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Today is the most mournful day for the Orthodox believers. Arrested Jesus Christ was convoyed to the procurator Pontius Pilate in the early Friday morning. At the beginning, Pilate wanted to help the Savior avoid the capital punishment substituting it with beating, but the crowd protested and Pilate gave up. Jesus Christ was...

06.04.2018 Subject: Religion Orthodox Holy Week has started today – this is the strictest week of the Lent before Easter. Believers remember the last days of Jesus Christ’s life, his crucifixion and burial. Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will deliver church services in Moscow cathedrals, TASS...

02.04.2018 Subject: Religion Orthodox believers celebrate the Palm Sunday feast which commemorates Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem today, April 1, TASS reports. The Bible say that Jesus arrived in Jerusalem one week before his Resurrection. Instead of palm leaves Russians use branches of...

01.04.2018 Subject: Religion

Russian Orthodox Church representative office at Antioch Eparchy Bible studies in Russian are going to start next month in the Syrian capital. They are organized in the representative office of the Orthodox Church in Damascus. All Russian-speaking population of Damascus and its...

30.03.2018 Subject: Religion


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The Youth Talks debate club at the Center for the Benelux Languages and Cultures has launched its new session on July 17th. The Center director Maria Pushkova and students Anna Balashova and Daniil Volkov talk about their projects, for the most part associated with commemoration of World War 2 and the Belgian Resistance.
The World Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20. Today it brings together amateurs and professionals of the ancient game, even if over a virtual board only. This day has been marked by series of international online-tournaments opened in Russia and abroad. Russian compatriots are going to launch the Chess Friendship Cup today.
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The Hollywood has seen a lot of celebrities with Russian names – Kirk Douglas, a Hollywood legend and star of Spartacus, was born as Issur Danielovitch, and Oscar-winning Helen Mirren is delighted to be called Elena Vasilievna. The one might think that Yul Brynner, a star of The King and I, spent his whole life trying to forget that he had been born in Vladivostok as Yuliy Borisovich Briner, though, according to the eyewitnesses, he spoke fluent Russian until his dying day.