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Elnar Bainazarov Since the beginning of the unrest in Kazakhstan, some media and Telegram channels have speculated about the threat to Russians living in the Republic. Allegedly, the introduction of CSTO forces would put them in danger due to the rise of Kazakh nationalism. Izvestia talked to Russians living in the country to find out how the January events had affected their relations with Kazakhs. Interviewees claimed that the introduction of CSTO peacekeepers had no effect on interethnic dialogue because the Russians living in the Republic were not associated with Russia - they were locals. However, according to...

20.01.2022
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Politics

Svetlana Smetanina Vladimir Kanevsky. Photo credit: vladimir.kanevsky / Instagram Vladimir Kanevsky moved from St. Petersburg to the U.S. in the 1980s. And he got engaged in making porcelain flowers instead of architecture, which was an unexpected move even for him. Now designers of international fame collect exquisite bouquets by Vladimir Kanevsky, and the best museums of the world arrange exhibitions of his works. – You graduated from the architectural department of the Kharkov Civil Engineering Institute. Then you used to work as an architect and designed residential buildings. And about 30 years ago...

12.01.2022
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

Alla Berezovskaya The UN Security Council held an online meeting of experts on the Situation with National Minorities and the Glorification of Nazism in the Baltic and Ukraine. The UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues Fernand de Varennes said that the rights of Russian speakers in the Baltic States and Ukraine had been violated. What else did they talk about at the meeting? Perhaps, it was the first time in the past thirty years, that such an authoritative and influential platform responsible for maintaining international peace as the UN Security Council gave the floor not merely to...

05.01.2022
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Politics

Sergey Vinogradov Photo by Victor Goryachev Russian animator Sergey Merinov opened the first Russian online school of clay animation and was amazed by the geography of applications received. They were sent by people from Moscow to Khabarovsk in Russia, as well as from the USA, Colombia, Finland, and other countries. They all wanted to study the most labor-consuming type of animation. Clay animation is considered one of the most complex fields that require a high level of excellence. The ingress of computer technology seemed to threaten the existence of the genre despite...

26.12.2021
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

Dmitry Smolev Stepan Erzia. The Man from Chaco. Replica (tinted plaster). Photo credit: Stepan Erzia International Art Foundation The Erzia Center in Moscow houses a collection of unique sculptural replicas. Most of them are the casts from the artist's works kept in South America, although there are some originals as well. Stepan Erzia was a Mordvin sculptor who lived in Soviet Russia and Argentina. International Art Foundation after his name was based in Shcherbinka near Moscow until recently and then moved to the Moscow city. A part of the 1934 building was thoroughly reconstructed....

18.12.2021
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Polina Menshova, Aigul Yusupova There is a dialect of Russian called Alaskan Russian. It dates back to the second half of the 18th century when Alaska was owned by Russia. The locals had to somehow communicate with Russian manufacturers and merchants. As a result of this communication, a special dialect was born. And although Alaska ceased to be a part of Russia for more than fifty years, the dialect has survived. It is still used in several localities, the main one being the village of Ninilchik on the Kenai Peninsula. But the phenomenon of Alaskan Russian is not only about linguistics and not so much about it. It is...

17.12.2021
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

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