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Rostourism offers to declare 2019 as a year of Russian hospitality, RIA Novosti informs. According to deputy chief of community council of Ministry of Environment and Tourism Dmitry Davydenko, three hundred years since Peter the Great’s decree establishing guesthouses will be marked in 2019. He commented that this date could be called the beginning of Russian hospitality and celebrated further on. ...

30.08.2017 Subject: Travel

A group of Syrian schoolchildren will go to International children’s center Artek from August 30 until September 18. These kids won the Russian language Olympiad. The 9th grade pupils were especially successful in studying Russian and fulfilled two assignments. Each of them wrote an essay about their native city. All essays are joint under a common title We love Syria. ...

29.08.2017 Subject: Miscellaneous

President of Russia Vladimir Putin held a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the capital of Hungary, RIA Novosti informs. He has remarked positive trends in trade relations of both countries. In particular, the turnover growth amounted to more than twenty percent over the first six months, after specification of data this figure may come to...

29.08.2017 Subject: Politics

A record number of new schools will be opened in Russia until the end of this year, TASS informs. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev made this statement in the course of meeting dedicated to the beginning of a new academic year. According to Prime Minister, seventy-six new educational...

29.08.2017 Subject: Education

Ancestors of Russian soldiers fighting for France during World War I met participants of French-Russian search expedition, TASS informs. Historians, scientists and archaeologists are taking part in the expedition. The search works are conducted at three locations, where Russian Expeditionary Regiment used to fight. As per the Russian Ambassador to France Alexander Orlov, In spring...

28.08.2017 Subject: Community

Fifth International Literature festival devoted to Dovlatov has completed in Tallinn. This time the festival was devoted to countries and cities connected with Dovlatov's name, BaltNews reports. St. Petersburg was represented by the head of Zvezda magazine Andrei Ariev, New York - by close friend and colleague of Dovlatov, writer Alexander Genis. The daughter of...

28.08.2017 Subject: Culture

Russian synchronized swimmer Anastasia Davydova is included in ISHOF , International Swimming Hall of Fame among 17 members, TASS informs. ISHOF is located in Fort Lauderdale, USA. Five-time Olympic champion, Anastasia won gold at world championships 13 times, and also seven-time European champion in synchronized swimming. She was called the best synchronized swimmer of the XXI century by FINA World...

28.08.2017 Subject: Sports

International Christian forum begins in Moscow. It is already the third forum of this kind. Guests from Russia, ex-Soviet countries, Middle Eastern and European states will gather to take part in it. The main topic under discussion will be persecution of Christians in Syria and on other conflict territories, RIA Novosti informs. The opening ceremony will take place in the Cathedral...

28.08.2017 Subject: Religion

Alexandrinsky theatre goes on a tour to Japan, RIA Novosti reports. The Japanese will be able to watch a staging Hamlet after Shakespeare’s tragedy by Alexandrinsky Theatre’s Artistic Director Valery Fokin. The staging will be shown as a part of Russian Seasons Festival. Two performances are planned in one of the world’s leading...

28.08.2017 Subject: Culture

The International Military Music Festival Spasskaya Tower have started in Moscow last eekend. The traditional venue for gala opening ceremony traditionally will be the Red Square. The Festival celebrates its 10th jubilee this year, TASS informs. Various concerts by Russian orchestra and music bands from abroad, equestrian...

28.08.2017 Subject: Culture

Saint Petersburg is to become the World Jazz Capital next year, TASS reports. The Seventh International Jazz Day by UNESCO will be held in Russian Northern Capital. St Petersburg was chosen out of 18 cities. This remarkable decision says a lot about high level of musical culture in our country. The International jury's decision was...

26.08.2017 Subject: Culture

Lomonosov Moscow State University has entered the Top-50 best universities of the world, according to Round University Ranking (RUR), TASS informs. Compared to the last year’s results, its position has been much improved. The oldest Russian university is seven lines up on the list. Another well-known higher...

26.08.2017 Subject: Education

A schoolgirl from Novosibirsk Vika Kaloerova got a letter from the British Queen, Russian newspaper states. According to the girl, she was very surprised, to put it mildly. At the same time, she was hoping to receive this message as this spring she sent a letter to the Buckingham Palace with congratulations for the Queen with her birthday. The eighth grade pupil has been fond of the UK...

26.08.2017 Subject: Community

Days of Open Gardens ecological marathon have started on August 25 in the Russian capital, RIA Novosti informs. This campaign is organized for the first time. Participants have a chance to visit twelve gardens located at natural territories under special protection. Campaign is devoted to the city jubilee, celebrated at the beginning of September. Ecological marathon contains multiple...

26.08.2017 Subject: Miscellaneous

German Chancellor Angela Merkel found some similarities with her own life in biography of the Russiancomposer Dmitri Shostakovich, RIA Novosti informs. According to Merkel, she read the novel by Julian Barnes Noise of Time about life and creative career of the grand musician after she had watched the opera Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District after...

25.08.2017 Subject: Miscellaneous

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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.
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