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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

Our compatriot Elena Duffort has been living in France for many years. She graduated from Cinematology Department of the Russian State University of Cinematography and is now engaged in organizing Russian Film Festival in Honfleur. She told the “Russkiy Mir” about why French people continue watching Russian movies with pleasure. Russian Film Festival was held for 24th time in Honfleur (Normandy) this year. Every time in there, you turn out to be among the people, who are ready to help any minute: to give you a lift, provide information, get something you need from home, in case it is needed to...

20.12.2016
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

There is no other movement in Russian painting, which would be so demanded for and so highly valued, as the Russian avant-garde. No doubt, top three painters are Kandinsky, Malevich and Chagall. Up to mid-twentieth century, Kandinsky – one of the founders of abstract art - was considered the leading Russian avant-gardist. Wassily Kandinsky is one of the leading artists of the 20th century, “father” of Russian abstract art. He left for us his paintings and a theory of progressive art, which reflected views of the whole generation, relevant up to the...

16.12.2016
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

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