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Universiade Flame reaches Russia's northern coastline

Arkhangelsk welcomes the Universiade Torch Relay on its soil today as the Flame arrives here from Kaliningrad, Russia's western extreme. The Universiade Torch has reached the northern shores of the country and has arrived in the Arkhangelsk Oblast, also known as Pomorye (or coastal area).

Arkhangelsk is the 10th destination on the Relay's route. The Flame was delivered in the capital of Pomorye and, as usual, was handed for storage to a federal university, this time it's Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov (NArFU). From here the Torch will start its journey through the city and be carried by the Torchbearers for a distance of 4.45 km. 32 bearers will run with the Universiade Flame in front of packed crowds past Arkhangelsk's iconic sights such as the State North Marine Museum, a picturesque embankment of the Northern Dvina River, Monument to Peter the Great, Cape Pur-Navolok where the city's history began, St. Nicholas Church, City of Military Glory Monument, Eternal Flame. The Relay will end near the Mikhail Lomonosov Drama Theatre.

The Flame will be carried by such inspirational local Torchbearers as Mayor of Arkhangelsk Viktor Pavlenko, Minister of Youth and Sports of the Arkhangelsk Oblast Elena Dotsenko, talented athletes, artists, education workers, volunteers and representatives of the Kazan 2013 SU's partner companies. Tatarstan's Deputy Minister of Youth Affairs, Sports and Toruism Sergey Ivanov will attend the events as a special guest.

20 volunteers of Northern (Arctic) Federal University will lend their hand at the World University Summer Games in Kazan. The boys and girls already know what roles they will be performing and are looking forward to the start of the 2013 Summer Universiade.

"Today we host the Universiade Torch Relay and it's an honour for our city and for our university. We are proud of the fact that we can create a page dedicated to this memorable event in the history of Arkhangelsk! May this Flame inspire our compatriots to pursue new victories and to achieve athletic accomplishments," said Elena Smyaglikova, Pro-rector for Social Issues and Educational Work at NArFU, extending her welcome to the Universiade Torch Relay's participants.

Travelling from east to west, the Flame will be carried through Russia’s 30 top student cities. After making its way through Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Yakutsk, Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Tyumen, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad and Arkhangelsk, the Universiade Torch will visit Stavropol, Pyatigorsk, Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, St. Petersburg, Vladimir, Moscow, Perm, Izhevsk, Kirov, Nizhny Novgorod, Yoshkar-Ola, Cheboksary, Ulyanovsk, Saransk, Penza, Saratov, Samara, Orenburg, Ufa and pass through 43 municipal districts of the Republic of Tatarstan, finishing its odyssey in Kazan on July 6, on the opening day of the 2013 Summer Universiade.

Universiade Torch Relay partners:

Hyundai Motor CIS is the General Partner and Official Transport Provider of the Kazan 2013 Summer Universiade. Hyundai Motor CIS is an exclusive distributor of Hyundai cars in the Russian Federation. Currently the company owns one of the largest dealer networks in the Russian automotive industry and comprises over 140 automobile showrooms.

OAO MegaFon is the General Partner of the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013 and the Russian leg of the Universiade Torch Relay. MegaFon is one of the leading all-Russian universal communications operators running its business in all segments of the telecommunications market in Russia. MegaFon became the first operator with a network covering all regions of Russia. It was also the first national operator to launch 3G network for commercial operation and is currently the leader of mobile Internet services.

Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia LLC is an Official Partner of the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013. The Coca-Cola system is a long-standing partner of some of the world’s most important sporting events and places great emphasis on promoting physical activity and healthy lifestyle around the world. Coca-Cola HBC Eurasia gives a warm welcome to the Universiade Flame in Russia and acts as the partner of the 2013 Summer Universiade Torch Relay.

SOGAZ Insurance Group is the Official Partner and Insurance Provider of the 2013 Summer Universiade in Kazan. SOGAZ Insurance Group: be nervous only about victories at the games, all other things at the Universiade are insured!

ОАО Aeroflot Russian Airlines is the Official Partner and Official Airline of the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013. Apart from that, Aeroflot is the partner of the 2013 Summer Universiade Torch Relay.

OOO Trade House Forward (FORWARD Sportswear) is the Official Provider to the 27th Summer Universiade Kazan 2013 and official partner of the 2013 Summer Universiade Torch Relay. FORWARD Sportswear is quality, vibrancy, comfort and beautility! Being with FORWARD means being part of achievements and victories of great Russia!



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