On Thursday, Joulupukki, the Finnish Father Christmas, visited the Finnish embassy in Moscow. Joulupukki said he had come to Moscow just for two days, in particular, to congratulate clients of the visa department, their future guests, who are going to celebrate Christmas in Finland or to spend their holidays there. He speaks good Russian, still he preferred to communicate with the press by means of an interpreter. "The greatest influx of Russian tourists to Finland falls on November and December," Finnish ambassador to Russia Rene Nyrberg told a RIA Novosti correspondent. According to him, Russian visitors to Finland are ranked second after Swedes. The ambassador added that the number of tourists was rapidly growing. Thus, this year the number of Russian tourists was 15 percent higher than in 2000.
US military analysts are concerned about the appearance of a new Russian sniper rifle known as T-5000
On December 14, President Putin holds his annual Q&A session with Russian and foreign journalists. This conference is considered to be the beginning of his presidential campaign