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The Latest Fashion From Grandma’s Trunk Traditional Russian clothing is slowly, and imperceptibly to many, returning to everyday use. Even if one doesn’t yet hear the creak of valenki (traditional felt boots) along the dirty city snow or notice designs inspired by sarafans (traditional jumpers) on fashionable dresses, this tendency has already been noticeable in design studios and shops for several years now. Consumers and designers have been dipping into their grandmother’s trunks to get ideas for weekend and everyday wear. According to craftspeople and specialists in Russian outfits, this new fashion was, surprisingly...

17.02.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

The Russian diaspora in the USA has been shaped by several different currents — coming from Europe, China, and South America. What brings these people together? Why was there a pressing need to found the Congress of Russian Americans, which sees the fight against Russophobia as one of its main tasks? The President of the Congress of Russian Americans, Natalie Sabelnik, explains. - We ended our previous interview by talking about how a large group of refugees from Tubabao moved to the US. Tell us how these people established themselves: What did they do and how did they find work? - Of course, it was different...

14.02.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

As a public figure, producer, businesswoman, patron, and participant in a multitude of philanthropic endeavors, Marina Kovalyov is one of the primary “movers” of the American Russian-speaking community. In 1997 she and her daughter found the Russian American Foundation, which promotes interest in Russian language and culture, and she also organizes American-Russian cultural exchange projects. - Reading through a list of your honorary titles and awards, I came upon a prize you received long ago from TV Channel 13. It’s called “Immigrant Women Achieving the American Dream.” Do you agree with this wording? And...

06.02.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

States wage war not only with weapons, but also by spreading disparaging rumors. Russia has experienced this for centuries and continues to do so. The dissemination of the “Potemkin village” tale is the most successful negative “PR campaign” in history. This myth has kept going for over two hundred years. Even if you know nothing about the centuries of bad blood between England and the Netherlands, the dictionary can tell you about it: Dutch courage (drinking until you feel brave), Dutch widow (a prostitute), Dutch bargain (one made while drinking), Dutch feast (one where the host is...

02.02.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Arto Mustajoki, Photo: Vejkko Somerpuro/ Yle Last Friday, University of Helsinki honoured a famous academician, Russianist, retiring professor Arto Mustajoki, who headed the Department of Russian Language and Literature at the University of Helsinki. Mustajoki is also the President of International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and the Dean at Faculty of Arts of the University of Helsinki. At various times, Mustajoki held different administrative offices at the University (including dean’s and principal’s), as well as offices...

27.12.2016
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

International Regional Conference “Russian Language in South-Eastern Countries” was held in Hanoi. Over 200 participants from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Russia and Thailand took part in it. The participants discussed the current situation of the Russian language functioning in the region and shared opinions of how to strengthen its position. Two-day Conference was held in the capital city of Vietnam Hanoi by the initiative of Rossotrudnichestvo branch office in Vietnam with the support of the International Association of Russian Language and Literature Teachers (MAPRYAL). The event was also...

21.12.2016
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

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