Rules for accreditation

  1. General Provisions

    1. Accreditation of media representatives at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) is carried out in order to ensure appropriate conditions for media representatives to prepare and disseminate complete and accurate information about events held as part of SPIEF.

    2. The media need to be accredited to be able to work at any SPIEF events.

    3. While carrying out their work, media representatives must respect the rights and lawful interests of SPIEF participants and staff, and comply with generally accepted ethical standards.

    4. In an effort to ensure the most comfortable working conditions and prompt access to all necessary resources, and in view of the considerable media interest in SPIEF and the limited infrastructure capabilities of the event venue (the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre), the number of media representatives that SPIEF is able to accommodate is limited.

    5. SPIEF 2021 will adhere to all COVID-19 safety requirements and recommendations set out by the Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare (Rospotrebnadzor). The SPIEF organizing committee reserves the right to set the number of accredited media representatives based on sanitary and epidemiological requirements.

    6. Media outlets shall bear responsibility for the accuracy of information provided about their employees in accordance with Russian law.

  2. Accreditation of media representatives

    1. Accreditation procedure

      Both Russian and international media representatives can apply to participate in SPIEF, subject to the following conditions:

      • Russian media organizations must be registered with the Federal Supervisory Service for Telecommunications, Information Technology and Communications (hereinafter, ‘Roskomnadzor’);

      • For international media representatives:

        • Those who normally work in the Russian Federation must be accredited by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

        • International media representatives not accredited by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs may request temporary accreditation from the ministry in addition to submitting an application via the official website


    2. Accreditation quotas for media representatives

      • Print publications:

        • Newspapers: 3 people (2 journalists, 1 photographer)

        • Magazines: 2 people (1 journalist, 1 photographer)

      • News agencies – 4 (2 correspondents, 2 photographers)

      • Online publications (including bloggers): 2 people (1 journalist, 1 camera operator)

      • Television channels: 7 people (2 journalists, 1 producer, 2 camera operators, 2 sound technicians)

      • Radio broadcasting companies – 2 (2 correspondents).

      The number of permitted media representatives from SPIEF media partners will be determined in accordance with their media partnership agreement.


    3. Submission and review of accreditation applications

      • Media representatives wishing to cover SPIEF events, as well as representatives of specialized and niche publications wishing to cover a specialized event in the SPIEF business programme, can submit an accreditation application via the official SPIEF website (www.forumspb.com).

      • Applicants should complete all fields of the application form, paying particular attention to the mandatory fields marked with an asterisk.

      • Applications can be submitted via the official SPIEF website from 12 April to 7 May 2021.

      • Please allow at least 10 calendar days from the closing date for your application to be reviewed.

      • Media accreditation is valid for the entire duration of SPIEF.


    4. Issuing accreditation badges for media representatives

      • Once their registration application is approved by the organizing committee, media representatives will receive an accreditation badge.

      • Accreditation badges are issued at accreditation points in Moscow and St. Petersburg. Information about accreditation point locations and operating hours is published on the official SPIEF website.

      • Accreditation badges may only be issued under the following conditions:

        • There is a record of a confirmed accreditation in the SPIEF database;

        • Written consent to processing personal data has been provided

        • A valid passport is provided at the accreditation point (all passport information must match the information provided on the application form), and:

        • For Russian media representatives: upon presentation of media credentials or, in the case of a badge being collected by a representative under power of attorney, upon presentation of a passport copy, together with an official letter on the media organization’s letterhead with the signature of the head of the organization, and the organization’s official stamp (sample letter)

        • For international media outlets accredited with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: upon presentation of a Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs accreditation card or, in the case of a badge being collected by a representative under power of attorney, upon presentation of a passport copy, together with an official letter on the media organization’s letterhead with the signature of the head of the organization, and the organization’s official stamp (sample letter)

        • For international media outlets not accredited with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: upon presentation of media credentials (press card)

      • The badge is issued to a specific individual and is not transferable during SPIEF. The badge must be clearly displayed at all times while at the SPIEF venue.

      • No other accreditation cards are valid for access to the SPIEF venue.

      • In the event that the accreditation badge is lost, stolen, or damaged, media representatives must immediately notify staff at an information stand. Lost badges will be blocked. A duplicate badge will then be issued upon written application.


    5. Rules and regulations for access to SPIEF events

      • Media accreditation is essential in order to attend and work at any SPIEF event.

      • Access for media representatives’ technical staff is granted according to the rules regarding technical staff access to the SPIEF venue.

      • Media representatives and technical staff may access the venue once they have provided a negative test for COVID-19. The procedure for taking the test and other details will be specified at a later date. The test must be taken at a laboratory which has been accredited by Rospotrebnadzor. Information on accreditation points and testing procedures will be published on the official SPIEF website.


  3. Refusal of accreditation

    The SPIEF organizing committee reserves the right to refuse accreditation to the following:

    • Persons who are not media representatives and do not hold the positions specified in point 2.2 of these rules.

    • Representatives of media organizations specializing chiefly in advertising, classified directories, or any highly specialized area not related to the topics covered at SPIEF, with the exception of industry-specific publications

    • The SPIEF organizing committee reserves the right to refuse accreditation without explanation.


  4. Rights and responsibilities of accredited media representatives at SPIEF

    1. Media representatives accredited at SPIEF may do the following:

      • Make use of all services intended specifically for journalists.

      • Obtain information on official SPIEF events and exhibitions (through press releases, the business programme, etc.).

      • Work at the SPIEF press centre during official events and use the facilities of the SPIEF press centre.

      • Participate in press conferences, briefings, and other press events.


    2. Accredited SPIEF media representatives must do the following:

      • Verify the accuracy of any information they are given.

      • Honour the requests of those providing information with regard to naming sources.

      • When receiving information from officials and others, inform them that an audio/video/film/photo recording is being made.

      • Present professional or other identification verifying their identity and media credentials while carrying out their work upon first request.

      • Refrain from using the opportunities granted to them to conceal or falsify socially significant information, or collect information to benefit a third-party or non-media organization.

      • Refrain from (stop) filming or taking photographs when asked to do so by a member of SPIEF security.

      • Refrain from distributing print materials within the SPIEF venue without the explicit permission of the SPIEF organizing committee.

      • When using official information or quoting SPIEF participants, observe the SPIEF Acknowledgment Policy. Specifically, finished articles or pieces must contain a reference to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, and the source of the information must be cited. Online coverage should include a link to the official SPIEF website (forumspb.com). Alteration, embellishment, or distortion of any copied (cited) information is prohibited.