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Hundreds of people gathered April 11 at the former Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald to mark the 65th anniversary of the camps liberation. Former prisoners, American veterans, German and EU politicians laid flowers and wreaths in honor of those who suffered and died at this and other camps. Speaking at the ceremony, Chairman of the Bundestag Norbert Lammert called Buchenwald “an eternal reminder of the necessity to always protect freedom, democracy, tolerance and humanness”....

12.04.2010 Subject: History

Russia marks Cosmonautics Day on Monday to commemorate the first manned space flight made on April 12, 1961 by Soviet cosmonaut Yury Gagarin, who made one complete orbit around the Earth aboard the Vostok spaceship. The mission lasted 1 hour and 48 minutes, heralding the beginning of the space age. The past 49 years have seen 514 astronauts from 36 countries making their complete orbit flights around the Earth, with the Russia remaining the world’ top country in terms of space sector-related achievements. Suffice it to mention Valentina Tereshkova and...

12.04.2010 Subject: History

The Lithuanian newspaper Klaipeda has announced that it will restart its Russian-language version, DELFI reports. The newspaper has been published in the port city of Klaipeda since 1945.  For many years it was published in both Lithuanian and Russian, but due to financial difficulties, the Russian version was shut down in 2007. The editor of the newspaper, Saulius Pocius, said that the newspaper would finance the Russian version using its own resources.  “Regardless, there is...

09.04.2010 Subject: History

The director of the Far East branch of Russkiy Mir Foundation, Alexander Zubritsky, attended round table discussion on “APEC and other integration processes in Asian-Pacific Region”, held on April 8. The discussions took place during the Mikhailovskiye scientific readings on the “Current problems in the theory and practice of international law”. Speaking as an expert, Mr. Zubritsky, spoke about the integrating role that the Russian language plays in the Asian-Pacific Region. He described the structure...

08.04.2010
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: History

On April 11, Moscow’s Poklonnaya Gora war memorial will to host an event to mark 65 years since advancing Allied troops liberated the Buchenwald death camp, Voice of Russia reports. There will be some 600 Russian survivors of death camps and Jewish ghettos. Some 200 living Muscovites were in Nazi camps as adults, and some 10 thousand, as minors. The Nazi camps numbered 14,000 and processed an estimated 18 million prisoners. At least five million were Soviet.   April 11 is an international memory day for the victims of Nazi death camps. ...

06.04.2010 Subject: History

The Russian compatriot communities in Europe are set to extend congratulations to the Russian WWII veterans on May 9, when the 65th anniversary of the Allied Victory in WWII will be celebrated worldwide, Voice of Russia reports. A statement to this effect was made by Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Alexander Chepurin, who specifically praised the Soviet soldiers' considerable contribution to the defeat of Nazi Germany. "This will be central point of the Russian compatriots' congratulatory address to the WWII veterans ahead of the May 9...

05.04.2010 Subject: History

The World Expo 2010 fair in Shanghai is expected to expand Russian-Chinese cooperation in scientific research, an expert with Russia's leading services corporation said on Friday, RIA Novosti reports. The 2010 World Expo fair is to run from May 1 to October 31 under the motto "Better City - Better Life." Some 70 million visitors are expected to attend the event. The exhibition will help "revise our policy in combining the potential of the two countries to implement joint scientific research projects," said...

02.04.2010 Subject: History

The first issue of an eight-page Russia Today, a supplement to the popular Italian daily la Repubblica, has been issued today, reports ITAR-TASS. The issue has been prepared by a Moscow-based newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta. The supplement will be issued once a month, and will go with Rome and Milan editions of la Repubblica. The project is supposed to raise awareness of the local population about Russia-related events. Apart from that, starting from August 2010 the Russia Today section...

29.03.2010 Subject: History

March 22 Executive Director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Vyacheslav Nikonov and Director for American Programs of the Foundation N. Mihailov with Ambassador of Bolivia in the Russian Federation. Maria Luisa Ramos Urzagaste handed Vyacheslav Nikonov an invitation for participation in the "Peoples World Conference on Climate Change and Mother Earth's Rights”. The event will run from 20 to 22 April in the town of Cochabamba (Bolivia). The meeting agenda also included discussion of the...

22.03.2010
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: History

March 15 President of The World Congress of Russian-Speaking Jewry Boris Shpigel announced the plans to create a new international organization – The Global Anti-Fascist Front. Development of the platform for the new organization is currently underway. This news was announced at a conference in Riga entitled “WW II Results: Victims, Righteous People, Liberators and Torturers”. “Indecent politicians focus their efforts on young people, who do not have any stable ideological beliefs, and...

16.03.2010 Subject: History

A song entitled I am very happy for I am finally coming home by a famous Soviet singer Eduard Hil became a sensation thanks to Internet 40 years after its debut, Vesti television channel reports. Eduard Hil’s song has reached huge popularity in the USA. Apart from that, the singer’s fans have set up a Facebook group, and are collecting signatures under a petition for Hil to go on a world concert tour. 75-year-old Eduard Hill is still alive and well, and found out about his Internet...

11.03.2010 Subject: History

Russian businessman Alexander Lebedev has bought two major British newspapers. Lebedev will reportedly pay the symbolic sum of 1 pound, to take over ownership of the daily Independent and the weekly Independent on Sunday. The deal between the businessman and the current owner, Independent News and media (NMI) was finalized several days ago. The Independent, established in 1986, is considered as one of the most intellectual papers in the UK media market. However, its...

09.03.2010 Subject: History

March 4 Russia and Morocco signed a program of cultural partnership for 2010–2012, Kultura television channel reports. The parties agreed on development and strengthening of partnership in various areas, on exchange of information and experience, and on conduction of the Days of Russia in Morocco (in 2011) and the Days of Morocco in Russia (in 2012). The countries will conduct joint cultural events, will organize art exhibitions, cultural exchanges and festivals....

05.03.2010 Subject: History

One of RT’s ads, which had been rejected by US airports and later caused a heated discussion among bloggers, has been named the best commercial of the month by the British press, the Russia Today website reports. The decision to give the January “Ad of the Month” title to RT billboard advertisement was made by referees from the prestigious Awards for National Newspaper Advertising (the ANNAs). “Some powerful, thought provoking work to start the year off from...

04.03.2010 Subject: History

Russian born top model Natalia Vodianova has been unveiled as a face and a new Ambassador of the Sochi Olympics. Natalia has already taken part in at the Vancouver Olympic Closing Ceremony together with her three children, and will continue participating in various Olympic-related events and initiatives. Sochi 2014 Ambassadors are a selection of sporting or cultural icons who now play a key role in promoting sport and healthy lifestyles in Russia and spreading the Olympic and Paralympic values...

03.03.2010 Subject: History

February 25 marked the opening of the Russian Room in Hurghada. As it has already been reported, in early February the foundation donated books to the new language center’s library at the 42nd Cairo International Book Fair. It is the first Russian language center of the kind not only in Egypt, but also in the whole region. The opening ceremony was attended by Director of the Russian Scientific...

02.03.2010 Subject: History

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