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Sergei Vinogradov Photo: A. Korkka Last weekend, Totma—a small town even by the Vologda Region’s standards—marked its 880-year anniversary and celebrated a traditional Russian America Day. The city once prided itself on its salt making and the seafaring merchants who traded in Siberia and America. It was a native of Totma, Ivan Kuskov, who founded Fort Ross in California, and today the town is visited by official delegations from the USA and representatives of indigenous American groups. On the Way to Totma The two hundred kilometers separating Totma and Vologda feels like five hundred when...

16.08.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Julia Goriacheva Aleksei Rodzianko is the director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia and the great-grandson of the last Chairman of the tsarist State Duma, Mikhail Rodzianko. We spoke with him about what happened with his family after their exile from Russia, the Russian émigré community in America, and Russo-American relations. Photo: RIA News Agency – Mr. Rodzianko, we are meeting on the cusp of the century anniversary of the revolution, which is also the century anniversary of the emigration. Please remind our readers how your family ended...

12.08.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Общество

Svetlana Alekseeva Photo: novorosinform.org The latest round in the Polish war on monuments has provoked sharp condemnation, not only in Russia, but in other countries as well. The ruling Polish authorities are conducting a war not so much on the Soviet legacy, as on their own history, depriving citizens of the ability to pay respects to the memory of their ancestors who saved the country from fascist aggression. Such a war against memory threatens to become a serious loss for Poland itself. In mid-July, Polish president Andrzej Duda signed amendments to a law banning communist propaganda, which made...

08.08.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Svetlana Smetanina This summer Russian and foreign travelers are taking on a new tour route—the Golden Ring of the Tomsk district. Andrei Efremov, a member of the working group for promoting the development of tourism in the Siberian Federal District, promises that this is only the beginning of opening up Siberia to mass tourism. Plans for the near future include the establishment of an even grander tour route: the Golden Ring of Siberia. Photo: Evgeny Kozhevnikov/rgotomsk.com “The working name for our new tourism project is the Golden Ring of Siberia,” says Andrei Efremov....

07.08.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Travel

Sergei Vinogradov “Many people think that classical music is only accessible to the elites, but this is not at all the case” — such is the conviction of the renowned Muscovite cellist Boris Andrianov. For three years now, he has reaffirmed this conviction by bringing together an international team of musicians and going on a tour through the Russian countryside. This year the Musical Expedition went to the Vologda region, where musicians gave free concerts in the monastery, at the steelworks, at an old estate, and in other places. Nearer to People The very word “expedition”...

02.08.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Julia Goriacheva This year the renowned New York-based The New Review, whose founding was spearheaded by Ivan Bunin, celebrates its 75th anniversary. Over the decades, this publication has become a real cultural phenomenon of the Russian émigré community. We spoke with the journal’s editor-in-chief, Marina Mikhailovna Adamovich, about what defines this publication today. – The New Review, which unites the Russian-speaking diaspora of many countries and nationalities, marks its 75th anniversary this year. How was it founded? – The journal’s first issue came out in January 1942 in New York,...

29.07.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

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