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Russian-Finnish Cultural Forum starts today September 21, TASS reports. It will be eighteenth forum already. Two countries take turns to host this forum. This year Saint Petersburg is hosting it. The Forum is included into the celebration of the hundred’s anniversary of Finland’s independence. Its main theme is Hundred...

21.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Farewell parties of students having entered Russian universities were held in the capital of India, Rossotrudnichestvo website reports. One of the largest theatre halls Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi gathered more than three thousand people taking part in Meeting-2017 campaign. The ceremonies were visited by...

21.09.2017 Subject: Education

Gala opening ceremony of the monument to Nicholas I took place in Teplice, Czech Republic, TASS informs. Senior Council of Russian Consulate General in Karlovy Vary Igor Melnik took part in the ceremony. Giving a speech the diplomat thanked city administration for support of Russia’s efforts to eternalize the remembrance of Nicholas I...

21.09.2017 Subject: History

Russian Language Methodical Board Conference took place in Jerusalem with participation of Tel Aviv Russian Cultural Center experts. Russian language and literature teachers, authors of Russian as a second language textbooks and methodists gathered to discussed teaching Russian in Israel schools, Russian Cultural Center Press service reports. Israel Education...

21.09.2017 Subject: RussianLanguage

Russian Academy of Arts celebrated its 260th anniversary on September 20. Many activities were prepared for the celebration, such as exhibitions, conferences, and series of lectures. They will be devoted to Academy of Arts’ deeds for development of national and world cultures. As per Russian Minster of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Academy of Arts puts a firm basis for development...

21.09.2017 Subject: Array

Celebrations dedicated to the Russian Military Fame Day - The Battle of Kulikovo held in Tula region, Interfax reports. The battle took place 637 years ago. Solemn masses in Kulikovo field churches in conjunction with this date were conducted, according to the Kulikovo museum-reserve. Prayers devoted to warriors who died more than 700 years ago on Kulikovo Field and other...

21.09.2017 Subject: History

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

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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.
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