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Russia Ambassador to Bulgaria Yuri Isakov visited the Foundation’s Russian Center in Varna, Bulgaria. The ambassador gave a public lecture on Russian Foreign Policy and Russia-Bulgaria Relations. He spoke about Russia’s foreign policy in rapidly changing political situation of the present moment, about Russian-Bulgarian relations and about the political partnership of the two countries. Students and teachers from a wide range of departments listened to the lecture....

18.06.2010 Subject: History

On Friday, a famous Russian actor and director Yuri Solomin celebrates his 75th birthday, Voice of Russia reports. Presently Solomin is a Professor of the Schepkin Higher Drama College, of which he himself was a graduate. After graduation in 1957 he joined the Maly Theatre. Since 1988, Solomin has headed the Maly Theatre, becoming artistic director of the oldest theatrical academy, where he sought to continue the great traditions of Russian Theatre, the Russian acting school. On this stage he...

18.06.2010 Subject: History

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Friday will devote the whole day to the St. Petersburg Economic Forum. He will speak at a plenary meeting and hold a series of meetings with businesspeople, ITAR-TASS reports. Medvedev will open the main program of the forum at the plenary meeting, which, as RF presidential aide Arkady Dvorkovich said, would be devoted to post-crisis development of the world economy and is called “We have changed.” “The president’s program includes...

18.06.2010 Subject: History

A museum in Novosibirsk in Western Siberia is displaying 76 biblical lithographs by Marc Chagall, Voice of Russia reports. The items are from three private collections in Germany. The organizers say seeing all the works in one place is tantamount to a miracle....

17.06.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: History

June 14 the Russian Center at the German-Russian Institute of Culture hosted an awards ceremony for veterans of the Great Patriotic War, blockade survivors and labor camp survivors who had previously not been registered at the Russian Consulate in Leipzig. Nongovernmental organizations recently made an effort to find such survivors in Saxony. Twenty-eight participated in the ceremony on Russia Day. Russian General Consul G.P. Golub warmly congratulated the participants of the event, wishing them good health and bestowing upon...

17.06.2010 Subject: History

A Russian manned spaceship Soyuz with a Russo-American crew on board blasted off from the Baikonur cosmodrome at 01:35, Moscow time, on Wednesday, Itar-Tass reports. This is a jubilee flight -- a 100th one -- under the International Space Station (ISS) programme. The Soyuz TMA-19 is to deliver the ISS-24/25 crew -- Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronauts Douglas Willock and Shannon Walker -- to orbit for them to work there for about five months. The Soyuz spaceship is to dock with the ISS at 03:10, Moscow time,...

16.06.2010 Subject: History

The renowned Russian painter Ilya Glazunov is celebrating his 80th birthday today, Voice of Russia reports. He painted dozens of portraits of his contemporaries, among King of Juan Carlos I of Spain, the Italian film director Federico Fellini and movie actress Gina Lollobrigida, created the sets for opera productions at Moscow’s Bolshoi, Berlin Opera and other theaters across the world, and was the only one to illustrate all books by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. His works have been exhibited in...

10.06.2010 Subject: History

Preparations are underway in Russia's second city of St. Petersburg for the 14th International Economic Forum, which will run from June 17-19. The road from Pulkovo airport to the center of the city has been decorated with banners with the Forum's logo, RIA Novosti reports. Some 600 journalists have applied for accreditation and organizers say over 1,000 hotel rooms have already been reserved for the eminent politicians and businessmen expected to attend the event. The slogan of this-year...

09.06.2010 Subject: History

One of the northern regions of the Russian Federation – Karelia – on Tuesday is marking the 90th anniversary since the formation of the republic, ITAR-TASS reports. The press service of the regional government said that a monument to Karelian border guards established on the initiative of the council of veterans of the republic’s border guard troops was unveiled in the morning in the capital of Karelia – Petrozavodsk. About 16,000 border guards fell in combat during the Winter War of 1939-1940, as well...

08.06.2010 Subject: History

A 2008 agreement between Russia and Brazil on visa-free short-term tourist travel comes into effect on Monday, RIA Novosti reports. The agreement was signed during President Dmitry Medvedev's visit to Brazil on November 26, 2008. Under the agreement, Russian and Brazilian tourists are not required visas for entry, exit, transit or stay on the territory of another state for up to 90 days within each 180-day period from the first entry. However, those who travel to Russia and vice-versa to start...

07.06.2010 Subject: History

The first ever cartoon for deaf children has been created by the activists of an NGO in the Russian city of Kazan. The cartoon's main characters – various dogs – speak in sign language, Russia Today reports. This project is unique not only for Russia, but also for the rest of the world. The Academy of Open Communications is the NGO which initiated the project. The idea grew out of the company’s earlier initiative. At first they translated the beloved Russian cartoons...

02.06.2010 Subject: History

Hungary has unveiled its culture office in the Republic of Udmurtia, which shares the same Finno-Ugric language group, RIA Novosti reports. The office was opened with the assistance of the cultural, scientific and information center of the Hungarian Republic in Moscow. Several cultural events, including lectures devoted to Hungary, are planned at the Hungarian office in Izhevsk, the capital of the Udmurt Republic, on June 1-2. The ambassadors of Hungary, Finland and Estonia are to attend the...

02.06.2010 Subject: History

Russia observes International Day of Child Protection on June 1st. This is the 60th year that this day has been celebrated, Voice of Russia reports. It is traditionally marked by events and campaigns that target challenged children and orphans with social and health-related problems all across the country. Education Minister Andrei Fursenko says there are as many as 30 million orphans and children with special needs in Russia. Last year 300 thousand orphans found a new home by at least 100 thousand more are still...

01.06.2010 Subject: History

At the Russian Orthodox Holy Synod meeting in St. Petersburg on Monday, Patriarch Kirill suggested that a special commission be set up to deal with issues concerning museums, RIA Novosti reports. “We will consider the possibility of creating a special commission for relations with the museum community. As you know, recently a large range of issues have arisen, and they are being discussed in a controversial manner in the press. So we need to consider how to better organize our relations with the museum community,”...

01.06.2010 Subject: History

Russia will on Monday give Poland the flight data recorders of the Polish presidential plane that crashed in western Russia more than six weeks ago, a spokesman for Russia's Deputy Premier Sergei Ivanov said, RIA Novosti reports. The Polish government Tu-154 crashed near Smolensk on April 10. All 96 people on board died, including President Lech Kaczynski, his wife and a host of senior Polish officials. They had been due to attend a memorial ceremony for the victims of the 1940 Katyn massacre in which Soviet secret police...

31.05.2010 Subject: History

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev today formally called for his nation's legislature to endorse a proposed nuclear arms control treaty with the United States, Agence France-Presse reported. The lower and upper houses of Russia's parliament must each vote to bring the pact into force. "Today I have submitted for ratification the treaty on the reduction of strategic offensive arms," Medvedev said at a meeting of his United Russia party. "I am asking United Russia deputies, the...

28.05.2010 Subject: History

A host of Internet sites using Cyrillic web addresses in the .рф top-level domain will be accessible from Tuesday onward, Russia’s Coordination Center for the National Internet Domain said. “At present, more than 100 applications for websites [in the Cyrillic Internet domain] have been processed,” said Yulia Ovchinnikova of the center's board of directors. “The situation changes every hour,” she added. The Russian president and government's websites, президент.рф...

25.05.2010 Subject: History

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