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Photo: The Consecration of Water on the Theophany by Boris Kustodiev Almost 2.5 million Orthodox believers participated in Epiphany celebrations, RIA Novosti informs. About 9500 different events took place in honor of one of the main oldest Christian holidays along with Easter.  ...

21.01.2019 Subject: Religion

The Kiev Pechersk Lavra in Kiev.  Photo: rasfokus.ru The loss of several valuable icons was detected during the inventory in the Kiev Pechersk Lavra, the Minister of Culture of Ukraine Yevhen Nyshchuk said on Pryamiy TV channel on Tuesday night.  In November the information and education department of the Ukrainian...

09.01.2019 Subject: Religion

Photo: patriarchia.ru On January 7, Russian Orthodox celebrate Christmas, one of the most important Christian holidays. All churches hold festive services. Patriarch Kirill held the main service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. Christmas is celebrated on old style by the congregants of the Russian Orthodox...

07.01.2019 Subject: Religion

Photo: pixabay.com One of the most important holidays of the year comes to Russian Catholics, TASS reports. They celebrate Christmas on December 25 according to the Gregorian calendar, which is two weeks ahead of the Julian calendar. This is why Christmas has already come to Catholic and some Protestant communities in...

25.12.2018 Subject: Religion

Photo:  ippo.ru The exhibition of embroidered Orthodox icons started in the Italian town of Bari, RIA Novosti reports. Their authors of two dozen works recreated the traditional Russian national art of icon embroidery with pearls, beads and precious stones. The locals and guests will be able to visit the exhibition...

20.12.2018 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.