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Georgia’s Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili has called for gradual normalization of relations with Russia, ITAR-TASS reports. “I have no illusions that we will manage to restore relations with Russia very fast. My dream is to get good relations with our large neighbour, but this should be done gradually,” he told the PACE spring session on Tuesday. At the same time he called for pragmatic approach in the process of normalizing relations between Georgia and Russia. “I can say with confidence that our...

23.04.2013 Subject: Culture

The seventh regional conference of expats residing in Africa and the Middle East was held on April 18 in Johannesburg, South Africa.A wide range of issues were discussed – above all, the teaching of Russian and dissemination of Russian culture. Speaking at the conference was Russian Ambassador to South Africa M.I. Petrakov, Vice Chairman of the Committee for International Affairs at the RF Federation Council A.A. Klimov,...

19.04.2013
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

The seventh two-day regional conference of Russian compatriots living in Africa and the Middle East is opening today, April 19, in South Africa. “We plan to exchange views on the situation of Russians in their countries, on the strengthening of cultural ties with Russia and with each other,” Chairman of the Association of Russian Compatriots of South Africa Oleg Pantyukhin, who organised the meeting with support of the Russian Embassy and the representative of the Russian Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States,...

19.04.2013 Subject: Culture

On April 16 and 17 the Regional Conference of Russian Compatriots was held in the capital of Hungary. The heads and representatives of coordinating committees of Russian compatriot councils from 33 countries of Europe and also Turkey and Israel gathered in Budapest for the occasion. The Russkiy Mir Foundation was represented by Alexey Gromyko, Director of European Programs.The welcome remarks were delivered by Russian...

18.04.2013
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

Russia and Serbia have endorsed a plan for development of the humanitarian center in the southern Serbian city of Nis over the next two years, Irina Rossius, an official spokeswoman for the Ministry for Emergency Situations and Civil Defense (EMERCOM) said Wednesday, ITAR-TASS reports. “Upon the results of the Russian-Serbian talks, Serbia’s Prime Ivica Dacic and Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov signed a plan of joint steps to ensure the operations and development of the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian...

11.04.2013 Subject: Culture

All three Baltic countries have ignored Russia’s wish to open Russian centers of science and culture on their territories, Konstantin Kosachev said during the Government Hour in the Russian State Duma, Voice of Russia reports. Konstantin Kosachev is the head of the Federal Agency for the Commonwealth of Independent States, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation, also known as Rossotrudnichestvo. Answering the question of a correspondent of The Voice of...

10.04.2013 Subject: Culture

The Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) intends to step up support to Russian-language media abroad, the Agency’s Head Konstantin Kosachev said during Question Time in the State Duma on Wednesday, April 10. “Work is currently done voluntarily. There is the fund for support of Russian-language media. This project was initiated by ITAR-TASS Board Chairman and Federation Council Member Vitaly Ignatenko. The other participating organisation...

10.04.2013 Subject: Culture

A group of Russian Cossacks announced Monday the creation of an Australian branch and four new traditional units there, RIA Novosti reports. A Siberian group of Cossacks, the Zabaikalsky Cossack Host Association, said that the decision to expand the organization was made following a request from Australia-based descendants of the Cossacks who emigrated after the 1917 Russian revolution. The request was submitted by Australian Cossack ataman Simeon Boikov in light of “the growing number of Cossacks in Australia,” a...

08.04.2013 Subject: Culture

Vladimir Putin has completed a two-day working visit to Germany, the Kremlin press service reports. The President began his second day in Germany with a wreath-laying ceremony in memory of the prisoners of Ahlem concentration camp, who died during the final days of World War II. Later, Mr Putin and Ms Merkel opened the Russian pavilion at the Hannover Messe 2013 and toured the exhibition stands. The Russian President and German Federal Chancellor held a joint news conference at the end of the visit. ...

08.04.2013 Subject: Culture

Read Russia invites British readers to celebrate Russian literature throughout London in April 2013. Coinciding with the London Book Fair, Read Russia’s program of events will bring Russia’s leading authors, translators, scholars and publishing insiders to the British capital to engage with readers on contemporary trends in Russian literary culture and Russia’s rich literary traditions. Russia’s Open Book, a new feature-length documentary narrated by Stephen Fry and directed by acclaimed filmmaker Paul...

06.04.2013 Subject: Culture

The World Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots will hold its next meeting in Moscow, the website Russky Vek reports.The participants will discuss events scheduled for 2013, regional compatriot conferences, the creation of a concept for the conference Compatriots and Their Contribution to World Culture, prospects for interaction between compatriot organizations through the internet, interaction between compatriot coordination councils and the Foundation for Support ant Protection of the Legal Rights of Compatriots, and much more....

04.04.2013 Subject: Culture

Commenting on the death of Academician Gury Ivanovich Marchuk, Indian ambassador to Moscow, Ajai Malhotra said on Wednesday that in the sad demise of the one of the prominent scientists of Russia, India has lost a highly admired friend. Marchuk died in Moscow, on Monday, after a prolonged illness, at the age of 87. He was one of the last veterans of Soviet science. Marchuk played a pioneering role in creating the bilateral Integrated Long-Term Program (ILTP) of Cooperation in Science and Technology in 1987. “Academician...

28.03.2013 Subject: Culture

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Russian Jews on Passover holiday, the Kremlin press service reports. “This, one of Judaism’s most revered occasions, celebrates the moment in the distant past when the Jewish people were delivered from enslavement and received the ten commandments, which went on to become part of the entire world’s heritage and are a cornerstone of universal moral laws and values,” Putin said in a message. “The life of Russia’s Jewish community today is full of...

25.03.2013 Subject: Culture

Russian-speaking compatriots residing in Britain will come together in London on Sunday to discuss realization of humanitarian potential of the Russian-speaking community, ITAR-TASS reports. About a hundred delegates from various parts of Great Britain will take part in the 6th Forum of Russian Compatriots. They include leaders and activists of public, charitable and educational organizations, businessmen, representatives of Russian-language media as well as guests from Russia, Europe and the CIS states. Mikhail Shvydkoy, the Russian president’s special...

15.03.2013 Subject: Culture

Sergey Karmalito, senior counsellor at the Russian Embassy in Delhi, has put on display his photographic talents at an exhibition in the Indian capital titled “Imagining Karma Bhumi.” The exhibition, which was jointly organised by the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC) and the embassy, was a virtual reflection of Indian life “through Russian eyes.” The occasion also marked the celebration Karmakito’s 60th birthday and the former journalist’s 20th year of working in India. The...

07.03.2013 Subject: Culture

The Russian Embassy in Belgrade is ready to help Serbian MPs wishing to learn Russian, stated Russian Ambassador Alexander Chepurin on Monday, Voice of Russia reports. He reminded that the Serbian parliament already had a number of those who speak Russian quite fluently. All in all, the "friends of Russia" group includes 53 deputies, rendering it the largest of its kind in the Serbian legislature. The second-largest group "friends of USA" has 49 deputies. Chepurin discussed with MPs...

07.03.2013 Subject: Culture

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