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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

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

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

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

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

The government has approved the budget for three years ahead, RIA Novosti reports. According to Finance Minister Anton Siluanov, the main expenditure items for this period are social and defense sectors, as well as support of national economics. The government plans to allocate 7 billion US dollars for education’s needs. This amount is...

19.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Celebrated opera singer Zurab Sotkilava has died aged 80 after the extended illness, according to TASS. As per the general director of the Bolshoi Theatre Vladimir Urin, the artist has been struggling with this disease until his last breath. Soviet People’s Artist-to-be was born in Sukhumi. Zurab did not even think of the artist’s...

18.09.2017 Subject: Culture

From St Gotthard Pass to Baikal exhibition opening ceremony took place in Ticino, southern Switzerland. The event is timed with the annually-commemorated anniversary of Russian army crusade under military general Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov. The opening is dedicated to the Irkutsk governor Ivan Zedler (1777–1853). Cultural attaché of Embassy of the Russian Federation in...

18.09.2017 Subject: Culture

International Film Festival Message to a Man is held in Saint Petersburg, TASS informs. The gala opening ceremony took place at the historical city center – the Palace square. Visitors could see the reenacted version of the movie by famous director Dziga Vetrov Man With a Movie Camera. Specialists from Holland were reconstructing the movie. The copy presented by Vetrov to...

18.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Difficulties on the international scene don't affect Russian-French cultural exchange, TASS reports. According to Russian Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky relations between our countries remain at a high level. He has reminded that Russian-French Cross-Year of Cultural Tourism will end this year. National theaters, such as Bolshoi Theater and Maly Theatre...

18.09.2017 Subject: Culture

Russian Heritage Days started in the French capital, TASS reports. The first event in rich program is the exhibition organized by the Russian Federal Ministry of Culture. Reconstruction of the world-famous Amber Room presented to Peter the Great by the first King in Prussia Friedrich-Wilhelm I is a real...

17.09.2017 Subject: Culture

The Yalta International Film Festival Eurasian Bridge starts today, September 15, TASS reports. 20 Russian films will compete for the award in the main category, and 6 features are included in Debut nomination. The Best Director's nomination awaits its winner as well. Special prize and Grand Prix included in the list of awards as well. British director Garrett Jones will head the jury...

15.09.2017 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.
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