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Tamara Skok 150 years ago, on October 22, 1870, Ivan Bunin was born. He was a Russian poet and prose writer, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, honorary member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, emigrant and one of the most sophisticated and unbiased witnesses of his turbulent time. “Damned Mongols…” The memories that Bunin left of his contemporaries, fellow writers, are not the brightest ones because he approached them with strict creative and human standards. His views became even more rigorous when the Cursed Days began in the history of Russia. There are monstrous...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Photo credit: Foreigners put blind trust in stories about Russian bears, nuclear threat and ubiquarian KGB agents. However, the list of the most convincing myths about Russia is topped by the one of Russian drinking. It turned out to be so strong and persistent that even the Russians have believed it. It is not a mere coincidence that our fellow citizens think Russian people have always drunk, and a holiday feast is considered to be a national tradition. Who made the whole world believe the banal stereotypes? Why do all historians claim the opposite and who benefits from the myth of Russian drinking? ...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Svetlana Smetanina Our compatriot community includes a lot of dynamic female members that have managed to realize their potential in another countries and provide assistance to those who have faced difficulties. Elizaveta Donnery, a solicitor from Ireland, Natalia Zhukova, a family psychologist from Finland, and Anastasia Tikhonova, a member of the Russian Women Association in Malaysia and a volunteer helping women who face domestic violence, tell us about their activities. Elizaveta Donnery, a solicitor and notary public, lives in Ireland. She has been working as a solicitor there for 12 years and became a notary public...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Общество

Editor’s office of the Russkiy Mir Portal The last lifetime portrait of Mikhail Kutuzov with the ribbon of the Order of Saint George of First Class, by Alexander Volkov, 1813. Photo credit: Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov, an outstanding Russian military leader and diplomat, was born on 09.16.1745, 275 years ago. Everyone knows about Kutuzov’s military talent, his achievements in the wars with the Turks and Napoleon. Let us look into a little less known, but incredibly remarkable facts from our great compatriot’s life. The wrong date Perhaps, it is worth to start with the fact...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Svetlana Smetanina The 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica is celebrated in 2020 – 2021. However, its history still has some unknown pages. For example, few people know about a person, without whom both the expedition and the very discovery of the ice continent might not have taken place. We are talking about Ivan Ivanovich de Traversay (French: Jean Baptiste Prevost de Sansac, marquis de Traversay), Minister of the Navy. Vitaly Sychev, a member of the Russian Geographical Society and expert of IOC UNESCO, has shared some interesting details. - You have been studying history of the discovery...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Travel

Sergey Vinogradov As the Russkiy Mir reported, residents of Papua New Guinea addressed the head of the Russian Orthodox Church with a collective petition to establish an Orthodox mission in their country. This proposal was put forward after Kirill Shrakbul, a priest and head of the ROC mission in Taiwan, had visited Papua New Guinea. The priest described the visit as the most successful of his missionary trips. During meetings with local residents, about a thousand Papuans declared their readiness to convert to Orthodoxy. Kirill Shrakbul told the Russkiy Mir about his trip, prospects for the Orthodox mission in Papua New...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion


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