Constantinovsky palace opened after restoration on May 25. According to Rosbalt Manager of Presidential Affairs Vladimir Kozhin said that 'the restoration of Constantinovsky palace-park complex was financed exclusively by fundraising.' He said funds totalling USD 280 million had been raised. Donations ranged from 3 dollars to several million dollars.
Peter the Great dreamed of creating a 'Russian Versailles' at Strelna. The new palace of congresses is intended for greeting foreign leaders and other high-ranking guests. There is a unique system of canals and more than 40 bridges on the territory of the palace and park complex. The VIP-village features 20 comfortable cottages and a helicopter pad. The halls of the pavilion of negotiations, where the international summit will take place on May 30-31, are equipped with state-of-the-art technology.