The New York Times warns people to be vigilant when they travel to Russia
The New Orleans Times-Picayune has warned its readers about the dangers of travel to the Russian city of St. Petersburg.
The article, titled “St. Petersburg: A City on the Rise,” is the latest to detail the city’s growing influence on the rest of the world.
It was written by the newspaper’s Russian-language editor, Maria Vashishtseva, who also writes for the online publication, Russian News Agency.
Vashytskaya told the newspaper that St. Peter’s Square, the city center, is being overrun by a “bunch of bearded, tattooed Russians” who are “taking over the whole city.”
She cited the city as a major example of the country’s increasing influence in the world economy, and the country as a place where foreign money is pouring in.
The paper also pointed out that there are more than 200 businesses and 200 nightclubs in the city, which has the largest number of clubs in the country.
A woman waits outside the Russian consulate in St. Pius XXIII, Russia.
The Times-picayune article cites a recent survey that showed Russia has the fourth-largest economy in the Western Hemisphere behind only the United States, China and France.
The report also pointed to the fact that the city has been listed among the World Economic Forum’s “50 Best Places to Live” in 2018.
The newspaper also cited a recent study that found that Russian companies in the U.S. have gained more than $2.5 billion in the last decade.
Vasha said the report is part of a wider trend of Western media, particularly on Russia, showing the country has been losing ground in the global economy.
She said the new administration in Washington is “really trying to show that the West is losing its grip on the world, and Russia is really losing its hold on the West.”
Russia’s government has previously taken steps to promote itself as an economic power, including a $1.6 billion project to create a new national airline, and an investment in a new airport that will be used for future flights to China.