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One of the key initiatives for the UK-Russia Year of Language and Literature was a trip taken by Russian and British writers along the Trans-Siberian railway. Above all, the English were impressed by Russian train attendants, Siberian Shakespeare fans, and the simple fact that Siberia turned out not to be a vacant landscape, but instead a populated land with cities of millions. On 14-16 March, they will talk about their trip at the London Book Fair. What better way to become acquainted with Russia than a journey by train through the entire country? The British Council agreed and invited several guests on a trip down the...

08.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Travel

On 14-16 March, the longstanding Olympia exhibition centre in London will host The 2017 London Book Fair—the forty-sixth meeting of this international exhibition and a very important event for the world book industry. Russia will present several interesting projects at this exhibition. This year Poland was announced as the fair’s guest of honor. Russia participated in The London Book Fair as a guest of honor in 2011. That year the world was first introduced to the “Read Russia” project—a major initiative in the history of Russian publishing with the goal of acquainting an international audience of...

08.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Once Russia had gone to sea, acquiring its own navy and overseas colonies (Russian America), it could only keep moving forward. It was hard to believe that just a little while ago the Russian navy, founded by the will of Peter the Great, didn’t exist at all. But now people were thinking of a voyage around the world that would be entirely under the naval flag of Russia.   Predecessors   The prominent diplomat and traveler Nikolai Rezanov once said, “May Russia’s fate be upon the wings of sails.” Many people would have signed onto this phrase, including commanders, simple...

03.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

This year Russia marks the one hundred year anniversary of the 1917 February Revolution. In Soviet times it was called a “bourgeois democratic revolution” (as opposed to the socialist October Revolution), but now more and more historians are inclined to view these events as a successfully planned сoup. The publicist and historian Aleksandr Gorianin reflects on what this February Revolution actually was. A Year Before the Bolsheviks Let’s count backwards from the Bolshevik coup exactly one year. Let’s forget everything we know about that year and immerse ourselves in the details of 25 October 1916...

02.03.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

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

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