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Moscow today is paying its last respects to the great Russian poet and prose writer Andrei Voznesensky, who died on June 1. He was 77. The requiem service is under way at the Writers’ Center in Moscow. After the service Andrei Voznesensky will be buried at Moscow’s Novodevichy cemetery, Voice of Russia.  Voznesensky was considered "one of the most daring writers of the Soviet era" but his style often led to regular criticism from his contemporaries and he was once threatened with expulsion by...

04.06.2010 Subject: Culture

The grand prize went to Vladimir Khotinenko for his film The Priest. St. George Slays the Dragon by Serbian director Srdjan Dragojevic and I Believe by Russian director Lidia Borova were also recognized with the Zolotoy Vityaz (Golden Knight) awards for best films. The winners were announced at the closing ceremony of the film forum on the evening of June 2. “Silver” awards went to the film Water by Uzbek director Dzhakhangir Kasymov and the film Departures by Japanese...

03.06.2010 Subject: Culture

In a now traditional annual ceremony at the Grand Kremlin Palace’s St Alexander Hall, Dmitry Medvedev presented the Order of Parental Glory to parents of large families from various parts of Russia: Vladimir, Moscow and Pskov Regions, the Republics of Tatarstan and Khakassia, and Krasnodar, Primorye and Stavropol Territories. "Russia has a centuries-old tradition of large, close-knit families. We have been trying to revive this tradition over recent years, give the family a more important place in life and support...

02.06.2010 Subject: Culture

Tatarstan is preparing an exhibition of the famous artist Nikolay Feshin in France, the Republic’s Minister of Culture Zilya Valeeva said today during a meeting with French writers. The writers came to Kazan by a “literary train” as a part of the Year of France in Russia program, Voice of Russia reports. They are crossing Russia by train, following the dream of famous French poet Blaise Cendrars, who wrote the poem La prose du Transsib...

02.06.2010 Subject: Culture

A forum of Russian compatriots residing in the US is underway in San Francisco, Voice of Russia reports. The forum is being coordinated by the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots and the Congress of Russian Americans (CRA) Organizing Committees and is scheduled for Friday, May 28 at the Russian Center of San Francisco at 2460 Sutter Street. The purpose of this forum is to bring together Russian American organizations, businessmen, teachers, cultural, historical, religious and athletic activists, community leaders and...

28.05.2010 Subject: Culture

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

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