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Primorye residents eager to visit APEC summit site on Russky Island

September 18, 2012, 9:00 UTC+3

Almost 100 facilities have been built on Russky Island within three years

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VLADIVOSTOK, September 18 (Itar-Tass) — Over 1,000 Vladivostok citizens visited the campus of Far Eastern Federal University on Russky Island on Monday, the first day of sight-seeing tours organized by the Primorye administration, despite a typhoon hovering over the Russian region.

They could see the conference centre and conference halls of the university, where sessions of the Vladivostok-hosted APEC summit were held two weeks ago. They also examined a modern sports centre and dormitories, as well as walked along a new embankment.

According to the press centre of the regional administration, although the signing up for these tours has continued for only the past two days, more than 3,000 people have applied. With that in view, it has been decided to extend excursions till November 1, although initially they were only planned for September.

Excursions to the island were initiated by region’s Governor Vladimir Miklushevsky. “It is very important to give all Primorye residents an opportunity to see the venue of the APEC summit with their own eyes,” Miklushevsky said. During construction work and preparations for the summit, only construction workers and operating personnel had an access to the campus.

Almost 100 facilities have been built on Russky Island within three years. This is the most up-to-date student quarter in Russia. It includes 11 comfortable dormitories, modern educational buildings and labs, an oceanarium of the Far Eastern branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, a technopark and a student centre, sports facilities, as well as exhibition and concert halls.

Some facilities have already been commissioned and after they have been cleaned, students will begin moving in. Some buildings, such as the lab building and the oceanarium are still under construction.

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