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The non-commercial organization, “Pushkin in Britain”, submitted its report on organizing the 7th International Festival of Russian Poetry and Culture – “Pushkin in Britain”. The project was realized within the framework of the grant program of the Russkiy Mir Foundation and with support of Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency, the Embassy of Great Britain in Russia and the Russian Embassy in Great Britain. This festival has been held annually since 2003. Its purpose is to introduce British...

11.02.2010
Rubric: Grant news
Subject: European Russian Forum

A a Soviet-era diva Irina Arkhipova has passed away in Moscow at the age of 85, The Associated Press reports. Arkhipova, a mezzo-soprano and later contralto, sang leading roles for the Bolshoi for decades after joining it in 1956. She reached the peak of her career in the 1960s and 1970s, making guest appearances throughout Europe and the U.S. Her most celebrated roles included Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen, Amneris in Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida, Marina and Marfa in Mussorgsky’s Boris...

11.02.2010 Subject: History

An exhibition entitled “Give Me a Shawl” will open on March 4 at the All-Russia Museum of Applied, Decorative and Folk Art in Moscow. Organizers of the exhibition asked the leading designers and painters to create shawls especially for the occasion. The submitted works differ dramatically, thus reflecting a difference in designer’s vision of the topic. Among the displayed items will be a “shawl for mother”, a love message written on paper, an abstract message etc. ...

11.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

February 10 marked the opening of the Days of Russian Language, Literature and Culture at the Russian Center for Science and Culture (RCSC)  of New Delhi. The event was organized by the Russian Language Institute of the Organizers of the RCSC under the support of the Russian Embassy. On the first day various competitions conducted in the frame of the event attracted over 300 school students of New Delhi, who were treated with traditional Russian bread-and-salt, pancakes and...

11.02.2010 Subject: Science

Wednesday marks the 120th birth anniversary of renowned Russian poet and novelist Boris Pasternak, a Nobel Prize winner and author of the epic novel Doctor Zhivago. To mark the birthday of the outstanding writer, Saratov-based State museum of Konstantin Fedin is organizing a literary evening “Doctor Zhivago: Yesterday and Today”, the press service of the local government reports. Participants of the event will discuss various aspects related to the novel’s interpretation, e.g. the way the author interlaced...

10.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

February 10 Russia is marking the 173rd anniversary of Alexander Pushkin's death. On February 8, 1837 the outstanding Russian poet was shot in a duel. In St. Petersburg, many people traditionally gather near Pushkin’s house #12 on the Moyka embankment where the poet was brought after the duel and died three days later. In 1925 the house was granted the status of a museum. Each year the museum marks this date with special events. This year’s program includes a concert featuring a...

10.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

February 12 will mark the launching of an Olympic Tram in St. Petersburg, which will coincide with the opening of the 21 Winter Olympic games in Vancouver. At midday the tram decorated with the Olympic symbols will begin its journey from house #50 on Sadovaya Street. Among its first passengers will be St. Petersburg Olympic athletes - winners of previous Olympic games. During a short press conference to be conducted in the tram, the athletes will share the most memorable moments of their sport career, victories and defeats; will tell about their hometown, and...

10.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: History

February 8, 2010 Russia’s Ambassador to Latvia Alexander Veshnyakov met with students and tutors of the Baltic International Academy. The meeting was conducted in the frame of the Day of Diplomats. Among the issues raised at the meeting were the problems faced by Latvian non-citizens, visa-free trips of Russian citizens to the EU countries, celebrations of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the WW II etc. After the meeting Alexander Veshnyakov visited the Russian Center located at...

09.02.2010 Subject: Heart Memory

During the Closing Ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, the Mayor of Vancouver will pass the Olympic Flag to the Mayor Sochi, as the representative of the host city of the next Winter Games, sochi2014.com reports. Sochi residents will be able to watch the ceremony on big screens located across the city center. During an 8-minute show, Sochi 2014 seeks to connect space and time and take the audience on a journey that takes in Vancouver, Sochi, Moscow and back to Vancouver. Participants in the Flag Handover Ceremony...

09.02.2010 Subject: Space

Books and newspapers published during the Great Patriotic War (WW II) and now kept at Volgograd regional Library named after Maxim Gorky will be digitized, a press service of Volgograd administration reports. These are largely books about Stalingrad and the Battle of Stalingrad (around twenty items) and a newspaper Stalingradskaya Pravda.  “This work is done in the context of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War,” the press service reports. A part of...

08.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

Russia has won a French auction for a land plot of land in the heart of Paris, where intends to build a theological-cultural center, an Orthodox Cathedral and a theological school. The land plot located near the Eiffel Tower in the center of Paris currently houses several buildings was previously owned by the French weather service Meteo France. According to experts, an approximate price of this lot can exceed 50 million euros....

08.02.2010 Subject: Russian Language in China

Celebrations of a pagan Russian holiday Maslenitsa kicks off today in Russia. Maslenitsa or the Pancake Week is celebrated during the week preceding the Great Lent, and seven weeks before Easter. In Russia Maslenitsa has always been the time for merry festivals marking the end of winter. Pancakes, which are traditionally cooked all week long, symbolize the sun and the coming spring. Each day of Maslenitsa has a special significance, including sharing pancakes with your family, your in-laws, and the poor. The last day of Maslenitsa is Forgiveness...

08.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

February 5 the Russian Center of Osh (Kyrgyzstan) located at premises of the subsidiary of the Russian State Social University hosted a folklore evening devoted to the upcoming Maslenitsa (a Pancake Week). The event also marked a completion of the folklore course by first-year students of the philology department. Such cultural initiatives have become a tradition at the Russian Center of Osh - they allow students...

05.02.2010 Subject: Culture

February 10 will see the opening of an exhibition “Arts of Vologda Land” at the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 (Moscow). The exhibition is devoted to the anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War (WW II) and runs in the context of a long-term project “Geography of Victory” initiated by the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and the government of Vologda region. Apart from the war-related history of Vologda, which was a vital transport hub and a logistics...

05.02.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

The First National Russian Language Competition entitled Moscow Guide has kicked off in Poland, as a result of joint efforts of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the state Polish Scientific Publishing House Wydawnictwo Szkolne PWN and Warszawa University. The project is intended to motivate Polish school students to reading Russian books, using Russia-related reference books and encyclopedias and to studying the Russian language. It is also aimed at strengthening the relations between Poland and Russia and to boost awareness about history and culture of the two...

05.02.2010
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Science

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