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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

Russia paid attention of the United Nations Security Council to the abuse of human rights in the European countries and US. It was the subject of presentation made by Kristina Sukacheva representing our country at the UN Human Rights Security Council, TASS reports. She has stressed that there is total impunity of torture practices, kidnapping of other countries’ citizens, abuse of...

20.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Famous politician, chairman of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science Vyacheslav Nikonov commented US intention to allocate budget for lethal arms to Ukraine, press-service of the State Duma Committee on Education and Science informs. As per Russkiy Mir Foundation, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko has claimed that the draft law approved by US Senate about defense budget supposes...

20.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a meeting with heads of US Jewish Communities at the General Assembly of the United Nations, TASS reports. “There was exchange of opinions on critical issues of Russian-American relations and a range of international questions including situation around Syria and Israel-Palestine issue,” the message says. Parties paid...

19.09.2017 Subject: Politics

US discuss Russian influence on “free and honest elections” again. Earlier the US authorities accused mythic Russian hackers of all deadly sins, now they suspect in this Russian media, Sputnik radio station in particular, RIA Novosti reports. Three US Congress representatives requested to investigate the case of Sputnik’s interference with the process of...

19.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Angela Merkel doesn't think that Anti-Russian sanctions can further be mitigated, RIA Novosti reports. According to her, Russia's proposal on UN peacekeeping mission placement in Donbass sounds interesting but it will not become a reason for easing of sanctions. In order to make that type of decision it is necessary to see a significant progress in establishment of a lasting truce in Donbass, German...

18.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Germany and Russia need each other, Foreign Minister of Germany Sigmar Gabriel has stated. According to him economy of both countries can profit if they look in one direction, RIA Novosti informs. Germany and Russia have to work towards economic prosperity and restrain conflicts, thinks the head of Foreign Affairs...

10.09.2017 Subject: Politics

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

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

Russia and Japan have signed a memorandum of understanding, RIA Novosti informs. Secretary of Russia’s Security Council Nikolay Patrushev and his Japanese colleague put their signature on the document. The signing ceremony took place in Tokyo during the visit of Nikolay Patrushev. He met Japanese President Sindzo Abe earlier. This document contains schedule of...

06.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Moscow may decrease a number of American diplomats in Russia further on, Russian President Vladimir Putin believes. However, the country’s administration will not use this possibility so far, TASS informs. “We shall see how it goes later on,” he added. The head of state has explained that now the number of staff deployed in Russian and...

05.09.2017 Subject: Politics

Moscow is ready to participate in all discussions about the North Korea’s crisis, Presidential Press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov has stated. According to him, Russia will take part in all formats of negotiations including UN Security Council discussions, RIA Novosti reports. He has reminded that President has many times mentioned that the only way to settle the...

05.09.2017 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.
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