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Borodino Day-2017 International historical festival was held on September 3, according to website of Museum-Reserve Borodino Field. Hundreds of admirers of history and reenactors from Russia and other foreign countries took part in this event. Admirers of war history and those who interested in events of the beginning of XIX century had a chance to watch reenactment of particular...

04.09.2017 Subject: History

The Consulate General of Russia in San Francisco has stopped its work on September, 2. Diplomatic mission buildings, the trade missions of the Russian Federation in Washington and New York have passed under control of the USA. Diplomats have moved out taking out furniture and documents, RIA Novosti reported. Special services have searched the Russian consulate and also...

03.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Russia will become an honored guest at the following 38th Paris Book Fair (Salon du Livre) next spring, TASS reports. According to the exhibition director Vincent Montagne, Russian-French ties in literature, history and culture may be called unique. Cultures have been leading a dialogue for centuries, whereas Paris Book Fair has turned into a ground to praise these ties. Contemporary Russian...

03.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Russian capital starts the festival dedicated to 870th anniversary of the city that will last for 10 days, TASS reports. Events are to be conducted at 39 city spots. Concerts, performances, master-classes and other activities are on the festival’s schedule. The main topic for the festival are particular muscovites who have made a big contribution in...

01.09.2017 Subject: Community

More than twenty-three thousand Muslims from different Russian regions are taking part in the annual Hajj, IA Interfax advises. Pilgrim’s journey to Mecca is one of the most important events in Islam where each capable Muslim should make Hajj at least once in their life. At present around two million believers are in Mecca....

01.09.2017 Subject: Religion

All Russian schools start academic year with solemn school assembly. More than fifteen million children will go to schools today. Almost two million of them are first grade pupils, so it will be the first academic year for them, RIA Novosti informs. All-Russia’s public lesson Russia Facing Future will be conducted today for the children. They will get to know about...

01.09.2017 Subject: Community

Forbes editorial has drafted a list of the most powerful Russian people over the last century: from 1917 when the Great October Revolution happened until 2017, RIA Novosti informs. According to experts of the editorial, major roles in history belong to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, pop singer Alla Pugacheva and USSR Communist Party...

01.09.2017 Subject: Community

Gurvinek and Magical Museum 3D cartoon produced by Russian Gorky film studio, Hollywood Reporter advises. It is co-production by Russian, Czech and Belgian cartoon makers. Film studio has commented that this animated full-length cartoon is the first project of such scope in the history of Russian animation. Characters speak voices of famous Russian actors....

01.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Russian-Chinese University opens its doors for students, TASS reports. According to Lomonosov Moscow State University Rector Viktor Sadovnichy, the university is very proud that they managed to launch a joint project with China. He called this project unique. Rector of the oldest Russian university has explained that the...

31.08.2017 Subject: Education

Russian Journalist Anna Kurbatova was deported from Ukrainian territory because, according to Kiev, she has provided “incorrect” description of the Donbass conflict, TASS reports. According to official documents correspondent threatens national security and sovereignty of Ukraine. As she was explained verbally, in her TV story broadcasted on the Independence Day she called Donbass...

31.08.2017 Subject: Politics

Russian team has taken forth position of the medal count in advance before the last day of the Universiade, TASS informs. The day before our sportsmen added thirteen awards of different values to the collection, i.e. six golds, five silver and two bronze medals. All gold medals were won by rhythmic gymnasts. Yulia Bravikova hit the top of the winners’ podium. She became the best in hoop, clubs...

31.08.2017 Subject: Education

Russia’s native Anton Kitugin gathered a group of volunteers through social networks to help citizens of Houston appeared in the disaster zone. Initially he planned to organize the supplies of goods, however later he took up a more important task of evacuating people, RIA Novosti reports. At first day volunteers rendered help by their own initiative, however later they...

30.08.2017 Subject: Community

Russian journalist was kidnapped in Ukraine on August, 30. Anna Kurbatova arrived at Kiev on errand of Russian First TV Channel, TASS informs. Last week the name of journalist together with her other personal data were published at Mirotvorets website. Kurbatova was accused by Ukrainian nationalists of “incorrect” description of the parade, which took place...

30.08.2017 Subject: Politics

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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.
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