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The Middle East continues to be one of the most important regions for Russian foreign policy. The famous Eastern Question, which Catherine the Great sought to resolve once and for all, was, contrary to popular belief, never reduced to a simple struggle for control over the Balkans, the straits and Constantinople. Beyond these regions lied Palestine – the Holy Land – as well as the only indigenous Christian country in Africa – Ethiopia. Beyond the Black Sea region, Russian influence also extended to these lands. The Eastern Question meant that Russian economic and political interests took on a religious and ideological...

06.02.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

There are people who, sent to Earth from above, perform their mission in life quietly and with modesty, despite the politics involved. Many of them don’t realize the significance of their work. They know only that they simply couldn’t have done otherwise… Looking through Turkestanskiye vedomosti in the museum archive, I paid attention to one particular item. It began: “Staraya Bukhara, August 15, 1922. Malaria in Bukhara is taking on frightful dimensions. There has been a tremendous increase in the number of cases...In the old pharmacy, the only one in the entire city, a mass of people is gathering to stand in line,...

04.02.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Science

Veronika Krasheninnikova, who holds a PhD in history, has studied in Leningrad, Sorbonne, at the Paris Institute of Political Studies and at New York University. She has worked for the United Nations in Geneva. She is currently the representative of the Russkiy Mir Foundation in North America. – Ms Krasheninnikova, the main subject of our discussion today is the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Can you tell us in greater detail what the foundation is all about? – Russkiy Mir is the first serious Russian initiative aimed at increasing the popularity of Russian culture. It is serious in that its leadership is of a very high caliber:...

29.01.2009
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

The main intrigue has been resolved. Everything happened as predicted. On January 27, 2009, a new head of the Russian Orthodox Church was elected. That Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad would be chosen was predicted long before the Church Council convened, although it only became clear once the vote tally was announced. The doubts expressed concerning the victory of Metropolitan Kirill were weakly based on the idea that his main competitor, chancellor of the Moscow Patriarchate Metropolitan Kliment of Kaluga and Borovsk, would be able to unite the church opposition around himself. The uncertainty about the outcome was due to...

28.01.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

After the end of the Second World War, Russian refugees in Yugoslavia (including Montenegro, which became one of the six parts of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) had to face the new reality of Tito’s Communist regime. The new authorities closed all йmigrй institutions, including schools, hospitals, and newspapers. It is not surprising that many White йmigrйs decided to leave for other countries. In 1948, Russians living in Yugoslavia had to endure a new challenge when disagreements between the Stalin and Tito reached their peak. Eventually relations between the two countries were severed, which had a direct (of course,...

20.01.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

When Natasha Mozgovaya, a well-known journalist, was asked what she, a Russian-speaking Israeli, thought about the state of affairs in Russian Palestine, she replied without hesitation, “the country we live in is Israel” and “‘Russian Palestine’ most likely means the Russian wives of Palestinians.” Israelis generally do not reflect on how this Palestine lives. On the one hand, since the beginning of the intifada, Israelis generally do not enter the Arab towns in the West Bank and the Gaza strip, save for those on active military duty. The Russian wives of Palestinian Arabs are hardly ever employed in...

19.01.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

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