Where are they going?
According to Russian government statistics released in March, tourism to Russia is facing a precipitous decline. In 2005, the number of foreign entry visas to Russia fell 17 percent versus 2004, to just 2.3 million, after having declined 9.2 percent from 2003 to 2004.
Yet the Russian State Statistics Service said the number of foreigners entering Russia had held steady over the past year. Apparently, an 18 percent rise in the number of business visa entries counterbalanced the tourist visa declines.
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