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To deepen relations with Russia is one of priorities of Slovakia's foreign policy, Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic told Itar-Tass in an exclusive interview on the eve of Tuesday's visit of Dmitry Medvedev. Gasparovic pointed out, "We, the Slovaks, view Russia as one of major European states which has been enriching and continues to enrich European culture. Russia is an integral part of European history, economics, and politics. This is what I stated during my first official visit to Moscow in 2006 during talks with the...

06.04.2010 Subject: Religion

World Russia Forum is an annual event dedicated to U.S. - Russia relations. The 2009 Forum Agenda featured panels on business, economic, and security cooperation, as well as in science, education and culture.  For two days leading American and Russian political leaders, businessmen, and scholars discussed specific proposals on how to reset the course from confrontation to strategic partnership and alliance between our two nations. As President Barack Obama settles into the White House, everyone is asking the same question: "Will the change that he promised actually...

29.04.2009 Subject: Religion

The opening session of Ukrainian Forum – “The Events in South Ossetia and the Reaction of the Ukrainian Public” – has taken place. Diplomatic missions from Russia and Georgia were invited along with those from countries bordering the conflict zone – Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Leonid Kravchuk, Ukraine’s first president, took part in the discussion along with other public officials and experts. Although the main topics of the forum were the consolidation of Ukraine, the protection of...

16.08.2008 Subject: Religion


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As the Russkiy Mir reported, residents of Papua New Guinea addressed the head of the Russian Orthodox Church with a collective petition to establish an Orthodox mission in their country. This proposal was put forward after Kirill Shrakbul, a priest and head of the ROC mission in Taiwan, had visited Papua New Guinea.
On September 1, millions of children in Russia went to school. And millions of their peers in Ukraine also went to schools. Everything seems to be the same: flowers, bows, well-dressed children, excited parents... And yet there is a difference and a very significant one: children in Russia go to schools to study in their native language. However, starting with this academic year, hundreds of thousands of Russian-speaking children no longer have this opportunity in Ukraine.
The opposition bloc won at the parliamentary elections held in Montenegro. Its position is considered pro-Serb and pro-Russian. Director of the Center for Contemporary Balkan Crisis Studies of the RAS Institute of Slavic Studies Dr. Elena Guskova believes that if the opposition succeeds in uniting efforts the country's foreign policy can seriously change.
The Russian school is usually criticized for endless reforms and the notorious unified national exam. However it provides a rather high-quality consistent classical education following legacy of the very Prussian gymnasium, which was the foundation for its predecessors, schools of the Russian Empire and the USSR, to grow upon. Thus, it is a potent soft power tool abroad. However, mere financial and licensing support to private Russian schools in other countries is insufficient for this soft power to be efficient.
75 years ago, the United States detonated nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and four years later the Soviet Union got its atomic weapons. 75 years ago, the most horrendous and destructive military action in the history of mankind took place. US dropped nuclear bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.