First Accession: 12 Nov 1935 - 25 Nov 1947
Second Accession: 08 Jul 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).
Pavilion typeSelf-Built Pavilion
ThemeCreative Mind: Driving the Future
Architect(s)Tchoban SPEECH, Simpateka Entertainment Group
ThemeUnited Energy Flow
AwardGold - "Exhibition Design" Category - pavilions larger than 700 m2
National Day08 Sept 2017
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.
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.
ThemeGrowing for the World. Cultivating for the Future
Architect(s)Bureau Speech ( Sergei Choban, Aleksey Ilin, Marina Kuznetskaya)
AwardBronze - "Interior and Exhibition Design" category - pavilions larger than 2,000m²
National Day10 Jun 2015
ThemeThe Ocean and the Man - the Path from Past to Future
LocationPacific Ocean Cluster
AwardSilver - "Theme Development" Category - pavilions larger than 750 m2
National Day20 Jun 2012
ThemeNew Russia - Cities and People
Architect(s)P.A.P.ER architectural team
AwardSilver - "Theme Development" category - Pavilions Category A
National Day28 Sept 2010
ThemeAn Enormous Ecological Laboratory
AwardSilver - "Thematic aspect of the pavilion" Category - pavilions larger than 750 m2
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ThemeHarmony of the No Sphere
LocationGlobal Common 4
National Day17 Jun 2005
ThemeFrom the Kremlin into space with Mir
National Day12 Jun 2000