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On March 8-9 the Russkiy Mir Foundation organized the second “Travel to Russia” educational event, whose aim is to support Russian-as-a-Foreign-Language in the leading higher educational establishments of Russia. This time Japanese students took part who are in Russia on the “Two Cities – Two Universities” program, which lasts four weeks. As part of the program Russkiy Mir organized and financed a two-day trip to Tver for the students, where they learnt about the town’s important role in Russian history. ...

10.03.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Heart Memory

The Russian Center in Ust-Kamenogorsk and the Russkiy Mir Foundation organized a roundtable discussion on "Russian Literature in the Global Context" in Ust-Kamenogorsk (Kazakhstan) January 29-30. The participants included many local philologists and media representatives. In addition to specialists from Kazakhstan, the roundtable was attended by their counterparts from Moscow, Tula, Yekaterinburg etc. The welcome address was delivered by prominent Kazakh officials, including deputy...

03.02.2009
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: European Russian Forum

The III Forum of Public Diplomacy, organized by the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the Unity for Russia Foundation and the Polity Foundation, opened on December 15, in Moscow. Participants of the Forum included members of the Public Chamber, representatives from the Presidential Administration, State Duma deputies, members of the Federation Council, department heads of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, major public figures, political scientists, experts and representatives of the mass media. The program of the forum includes...

16.12.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

On December 4, the Russkiy Mir Foundation conducted a roundtable on “Russkiy Mir in Bulgaria” as part of the XXVII Sofia International Book Fair. The participants in the event included members of non-governmental organizations: Forum Bulgaria-Russia, Federation of Friendship with Peoples of Russia and CIS, “Stable Development for Bulgaria”, National Movement “Russophiles”,  Association of Russianists of Bulgaria, Union of Bulgarian Journalists. Agreements have been signed with the...

11.12.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

The Second European Russian Forum “Russia and the EU: Old Problems, New Opportunities” has started in Brussels.  This forum is being supported by the Green European Freedom Alliance of the European Parliament, the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Moscow and the European League of Human Rights Organizations.  The working language of the forum is Russian. The ceremonial opening was presided over by Tatiana Zhadnok, a representative of the European Parliament from...

09.12.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

On December 8 the conference “BRIC Countries on the World Political Map: New Challenges” opened in Moscow.  The event is being supported by the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Russkiy Mir Foundation and the Polity Foundation. Representatives of Brazil, Russia, India and China gathered to discuss a new phenomenon in international relations: the formation of a special relationship between four of the largest countries in the world whose populations total over 2 billion and GDP share approaches...

08.12.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

The Second Russkiy Mir Assembly became like sitting an exam for the Russkiy Mir Foundation. The First Russkiy Mir Assembly held last year was effectively the first large event organized by the foundation under the presidential decree of June 21, 2007. That is why it could be seen as an informational event and as a proclamation of one’s own existence. This year’s assembly assessed the results the foundation achieved in a year. The way the assembly represented its different participants – bringing together over a thousand guests from Russia and...

05.11.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

On Saturday, November 3, the first annual Russkiy Mir Assembly took place at the Intellectual Center of Moscow State University. Over one thousand representatives of “Russkiy Mir” were invited from throughout Russia and abroad to participate in the event. They included philologists, teachers of Russian language, museum and library specialists, representatives of compatriot and emigrant organizations abroad, academic and cultural figures as well as government officials and representatives of various religious confessions....

05.11.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

Russian historians, political analysts, representatives of the Russian diaspora and representatives of the Russkiy Mir Foundation took part in the roundtable discussion “Russkiy Mir and Globalization Processes”, which was held as part of the Second Russkiy Mir Assembly. The speakers included Director of the Institute of Ethnology and Anthropology of the Russian Academy of Sciences Valery Tishkov, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee on CIS Affairs and Relations with Compatriots Konstantin Zatulin, Director of Russian and Asian Programs at the...

05.11.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

A roundtable discussion titled “Russian Culture in the Global Context” was organized on November 3 as a part of the Second Russkiy Mir Assembly. The speakers included Dmitry Trubochkin, director of the State Institute of Art Studies; Daniil Dondurei, editor-in-chief of Iskusstvo Kino magazine (Art of Cinema); Kirill Razlogov, director of the Russian Institute for Cultural Research; and Igor Zadorin, sociologist and director of Zircon Group. Yuri Belyavsky, editor-in-chief of Kultura newspaper, and Alexander...

05.11.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

A roundtable discussion entitled “The Information Space of Russkiy Mir” was organized on November 3 as part of the Second Russkiy Mir Assembly. The speakers included: Vitaly Tretiakov, editor of Politichesky Class magazine; Armen Oganesyan, chairman of the Voice of Russia radio station; Liudmila Kol, chief editor of LiteraruS - Literature Word (Finland); Paul Richardson, president of Russian Information Services (USA); and Georgi Bovt, editor-in-chief of Russkiy Mir magazine. The briefing was hosted by Yury Tavrovsky, editor-in-chief of Diplomat...

05.11.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

An initiative group of young people in Lithuania began a large international cultural project – in 2009, the First Republican Contest of Literary Reading “Native Speech” will be held in the country. The event will be dedicated to the forthcoming 200th anniversary of Nikolay Gogol’s birthday and 210th anniversary of Alexander Pushkin. The Lithuanians will read Pushkin’s poems and Gogol’s prose in Russian. On the initiative of the International Youth Union, an acting group for the project has...

27.10.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Science

October 10-21, the Russian Center for Science and Culture, in cooperation with the Coordinating Council of Compatriots and the Russian boarding school on Malta, held the Third Festival of Russian Youth Art. Participants of the festival included the choir of Sverdlovsk Men’s Choir College and the dance ensemble Etoile from Yekaterinburg, a men’s chamber choir from Kamensk-Uralsky and a dancing group of the Russian boarding school on Malta. The festival concerts took place in various churches and concert halls of the...

24.10.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: European Russian Forum

The opening ceremony of the Russian Center, sponsored by the Russkiy Mir Foundation, took place today at the Kusein Karasaev Bishkek Humanitarian University. Taking part in the ceremony were Sergey Mironov, speaker of the Federation Council, Vyacheslav Nikonov, executive director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Ishenkul Boldzhurova, Kyrgyzstan’s Minister of Education and Science, Valentin Vlasov, Russia’s Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan, and Abdylda Musaev, rector of the university. Numerous other public figures from both countries also attended. ...

11.09.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

From August 25 to September 8, an international Russian-language theatre festival and camp will take place at the Serdika Youth Center in Bulgaria. Participants include children’s and youth theatre groups, which will present performances in Russian. The festival has been organized by the nonprofit Pervotsvety Fellowship of Children’s and Youth Theatrical Collectives (Russia), the Sputnik travel agency (Russia), the Alfa Service travel agency (Bulgaria) and the Vedogon youth center (Bulgaria). Financial support has...

25.08.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: European Russian Forum

From August 15-31, 2008, the Night of the Arts festival is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Helsinki. The event traditionally brings artists from around the Baltic region, as well as visitors from across Europe and other parts of the world. For the first time, the Russian project “Jazz Travel Finland. Jazz season” is taking part in the festival. Svetlana Kolosova, director of Planets ART, says, “Russo-Finnish relations have a very long history, and our peoples have always been close spiritually and share...

14.08.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: European Russian Forum

On July 25, an agreement was signed to open a Russian Center sponsored by the Russkiy Mir Foundation at the Hyderabad University of English and Foreign Languages in India. This is the first agreement regarding the establishment of a Russian Center in South Asia. Signing the agreement were the university’s representative in Russia, Dr. Ram S. Wadhwa, and the executive director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Vyacheslav Nikonov. During the signing ceremony, Nikonov said that the signing is...

25.07.2008
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

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