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Marina Bogdanova The family became a subject of academic study not so long ago—in the 19th century. Nonetheless, research on the family comes out with impressive regularity. There’s nothing surprising about this: families are what make up a society. When you study the history of a particular family, you inadvertently come to know the history of a generation. What did the typical Russian family look like before the beginning of modernization in the 20th century? The Nobility. Duty and Honor As soon as he was born, the Russian nobleman already had a purpose and destiny. He was destined for service,...

24.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: European Russian Forum

Aleksandr Gorianin “Petersburg grew atop the bones of its builders”—this myth is so persistent in both popular opinion and the work of historians who don’t specifically study this topic that it has hardly been discussed seriously until very recently. Meanwhile, this story has a few interesting twists in it. The Swede’s Envy The rumor was started in the middle of the eighteenth century by the Swedes—which isn’t surprising since the mouth of the Neva was taken from them and Swedish captives cut out the first trenches for what would become the city’s roads....

23.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to the Kingdom of the Netherlands Alexander Shulgin speaks with a journalist of Russkiy Mir about the present and the future of the bilateral Russian-Dutch relations, the “Nexit”, the Russian hackers and the compatriots in the Netherlands. - Mr. Shulgin, you arrived to the Netherlands at a period that was not easy for the Russian-Dutch relations. Introduction of the sanctions, accusations of involvement into the crash of the Malaysian aircraft. What tasks did you have at that time? - The main task for any ambassador is to promote...

21.03.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Politics

How do foreign readers perceive Russian literature? Russians know their classics – Pushkin, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Bulgakov – and have favorite contemporary authors – but what about foreigners? We decided to gather authentic reviews from typical readers, and it revealed a whole array of opinions: ecstatic, negative, perplexed, ironic… Pushkin One of the first quotes about Russian literature to be disseminated widely was the response of a Vietnamese student named Li Wong Yan, who studied in the USSR in the mid-1980s. His writings on various topics were so unusual that they were printed in the...

19.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

The number of foreign students in Russian institutions of higher education has risen by almost 10% in the past year. The number of students from Europe has risen by 40%. There has been a substantial rise in students from India and China as well—by 20% and 10%, respectively. Russia is reasserting itself on the global education market. The global trends show that higher education is becoming a more and more international market. According to experts at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, more than four million students go to foreign schools for their post-secondary schooling. In a number states, educational...

14.03.2017
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Education

Our former compatriot Igor Polesitsky occupies the position of first alto in the symphonic orchestra Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, and he also leads the Klezmerata Fiorentina ensemble. He finds a balance between different musical styles with ease, and does it with the same precision he uses to find a balance between Russian, Italian, American, and Jewish cultures. - You have had a very enviable musical career. Tell us how your life came together in such a way that you were magically transported from Kiev, first to America and then to Italy. - I left my native Kiev way back in ’77. I left...

14.03.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

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