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Slavic New Year is celebrated today, September 14th (or September 1st by the old calendar) in Russia. It used to be the very important celebration that was was accompanied by a broad range of rituals, reports Calend.ru. Until the beginning of the 18th century September 1 was the date of the beginning of the New Year in accordance with the Church calendar. In 1700 Peter the Great changed...

14.09.2017 Subject: Religion

Solzhenitsyn memorial to be installed to the 100th anniversary of the world-famous writer and Nobel laureate in Moscow, TASS reports. Moscow authorities have endorsed the plan to install the monument on the street that carries the name of the author of The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich. The initiative of...

14.09.2017 Subject: Culture

4th Ural Industrial Biennial of contemporary art starts today, September 14. It will last until November 12 2017 in Ekaterinburg and other cities of the Ural region. Industrial revolutions' mix and so-called new literacy ideas to be presented, RIA Novosti reports. Over...

13.09.2017 Subject: Culture

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has cleared 95 Russian Athletes, mentioned in notorious McLaren Investigation Report, TASS informs. Journalists have discovered the WADA internal report intended for directors of its structural subdivisions. It agrees to clear 95 of the first 96 athletes whose cases have been reviewed. The document states that the “available evidence was insufficient to support the...

13.09.2017 Subject: Sports

Russia to represent Europe in the Executive Council of World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), TASS reports. There are more than 150 countries in this UN organisation. Russian representatives are going to be part of its governing body and participate in taking crucial decisions from 2017 to 2021. At the 22th UNWTO session of the General Assembly...

13.09.2017 Subject: Travel

International cultural festival will take place in Italian capital for the first time. It is going to be called Russian Rome, TASS reports. International writers' union organizes the event. The festival is going to be timed with the National Unity Day on November 4th. The head of organizational committee Vladimir Torin has reminded that this year is 180th anniversary of the day...

12.09.2017 Subject: Diaspora

Trans-Siberian art festival travels to Japan for the second time, RIA Novosti reports. Performances are to become a part of Russian Seasons Festival. Artistic director of the festival violinist Vadim Repin has commented that...

12.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Eleven Russian high educational institutions were included in QS employment rating. Just a year ago only 7 Russian universities were included in the same rating, TASS reports. The best position is occupied by Lomonosov MSU. It is included in 111 to 120 places in the field of the employment...

12.09.2017 Subject: Education

Ekaterinburg State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre has opened the Bangkok's 19th International Festival of Dance and Music, TASS reports. Russian troupe performed Katya and Prince of Siam ballet. This show was dedicated to 120th anniversary celebration of the diplomatic relations between Russia and Thailand. As per organizers, this...

12.09.2017 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.