Digest 98

October 10, 2018 Subsribe

SPBILF 2019 News

Summing up the first week since the opening of registration – over 200 people have applied for participation in the SPBILF 2019!

The Forum's registration is as dynamic as never before. Take part in the development of the programme for the SPBILF 2019. We will be grateful for your concrete proposals on the topics of round tables and possible speakers to programme@spblegalforum.com

Forum starts in 217. See you in May!

Learn more about Conditions of Participation ►

LF Academy News

Strasbourg internship for Russian students who won student essay competition

On October 5, Russian students completed their one-week internship in Strasbourg. They won the student essay competition that was organized within the framework of the VIII SPBILF with support from LF Academy educational resource and was dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Russia’s ratification of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The internship was held under the auspice of Russia’s Ministry of Justice. During it, students could learn more about main areas of activity of the Ministry of Justice related to representation of national interests in the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers.

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Interesting Facts About the SPBILF Hotels

Our partners told us the most interesting stories about their hotels, we will share them with you in upcoming issues.

Official hotels of the IX St. Petersburg International Legal Forum offer attractive rates on accommodation for SPBILF participants. Hotel reservations will be available via your Personal office as from October 24, see the list of hotels here ►

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

The first 5 star hotel in Russia

Belmond Grand Hotel Europe - is the hotel with 145 year history and the first 5-star hotel in Russia. The building now is of artistic and historical value, protected by the state. Many rooms, restaurants and halls feature antique furniture, sculptures, paintings that have adorned the interiors of the hotel in the last century.

Our guests

The hotel resounds with the echoes of gatherings staged here over the decades. Bernard Show, Ivan turgenev, fedor Dostoevsky were frequent hotel guests. Tsar Nicholas II entertained the King of Siam in the Krysha Ballroom. Peter Tchaikovsky honeymooned here, Grigori Rasputin was often spotted carousing in L’Europe restaurant with friends. Cartier’s first Russian exhibition was hosted by the hotel. Hotel welcomed international royalty, presidents and politicians - members of the Romanov dynasty, Bill Clinton, Jacques Chirac, Mikhail Gorbachev, actors and musicians - Galina Vishnevskaya and Mstislav Rostropovich, Montserrat Caballé, Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Jane Fonda, Sharon Vonne Stone, Сatherine Zeta Jones, Michael Douglas and many others.

  • After her last concert in St Petersburg, Whitney Houston with her family dined in the Caviar Bar & Restaurant. Afterwards, they went down for cocktails in the Lobby bar. A hotel musician was playing a grand piano there, and Whitney walked up to him, suddenly took the microphone and started singing in the beautiful art nouveau room with arches and flickering candles. It turned out to be unexpected gift for the guests of the Lobby bar - a chamber concert of Whitney Houston.
  • In 1979 Elton John came to USSR with a tour. The foreign celebrity artist was treated as a royal and accommodated in Belmond Grand Hotel Europe. After the concert, a reception in his honor was given in L’Europe restaurant with its luminous, art nouveau interior. Inspired by this warm welcome, Elton John gave a spontaneous recital there.
  • 19th-century Russian writer Fyodor Dostoevsky, author of Crime and Punishment—which was set in the Haymarket, a short walk from the hotel—was a frequent guest. A quotation from the archives documents his reaction to the building’s construction in the 1870s: “The architecture of this modern, huge hotel is efficiency itself”.
Belmond Grand Hotel Europe

L’Europe Restaurant

L’Europe Restaurant is Russia’s oldest continually serving restaurant and a culinary hotspot. When L’Europe opened in 1905, St Petersburg was abuzz with talk of the magnificent new dining room boasting the city’s first electric light bulbs.

The largest in St Petersburg

Presidential Suite is the largest and most impressive accommodation in all St Petersburg. This suite is set over 350 sq. m. and benefits from two bedrooms, combined study and library with a secret bookcase door, personal fitness centre, dining room, bar and a room with an antique grand piano.

Own chocolate factory

Hotel crafts own sumptuous chocolates at the hotel own chocolate factory. Guests may choose from around 35 decadent varieties of chocolate made by the original recipes.

Collection of signature Suites

10 Unique Historic Suites are with a unique theme and are individually named in honour of a distinguished former guest, such as Fyodor Dostoevsky or Luciano Pavarotti. The design of 5 Avant-Garde Suites are influenced by and reflect the life and work of an acclaimed Russian artist (Malevich, Kandinsky, Rodchenko, Lissitsky and Archipenko).

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