19 Jan 2004 13:52

Interfax Opens New Press Center in St. Petersburg

The Interfax-Northwest news agency, a member of the international group Interfax Information Services, has announced the opening of a new press center in St. Petersburg in the heart of the city at 30 Nevsky Prospekt.

"The opening of the new press center is an important event not only for us but for the entire journalist community in St. Petersburg," Interfax-Northwest General Director Nikolai Dimchenko said. "Journalists always want to be right in the center of events, and we believe that this convenient location and the efficient organization of events will soon enable our press center to become as popular and as much in demand as the press center at the Interfax Central Office in Moscow."
Federation Council Chairman Sergei Mironov became the press center‘s first guest on January 19, when he gave a news conference to which over 70 journalists, representing more than 30 federal and regional media groups, received accreditation.
"We hope that the new Interfax press center in St. Petersburg will very soon become a leading news site not only in this city but in the entire Northwestern Federal District," Interfax-Northwest President Lyudmila Fomicheva said.
She said the office had begun receiving applications from government, business and cultural figures to use the press center as a venue for news conferences, roundtables and seminars.
Interfax began setting up press centers in various regions several years ago, when it launched a full-scale program to enlarge its regional correspondent network. The project has been a success: In addition to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Interfax has press centers in Nizhny Novgorod, Rostov-on-Don, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Tyumen and Chelyabinsk.