The tradition to hold annual economic forums devoted to Russia in London is a good tradition, Alexander Savostyanov, the head of the PR department of the Novoe Sodrugestvo group, voiced his opinion to RBC. He pointed out that during the forums there had always been different participants, objectives and forms of organizing this event. According to the official, it is a business club, which provides the possibility to see old foreign business partners and meet new partners.
According to Savostyanov, a number of businessmen and companies are traditional participants of the forum. Novoe Sodrugestvo had decided to take part in the forum in order to find foreign businessmen who are interested in cooperation with Russian companies, he specified.
The remarks from the Pope came as "a very strong step towards degradation," "given the rather massive nature of homosexuality" among the Catholic clergy.