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Russia develops plan to become top tourist draw with streamlined visa system

Fancy a tank ride in the snow, then a night in a czarist-era palace?

With ambitious plans to become one of the world’s top 10 travel destinations, Russia is offering tours off the beaten track and lifting visa restrictions to attract more visitors.

A year after it successfully hosted the World Cup, the ex-Soviet country is looking for new ways to attract international visitors with the goal of more than doubling tourism revenue to $25 billion by 2035.

“Young people will now be able to see Russia in a way their parents could not,” said Maya Lomidze, executive director of…

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