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    Russia's Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) will demonstrate the Yakut diamonds, glaciers which do not melt and sand dunes at the upcoming third Eastern Economic Forum (EEF), the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East said.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The EEF was established in 2015 by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s executive order. Last year the forum brought together 4,600 representatives from the business, expert and scientific community from 56 countries. Within the event, 216 agreements totaling 1.85 trillion rubles ($30.8 billion) were signed. This year, the EEF will be held in Vladivostok on September 6-7.

    Yakutia’s pavilion will be shaped like a traditional Yakut dwelling – urasa. A photo exhibition devoted to the 385th anniversary of Yakutia’s entry into Russia will show the region’s history. Everyone will be able to apply here for a so-called Far Eastern hectare, a one hectare of land in the Far East, allowed to be received in accordance with the Russian law.

    The sports ground around the pavilion will allow the visitors to practice the national sport Tutum Ergiir (Yakut national spinning wheel), mass wrestling or lifting a 100-kilogram (220 pounds) stone. An art object depicting a mother bear and a cub will be installed near the sports ground.

    Videos about the republic and music clips by Yakut singers will be screened on a special video wall inside the pavilion. A special touch-screen table will be installed to show presentations about the priority investment projects, including a year-round greenhouse complex in the Kangalassy advanced special economic zone and the shipyard of the Zhataisky shipbuilding and repairing plant.

    "With the help of virtual reality glasses, guests will be able to see the main attractions of the region — UNESCO heritage, the Buluus glaciers which do not melt and the Tukulany sand dunes. A glass ball stylized as a classic souvenir glass ball with artificial snow will be placed in the center of the pavilion, and visitors will have the opportunity to get right inside the ball. Traditionally, Yakut diamonds will be sold at the exhibition," the ministry's statement read.

    Interactive games' fans will have an opportunity to participate in virtual excavations of ancient mammoths. Visitors will be able to take part in excavations by pushing a button and find themselves in different conditions. Up to four people can join the game at the same time.

    In the eco-bar, visitors will be able to enjoy tea made from taiga herbs and cowberry drink. Also, various Yakut tea sets will be on sale. The eco-bar will be decorated with real plants.

    Within the Far Eastern Street exhibition, the regions will have an opportunity to talk about cultural diversity and demonstrate specific products — the results of Russia's new economic policy in the Russian Far East.

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