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New Lada and latest generation prosthesis: what surprised the first day of SPIEF 2024

Date: July 13, 2024 Time: 19:14:26

The forum began on June 5 and will run until June 8

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.

“Some Western experts are already saying that the SPIEF is becoming a more influential platform than the Davos Forum,” Maxim Chirkov, associate professor at the Department of Economic Policy and Economic Measures at the State University of Management, surprised on Komsomolskaya Pravda radio. . – It is strange to hear this from speakers specifically from hostile countries, but it is a fact. It is also a fact that there are many European and American businessmen in the forum who do not announce their participation so as not to have problems with their authorities, but they definitely cannot miss this event. Business is business and nothing political.

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.


The forum is officially called the XXVII St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Its organizer is the Roscongress Foundation. This year’s main theme is “Sovereign development: the basis of a just world.”

The forum began on June 5 and will run until June 8. Participation in it is paid (except for journalists and bloggers) – from 1.2 to 1.35 million rubles.

The forum program is always extensive:

The business part: with debates, business breakfasts, round tables and thematic sessions. Which are usually quite fun. For example, on the first day of the forum, participants in one of the sessions spoke live… with phone scammers.

The exhibition part contains the best achievements of regions and companies.

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.

The cultural part: concerts, shows, galleries. Without this, of course, there is no way: St. Petersburg is the cultural capital.


18,600 people confirmed their participation in SPIEF this year. These are guests from 139 countries, including Russia. It was more or less the same in 2019. We can say that the forum statistics have returned to pre-pandemic levels. It is clear that among the participants there are many Russian officials at different levels, from federal to municipal.

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.

Official representatives from China, Iran, Belarus, Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Myanmar, Cuba, Vietnam and Sudan will be present. In particular, the participation of 50 foreign ministers representing the interests of countries in Africa, Latin America, Eastern Europe and the Arab world was confirmed. The forum will be attended by the presidents of Bolivia and Zimbabwe, as well as the Republika Srpska of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.

Each year, one of the states is assigned the status of guest country. This time it’s Oman. In previous years, this status was received by the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Egypt and Qatar.


The practical and main part of the SPIEF is the signing of contracts. Here issues of cooperation, implementation of various projects, investments and opening of new markets are resolved. According to forecasts, the amount of contracts concluded at the forum this year could reach 4-5 trillion rubles. For example, in 2023 – 3.8 billion, in 2022 – 5.6 billion, in 2019 – 3.3 billion.

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.

According to preliminary estimates, it is planned to sign more than 280 documents. Most documents remain incognito until they are signed, which keeps the intrigue going.

During the four days of the Forum, more than 380 business programming events are planned to be held with the participation of more than 1,000 moderators and speakers.

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.


It is possible that soon the song “Raspberry Lada”, with simple lyrics about love, will appear at the top of the charts. What I’m talking about? And also, on the first day of SPIEF they presented a new national car, the Lada Iskra sedan, produced by AvtoVAZ.

This is “something between Granta and Vesta,” said a representative of the AvtoVAZ stand. The start of production of the new product is planned for early 2025. The car will be available in several trim levels:

– The first option is a 1.6 liter engine with a power of 90 HP. with a five-speed manual transmission. This arrangement is used in Lada Granta.

Lada Iskra produced by AvtoVAZ

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.

– The second option is a combination of a 1.6-liter engine with a power of 106 HP. with a six-speed manual transmission. This option can now be found on two cars: Granta and Vesta.

– Third combination: the same 106 HP engine, but the gearbox will be a continuous variator. This option is not yet available on any AvtoVAZ model.

Investments in the project amounted to 23 billion rubles.

“The cost of the new Lada Iskra in the most economical version is estimated between 1 and 1.2 million rubles,” said the president of AvtoVAZ.

AvtoVAZ surprised SPIEF participants with another novelty: e-Niva, an electric version of the Lada Niva Travel. Here, however, the series is still far away. However, the company claims that “it accelerates to 100 km/h in less than 10 seconds.” The power reserve of the car is 175 km; Charging will take 12 hours on a normal outlet and 5.5 hours on a three-phase outlet. The battery capacity is 34 kW. Leather interior with original trim, original bumper, original LED headlights.

Pre-production samples of the Lada Aura business sedan and the Lada e-Largus electric vehicle are also expected to be presented.

AvtoVAZ surprised SPIEF participants with another novelty

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.

Also shown at SPIEF was a double-decker version of the Aurora train, which will run between Moscow and St. Petersburg.

A separate event from the forum is the “Healthy Society” exhibition. Interesting medical developments with the inclusion of artificial intelligence are presented here. For example, prostheses with an intelligent control system, the INDY shoulder prosthesis with the ability to transfer data to a cloud platform to monitor the technical status and activity of the user, as well as optical sensors to read control commands from groups of active muscles.

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.

An interesting advance for traumatology and maxillofacial surgery allows titanium implants to be replaced with soluble magnesium ones. This will eliminate the need for a repeat operation for the patient to remove an implant from an already healed bone.


During all days of SPIEF, the northern capital will become the venue for the St. Petersburg Seasons Cultural Festival.

June 5 – opening of the new museum and production complex “Mint”. On June 6, Dvortsovaya will present melodies from the operas “Eugene Onegin” and “The Queen of Spades”, the ballet “Swan Lake” and the piano cycles “The Seasons” and “Children’s Album” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

June 7: concert led by Vyacheslav Butusov.


Landing “Komsomolsk”

Stand “Komsomolskaya Pravda” – welcome to visit us!

Photo: Yulia PYKHALOVA.

As always, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum there is an open study of Komsomolskaya Pravda. During these four days we will receive dozens of dear guests. Among them are prominent Russian officials, businessmen, foreign ambassadors and many, many others.

All the most interesting news from the forum is on the radio and on the Komsomolskaya Pravda website!


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