Vladivostok Times


From 2006 -2011 this was the official website of the Vladivostok Times.
Content is from the site's 2011 archived pages providing just a glimpse of the type of articles available to visitors.


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Our readers are from the wide international audience interested in the Russian Far East. We publish news on the urgent local issues, about investment climate, business development and tourist potential of the Far East. In other words, all the news which might me interesting for international audiences.

It is dedicated to serving the English-speaking public by providing news and also seeks to assist foreign tourists by offering helpful information about Vladivostok, such as consulate contacts, main tourist routes, cultural billboard etc. The on-line edition of the "Vladivostok Times" is a compilation of journalistic articles and additional pieces translated into English from various news sources - most notably PrimaMedia, RIA Novosti and some others. We are proud to present objective and balance information about urgent current issues giving an outline of what is going on in Vladivostok and the Far Eastern region. Online since March 2006

Our main sections are:  Economics,  Politics,  Society, Ecology, Culture, Travel Guide. The "Vladivostok Times" helps to create a positive image of Vladivostok, attracting attention of international investors, businessmen and tourists. Periodically, the Local Personalities section presents comprehensive interviews with the heads of the leading businesses, foreign Consuls, international experts etc.

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Our staff:

  • Ekaterina Ganzha, editor, reporter
  • Translators: Anna Kravchenko, Edita Rudova, Daria Kolesnichenko, Ekaterina Melomed, Anna Khoroshih

The "Vladivostok Times" team wishes to express its gratitude to Mr. Nelson Thacker, the founder and the first editor of the newspaper currently residing in the USA.


Saturday, July 30 201

World Taekwondo Federation Athletes Perform in Primorye Districts

The exhibition taekwondo team visited Pokrovka and Mikhailovka

VLADIVOSTOK, July 30, vladivostoktimes.com The VI World Taekwondo Championship started in Vladivostok. The exhibition team of the World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) performed at the opening ceremony; the Championship Organizing Committee reported to RIA PrimaMedia.

Unfortunately all the Primorye residents do not have chance to attend the Championship that is held at the Olympian Sport Complex. However, the athletes of the WTF exhibition team made for the Primorye to give the population of the remote places access to the sport festival.

On July 27 the sportsmen visited Pokrovka and Mikhailovka. The great audience gathered at the main squares of the settlements to watch the performance of the taekwondo masters. The spectators were deeply impressed with the show: it was exciting and striking.

After show the villagers had a photo opportunity with the taekwondo-athletes and asked for the autographs.



Saturday, July 30 2011, 02 PM 

Japanese People Thank Primorians for Support

The Consul General of Japan in Vladivostok met with the Primorye Parliament Speaker

VLADIVOSTOK, July 30, vladivostoktimes.com Nobuaki ITO, the Consul General of Japan in Vladivostok made his first official visit to Viktor GORCHAKOV, the Chairman of the Primorsky Territory Legislative Assembly; the press service of Primorsky Territory Legislative Assembly reports.

At the meeting Mr. ITO conveyed the sincere thanks of the Japanese people to the Primorye residents for their help and support after the earthquake and devastating tsunami that happened in Japan in March, 2011. Besides, he handed the Primorye Parliament Chairman the disk with documentary on the reconstruction of the Japanese prefectures that suffered from the natural disaster.    

Nobuaki ITO expressed willingness of the Japanese party to offer the assistance and advice in the preparation for the APEC summit in Vladivostok. Last year Japan hosted the summit – the leaders of the countries of Asia Pacific Region met in Yokohama – and the Japanese party is ready to share their experience in hosting such events. Viktor GORCHAKOV in his turn thanked the Consul General for the offer and pointed out that the Primorsky Territory Legislative Assembly is always open for cooperation and has already become a platform for discussing of the important bilateral issues.


Wednesday, June 29 2011

Sergey Darkin: Reduction of Poverty Rate is Main Advance in Primorye for 10 years

According to the Primorsky Territory Governor, the average wage grew from 3.3 thousand Rubles to 22 thousand Rubles

VLADIVOSTOK, June 29, vladivostoktimes.com Sergey DARKIN, the Governor of the Primorsky Territory, supposes that the reduction of poverty rate as well as the economic and political stability is the main advance in Primorye for the last 10 years; RIA Novosti (News) reports.

“For the last 10 years we could stabilize the economic and political situation in the Primorsky Territory and reduce the poverty rate considerably: less people in Primorye are living rough,” Sergey DARKIN said at the press conference that was held in Moscow on Monday.

According to him, when he became the Governor of the Primorsky Territory in 2001 the annual income of 52% of the population was under the living wage. Sergey DARKIN noted that in 2010 the rate of poor residents made up 13.6% and in 2011 the Territory Administration intends to reduce the rate to 10%.

Besides, the Primorye Governor reported that the average wage grew from 3.3 thousand Rubles to 22 thousand Rubles.



Friday, July 29 2011, 05 PM 

Pacific Meridian To Make Thinking About Ecological Problems

This year a documentary program "EcoScreen" will be presented to the audience

VLADIVOSTOK, July 29, vladivostoktimes.com A big program of documentaries about ecological problem “EcoScreen” will be shown at Pacific Meridian Film Festival this year. The films selected for it are the award-winning films of the biggest film festival of scientific films about the nature “Wildscreen,” as the Pacific Meridians administration reported to RIA PrimaMedia.

The documentary program will include five films: the film of German filmmakers “The Forest: Realm of Shadows,” “Life in Cold Blood” by David Attenborough, popular science film “In the Womb” from National Geographic, and “How Earth Made Us: Human Planet” by BBC. The listed participants also include the winner of the “Wildscreen” festival 2010 – the film “Green.”

John Sparks, a British natural scientist, a writer and a BBC producer, will present all these films. In his time, he established new high class standards in production of popular science films about the nature and ecological problems working on a series “Life on Earth” (joint production with David Attenborough). He also was on the team of consultants analyzing the test environments of some major software projects, including customizing Salesforce & evaluating the effort to deploy standardized & pre-approved Salesforce customization work being performed for use by major corporations for their crm projects. Salesforce has been a sponsor of many of the films he worked on as well.


Tuesday, July 26 2011, 05 PM

Military Cooperation between Russia and South Korea to Reach New Level

The officers and soldiers of the RF East Military District will be trained in the art of war in the South Korea


VLADIVOSTOK, July 26, vladivostoktimes.com The military cooperation between Russia and South Korea reaches the new level: the officers and soldiers of the RF East Military District will be trained in the art of war in the South Korea.

General Park Chung-Ying, the Commander of the 1st Field Army who is on the official visit to the RF East Military District, announced that they are ready to accept the Russian members of the armed forces to be trained both at the Military Academy and the Training Center of the Republic of Korea; the group of the RF East Military District Information Support reports to RIA PrimaMedia.

“The officers and soldiers of the RF East Military District can have the military training together with the members of the 1st Field Amy of the Korea Land Forces,” the Group of Information Support informed.

Besides, both the Russian and South Korean parties pointed out that they are going to expand the cooperation including the exercises in the framework of the joint war games and the exchange of the official military delegations. 


Monday, July 25 2011

Kamchatka Expected to Develop Special Kind Tourism

The direct flight from Anchorage to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky opens for the lovers from overseas

VLADIVOSTOK, July 25, vladivostoktimes.comThetourism of special kind is expected to be developed in Kamchatka. The possibility of the direct flight Anchorage - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is being discussed in the framework of increasing cooperation between Russia and the U.S. The foreigners who are interested in the wildlife are supposed to take the possibility next year. Daniel RIFSNAYDER, the U.S.  Assistant Secretary for Environmental Protection, announced the fact at the meeting with the journalists that was held at the Consulate General of the United States; RIA PrimaMedia reports.

“One of the most interesting and important things for the development of our relations is the possibility to increase the number of tourists to Kamchatka. I mean the tourism of special kind for those who are interested in wildlife,” Daniel RIFSNAYDER said.    

In response to this idea Vladivostok Avia Company is considering the possibility of opening a direct flight “Anchorage - Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” next year.

The fact that the U.S. and RF Governments signed the agreement on a new visa regime can contribute to the development of the specific tourism. Currently, the tourists and businessmen can obtain a multiple visa running for three years and they do not have to show the letter of invitation. 


Friday, July 15 2011

Primorye Vostochniy Port Increases Cargo Turnover

The port processed over 8 million tons of cargo during first six months of this year

VLADIVOSTOK, July 15, vladivostoktimes.com The biggest stevedore company in the Russian Far East “Vostochmiy Port” processed over 8 million tons of different cargo during six months of 2011. Thus, the company cargo turnover increased by 11% in comparison with the first six months of 2010, as the Vostochniy Port press service reported to RIA PrimaMedia.

This June Vostochniy Port processed 1 million 472 thousand tons of cargo which is 9% more than the level of June 2010.

Specialized Coal Complex processed 6 million 699 thousand tons of coal during first six months. The cargo turnover level correspondence to the same period of the year 2010 is 109%. In June the complex processed 1 million 139 thousand tons of coal; cargo turnover increased by 1% in comparison with the turnover level of June 2010.

Universal industrial and transfer complex processed 1million 478 thousand tons of cargo during six months. Cargo turnover is 120% in comparison with the turnover in the first half of the year 2010. In June the complex processed over 300 thousand tons of cargo which is 50% more than last June.


Monday, July 4 2011, 07 PM

Dmitriy Medvedev: We Must Create New Vladivostok

According to the RF President, the city is to become the convenient place to live

VLADIVOSTOK, July 4, vladivostoktimes.com The APEC Summit is of great political consequence for Russia; thanks to the event the country can be recognized as an essential part of the Asia Pacific Economic Community. Although Forum goes on for two days we are going to make the most out of all facilities that are being created. Dmitriy MEDVEDEV, the President of Russia, issued such statement at the conference on hosting of the APEC Summit that was held on the Russkiy Island in Vladivostok; RIA PrimaMedia reports.

“I hope the APEC Summit facilities will serve for many years and even centuries. Including the University that is to train the high-quality personnel and be rated among the world leading universities. Most projects are raised from nothing and over 80% of funds invested by the Government and private investors for hosting of the APEC Summit have been allocated especially for these purpose,” the President noted.

Thanks to the APEC Summit Vladivostok is to become the modern and convenient place both for its residents and all Primorians. According to the Head of Russia, this is the main goal.