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1,968 pilgrims from Russia will visit Saudi Arabia for hadj
Twelve charter planes will bring 1,968 pilgrims from Russia to Saudi Arabia for hadj in the next few days. When asked about the measures being taken by the Russian Foreign Ministry to facilitate Russian pilgrims' travel to Saudi Arabia, Alexander Yakovenko, an official spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry, said the Russian hadj-mission's headquarters were working in Mecca. Mr. Yakovenko added with reference to the Russian consulate in Jidda that the first batch of 328 Russian pilgrims arrived in Medina on January 8 and 9 by two charter flights. Besides, some 1,000 pilgrims from throughout Russia will arrive in Saudi Arabia by regular flights, according to the diplomat. Another 7,000 Russian pilgrims will travel by land via Iran, Turkey, Syria and Jordan, added Mr. Yakovenko.
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