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Russia has become the first country in the world to register a vaccine against coronavirus, but it seems that no one is happy about this. Many write that it is impossible to release a vaccine so quickly, because they will not have time to pass all the checks. Others describe it as a "massive human experiment." It is alleged that even before the third phase of clinical trials, Sputnik-V will be administered to millions of Russian citizens - in the coming month. It is reported that the new vaccine has many adverse reactions, but it allegedly provides few protective antibodies. Each of these theses is incorrect to one degree...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Miscellaneous

Editor’s office of the Russkiy Mir Portal Nearly one hundred and fifty African students and teachers from Tanzania, Ruanda, Kenya, Zambia, Uganda, Madagascar and Mauritius participated in a 12-day intensive Russian language course in July. It marked the first stage of the Distant Russian in Africa online project aimed to strengthen humanitarian ties with Africa, which had been discussed at the 2019 Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi. Valery Chastnykh, deputy director of the Institute of Russian Language and Culture at Moscow State University (IRLC MSU), told the Rossiyskaya Gazeta that the concept of such events had...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

Russkiy Mir Editorial Dubna, the town of physicists, was founded on July 24, 1946, in the very north of the Moscow region. Previously the most secret one, now it has turned into the most famous science town in Russia. Dubna / Photo credit: After the end of the Great Patriotic War, it was decided to create a secret research center to study nuclear processes in Dubna. In 1947, Academician Kurchatov and other scientists initiated the start of the construction. The largest particle accelerator of that time, the synchrocyclotron, started its work in 1949. The center began fundamental and applied research...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Science

Svetlana Smetanina  The Youth Talks debate club at the Center for the Benelux Languages and Cultures has launched its new session on July 17th. The Center director Maria Pushkova and students Anna Balashova and Daniil Volkov talk about their projects, for the most part associated with commemoration of World War 2 and the Belgian Resistance. – Maria, what activities is the Center for the Benelux Languages and Cultures at the RSUH (Russian State University for the Humanities) engaged in? – I have worked in the Benelux Center since 2010 and been its director since 2017. Up to this point, the Center has been...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Sergey Vinogradov Photo credit: The World Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20. Today it brings together amateurs and professionals of the ancient game, even if over a virtual board only. This day has been marked by series of international online-tournaments opened in Russia and abroad. Russian compatriots are going to launch the Chess Friendship Cup today. Such a name could not have come at a better time - during the self-isolation, chess turned into a bridge that made distances vanished. Live excitement online In June, Jordan became the heart and soul of...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Anna Genova Holding a contest in the midst of the pandemic is rather challenging, but it is the kind of thing you do for children who have bilingual schooling and live in bilingual environment. Tatiana Henderson-Stewart, the principal of Cherry Orchard Russian School in London, told us about Once I Dreamt contest. They even had to make additional categories of prizes because children wrote very interesting works about their dreams and imaginings, and all the writings were so unique. Graduation celebration in Vishenka (Little Cherry) Nursery – Tatiana, in the midst of the lockdown you organized an...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora


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