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Sergei Vinogradov Photo: Iuri Kashin Letters from the front constitute the basis for new tourist routes that are opening in various parts of Russia this year. The eight winners have been announced in a contest for historical military routes called “Take pride, country, in your valiant sons!” Sightseers visit memorable locations connected to World War Two, which are described by those who participated in these events in letters to their loved ones. The authors of three winning routes gave tours to a correspondent from Russkiy Mir. Viewing history through the testimony of those who lived it isn’t a...

Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Array

Editors of Russkiy Mir On 7 April a bilateral meeting called “Strategic Dialogue: Russia and India” took place between Russian and Indian experts. Its organizers were two long-time partners: the Russkiy Mir Foundation and the Observer Research Foundation in India. The meeting was scheduled to precede the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and India, celebrated on 13 April. Experts representing Russian and India took part in this meeting. The opening address and greeting were given by the First Deputy Chairman of the Russian...

Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Общество

The number of foreign students in Russian institutions of higher education has risen by almost 10% in the past year. The number of students from Europe has risen by 40%. There has been a substantial rise in students from India and China as well—by 20% and 10%, respectively. Russia is reasserting itself on the global education market. The global trends show that higher education is becoming a more and more international market. According to experts at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, more than four million students go to foreign schools for their post-secondary schooling. In a number states, educational...

Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Education

Photo: Dmitry Azarov / Commerstant Politologists are discussing the statement of the President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilhan Aliev on the Republican Armed Forces Day, which he made during his speech for the soldiers and where he admitted a possibility to grant Nagorniy Karabakh a “special status” within the Republic. “Can we regard the President’s statement as a step forward? Perhaps. Although Nagorniy Karabakh did have a special status in Azerbaijan during Soviet times”, said dean of the government management of the Moscow state University, deputy of State Duma and President of...

Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Politics

Higher School of Economics experts conducted a study of schools that have percentage of immigrant students. They studied the in-class environment, academic progress, knowledge of Russian language, and other important parameters. It turned out that the common assumption that some schools are at a disadvantage due to large immigrant student populations is often unsubstantiated. – Oh, that school is Azerbaijani (Dagestani, Kyrgyz)... – gossip the local women. For parents looking for the best school for their child, such words often sound like a prison sentence. But the question remains: what are the...

Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Education

The Russian language not only remains that main language of international communication in CIS countries. In Kazakhstan and Belarus it has the status of a second state language and in most CIS countries it is the language of inter-ethnic communication. In some places, like Armenia, the language’s status remains undetermined, but Russian is spoken throughout the entire post-Soviet space. Everywhere the Russian language, despite the fallback of recent decades, retains a good position as a means of communication which is in high demand. Although sociologists noted that the Russian language space is contracting not only...

Rubric: Commentary
Subject: RussianLanguage


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Photo credit: The musical marathon “Immortal Songs of the Great Country” starts on Tuesday, February 18, TASS reports. The first concert will be held in the Kremlin Palace. After that, the marathon will cover other Russian cities and Belarus. The large-scale... .
Photo credit: The Russian team won the medal standings of the European Championship in wrestling. The competitions took place in Rome, the Russian participants won 22 medals, including nine gold awards. The Russian team is preparing for the Olympic Games, which will be... .
Photo credit: Moscow and St. Petersburg have become the leaders in the rating of quality of life among the Russian regions, writes. As part of the study, experts had to assess the state of a wide variety of living conditions. The compilers considered seventy... .