the Amur tigers listed in the Red Data Book. Scientific field stations have been established as part of this program. Scientists are increasing the number of these beautiful wild animals. Over the past 32 years, zoologists have increased the number of tigers from 210 to 540. By 2020, according to the scientists' forecasts, the population of the rare predators will reach 700. Russian expo pavilion has gained popularity because its concept is highly informative, accessible and creative, the developers say.

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