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Italian bikers held a campaign directed at gathering humanitarian help for children of Donbass, RIA Novosti informs. It took place the day before in Rome. Around two hundred kilos of studying and writing materials as well as toys were collected for just a couple of hours. According to Claudia Corbut, who initiated the project, decided to gather aids for the children in Donbass and friends brought her over...

22.09.2017 Subject: Community

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov gave a speech at the 72nd session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, TASS reports. He touched upon a range of questions from the situation in Ukraine and Syrian crisis to North Korean conflict and UN reform. In particular, Russian Foreign Minister has noted that NATO is...

22.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Two Russian scientists are in the forecast list of the Nobel Prize nominees, published by Clarivate Analytics, TASS reports. Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences Rashid Sunuyaev (Astrophysics) and Chemist Georgiy Shulpin became first Russian scientists over the last fifteen years to enter the extended list composed by the scientific analysts of this...

22.09.2017 Subject: Science

Third World Youth Forum of Russian compatriots supported by the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Union of Compatriots Federation in Sofia as well as Russian Embassy in Bulgaria opens in the capital of Bulgaria. Its main topic is Destiny of Russia: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. The agenda for the nearest five days includes sessions, round tables and seminars where the role of Russian compatriots, their contribution...

22.09.2017
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Russian Oscar Committee has proposed Loveless by Andrey Zvyagintsev to be nominated for Oscars, TASS reports. Film Producer Alexander Rodnyansky has stated that following the secret balloting, Loveless to represent Russia in Los Angeles. Rodnyansky thinks that the the reputation of the filmmaker and the fact that the film has several European awards played the key role in this decision. Let us remind, three years ago Leviathan by Zvyagintsev was nominated for Oscars but the Golden Palm went to Ida by Pavel Pavlikovsky (Poland). Loveless has ...

22.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Heads of Russia and Brazil Foreign ministers have signed an agreement on cultural centers' opening, TASS reports. Sergey Lavrov and Aloysio Nunes expressed the hope that current agreement will strengthen strategic partnership. They confirmed “firm intention to develop further Russian-Brazilian relations.” Solemn ceremony of signing up the document took place ahead of...

22.09.2017 Subject: Community

Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated national internet provider Yandex with its jubilee, TASS informs. Twenty years passed since the day when two friends Arkady Volozh and Ilya Segalovich presented a new internet searcher at the exhibition in Moscow. At present, a share of the company at the Russian market has exceeded fifty...

22.09.2017 Subject: Technology

Reconstruction of the Soviet military cemetery situated in the German city of Elsterwerda is over, TASS informs. The opening ceremony took place today, September 21. Local population, representatives of the city administration and Russian Embassy delegates took part in the event. More than three thousand people were buried at this cemetery...

22.09.2017 Subject: History

Parliament's refusal to adopt the draft law allowing kids of non-citizens to automatically receive Latvian citizenship has only postponed the decision, which has now been long overdue, said Latvian President Raimonds Vejonis. According to him, sooner or later parliamentarians will have to pass this law, RIA Novosti reports.  The President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis has commented that...

21.09.2017 Subject: Community

Russian cities conduct Dove of Peace campaign timed with International Day of Peace established by General Assembly of the United Nations. People send paper doves to the sky traditionally at 9:30 a.m. of local time. This is a tribute to the memory of those who fought against Fascism and protected Peace on Earth at the expense of their own lives. ...

21.09.2017 Subject: Community

Orthodox Christians celebrate one of the most significant twelve Great Feasts – the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary, RIA Novosti informs. All cathedrals and churches hold Divine Liturgies in remembrance of the Holy Virgin and her parents – Joachim and Anna who were blessed by God to have a baby at the advanced age. The Birth of the Godmother is the first significant annual Feast dedicated...

21.09.2017 Subject: Religion

The anniversary of the Russian statehood is festively celebrated today, September 21st in Veliky Novgorod, Novgorod.ru website informs. The Russian chronicles the Tale of Bygone Years states that as early as 862 the tribes inhabiting Novgorod lands invited variags – brothers of Ryurik, Syneus and Tuvor to rule over them. According to the...

21.09.2017 Subject: Community

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

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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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