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President Dmitry Medvedev called on Italian companies to cooperate in the Russian hi-tech sector, including in the Skolkovo research hub, during his visit to Italy on Friday, RIA Novosti reports. "If we're talking about the future, it's very important to us that Italian companies should partake in the hi-tech spheres of Russia's economy," Medvedev said after talks with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Milan. He said he had told Berlusconi about the Skolkovo hi-tech hub,...

26.07.2010 Subject: Russian Language

The International Air Show in the British city of Farnborough, held once in two years, concluded on Sunday. The event demonstrated that the civil aviation industry is on the rebound, ITAR-TASS reports. The gradual emergence of the global economy from the crisis helps to raise the demand for passenger air traffic. Show sponsors reported that over 800 rounds of talks with the participation of 150 companies that concluded contracts for a total sum of 47 billion US dollars, were held at the air show over one week of its...

26.07.2010 Subject: Russian Language

The Russian authorities have launched a website dedicated to the objectives and achievements of the country's modernization process, a major domestic initiative of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, RIA Novosti reports. The ModernRussia.com site will detail the activities of Russian authorities, public organizations and businesses that aim to promote modernization. The website was created in cooperation with international PR agency Ketchum. The project organizers hope public discussions on the...

22.07.2010 Subject: Russian Language

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has over 77,000 followers on the Internet micro—blogging site Twitter, The Hindu reports. Mr. Medvedev opened his Twitter account and sent his first tweets during a visit to the Twitter headquarters in California’s Silicon Valley on June 23. The Russian president is registered under KremlinRussia for Russian—language tweets and KremlinRussia_e for English speakers. Within 12 hours of opening his Twitter account, Mr. Medvedev had more than...

22.07.2010 Subject: Russian Language

Participants of a Russian polar expedition reached the Arctic Circle on Tuesday in a move that was preceded by their three off road vehicles covering at least 2,000 kilometers along the dangerous Kolyma River in northeastern Siberia in the past twenty days. The unique expedition may well make it to the Guinness Book of Records in terms of its complexity and distance covered, specialists said....

21.07.2010 Subject: Russian Language

Angelina Jolie has revealed that she enjoys speaking Russian. The actress, who learned the language for her role in the upcoming spy film Salt, said that she enjoyed the challenge involved in perfecting her pronunciation and found it "very sensual", reports US Weekly. "I love speaking Russian. It's very, very hard. I find it a very interesting sound because it can be so hard and strong and also very sensual and very beautiful," she said. "It's a very...

14.07.2010 Subject: Russian Language

The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed on Friday that 10 Russian spy suspects in New York are being deported from the United States in exchange for the release of four Russian prisoners convicted of spying for the United States, RIA Novosti reports. The agreement has been reached between the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) and the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency in the general context of improving Russian-U.S. relations, the ministry said in a statement. All ten spy suspects earlier pleaded guilty in a New York...

09.07.2010 Subject: Russian Language

The Russia-U.S. spy scandal will not affect bilateral ties, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said on Tuesday, RIA Novosti reports. “I do not believe that this will affect the reset of our relationship with Russia,” Gibbs said. “We have made great progress in the past year and a half, working on issues of mutual concern from a new START treaty to working together on... North Korea and Iran. So I do not think that this will affect those relations,” he said. The United...

30.06.2010 Subject: Russian Language

The Russian pavilion at EXPO-2010 international fair in Shanghai has attracted over 2 million visitors in the past 2 months, Voice of Russia reports. The second millionth visitor arrived at the pavilion from Nanking on Tuesday. “I am very impressed with the Russian exhibits demonstrating the latest technological achievements of your country. Russia boasts highly developed atomic energy industry. It is also important that some of the exhibits are child-oriented”, he said....

30.06.2010 Subject: Russian Language

Ten people who are secret agents of Russian intelligence who allegedly worked undercover have been arrested in the United States, the US Department of Justice stated on Monday, ITAR-TASS reports. In claims that 8 detained suspects were fulfilling long-term tasks in the United States under deep cover for the Russian Federation. The other two allegedly participated in the same intelligence program of Russia in the United States. All the 10 people were arrested on Sunday....

29.06.2010 Subject: Russian Language

The funeral ceremony for ballerina Marina Semyonova is being held today at the Bolshoy Theater, RIA Novosti reports. She will be laid to rest later in the day at the Novodeviche Cemetery. President Dmitry Medvedev sent his condolences: “A great ballerina, who shined on the leading stages of the world. Her mastery of performance became a benchmark for many generations of dancers and enriched the tradition of Russia’s ballet school. A talented teacher and mentor, she brought up an entire quilt of star and set an...

17.06.2010 Subject: Russian Language

Russia's fifth generation fighter will be about three times as cheap as its foreign analog, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports. He observed the test flight of a prototype fighter and later talked to the pilot, Sergei Bogdan. Bogdan said it was the fighter's 16th test flight and more would follow shortly. The prime minister said 30 billion rubles (around $1 billion) had already been spent on the project and another 30 billion would be required to...

17.06.2010 Subject: Russian Language

Russia's President Dmitry Medvedev, arrived in the city of Severodvinsk on Tuesday to attend a ceremony launching the Severodvinsk nuclear submarine, Voice of Russia reports. The Severodvisnk is a fourth generation multipurpose nuclear submarine named after the city where a defense dockyard is located. The submarine's construction began in 1993 but was suspended due to economic difficulties and the new requirements to modern warfare. It is expected to be in service in 2011. Six submarines of...

16.06.2010 Subject: Russian Language

A first nanotechnology enterprise opens in the Russian town of Rybinsk on Monday, the ITAR-TASS news agency reports. The unveiling ceremony will be attended by a handful of officials, including Rosnano head Anatoly Chubais and Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov. The state-of-the-art plant will produce carbide-tipped tools with nano-coating – something that should add significantly to the development of Russia’s machine building industry.  ...

26.04.2010 Subject: Russian Language

Important current and past events on this date in Russkiy Mir The Russian Science and Culture Center in Helsinki will hold a seminar on issues concerning bilingual children “Three Bears: Children’s Literature, Speech Development and Raising Children in a Bilingual Environment”; a presentation of the Russkiy Mir Foundation will take place at the seminar   In San Paolo, Brazil, an agreement on cooperation and the opening of a Russian Center will be signed between the...

16.04.2010 Subject: Russian Language

Important current and past events on this date in Russkiy Mir Russian President Dmitry Medvedev begins his official state visit to Argentina, which will last two days   The Russian National Orchestra will hold a concert in the Moscow Conservatory celebrating 20 years of performing under conductor Mikhail Pletnev   The 16th Meeting of the Russia-Germany Intergovernmental Commission on Russian German Issues will be held in Potsdam, Germany   265...

14.04.2010 Subject: Russian Language

Important current and past events on this date in Russkiy Mir. The latest in the Russkiy Mir series on Voice of Russia will air today. The program is dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Cosmonaut Training Center with special guest cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov   US Secretary of the State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will hold bilateral meetings today at the nuclear security summit in Washington DC   The fourth international exhibit...

13.04.2010 Subject: Russian Language

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