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Expenditures on culture should be raised to 2% of Russia’s federal budget, up from the current 0.8%, Russian Minister of Culture Alexander Avdeev said at the World Russian People’s Council meeting. Culture is “an instrument for preserving and nurturing a person’s character, a patriot,” the minister said. It forms ones intellect, worldview and moral foundation, and thus should be paid proper attention by the state. Cultural infrastructure will only be sufficient if 2% or more of the state budget is dedicated to culture. Right now it only amounts...

27.05.2010 Subject: Culture

Israel’s President Shimon Peres met with a delegation of the World Association of Russian Press on Wednesday, Itar-Tass reports. The association holds its 12th congress in Israel. Among the participants of the meeting with Peres there were the Director General of Itar-Tass Vitaly Ignatenko, President of Izvestia publishing house Vladimir Mamontov and the chief editor of Izvestia daily, Vitaly Abramov, as well as the Chief Editor of the Ekho Moskvy radio station, Alexei Venediktov, and representatives of other Russian and foreign Russian-language media. Peres explained...

26.05.2010 Subject: Culture

A new signature of Russian poet Alexander Pushkin found in the Russian Central Archive casts doubts on the accepted details of the poet’s heavily-documented life, Russia Today reports. The discovery was made by Svetlana Boyko, a senior researcher at the State Literature Museum. While searching the archive’s travel documents, Boyko found four notes that could shed new light on the poet’s travels throughout Russia between 1830 and 1836. Such travel documents, issued by local authorities, gave a traveler the right to use horses provided by post offices across...

26.05.2010 Subject: Culture

Speaking to reporters in Madrid on Tuesday, Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov touched upon the upcoming Year of Russia in Spain and Spain in Russia – a project that he said is due to be implemented in 2011. The Year’s program will be very intense, Zhukov explained, citing the two countries’ socio-economic, scientific and cultural cooperation. Among other things, both sides will discuss an array of bilateral transport, energy and dwelling construction projects within the framework of the Cross Year, Zhukov said, citing a Russia-based information center and a...

26.05.2010 Subject: Culture

The first high-level Innovation Forum between Russia and the European Union will open in the Finnish city of Lappeenranta on Tuesday, RTTNews reports. Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and his Finnish counterpart Matti Vanhanen will take part in the three-day event. Described as a milestone in building the future of EU-Russia cooperation, the Innovation Forum will gather over 500 participants, including European and Russian policy makers, business leaders, innovation experts and researchers, Russian media reported. Putin, during his state-visit on Thursday, will...

26.05.2010 Subject: Culture

The music band of Pyotr Nalich (Peter Nalitch), representing Russia at the Eurovision 2010 contest, on Wednesday passed to the final of the contest with the song “Lost and Forgotten.” The final will take place on May 29, ITAR-TASS reports. Television viewers and jury all over Europe thus determined the best 10 of 17 singers that performed in the first semi-final. Together with the Russian participants other finalists are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Greece, Portugal, Belarus, Serbia, Belgium, Albania and...

26.05.2010 Subject: Culture

In a video address on Tuesday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Israeli war veterans on the 65th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, Voice of Russia reports. A ceremony honoring the veterans took place in the Latrun museum and was attended by Israeli President Shimon Perez and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The Russian President noted that efforts should be made to prevent the spread of xenophobia, racial and religious hatred, and the denial of the Holocaust....

26.05.2010 Subject: Culture

Today more than 800,000 Russian teenagers are celebrating the end of their studies in a traditional ceremony called the “Last Bell” that has rung out across the country, Russia Today reports. This morning teachers, pupils and their parents gathered together to remember the good old days. Youngsters are dressed in a traditional way: the gents are in suits wearing sashes and ladies are dressed in knee-high black dresses and white aprons and fluffy ribbons in their hair – a sort of comical throwback to the fashions of the early 20th century. Officially,...

25.05.2010 Subject: Culture

The plenary meeting of the XII World Russian Press Congress began with an introductory speech by Sofa Landver, Israeli Minister of Immigration Absorption. She noted that the press representatives from 50 countries had come to Israel for this event, which is taking place in the year of the 65th anniversary of victory in WWII. And this is very symbolic for Israel, where Russia’s great role in the war against fascism is understood and remembered. She was followed by Vyacheslav Nikonov, Executive Director of the Russkiy Mir...

25.05.2010
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Culture

Gerard Depardieu will play Rasputin in an eponymous $12 million TV co-production based on the last two years of the life of the early 20th century mystic and confidante of the Russian royal family, Variety reports. Dubbed the "mad monk" by some, Rasputin is believed to have exerted considerable influence over Russian Czar Nicholas II and his wife, Alexandra, before he was murdered in St. Petersburg's Moika Palace in December 1916. Depardieu -- most recently seen in Berlin competish film "Mammuth" -- has long wanted to play Rasputin, Elena Duffort,...

21.05.2010 Subject: Culture

Two precious fresco icons that date back to the 15th century have been rediscovered on the Spasskaya and Nikolskaya towers of the Moscow Kremlin, Russian Today reports. The icons, which have always been important religious symbols for the Russian Orthodox believers and after which the two Kremlin towers were named, were plastered over after the fall of the monarchy in Russia and were considered lost forever. Ever since then, one could only see white-painted squares on the places where the icons used to be. ...

13.05.2010 Subject: Culture

The Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has given the go-ahead to the erection of a memorial to Soviet soldiers who fell in action when fighting Nazis in the Second World War, Voice of Russia reports. Dozens of monuments to the Great Patriotic War soldiers have been built all about Israel, but this one, to be erected in the Mediterranean city of Netanya in the year of the 65th Victory Day, will be granted the status of a national memorial....

11.05.2010 Subject: Culture

Riga Mayor Nil Ushakov, during an interview with a local television station, promised to rename Dzhokhar Dudaev Street by the end of the year. In 1996 the street, which was previously called Comosnautics Street, was named in honor of Chechen separatist Dzhokhar Dudaev. Over the years more than 40 petitions had been made to change the street’s name, but each one was declined. In 2009 the Russian Society of Latvia together with several other public organizations presented the city legislature with a petition bearing over 2000 signatures requesting that the street name be...

07.05.2010 Subject: Culture

The final night drill of troops that take part in a military parade in Moscow on the occasion of the 65th anniversary of victory in World War II will begin at 10.00 pm Tuesday. Infantry and motorized troops supervised by the Moscow Military District Commander Colonel-General Valery Gerasimov will be marching down Russia's main square tonight, Sergei Vlasov, spokesman for the troops' commander, told ITAR-TASS. The drill involves servicemen of military academies and other military schools, several battalions, including a...

04.05.2010 Subject: Culture

Five more Russian cities have been granted the status of the cities of military honor, ITAR-TASS reported. On Tuesday in Kremlin President Dmitri Medvedev is to grant the certificates of the cities of military honor to the representatives of Volokolamsk, Bryansk, Nalchik, Vyborg and Kalach-on-Don.  The ceremony in Kremlin will be attended by the war veterans and representatives of youth organizations. Now there are 27 cities of military honor in Russia. This status is given to the cities which residents fought bravely in the Great Patriotic War of...

04.05.2010 Subject: Culture

The eternal flame has been lit at Poklonnaya Hill in the west of Moscow in the memory of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War, Voice of Russia reports. The torch was lit from the eternal flame at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Alexander's Garden and carried to the Poklonnaya Hill by an armored vehicle followed by a motocycle escort. The ceremony was attended by war veterans, many of whom could not hold back tears. The best cadets of the Moscow military schools have been chosen to serve the guard of honor near the flame....

03.05.2010 Subject: Culture

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