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For the last four years, Russia has not regarded November 7 as a holiday. This is only natural given that the current Russian government can hardly relate to these Revolutionary and Communist traditions. The most important evidence of this, strangely enough, is that for nearly 15 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, November 7 remained a holiday. Initially, it was something that was marked quietly, although it eventually became a vague celebration of national reconciliation. The festivities were forgotten, but the day nevertheless remained a non-working day, if only to placate the Communists who, in the early 1990s at least, were a...

07.11.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Have you asked yourself how a person gets to know literature? The answer can be found in childhood. Mothers and grandmothers read us books, and sometimes even fathers. Then we read them ourselves, getting up on our tiptoes and reaching for books from the shelves of our home libraries. Then we go to school and, beginning in the first grade, we enter the world of Russian literature. We start with Pushkin and work our way up to the contemporary era. As for foreign literature, it’s generally more an elective than something required and it’s often limited to two or three authors who receive marginal attention by Russian literature...

24.10.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

For the full-fledged development of national culture, all of Russia’s peoples need Russian. The Russian language is much more significant than its status as the language of the Russian people and a role of developing their culture.  A strange prejudice holds that the Russian language is exclusively a means of spreading an Orthodox Russian culture. What the West generally perceives to be “Russian culture” – the rich legacy of the imperial period – is only a part of our culture. Throughout history, Russia has extended its authority over many peoples, and by virtue of this fact, their cultural heritage is part...

22.10.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

The next tragic story concerning the presence of Russians in Greece is linked to the events of the First World War, the Revolution of 1917 and the ensuing Civil War in Russia. In the summer of 1916, under pressure from its allies, Russia sent an expeditionary corps to the Balkans. Two special infantry brigades totaling nearly 20,000 men arrived in Greek Thessaloniki. They immediately entered fighting on the Macedonian front, which produced the first victims of the campaign. In the winter of 1916-1917, many Russian soldiers had already died as a result of various epidemics and renewed fighting. The remains of 400 Russian soldiers were buried...

21.10.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

In 2008, Russia and Greece marked the 180th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. This modest number could lead to confusion, however, as the historical, cultural and political fates of Russia (as the heir of Kievan Rus, Muscovy, the Russian Empire and the Soviet Union) and Greece (in the broader sense – Byzantium) go deep into the centuries. They are so closely intertwined that a similar example in world history is unlikely to be found. It is common knowledge that Orthodoxy came to Russia from Byzantium. Greek sources gave rise to Russian religious art, as well as philosophical and...

13.10.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

I live in the small suburb of Offenbach on the outskirts of Frankfurt am Main. The town suffered terribly during the bombings, with only a small center in the old town remaining. In this tiny historic center, there are two large bookstores and several other smaller stores. These bookstores always have visitors. There are never crowds, but they are never empty like the stores selling cosmetics and textiles. Books in Germany are highly treasured. People love to buy them. It’s obvious that publishers prefer mysteries, thrillers and, strangely enough, historical novels. Bookstores have sections devoted to African and Asian literature in...

11.10.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

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