Saint Petersburg University

Introduction

Founded in 1724 by Peter the Great, Saint Petersburg University was to become the first institution of higher education in Russia. SPbU is a leading Russian university with teaching and research excellence ranked among the world’s top universities. We are open to cooperation and enjoy strong ties with the international research and academic community.

SPbU scientists work in almost all fields of knowledge, providing expertise and consultation in close collaboration with Russian and international partners. Many outstanding scholars have been a part of the SPbU community, including nine Nobel Prize winners: the physiologist Ivan Pavlov, biologist Ilya Mechnikov, physicist and chemist Nikolay Semyonov, physicists Lev Landau and Aleksandr Prokhorov, philosopher and economist Wassily Leontief as well as mathematician and economist Leonid Kantorovich.

Among University alumni are the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, Prime-Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovskiy, President of the Russian Academy of Education Liudmila Verbitskaya, mathematicians Grigoriy Perelman and Sergey Smirnov as well as many others.

St. Petersburg University Today

  • 30,000 students
  • 6,000 staff members
  • 85 bachelor and specialist degree programmes
  • 190 master studies
  • 51 doctoral studies
  • more then 400 partner universities
  • the best university Research Park in Russia
  • over 7,000,000 depository items in stock of M. Gorky Scientific Library
  • 12,000 places in the halls of residence
  • diploma issued in Russian and English

Education Benefits

  • living and learning in St Petersburg — the Cultural Capital of Russia (St Petersburg was recognised as Europe’s Leading City Destination 2017 by the World Travel Awards — an Oscar in the travel industry)
  • interdisciplinary educational programmes fully meeting the demands and requirements of prospective employers
  • an opportunity to design a personalised curriculum for every student combining compulsory and elective courses
  • guest lectures from politicians, leading culture professionals, Nobel Prize winners, and world-renowned scientists from across the globe
  • access to the state-of-the-art resources of the SPbU Research Park with equipment and technology unrivalled in Russia and, in some areas, in the world
  • a wide range of opportunities for entrepreneurship: a chance to obtain a grant through the SPbU Start-Up competition and develop your own project
  • an opportunity to receive a grant covering your tuition fee in full along with a monthly scholarship
  • participation in international exchange and partnership programmes
  • support programmes for international students: buddy scheme, intro week, SPbU Foreign Students Club
  • an opportunity to join one of the SPbU Alumni Clubs operating in 14 countries of Europe, Asia, North America and Australia.

International Cooperation

SPbU accepts nearly 3000 international students annually on various degree and non-degree programmes. University has more than 400 partner universities in about 70 countries — China, Germany, USA, France, Finland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, and Brazil.

SPbU is a member of a number of international associations and student exchange programmes and internships: Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus+, Finnish-Russian Cross Border University, Finnish-Russian Student Exchange Program, Santander Universities, TEMPUS, and many others. SPbU has long-term cooperation agreements with IBM, Carl Zeiss, Microsoft, Leica, Sun Microsystems, Intel, Adobe and many other leading international companies.

SPbU’s education is highly valued on the international market. Our graduates are employed by the best Russian and international companies. The University’s close cooperation with leading firms gives graduates an opportunity to choose the best employers.

International cooperation with universities worldwide provides our academic staff and students access to numerous research and study opportunities. Students and researchers benefit from international cooperation, enabling them to share experience and keep abreast of the latest advancements in global science. Ties between scientific communities are the strongest in the world and SPbU takes pride in being a part of that.

Science & Research at SPbU

Our scientists conduct research in almost all fields of knowledge, provide expertise and consulting, and enjoy close ties with Russian and international partners. The results of the research are reported in high-impact international journals.

Priority research areas:

  • nanotechnology and materials science
  • biomedicine and human health
  • information systems and technology
  • ecology and nature management
  • social research and technologies
  • human resource management and technologies

SPbU has cutting-edge research facilities — a state-of-the-art Research Park with 26 resource centres. Research centres are open for students to carry out laboratory work as part of main educational programmes and conduct research in preparation of graduate projects and theses. Over the last five years SPbU has established 20 new research laboratories.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programmes

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MA

MA in Political Governance and Public Policy

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The programme aims to equip graduates with leadership skills to successfully implement public strategies of innovative and sustainable development of society. [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme aims to equip graduates with leadership skills to successfully implement public strategies of innovative and sustainable development of society. The programme is taught in English which facilitates the exchange of knowledge and educational technologies in the field of global public policy. The programme is based on best international practices and methodology allowing to training highly qualified analysts, public administrators and political leaders. Students have an opportunity to shape and sharpen their skills of leadership, governance, analysis and implementation of public policy. The programme includes active teaching and learning tools: business games, round tables, discussions, case studies, and internships. Leadership skills developed in the course of study will allow graduates to successfully implement policies and management strategies in today’s complex and unstable society. ... [-]

Master

Master in Business Analytics and Big Data — MIBA

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The MiBA Programme aims to develop fundamental knowledge in management and up-to-date analytical tools used to inform managerial decisions. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge of big data analytics tools and ability to use them to solve managerial tasks. [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The MiBA Programme aims to develop fundamental knowledge in management and up-to-date analytical tools used to inform managerial decisions. Graduates will be equipped with the knowledge of big data analytics tools and ability to use them to solve managerial tasks. Academic staff with teaching experience in leading international business schools, including guest lecturers from top-ranking international business schools and expert practitioners. Master thesis is a full-cycle big data research project. It is a case study of an existing private or state-owned company. This unique combination of theory and practical interdisciplinary project work will bring future graduates a broad spectrum of competencies to meet their professional goals. The programme is taught in English in a cross-cultural environment enhancing the employability of graduates in the international job market. ... [-]

Master in Cold Region Environmental Landscapes Integrated Sciences (CORELIS)

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

In the first two terms teaching is given by leading experts from SPbU, partner universities, and R&D institutes. An opportunity to spend a semester studying at the University of Hamburg [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

In the first two terms teaching is given by leading experts from SPbU, partner universities, and R&D institutes. An opportunity to spend a semester studying at the University of Hamburg.

MAIN COURSES

Fundamentals of Comprehensive Study of Polar Regions Polar Science Communication and Outreach Periglacial Landscapes Quaternary paleogeography of Polar Regions Application of Geographic Information Systems and Differential Global Navigation Satellite Systems Water Objects of Polar and Upland Areas Permafrost Soils Social and Economic Aspects of the Arctic: Polar Medicine, Regional Policy in Permafrost Regions M. Sc. Integrated Climate System Sciences (University of Hamburg) ... [-]

Master in Condensed Matter Physics

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

An orientation semester to enhance students’ theoretical and practical skills in preparation for further training. [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The uniqueness of the programme:

An orientation semester to enhance students’ theoretical and practical skills in preparation for further training. Research-oriented teaching and learning. The course is mostly project — based including research projects conducted at the SPbU Research Park which, in due course, will allow international professionals to use SPbU resource centres. A course of Russian as a Foreign Language to facilitate the integration of international students and enhance future partnership with graduates’ prospective employers.

MAIN COURSES

Mathematical Physics Chemical Physics Theoretical Physics Experimental Physics Numerical Methods and Programming Russian as a Foreign Language Condensed Matter Physics Modelling in Condensed Matter Physics Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: Basic and Advanced Levels Optical Spectroscopy of Surfaces and Interfaces Electrical and Photovoltaic Properties of Semiconductors ... [-]

Master in Condensed Matter Physics At Mega-science Facilities

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

Fundamental training underpinned by practical tasks performed in research laboratories using cutting-edge equipment of the SPbU Research Park. [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

Fundamental training underpinned by practical tasks performed in research laboratories using cutting-edge equipment of the SPbU Research Park. An opportunity to join mega-science training projects at National Research Center ‘Kurchatov Institute’ and world’s leading research centers. Skills in conducting independent research, setting research tasks and developing methodological frameworks, profound knowledge in the area of specialization along with a broad scientific outlook and ability to apply this knowledge in interdisciplinary research. The programme combines fundamental training in condensed matter physics in mega-science facilities and bringing the students up-to-date with the recent advancements in physics, chemistry, and materials science made in sectoral research institutions of St Petersburg, Moscow, Russia and major international research centers. Students acquire a profound knowledge in the area of specialization along with a broad scientific outlook and ability to apply this knowledge in interdisciplinary research. ... [-]

Master in Corporate Finance - MCF

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The programme aims to equip students with theoretical knowledge in contemporary corporate accounting and finance and trains them to use analytical tools to solve a range of managerial tasks and develop flexible financial strategies under uncertainty. [+]

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Corporate Finance

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme aims to equip students with theoretical knowledge in contemporary corporate accounting and finance and trains them to use analytical tools to solve a range of managerial tasks and develop flexible financial strategies under uncertainty. Academic staff with teaching experience in leading international business schools, including guest lecturers from top-ranking international business schools and expert practitioners. The programme is taught in English in a cross-cultural environment enhancing the employability of graduates in the international job market. Upon competition, students have an opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at one of the top universities or business schools from the extensive list of SPbU academic partners. The programme is largely practice-based as it focuses on case studies of existing businesses in corporate accounting and finance. The programme requires students to join a Russian or an international company for a compulsory summer internship. Another requirement is a team consulting project in accounting and finance for an SPbU partner company. Cooperation with CIMA allows the programme graduates to take examinations for CIMA qualification on special terms. Students have access to dedicated databases containing financial information on a great number of Russian and foreign companies: Skrin, SPARK, Thompson Reuters, Datastream, etc. Students can participate in the competition for double degree master programmes Master in International Management, Community of European Management Schools — CEMS MIM. ... [-]

Master in Game Theory and Operations Research

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The obtained theoretical and practical knowledge and skills enable students to carry out academic research and obtain and analyse new theoretical and applied results in accordance with the study profile [+]

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Game Theory and Operations Research

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

Innovation and technology-enhanced learning and teaching. Courses taught in English. Partnership with Russian and foreign centers of education and research; the development of regional, national and international academic and research ties; participation in national and international research, educational and cultural programmes, conferences, seminars, symposiums in core areas of interest.

MAIN COURSES

Game Theory and Operations Research Modern Control Theory Statistical Decisions and Econometrics Queuing Theory Project Management Mathematical Models of Revenue Management Quantitative Methods in Applied Economic Analysis Financial Mathematics Game-Theoretic Models of Imperfect Competition Dynamic Games ... [-]

Master in Innovative Technologies in Translation: French/ Spanish/ Italian

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

Ability to apply translation transformations for achieving the required level of equivalence and representation in all kinds of translation [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The continuity of traditions of the oldest Russia’s schools of thought. Unique courses developed by SPbU experts, cutting-edge teaching techniques and technology. A wide range of research topics and methodologies in the area of foreign languages. Extensive training in a specialized and competitive area of translation.

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Innovative Technology in Translation: French Innovative Technology in Translation: Spanish Innovative Technology in Translation: Italian

MAIN COURSES

History of Language History of Linguistics and Methods of Linguistic Research Screen Translation Computer-Aided Translation Tools Lexicology Methods of Linguistic Analysis General Translation Theory Fundamentals of Contrastive Linguistics Translation of Documentation Translation / Consecutive Interpreting from Russian Semiotics Philosophy of Language Literary Translation / Simultaneous Interpreting ... [-]

Master in Intercultural Communication: German - Russian Dialogue

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

Intercultural Communication: German-Russian Dialogue [+]

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Intercultural Communication: German-Russian Dialogue

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

Unique courses developed by SPbU leading experts. The programme is taught in German with some courses taught by native speakers. Students have an opportunity to study at one of the partner universities.

MAIN COURSES

Introduction to History of German Theatre and Cinema History of Germany in German Literature History of German Culture Creative Writing in the Theory and Practice of Teaching German as a Foreign Language Linguistic Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication German and Russian Idioms in the Dialogue of Cultures German and Russian Phraseology in Intercultural Communication German Philosophy in the German Cultural Context German Translation Problems in Interlingual Communication Comparative Typology of German and Russian: Grammar and Lexis Theoretical and Applied Aspects of Functional Stylistics: The Style of Opinion Journalism, the Scientific Style, the Official Style ... [-]

Master in International Relations

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The programme targets Russian and international students with an ambition to become experts in world politics, diplomats, members of international organisations and national government bodies. [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme targets Russian and international students with an ambition to become experts in world politics, diplomats, members of international organisations and national government bodies. The programme trains professionals for international organisations, diplomatic missions, governmental and non-governmental organisations and expert organisations. SPbU School of International Relations is a member of Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (www.apsia.org). A wide range of partner-universities for academic exchange. The majority of students on the programme come from the USA, Mexico, France, Germany, Turkey, China, Marokko, Brazil, South Korea, Japan and other countries. The academic staff involved in the programme have completed training and internships at US, European and Asian universities. They have PhDs from European universities or hold Russian degrees of Candidate of Sciences and/or Doctor of Sciences. ... [-]

Master in International Sociology

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The programme ‘International Sociology’ is taught in English. It targets students interested in processes and changes taking place in modern Western and Eastern societies. [+]

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Global Sociology: Comparative Prospects European Societies

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme ‘International Sociology’ is taught in English. It targets students interested in processes and changes taking place in modern Western and Eastern societies. The area of specialisation ‘Global Sociology: Comparative Prospects’ is the outcome of creative collaboration of SPbU sociologists with European and South Korean universities and academic foundations. The programme aims to train well-rounded specialists with a set of skills allowing them to perform comparative sociological analysis of modern social, political, economic and ethno-cultural processes and phenomena typical for Western and Eastern societies in view of globalisation. Students who have chosen ‘Global Sociology: Comparative Prospects’ as an area of specialisation have an opportunity to participate in joint scientific events held by the SPbU, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (Republic of Korea). The area of specialisation ‘European Societies’ is the outcome of collaboration between SPbU and Bielefeld University (Germany) with the support of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the SPbU Centre for German and European Studies. This interdisciplinary programme targets students with keen interest in modern development trends of European countries, including the Europeanisation of politics, transformation of European market system, changes in social patterns, and European cultural differentiation. A number of courses of the profile ‘European Societies’ are taught by leading international experts from top-ranking universities and research centres of Germany and other European countries. Master students join summer and winter schools organised by German sociological institutions. They have research practice in major European... [-]

Master in International Trading System

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The obtained theoretical and practical knowledge and skills enable the student to perform analytical and expert work, to deal with issues related to the development of trade policy as well as tax planning and the development of external relations for the company, the region, and the state. [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

international learning environment variety of unique academic courses simulation games and other interactive teaching methods regular open lectures of state officials, independent experts and representatives of leading international economic organizations opportunities to visit international economic organizations based in Geneva company visits (in Russia and abroad)

MAIN COURSES

International Trading System Theory and Practice of International Economic Relations Countries in the WTO system Theories of International Relations and Foreign Policy Analysis Research Methods International Trading System (in English)

KEY SKILLS

The obtained theoretical and practical knowledge and skills enable the student to perform analytical and expert work, to deal with issues related to the development of trade policy as well as tax planning and the development of external relations for the company, the region, and the state.... [-]


Master in Journalism

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

High-tech professional systems enabling students to acquire practical skills and regularly win Russian and international professional awards. [+]

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

Russian Media Studies

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

High-tech professional systems enabling students to acquire practical skills and regularly win Russian and international professional awards. An extensive list of international partners facilitating academic exchange and joint programmes. Platforms for professional activity: students’ educational press center, information and education portal ‘Pervaya Linia, international educational TV and radio channel ‘Most (Bridge)’, international competitions Mass Media, Perspective and PolitPRpro.

MAIN COURSES

Media and Communication Theory Journalism in Global Context Methods of Media Research Russian Media Landscape Russian Political Landscape Academic English History of Modern Russia Mass Media and Public Sphere in Russia and Abroad Comparative Media Studies Professional Awareness of a Journalist: A Comparative Perspective Content and Editorial Management in Modern Journalism Digital Content Creation Media Lab in Online Media Environmental Journalism Gender Issues in Journalism Public Relations and Public Communication Media and Diasporas New Media and Political Mobilisation in Russia and Beyond ... [-]

Master in Languages and Cultures of Africa

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

Many years of experience in teaching African languages combined with a comprehensive set of courses relevant for African studies. [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

Many years of experience in teaching African languages combined with a comprehensive set of courses relevant for African studies. Students have access to unique electronic resources in Russian and foreign languages as well as to a dedicated collection of the SPbU M. Gorky Scientific Library. The Library holds over 300 copies of fiction, science and education books in all the languages of the programme. It boasts a collection of ancient manuscripts and block books common in Eastern culture as well as rare and antiquarian books and lithographs.

MAIN COURSES

African Oral Tradition African Literatures African Languages and General Linguistics History of Africa African Religions Introduction to African Studies Geography and Contemporary Position of African Countries African Art African Languages (Compulsory and Elective): Swahili, Hausa, Amharic, Bamana ... [-]

Master in Management - MIM

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The programme is practice-based: the majority of lecturers are experienced practitioners; the first year ends with a summer internship, the second — with a consulting project for an SPbU partner company. [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme is practice-based: the majority of lecturers are experienced practitioners; the first year ends with a summer internship, the second — with a consulting project for an SPbU partner company. Academic staff with teaching experience in leading international business schools, including guest lecturers from top-ranking international business schools and expert practitioners. The programme is taught in English in a cross-cultural environment enhancing the employability of graduates in the international job market. Upon competition, students have an opportunity to spend a semester studying abroad at one of the top universities or business schools from the extensive list of SPbU academic partners. Students can participate in the competition for double degree master programmes Master in International Management, Community of European Management Schools — CEMS MIM, and joint programmes with Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU), HEC School of Management, Paris, Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT). Students can join research projects of leading SPbU scholars choosing from a range of management topics. This can be done as part of the preparation of the thesis. For the second year of the programme, students can choose one of the four tracks: Management (general track), International Business, International Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Marketing. ... [-]

Master in Russian Culture

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The SPbU educational programme ‘Russian Culture’ is one-of-a-kind in Russia The programme is designed for students of different entry levels of Russian. The course of study allows developing proficiency in Russian as a foreign language [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The SPbU educational programme ‘Russian Culture’ is one-of-a-kind in Russia The programme is designed for students of different entry levels of Russian. The course of study allows to develop proficiency in Russian as a foreign language Teaching is conducted in Russian and English The study plan incorporates advanced courses in the history of Russia’s regions, former CIS countries and Baltic states in the context of world history The acquired competences will help students form an objective view of the place of Russia in the global cultural and historical process and give an unbiased assessment of its role in the formation of civilisational and geopolitical aspects of the world history and politics Graduates acquire skills of practical and research activity in the field of history, culture, political and social structure of Russia and its regions Research in historical, political and cultural issues under the supervision of leading Russian scientists ... [-]

Master in Simultaneous Translations

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The programme ‘Simultaneous Translation (German)’ is the outcome of collaboration between SPbU and one of the largest centers of translator training — the Military University of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, Moscow [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The programme ‘Simultaneous Translation (German)’ is the outcome of collaboration between SPbU and one of the largest centers of translator training — the Military University of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation, Moscow The programme of training German language simultaneous interpreters is unique and the first of its kind in St Petersburg and the Northwestern Federal District of Russia. The graduates are highly employable Academic and teaching staff with unique expertise in different kinds of consecutive and simultaneous interpreting. The majority of the staff are professional practitioners The programme is taught in German The programme is in line with current requirements, which facilitates international mobility and positive feedback highlighting the high level of professional competences of exchange students from St Petersburg State University studying in Germany or other German-speaking countries Close ties with leading German centers of translator training, a unique opportunity to participate in international academic mobility programmes and study at one of the SPbU partner universities, scholarship programmes of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Close links with employers providing effective internships and advisory support to students preparing their master theses at top German centers of language, education and culture, joint German-Russian enterprises, and translation departments of Russian companies Modern teaching methods an technologies supported by best practices of Russian and German universities Many courses are taught by visiting professors and lecturers from Germany ... [-]

Master in Strategic and Arms Control Studies

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

The first and the only programme on Strategic and Arms Control studies in Russia at the present time. It offers a unique focus on in-depth study of current military-political problems. [+]

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

The first and the only programme on Strategic and Arms Control studies in Russia at the present time. It offers a unique focus on in-depth study of current military-political problems. Over the course of the program, students will receive training to prepare them for analytical and practical work in national and international organizations which work to find solutions to modern military-political issues.

MAIN COURSES

Strategy and Politics in XIX–XXI centuries Strategic Analysis Nuclear Strategy and Arms Control Arms Control, Disarmament and Nonproliferation Military Innovations and Strategy

KEY SKILLS

Possession of categorical apparatus in the fields of military strategy, defense policy and international security policy Basic project planning and implementation skills Principles of strategic analysis and strategic forecasting Knowledge of the key issues in the spheres of defense and security policy Basic knowledge of the technical aspects of modern weapons and military equipment development Knowledge of basic national and international legislation in the sphere of non-proliferation, disarmament and arms control A sophisticated understanding of research and analyses in the field of military strategy Knowledge of special terminology The ability to apply specific knowledge in different practical environments ... [-]

Master in Theory and Practice of Verbal Communication: German

Campus Full time September 2018 Russia Saint Petersburg

A joint programme with the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald (Germany). [+]

AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION

German Language in Synchrony and Diachrony

BENEFITS OF THE PROGRAMME

A joint programme with the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald (Germany). The programme is taught in German. Unique lectures and seminars developed by leading professors and associate professors of the Department of German Philology. An opportunity to improve German language proficiency at classes taught by native speakers. Germanic studies in synchrony and diachrony — a wide range of research topics and methods

MAIN COURSES

Fundamentals of Linguistic Pragmatics Language of New Forms of Communication Text Linguistics: Text and Discourse Communicative Strategies and Grammatical Forms Communicative Types and Models of Sentences in German Word Semantics in Statics and Dynamics Professional Communication Vocabulary Types of Texts in Political Communication Polycode Texts: Text and Image Rhetoric and Modern Theory of Text Narrative Text Analysis Idioms in Text Grammaticalisation Processes in German Dialectology of German Diachronic Shifts in German ... [-]

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Saint Petersburg, Sankt-Peterburg, 199034 RU