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Yana Gordienko  The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine* started reviewing the controversial bill “On ensuring functioning of Ukrainian as the state language” in the second reading. Its authors believe that development of Ukrainian language as “original language of the titular nation” to be the main task in effort to strengthen national identity of the Ukrainians and preserve national culture, traditions, customs, and historical memory of the Ukrainian nation. It sounds nicely, but what's there behind the façade?.. The current process has the following background. A year ago,...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

Mikhail Gusman   Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO. Photo credit: This year marks 65th anniversary since Russia joined UNESCO. Before her official visit to Russia, Audrey Azoulay, the Director General of the UNESCO, spoke about priority activities and future of this largest international organization. – Which issues will be the core ones for your conversations in Moscow? – This visit is very important for UNESCO and for me personally. Russia is a great country, which is an important pillar of our organization and its active participant. During the visit, I will be...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

 Leo Tolstoy with his wife and kids For a great while Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy used to praise family happiness, as well as love between husband and wife in his books. The writer believed that a family was the core social unit. It should be the top priority followed by church and the state. Surprisingly enough, the literary genius’s happiness in his family life did not last long. Upon completion of its initial stage, the marriage with Sophia Andreevna shifted to endless quarrels and mutual resentments, which lasted for decades. Nevertheless, they had 13 children; 8 of them lived to see adulthood and left their...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Sergey Vinogradov  About a thousand of foreign fans and tens of thousands of residents of Russian regions have come to the 29th Winter Universiade 2019 in Krasnoyarsk. The first week of student games, which start on March 2, will coincide with Maslenitsa festival (or the Crepe week). While in Krasnoyarsk, guests will be able to see and experience things that can rarely be combined within one tour - a sports festival, Siberian winter and the Russian Crepe Week. And female fans from faraway countries (Krasnoyarsk has welcomed guests from all over the world) will probably be surprised to receive a bouquet of...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Sports

Sergey Vinogradov Yumi, a Japanese woman, learned Russian, moved to Russia and traveled all over the Urals, because in childhood she used to listen to her mother reading tales by Pavel Bazhov, a Russian writer, in Japanese. They contain the whole world of malachite craftsmen, emerald lizards and mountain wizards, and its charm is not lost when the tales are translated into hieroglyphs or Arabic script. Every year guests from many countries of the world come to the Memorial house-museum of Pavel Bazhov  in Yekaterinburg. “I personally know five people who moved to the Urals because of...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Editor’s office of the Russkiy Mir Portal Washington, the 19th century. Photo credit: “The wise statesmen of Russia always know how to choose their foreign envoys,” one of American newspapers wrote about Alexander Bodisko, the Russian ambassador to the United States, in 1851. His tenure lasted for 17 years, the record term. He was respected so much that the American Congress paused its work for the day of his funeral, which was the unprecedented event. On the Day of Diplomat, Anatoly Antonov, the...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: History


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Photo credit: The Russian Autumn Culture Festival is held in Hong Kong, TASS reports. It was organized by compatriots from the local Russian club. One of the central events of the program is an art exhibition. It works in the... .
Photo credit: A Week of the Russian language is being held in Hungary, the Russian Education website reports. It is included in the program of educational expeditions organized with the assistance of the Ministry of Education. The... .
Photo credit: The capital of Romania hosts the Days of Russian Culture, TASS reports. According to the Ambassador of the Russian Federation Valery Kuzmin, the festival, which was already the ninth in a row, has turned into a large, wide open... .
Photo credit: The international Golden Mask program opens on Friday, October 18, according to RIA Novosti. The first festival will be held in Estonia. Russian performance groups bring their most interesting works for the past fifteen years. Tallinn... .