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For the second time at the Mikhailovskoye Pushkin Open Air Museum, the Russian School Library Association held a forum for the country’s school librarians. Yury Laptev, President Medvedev’s advisor on culture and art, and Ludmila Putina greeted participants, who included representatives from Russia’s Ministry of Education and Science, Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications, regional agencies and social organizations. This year, the Russkiy Mir Foundation provided financial support for the...

01.07.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

On June 25, an international forum entitled “We Speak One Language” was held at Russia’s Public Chamber. The National Council for Children and Youth Associations in Russia served as the forum’s organizer, along with the Foundation for International Cooperation and the Russkiy Mir Foundation.  The forum was designed to foster an interethnic climate of respect and peace among young people in Russia, the CIS, the Baltics and the Balkans. It was also intended to increase integration of youth in...

23.06.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

Bavaria’s second-largest city after Munich, Nuremberg is one of Germany’s most beautiful cities and it has a 60,000-strong Russian-speaking population. Irina Fiksel, Chairperson of the German Coordination Council of Russian compatriots, and a member of the Russian compatriots’ Coordinating Committee, heads the local Russian-German Cultural Center. The opening of the Center’s new facilities allocated by the city authorities was held on June 21, 2008. The city’s...

22.06.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

On May 22, Vyacheslav Nikonov, executive director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, and Arvids Barsevskis, rector of Daugavpils University, signed an agreement on the opening of a Russian Center at the university. Daugavpils is Latvia’s second largest city. Located in the country’s southeastern region of Latgaly, the city has a rich history, going under several names – Dinaburg (1275-1893, intermittently), Borisoglebsk (1656-1667), Dvinsk (1893-1920) and Daugavpils (1920-present). ...

22.05.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture


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The American Sean Quirk, who is one of musicians and the manager of the well-known in Russia and beyond Tuvinian Alash ensemble, speaks four languages. On foreign tours, he announces the songs of the ensemble in English and sings Tuvan folk songs to the public and for himself. He can please the audience with a ditty in Russian when he is asked to. Besides that, Quirk reads books in the language of his ancestors - Old Irish.
A round-the-world expedition of three Russian sailboats - the frigate Pallada and the barges Kruzenshtern and Sedov is going to start this autumn. All three sailing ships of Russian Federal Fisheries Agency have already been on the round-the-globe trips but an event of such a grand scale takes place for the first time.
How to motivate students to learn Russian language, especially if this is an extra one? Ireland teachers invented an unusual way to put together Russian classical literature and cuisine. As a result, kids don't only read Gogol and Pushkin, but also learn old recipes described in those books. They try to cook at home dishes described by great Russian writers. One of the authors of the Inspired by Food project Alexandra Puliaevskaya shares the “delicious reading” recipe.
Aloi Pilioko, a Russian Polynesian who was a longtime friend with Nicolai Michoutouchkine, a French artist of Russian origin, lives on the distant island of Vanuatu in Melanesia. Nicholas Miklouho-Maclay is still remembered in Papua New Guinea; and even Russian words are used there in speech. However there is even more surprising fact: the Papuans’ life is somewhat similar to life in remote Russian villages. We spoke to Andrey Tutorskiy, an ethnographer, associate professor of the Ethnology Department of the History Faculty in the Lomonosov Moscow State University, about this distant and exotic region and about its links to Russia.
In recent years mysteries of Tunguska meteorite have been again attracting scientists from various countries of the world to Siberia. This summer the latest International expedition has come to completion in the Tunguska Nature Reserve. Professionals from Russia, the USA, Italy and the Czech Republic took part in it. One hundred and eleven years after the meteorite’s fall into the Siberian taiga, scientists still endeavour to figure out its impact onto the ecosystem.