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Sergey Vinogradov In the early 20th century, there were hardly any memoirists, including Russian classics, who overlooked such a personality as Sergei Utochkin. He left his mark in history as a pioneer of aviation but his contemporaries remembered him as a wonder-hero for whom nothing is impossible. The wonder-hero Sergei Utochkin was born 145 years ago. Sergei Utochkin on an airplane, 1910. Photo credit: https://ru.wikipedia.org In the course of his short lifetime that lasted less than 40 years, Utochkin managed to earn fame as a fencer, swimmer, yachtsman, boxer, football player, racing cyclist, motorcycle...

21.07.2021
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Olga Vinogradova Even members of Joseph Billings’ Russian expedition who arrived in Alaska in 1790 – 1791 reported about many baptized local residents and their knowledge of Orthodox traditions. It was rather surprising since back then no Orthodox priests had visited the shores of Alaska yet. So who were the first Orthodox baptizers in North America? It all started in Alaska Alaska was first reached by Russian sailors in 1732 (Fedorov - Gvozdev - Moshkov expedition) and then in 1741 - 1742 (Bering's Second Kamchatka Expedition). But there were reports that the Russians had known about its...

14.07.2021
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Religion

Svetlana Smetanina RSL - Reboot 2021: Lessons from the Pandemic forum brought together teachers of Russian as a foreign language from all over Russia and abroad to Moscow. The head of the forum organizing committee Oleg Ilyasov talks about the new lessons RSL teachers have learned during the pandemic. – RSL - Reboot 2021: Lessons from the Pandemic, a large-scale forum, has just ended. Was it held for the first time? – Our colleague Alyona Kalvinkovskaya has started to implement this idea back in 2018 and held an informal forum, i.e. a meeting of authors of RSL textbooks. Then there was a pause for...

12.07.2021
Rubric: Interview
Subject: RussianLanguage

Russkiy Mir Editorial portal The Tourist feature created quite a stir in the Central African Republic. Based on real events, the movie was shot in CAR. About 60 thousand spectators gathered at the local stadium. The screening was celebrated with dances and fireworks. Such interest in Russian cinema is not a coincidence.  Photo credit: africasacountry.com Tourist is the code name of the lead character, the Russian police former employee Grisha Dmitriev. He is a “Russian instructor” who arrives in the Central African Republic to help the...

01.07.2021
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

Sergey Vinogradov The traditional Russian game of Gorodki dates back to the 18th century. It was played by Leo Tolstoy and Maksim Gorky. In Soviet times, Gorodki turned into a legitimate sport, and this year marks the 85th anniversary of the first USSR championship. Today, the Gorodki is played not only in Russia and the CIS countries - Russian compatriots have brought the game to the far abroad. It has been found that the Gorodki can unite nations (Karelia and Finland hold joint tournaments) and bring back to the origins: it was abroad that many compatriots took up a bat for the first time. Bat as sword ...

24.06.2021
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

Photo credit: Administration of the President of Russia Russian president wrote an article on the 80th anniversary of the Nazi Germany invasion of the Soviet Union for a German weekly Die Zeit. Putin emphasizes, that having survived the horrors of the world war, the peoples of Europe have overcome alienation and restore mutual trust and respect. He calls to act together today as well. Vladimir Putin, President of Russia On June 22, 1941, exactly 80 years ago, having conquered almost all of Europe, the Nazis invaded the USSR. The Great Patriotic War began for the...

23.06.2021
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Politics

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