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While tens of thousands of Chinese can sing the Russian song Katyusha, thousands of Russian families regularly watch a Chinese teaching TV program named "Hello, China." The 2009 Russian Language Year organized in China the 2010 Chinese Language Year in Russia are believed to have enhanced the interest of the two peoples to learn each other's languages with their colorful activities, such as speech competitions and TV programs, Xinhua reports. Wan Shouning, a 26-year-old Chinese man, won gold medal in "Chinese...

22.09.2010 Subject: Science

Prime Minister Mari Kiviniemi says that schools in Eastern Finland should be able to offer pupils Russian as a second language ahead of Swedish, reports. Visiting a high school in Kontiolahti, near Joensuu, on Monday, the premier suggested that this could begin on a trial basis as part of a planned reform of the national curriculum. Decisions on the curriculum reform are being finalised this autumn. Kiviniemi noted that it might already be too late to add changes that would take effect in the autumn of 2011. Several...

21.09.2010 Subject: Science

The Russian Center at Beijing University of Foreign Languages hosted on September 14 a meeting with Georgy Toloraya, director of regional programs of the Russkiy Mir Foundation. He was joined by the directors and activists of the center as well as Chinese students interested in Russian studies. A presentation of the center’s work to date was made. The students expressed their wishes with regard to the Foundation’s work in...

14.09.2010 Subject: Science

The international congress of Russian specialists “Russian Language and Literature in International Education: The Current Status and Prospects” concluded on September 10 in Granada, Spain. The three-day conference, which received financial support from the Russkiy Mir Foundation, was dedicated to the 55th anniversary of the start of Russian language instruction at Spanish institutions of higher education. One hundred specialists from three dozen countries participated in the event, including members of the presidium of the International Association...

Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Science

The international congress “Russian Language and Literature in International Education: Current Status and Prospects” began today, September 8, in Granada, Spain, the Kultura television channel reports. Russian Ambassador to Spain Alexander Kuznetsov noted the importance of studying the Russian and Spanish languages, which facilitates the mutual enrichment of the countries cultures. He also noted the importance of protecting the Russian language from the negative effects of globalization, which is expressed in the...

09.09.2010 Subject: Science

The draft law “On Languages in Ukraine” has been registered in the Supreme Rada (parliament) of Ukraine. According to the document, Ukrainian is only official language of the country, ITAR-TASS reports. At the same time, the document guarantees free use of other languages, including Russian, said Vadim Kolesnichenko, a member of of the Rada and president of the human rights public movement “Russian-Speaking Ukraine,” reported on Wednesday. A separate article of the draft law deals with the use of...

08.09.2010 Subject: Science

The official opening ceremony was held today at the Pushkin State Institute of Russian Language for the international internship program Russkiy Mir Students – 2010. The program is organized and supported by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Fifty students from 22 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America are participating in the program, which provides them the opportunity to study Russian language in Moscow. On hand to...

Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Science

The first-graders in Lappeenranta’s Finnish-Russian School of Eastern Finland are carefully writing on a paper the title of their drawing assignment. Even though the children have been studying just for a week, few of them ask for help. It seems that everybody knows how to translate the title Minun kes...

30.08.2010 Subject: Science

The Pushkin Institute in Tallinn with the support of the Russkiy Mir Foundation has marked the start of the academic year with the publication of the first Russian language textbook in Estonia for Russian students attending Estonian schools. The textbook is titled «Tere, русский язык!». The textbook in unique in that it was created based on practical materials and methodologies developed at the Russian Language School of the Pushkin Institute. The school has existed for seven years already and helped a large number...

Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Science

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Tajik President Emomali Rakhmon met in Sochi on Wednesday, August 18, to discuss bilateral cooperation in various areas.  “I am glad to see you in Sochi. It has become a traditional place for our meetings,” the Russian president said while greeting the guest, ITAR-TASS reports. Medvedev invited Rakhmon to discuss “all the issues we have: economic, political and international in the context of regional cooperation. This is not an easy region and we discussed current...

19.08.2010 Subject: Science

At the initiative of the municipal authorities of Mudanjiang and the Mudanjiang Pedagogical University, director of the Far East Branch of the Russkiy Mir Foundation Alexander Zubritsky made a working visit to northeast China. Alexander Zubritsky discussed with his Chinese colleagues the possibility of creating a Russian Center at Mudanjiang Pedagogical University, a Russkiy Mir Room at the Center for Professional Training in Suifenhe City, internships for Chinese students and teachers in Russia as well as other opportunities...

Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Science

The Russian Foreign Ministry has sent an analytical note “On the state and role of Russian-language mass media in the CIS countries” reflecting the level of information of the Russian Foreign Ministry about the problems of media environment of adjacent countries, principal approaches of the ministry to assessment of its prospects, as well as the political realities in these states, News.Az reports. The geographical coverage of the document is broader than the CIS and includes Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Georgia. ...

16.08.2010 Subject: Science

South Ossetian President Eduard Kokoity announced that Russian language would be given the statues of a second state language in the republic, IA Res reports. “In the republic there is much talk today about the development of the Ossetian language, and this is a normal, as the state language is Ossetian. At the same, Russian language should be given the official status of a second state language on the territory of South Ossetia,” President Kokoity said at a roundtable. The...

05.08.2010 Subject: Science

The Russian language has been officially made a language of legal proceedings in Ukraine. Such legislation was approved by Ukraine’s Parliament and signed into law Tuesday by President Victor Yanukovich, Voice of Russia reports.  Ukraine is home to the world’s biggest Russian-speaking community. More than 8 million people in Ukraine identify themselves as Russians, while almost 15 million others claim that Russian is their mother tongue.  Legal proceedings have been held...

28.07.2010 Subject: Science

According to the organizers, the aim of this competition is to reward creative activities aimed at popularizing Russian language and culture. The competition will accept the works of professional writers, journalists and columnists as well as from amateur writers. The competitors have the freedom to choose the format of their work for entry into the competition. It can be poetry or prose, a personal review of an important event, an interpretive translation of a work from a foreign language into Russian, reporting, video or...

Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Science

More than 50 students and employees of the regional tax inspectorate passed the state certification Test of Russian as a Foreign Language in order to confirm their Russian language skills. The test takers demonstrated a high level of knowledge of Russian history and culture and received high marks for various aspects of the language knowledge test.   Head of the philology department of St. Petersburg State University Inna Erofeeva emphasized that the success of the test takers was a result of their high-quality and intensive studying at the...

25.06.2010 Subject: Science

For the eighth year in a row, the International Russian-Language Summer School is being held in Moscow. This year a special class has been added for children with a high level of Russian language skills, RIA Novosti reports. The summer school will be held at the Children’s Health Camp “Moskovia”. The program has been organized to bolster international cooperation in education and promote the Russian language in the world. This year the organizing committee has been chaired by...

24.06.2010 Subject: Science


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Business and philanthropy walked in parallel in pre-revolutionary Russia. Big entrepreneurs were often also big philanthropists. They built hospitals, theaters, orphanages, and almshouses. Today the Museum of Entrepreneurs, Patrons, and Philanthropists in Moscow supports and promotes their legacy. Nadezhda Smirnova, museum director, told the Russkiy Mir about the high standard set by the philanthropists of pre-revolutionary Russia.
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