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Alla Berezovskaya Latvian authorities have turned their attention to toddlers and preschoolers, after issuing new reform on switching Russian schools in Latvia to the State language. In January 2020, without any discussion with parties concerned, the Latvian parliament passed through the first reading a controversial bill. Its goal is to eliminate Russian language from kindergartens of national minorities. Truth be told, there was a hitch before the second reading, though it did not last long… Policy makers from the National Block have had grudge against Russian-language kindergartens in Latvia for quite a while,...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Svetlana Smetanina Photo credit: This spring marks 125 years since the release of the highest decree of Emperor Nicholas II on the establishment of the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg. The uniqueness of the museum was that literally the whole country collected exhibits for its collection - from peasants, who gave away ancient household items, to representatives of the upper classes, who donated the richest collections of paintings to the fund. These days, the Russian Museum is exploring new territories both in Russia and abroad. It confirms that for Russian art there are no borders. The idea to...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Sergey Vinogradov Igor Zaretsky, the legend of Russian and world yachting has celebrated birthdays and anniversaries in the open ocean time and again. The yachtsman from Yaroslavl admits that he may celebrate his 70th birthday in the Golden Globe Race, a single-handed round-the-world regatta. A year and a half ago, Zaretsky became the only Russian participant of the famous race, which was followed by the whole world. The tricolor has been flying over the yacht of the native of Yaroslavl in all oceans, except the Arctic one. Igor Zaretsky told the Russkiy Mir about happy moments and challenges of single-handed passages...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Travel

Svetlana Smetanina 60 years ago, an unusual university was established in the Soviet Union. It was named the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia, also known as RUDN University, where students from countries of Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Middle East could go into higher education. Today, 200,000 RUDN University graduates work all over the world. And they all recall their alma mater with gratitude. Vladimir Filippov, the Rector of RUDN, spoke to the Russkiy Mir about history of the unique university. – Ideas of internationality and diversity are at the very heart of RUDN...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Isaak Dunayevsky. Photo credit: Anna Genova 120 years ago, Isaak Dunayevsky, perhaps the most famous Soviet composer of popular songs, was born in the quiet Ukrainian town. “Could you think thirty-five years ago that a small musician, a fan of Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms and Borodin, would be able to become a master of the easy genre? But it is my extensive musical background that helped and still helps me to create light music by serious means,” Dunayevsky wrote in his memoirs. Light music quickly becomes obsolete. Fortunately, there are exceptions, and such exceptions...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Alexander Dobrovolsky 75 years ago, the Red Army liberated the Oświęcim concentration camp (the Auschwitz) - perhaps the deadliest Nazi concentration camp, which became a symbol of the Holocaust and quintessential example of inhumanity of the Hitler regime. However, in the war and post-war history of the world-known concentration camp, there were episodes that are still in the shadow of “zeitgeist biography” of the “death factory” replicated by mass media… The concentration camp dates back its history back to 1940. In the spring, barracks of the former military camp of the Polish army located near the...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: History


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Photo credit: The border service is preparing to introduce one-time electronic visas for foreign citizens, TASS reports. From the beginning of next year, they will operate throughout the country. According to Vladimir Kulishov, the head of the department, citizens of... .
Photo credit: Polina Tankilevitch / Eight vaccines from the new coronavirus have been provided by Moscow to the World Health Organization (WHO), RIA Novosti reports. According to Melita Vujnovic, the WHO representative in Russia, the country has made a huge... .
Photo credit: Representatives of American educational institutions conducting training in Russian were invited to join the Association of Russian Schools in the United States. The association was established after last year's conference of Russian compatriots, its first... .
Photo credit: More than a thousand books in Russian, which were part of Andrei Tkachenko’s private collection, have been restored in Australia. The Kursk native began collecting his library in the 1930s in Hong Kong and Shanghai, and then moved to... .
Photo credit: Moscow will send invitations to the Victory Parade for the second time, the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper reports. In particular, the authorities will invite French President Emanuel Macron, who was the first of the foreign leaders to respond to the... .