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The Russian Union of Exhibitions and Fairs is Celebrating Its 30th Anniversary!

The union was established in December 1991 at the Constituent Assembly of the heads of exhibition organizations in St. Petersburg. The assembly was held at the St. Petersburg City Hall, and the guests of honor were Mayor Anatoly Sobchak and Deputy Mayor Vladimir Putin. It included the signing of the Foundation Agreement on the creation and activities of the Union, the adoption of the Charter and the elections of executives.

The author of the initiative was Sergei Alekseev, an iconic figure for the domestic exhibition industry, who headed the Union until 2019 and became the first representative of Russia as President of UFI in 2015. At the origins of the Union were such major domestic exhibition companies as Expocentre JSC, VDNKh, Lenexpo OJSC, Nizhegorodskaya Yarmarka CJSC, etc.

In the difficult times of the early 1990s, the founders of the Union wanted to see the country's exhibition industry not as a scattered community of companies trying to organize diverse and different-scale exhibitions in the post-Soviet space but as a stable, self-sufficient branch of the new Russian economy.

Over the years, the main goal has been achieved – the Union has become an established industry association of professionals in the exhibition industry, which has formed Russia’s modern exhibition community.

Today, RUEF has 124 members, including leading exhibition and congress venues, exhibition organizers, supporting companies not only from Russia but also from the CIS countries, 900+ exhibitions and fairs in 46 cities, 100,000+ participants from 120 countries of the world, and 2 million sq. m of net exhibition area. 

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