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Some 2,800 children from 15 countries attended events to mark the 50th anniversary of Orlyonok, formerly one of the Soviet Union's most notable pioneer camps and now Russia's main children's center, RIA Novosti reports. "This legendary recreational center, located on the Black Sea coast, annually gathers thousands of children from all regions of the country and from abroad. And I'm sure that for all of them a visit to Orlyonok becomes a truly lucky moment, a bright and interesting event," Russian Prime Minister...

12.07.2010 Subject: Culture

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday visited the camp of the All-Russia Educational Forum at Lake Seliger, halfway between Moscow and St Petersburg, where he was familiarized with a number of innovative projects, ITAR-TASS reports.  As he spoke to participants in the forum, Medvedev said Russia will be an open, well-developed and powerful country. He addressed foreign participants in the forum in English saying ‘Welcome to Russia’. He added to it he hopes that they are spending time in this country to...

09.07.2010 Subject: Culture

President Medvedev called his Ukrainian counterpart President Viktor Yanukovych to congratulate his on his 60th birthday. Mr. Medvedev also sent Mr. Yanukovych a message of congratulations. “Your political and life experience and your knowledge and energy will be needed in full measure in your work as President of Ukraine and your efforts to strengthen Ukraine’s statehood,” President Medvedev said. “Your position of principle as a consistent supporter of equal and mutually beneficial cooperation between...

09.07.2010 Subject: Culture

Russia’s Vera Zvonareva has climbed to ninth position in the new Women Tennis Association (WTA) top 10 ranking after reaching her first Grand Slam final, RIA Novosti reports. Former world no. 5 in February 2009, Zvonareva rose from no. 21 on the WTA list after advancing to the Wimbledon women's final on Saturday, where she was beaten 6-3, 6-2 by the top-ranked U.S. tennis champion Serena Williams....

06.07.2010 Subject: Culture

A session of EurAsEC's intergovernmental council opened in the capital of Kazakhstan on Monday to discuss the prospects for the regional organization and the Customs Union, RIA Novosti reports. EurAsEC comprises Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Its intergovernmental council doubles as the top body of the Customs Union between Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. "We will try to make your stay and work here pleasant and successful," Kazakh President Nursultan...

05.07.2010 Subject: Culture

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev arrived in Canada to attend the G-8 summit in Huntsville (June 25-26) and the G-20 summit in Toronto (June 26-27), RIA Novosti reports. On Thursday, Medvedev wound up his visit to the United States, during which he visited California's Silicon Valley and held talks with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama. A magnitude 5.0 earthquake shook eastern Canada Wednesday, but Toronto authorities said the tremors would not affect preparations for the G-20 summit....

25.06.2010 Subject: Culture

Russian tennis star Maria Sharopova will visit Belarus to take part in a UN project aimed at helping youth affected by a massive explosion in Chernobyl nuclear reactor 24 years ago. Sharapova, 23, who is also a goodwill ambassador of the United Nations Development Project (UNDP), will travel to the area near the Chernobyl nuclear plant in the country's southeast after the Wimbledon tournament which will conclude next week, UN officials said Thursday. The three-time Grand Slam champion is...

25.06.2010 Subject: Culture

Dmitry Medvedev and President of the United States Barack Obama discussed bilateral economic cooperation and Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization. Besides, the two presidents discussed Dmitry Medvedev’s visit to Silicon Valley and reviewed various issues on the international agenda specifically addressing Iran’s nuclear program, North Korea related matters, the Middle East peace process, and the situation in Kyrgyzstan. Following the talks, Dmitry Medvedev and...

25.06.2010 Subject: Culture

On Thursday, President Medvedev and President Obama issued a statement on people to people connections. In part, the statement said: “The renewed relationship between the United States and Russia depends not just on the actions of our governments, but on the energy, creativity, and commitment of our two peoples. Each year, thousands of Americans and Russians now travel freely between our countries, from athletes to artists, from scientists to students. Thanks in part to the work of the U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission, Americans and Russians have more...

25.06.2010 Subject: Culture

A palace once owned by the last Russian Empress Alexandra Fyodorovna has been reopened to visitors in Tsarskoye Selo outside St Petersburg after almost 70 years after it was destroyed in WWII, subsequent restoration and then management by the Russian military, Voice of Russia reports. At a ceremony to cut the ribbon on the first three renovated halls, Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev presented the museum with a watercolour portrait of Empress Alexandra, painted in 1897 by her sister Yelizaveta. The picture was stolen by the...

24.06.2010 Subject: Culture

Tsarskoye Selo, which in Russian means Tsar's Village, is celebrating its 300th anniversary this week. The celebrations will begin with the opening of the Cathedral of the Holy Martyr Ekaterina, which was destroyed in the 1930s and has been rebuilt over the past four years on the donations of laymen, businesses and other sponsors. Also, a number of historic buildings have been renovated and will open to the public this week. The town is a former Russian residence of the imperial family and visiting nobility, located 26...

23.06.2010 Subject: Culture

The riots in Kyrgyzstan have left 400,000 people homeless, according to the UN’s spokesperson the humanitarian efforts underway in the country. In Bishkek there are reports of Russians leaving the country en masse. Worrisome rumors are causing anxiety among the Russian-speaking population and emigration is become a common topic of conversation. The Russian consulate in Osh confirms that the number of requests for assistance in leaving the country has risen since violence broke out on...

21.06.2010 Subject: Culture

Russian Mir submersibles will start the third stage of an international research expedition of Lake Baikal, the world's deepest freshwater lake, on July 1, the government of Buryatia, a republic in south Siberia, said on its website Thursday, RIA Novosti reports. The Mir-1 and Mir-2 mini-subs will make some 60 dives in the western, central and southern parts of the lake and will explore Baikal's fauna, archeological objects, underwater mud volcanoes and tectonic activity on the lake bottom. U.S., Canadian, and European...

18.06.2010 Subject: Culture

Sergei Mironov, speaker of the Russian Federation Council, has wrapped up a two-day working trip to Uruguay. He met with vice-president and Chairman of the General Assembly and the Senate of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay Danilo Astori and discussed further development of cooperation between Russia and Uruguay and interparliamentary connections between the two countries. Both parties agreed that interparliamentary connections promote all the aspects of bilateral cooperation between our countries. ...

18.06.2010 Subject: Culture

The All-Union Pioneer Camp Artek, which is now called the International Children’s Center Artek, opened in Crimea 85 years ago, RIA Novosti reports. Artek was founded as a camp for children suffering from tuberculosis following a proposal made by Zinovy Solovyev, the chairman of the Russian Red Cross Society. According to a longstanding tradition, all nine Artek children's camps held festive camp lines. Artek veterans and former camp counselors met with pupils and colleagues. Artek Director General Olena Piddubna noted...

17.06.2010 Subject: Culture


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