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    MOSCOW, FEBRUARY 3 (RIA Novosti) - In the Russian pavilion of the Expo 2005 exhibition in Japan visitors will be able to make a virtual space flight or take a walk in the Russian forest, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Losyukov told a press conference on the country's participation in the exposition.

    "The goal of our exhibition is to present the face of Russia," he said. "The times when even designer matreshki (nesting dolls) or valenki (felt boots) could be showcased are past. Times have changed and new technologies are to be shown," Losyukov said.

    In the idea of the authors of the Russian exhibition, a huge hemispherical screen 30 meters in diameter will hang above it, showing the ever-changing face of the earth as seen from space.

    The authors told journalists that the earth's movements will direct the visitors' movements in the pavilion. The space exhibition will stand out. It will house a space-flight simulator with the control cabin and screen windows.

    In the Russian pavilion visitors will also be able to take a stroll in the forest in the exhibition part on the Russian forest: on plasma screens they will see artificial bushes and trees, a cascade - the aura of the Russian forest.

    Organizers of the Russian exhibition told journalists that they have filed an application to the Expo 2005 organizational committee on holding the Day of Russia on June 12.

    The Expo 2005, due to be held in September 2005 in Nagoya, Japan is expected to attract 120 participant countries.

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