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Big Ethnographic Dictation will take place in all regions of Russia on November 3, TASS informs. Its conduction is timed with National Unity Day. Federal Agency for Affairs of Nationalities is organizing the event. The status of this campaign will change – it will become international soon. Now Russian compatriots residing in other countries can join it too. ...

08.09.2017 Subject: Education

Works of Russian artisans are shown for the very first time at the interior design and household goods exhibition Maison & Objet. It has opened in in Paris on September 7, RIA Novosti reports.  Every year more than 100 thousand visitors come to the exhibition. This year they will be amused by exclusive elegance of Lomonosov porcelain...

07.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Ukrainian President plans to introduce restrictions on book supplies from Russia, TASS reports. According to Petro Poroshenko, it is necessary to control the book business in Ukraine. In his speech Poroshenko has mentioned the constant stream of that “ukrainofobic scribblings” coming to Ukraine. He is sure that restrictive law will benefit domestic publishers and meet the needs of local...

07.09.2017 Subject: Politics

200 years of Russia's presence on Hawaшian Islands Commemorative Forum will take place on the island of Kauai in November, the website of International Union of Russian Compatriots reports. Various Commemorative activities will be conducted with participation of Russian and US experts, historians, embassy and consular officers, and local authorities. Pressing issues are going to be discussed, such as the...

07.09.2017 Subject: Diaspora

Scientists from Scientific-research station Samoilovky situated in Lena River Delta found traces of mass flora and fauna extinction. It happened almost four hundred million years ago and is called the Kellwasser event, IA Interfax reports. According to paleontologists, such evidence in the Arctic was discovered for the first time. Director of Petroleum Geology and Geophysics...

07.09.2017 Subject: Miscellaneous

Anastasia Nikiforova has received TV Production prize at the 12th Seoul International Drama Awards, TASS reports. Russian actress was awarded for her role in Anna Detective series based on the series of Detective episodes that take place in 19th century provincial Russian town. Anastasia Nikiforova has passed her...

07.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Tver State University has launched Russian language course for a group of students from partner universities of TvSU, IA Tverigrad informs. Earlier the university signed several agreements on students’ exchange with higher educational institutions of Finland, FRG, France and China. Thanks to this programme, students interested in Russian got an opportunity to study the Russian language in...

07.09.2017 Subject: RussianLanguage

Ukrainian Parliament has accepted a new law on educational system, Lenta.ru informs. The draft law bans teaching in any language but Ukrainian. Verkhovna Rada members accepted the draft in the second reading. According to this document children of lower grades are allowed to study in languages of national minorities including Russian. Starting the fifth grade,...

07.09.2017 Subject: Education

The Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between Russian and Greece, Year of Literatire portal reports. The head of Rospechyat Michael Seslavinsky and Greek Culture and Sports minister Lydia Koniordou have signed the document. The Ceremony took place in the frames of the 30th International Moscow Book exhibition-fair that has ...

06.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Today, September 6, General Consulate of the Russian Federation in Houston has resumed operations in full scope, RIA Novosti reports. Russian Embassy had to close due to the hurricane Harvey at the South-East of USA. The hurricane did considerable harm to the building of the General Consulate. Some areas were flooded, however, in three days the employees managed to resume operations...

06.09.2017 Subject: Community

Eastern Economic Forum opens today September 6 in the capital city of Primorsky Krai, TASS informs. It is already the third forum of this kind. Its headline topic is Economics of the entire Far East. It is one of the largest Russian International conferences. Its traditional venue is Far Eastern Federal University at Russky Island. As per the Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister...

06.09.2017 Subject: Economics

30th International Moscow Book exhibition-fair starts working in Moscow, Rospechyat informs. This year it is traditionally conducted on VDNH (The Exhibition of Achievements of National Economy), Moscow. Publishers from 40 countries have gathered there. Russian publishing industry is represented by various regions of our country. Great celebration is planned due to the anniversary of the MIBF. It's...

06.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Eighteen Higher Educational Institutions of our country entered the ranking of the best universities of the world, RIA Novosti reports. This ranking is compiled by Times Higher Education. As per its experts, some universities have improved their position compared to the same ranking of last year, however, overall Russian education occupies the last positions. The last ranking contained only twenty-four...

06.09.2017 Subject: Education

Russian weapons’ attacks helped Syrian government’s army to break the Deir ez-Zor city’s siege by Islamic State forces, RIA Novosti informs. Russian Defense Ministry commented that war planes hit terroristic supporting bases, their groupings and military equipment at the outskirts of the city. Frigate Admiral Essen launched Caliber cruise missiles against the terrorists contributing to these successful...

06.09.2017 Subject: Politics

A memorial plate in honor of 460th anniversary of joining of Kabardino-Balkaria peoples to Russia is set in Moscow Novospasskiy Monastery, RIA Novosti informs. Patriarch Kirill and Head of Kabardino Balkaria Yuri Kokov took part in the gala ceremony. The place of setting the plate was cathedral of the Sign of the Holy Mother of God. It was deliberately chosen, because Dukes...

06.09.2017 Subject: Community

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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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