Anastasia Tatulova, the founder of the Anderson café chain, ombudsman for small and medium-sized businesses, was offered to pay for participation in the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) due to the fact that she applied as an entrepreneur. According to the Roscongress Foundation, which organizes SPIEF, Ms. Tatulova will be able to participate in the forum free of charge as a public figure. The day before, Anastasia Tatulova reported that the organizers of the SPIEF offered her to pay 960 thousand rubles. for speaking at the forum.
“The application for participation of Anastasia Tatulova was submitted as a business representative, co-owner of the Anderson family café chain. That is why she, as a businessman, was asked to pay for her participation … However, as a public figure and ombudsman in the field of small and medium-sized businesses, she has the right to free participation, “a Roscongress representative told RIA Novosti.
The SPIEF organizers clarified that the right to participate free of charge in the forum is given to public figures, representatives of government agencies and officials “within the established quotas”. Anastasia Tatulova has been a public ombudsman for small and medium-sized businesses since 2020.
Earlier, Ms. Tatulova was listed on the SPIEF website as a speaker at the session “NEP 2.0. How to ensure economic growth in every home? ”, Now her name is not on the site. The entrepreneur reported that she was offered to pay a registration fee equal to the cost of a premium ticket. According to the letters published by Anastasia Tatulova, the SPIEF representative informed her assistant that participation in the business program “does not exempt and does not provide any special payment conditions.”
This year, SPIEF will be held from June 2 to 5 in face-to-face format at the Expoforum Exhibition and Convention Center. During the forum, Russian President Vladimir Putin will speak with journalists, businessmen and investors. As Kommersant reported, hoteliers note that bookings during the forum have decreased by 20% compared to 2018, while the class of demanded rooms has increased.
For more details, see the article “Kommersant” “Investment climate is topical, important.”