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First Accession: 12/11/1935 - 25/11/1947
Second Accession: 08/07/1959

Russian involvement in World Expos dates back to the very first, the Great Exhibition of London in 1851. The Soviet Union was a member of the BIE between 1935 and 1947, and re-joined in 1959. The Russian Federation carried on this membership. Russia is an active participant in Specialised and World Expos, and its participation has been rewarded on multiple occasions including the past two World Expos; Expo 2010 Shanghai (Theme Development) and Expo 2015 Milan (Interior and Exhibition Design).

Participation in Expos

Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
Creative Mind: Driving the Future
Architect(s)
Tchoban SPEECH, Simpateka Entertainment Group
Size (m2)
4,562
Location
Mobility
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Theme
United Energy Flow
Size (m2)
1,000
Award
Gold - "Exhibition Design" Category - pavilions larger than 700 m2
National Day
08/09/2017
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Russia’s participation in Expo 2017 Astana was conceptualised in the motto “United Energy Flow.” This motto expressed Russia’s message that the future is in the united flow that pools all of the country’s energy resources, and the future depends on establishing a healthy balance within that powerful flow.

It focused on the country’s energy generation potential and how its unique natural regions can contribute to global energy security.

Russia at Expo 2017 Astana

The three main goals of Russia’s pavilion were:

• To show the diversity of Russia’s energy resources: from history-making discoveries that influenced the energy industry to development of alternative and renewable energy sources;
• To demonstrate the evolution of Russia’s energy development priorities to the public;
• To create a global platform for discussion of global-scale issues of intelligent and effective energy resource management, balanced use of energy sources, and implementation of new technologies in the energy sector.

On entering the pavilion, visitors had the chance to learn about the traditional lifestyle of Russia’s northern peoples and the evolution in their use of naturally-sourced energy. This sequence also presented a history of energy exploration in the Russian Arctic and its potential for the future.

Visitors could then discover different contributions to the energy mix in five different sections that notably showcased hydroelectric engineering, nuclear, and renewable forms of energy production. The latter showcased some of the latest green energy innovations including a solar module with 20% efficiency, a solar-diesel hybrid plant, a TEEMP supercapacitator, and hybrid energy storage units based on supercapacitators and lithium cells.

Russia’s participation at Expo 2017 included a busy programme of 100 cultural, business and policy-related events. During the 12 weeks of the Expo, the Russian pavilion highlighted 12 particular themes relating to smart and efficient energy production and finding a balance between traditional and alternative energy sources. A range of events in line with these themes promoted global discussion among top world experts, state leaders and representatives of major international corporations.

Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
Growing for the World. Cultivating for the Future
Architect(s)
Bureau Speech ( Sergei Choban, Aleksey Ilin, Marina Kuznetskaya)
Size (m2)
4,170
Award
Bronze - "Interior and Exhibition Design" category - pavilions larger than 2,000m²
National Day
10/06/2015
Theme
The Ocean and the Man - the Path from Past to Future
Size (m2)
1,000
Location
Pacific Ocean Cluster
Award
Silver - "Theme Development" Category - pavilions larger than 750 m2
National Day
20/06/2012
Pavilion type
Self-Built Pavilion
Theme
New Russia - Cities and People
Architect(s)
P.A.P.ER architectural team
Size (m2)
6,000
Location
Zone C
Award
Silver - "Theme Development" category - Pavilions Category A
National Day
28/09/2010
Theme
An Enormous Ecological Laboratory
Size (m2)
865
Location
Edificio lluvia
Award
Silver - "Thematic aspect of the pavilion" Category - pavilions larger than 750 m2
National Day
07/07/2008
Theme
Harmony of the No Sphere
Size (m2)
1,296
Location
Global Common 4
National Day
17/06/2005
Theme
From the Kremlin into space with Mir
Size (m2)
1,500
Location
Hall 17
National Day
12/06/2000

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