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Jewish people from all over the world celebrate 5778 New Year according to Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah literally means "the head of the year" in Hebrew, and belongs to the most important celebrations in Jewish calendar. Rosh Hashanah starts in the first day of new month Tishrei. It is typically celebrated in September although the exact dates move each year, unlike in the Gregorian New...

20.09.2017 Subject: Religion

Russian festival was held in Sacramento, US, Diasporanews website informs. Its organizers were Orthodox Church of the Holy Ascension. The main task of the festival this year was gathering donations for gilding of domes. They need to be renovated as they were gilded almost a quarter of the century ago. A concert was arranged as a part of the festive programme. Its bill...

20.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Solar power station has started functioning in one of the regions of Altai, TASS informs. It became the first plant based on heterojunction solar modules produced in Russia. Efficiency of hybrid elements has been much increased. They raise conversion of solar energy many times even if the sun is behind the clouds. Technology enables to improve efficiency rate and have better...

20.09.2017 Subject: Science

Russia paid attention of the United Nations Security Council to the abuse of human rights in the European countries and US. It was the subject of presentation made by Kristina Sukacheva representing our country at the UN Human Rights Security Council, TASS reports. She has stressed that there is total impunity of torture practices, kidnapping of other countries’ citizens, abuse of...

20.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Famous politician, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science Vyacheslav Nikonov commented US intention to allocate budget for lethal arms to Ukraine, press-service of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science informs. As per Russkiy Mir Foundation, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has claimed that the draft law approved by US Senate about defense budget supposes...

20.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Gala opening of Cross-Year Tourism of Russia and Greece took place in Moscow on Septenber 19. Two countries will participate in developing the cultural itinerary as a part of European Council project titled Relics of Unseparated Christianity. Russian-Greek gastronomic week and regatta in the Ionian Sea and Sochi are planned, IA Interfax reports. Deputy Culture Minister of the...

20.09.2017 Subject: Travel

New national tourist project under title Emperor’s Route will appear in Russia, the website of Russian Ministry of Culture reports. Its presentation took place in Moscow as a part of tourist exhibition Vacation-2017. Emperor’s Route is a joint project of Ministry of Culture and Elizabeth-Sergiev Educational Society. According to Deputy Culture Minister Alla Manilova,...

19.09.2017 Subject: Travel

Russian cinema running from Tuesday through Saturday in the French Riviera capital, The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation website reports. The 5th Russian Film days presents new features, old masterpieces and even animations made on the most famous Russian studio Soiuzmultfilm. Gosfilmofond and the city administration manage the event. The festival program...

19.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Art and Fashion Week Exhibition by International Art Alliance and Elegant New York Magazine is held as a part of New York Fashion Week in New York, Elegant New York Magazine informs. The event is held September 15 – 21, 2017 in MAD&F Gallery. Works by artists, jewelry and fashion designers of Russian origin included in the showcase. The project curator is photographer, journalist and ...

19.09.2017 Subject: Miscellaneous

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a meeting with heads of US Jewish Communities at the General Assembly of the United Nations, TASS reports. “There was exchange of opinions on critical issues of Russian-American relations and a range of international questions including situation around Syria and Israel-Palestine issue,” the message says. Parties paid...

19.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Monument to creator of the legendary AK-47, famous gunsmith Mikhail Kalashnikov was set in Moscow, RIA Novosti informs. The gala ceremony of unveiling the monument took place today September 19. It was timed with Day of Gunsmith. The monument of more than seven meters high was established at the crossroads of Sadovaya-Karetnaya and Dolgorukovskaya streets. The gunsmith holds...

19.09.2017 Subject: History

US discuss Russian influence on “free and honest elections” again. Earlier the US authorities accused mythic Russian hackers of all deadly sins, now they suspect in this Russian media, Sputnik radio station in particular, RIA Novosti reports. Three US Congress representatives requested to investigate the case of Sputnik’s interference with the process of...

19.09.2017 Subject: Politics

The government has approved the budget for three years ahead, RIA Novosti reports. According to Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, the main expenditure items for this period are social and defense sectors, as well as support of national economics. The government plans to allocate 7 billion US dollars for education’s needs. This amount is...

19.09.2017 Subject: Culture


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The question, “What are you, illiterate?” has long been regarded as ironic. Indeed, some may be more capable than others, but everyone in Russia can read and write, so no one would ever think of patting themselves on the back for it. International Literacy Day is celebrated right between Knowledge Day (1 September) and World Teachers’ Day (5 October). Perhaps this is why this holiday isn’t very widely celebrated in Russia.
The new law “On Education” passed by the Ukrainian parliament essentially forbids citizens from receiving an education in any language other than Ukrainian. Beginning on 1 September 2018, students will only be able to study in Russian or the languages of other national minorities before the fifth grade. And beginning in 2020, Russian, Hungarian, Romanian, and other languages will be removed from the lower grades as well. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Vyacheslav Nikonov, reflects on how this trend meshes with Ukraine’s attempt to become a full-fledged European country.
One must turn to history in order to better understand the reasons behind the often-negative attitudes that countries have toward Russia today, especially in the West. Svetlana Koroleva is the director of the Russkiy Mir-supported project to create “National Myths About Russia,” an electronic resource for research and education, and a professor at the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod. She explains how this myth took shape as early as the chronicles of the Middle Ages and still flourishes today, even in the age of the Internet.
It was an unusual summer evening last Saturday at the Russian Community Centre in Brisbane. Two hundred people became not just spectators and guests but participants in a long-awaited concert by the male chorus DustyEsky. The chorus is made up primarily of native Australians but they perform Russian songs.