On November 16 Vladimir Putin will visit St Petersburg 2018-11-15 16:30:00 During the working visit, the President will have an offsite meeting to discuss measures to improve the efficiency of the medication supply system in the country. The meeting participants will discuss the affordability of medicine for the general public, mechanisms for monitoring the quality of medicinal products, as well as medicine procurement in different Russian regions particularly focusing on subsidized pharmaceutical provision in the regions. Healthcare Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Ivanovo Region Governor Stanislav Voskresensky, who headed the working group to prepare the meeting, will deliver reports. On the same day, the President will take part in the opening of the 7th St Petersburg International Cultural Forum, which, as is customary, will take place on the New Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. The programme includes musical masterpieces performed by international stars and talented young performers. * * * The St Petersburg International Cultural Forum is the central event of the cultural life in Russia and a landmark project of international level. The main theme of this year is Culture as the Country’s Strategic Potential.