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Svetlana Smetanina On May 5, one of the Baltic fleet's ships left Kroonstad carrying on board representatives of the Western military district, Moscow Religious Academy and members of the Bow to the Ships of the Great Victory expedition. Their purpose is to tribute the honoured dead of the Soviet submarines lost while forcing German mine obstacles. Konstantin Bogdanov, the leader of the project talks about this unusual initiative. - The Expedition project has been in place for the last 10 years. How did it all begin? How did you come up with the idea to look for the lost military submarines? ...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Общество

Sergey Vinogradov Norway's Dusia, China's Marusia... A group of professional folk musicians from St. Petersburg Otava Yo should be in charge if Russian names to become popular in the closest future. Oi Dusya, oi Marusya song has become a hit last year. Its video version was called The Best Music Video at the New York Cinema Festival. Otava Yo hit the world stage back in 2015 with Sumetskaya song and music video. Just on Youtube the video was watched 14 million times, which is an absolute record among Russian folk groups. “Now I want to learn Russian,” one of the listeners wrote. Some...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

Svetlana Smetanina Universities popular with foreign students are not only the ones of Moscow and St. Petersburg. Kursk State Medical University has been teaching foreign students for nearly 30 years. It has won the fame of the most popular medical higher educational institution for students from abroad for all of these years. The Kursk State Medical University’s Rector Victor Lazarenko, tells the success story. - Kursk State Medical University is one of the most popular medical institutions for foreign students. How did you manage to make that happen? In 1991 our university was...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Svetlana Smetanina Many events dedicated to the Victory Day to be held on this holiday season in London and other cities of Great Britain. Most of them would never happened without the volunteers' assistance. This challenging job is held by the Russian Voluntary Bureau. Its director Ekaterina Chernyaeva explains how the Voluntary Service became the part of the people’s diplomacy. - How was born the idea to set up the Russian Voluntary Bureau? The idea has emerged in 2010, when the 65th anniversary of the Victory of the World War 2 was celebrated in...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Общество

Svetlana Smetanina A well-known Finnish human rights defender and social activist Johan Bäckman considers fighting against disinformation about Russia spread by the Western media an important part of his job. That is the reason why he is trying to make as many people from the Western countries as possible see what is really happening in Crimea and Donbass. - You have just come back from the Yalta International Economic Forum. Could you feel that Crimea is isolated from the global community? - I first went to Crimea back in March 2014 to watch the referendum. I visited...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Politics

The Solzhenitsyn House of Russia Abroad, panoramic view from the balcony Svetlana Smetanina Early this year the Solzhenitsyn House of Russia Abroad received the key to a new building, where the Museum of Russian Immigration is to open soon. Now is the hardest part of work, placing the exhibits so that they would “talk” to the visitors. Igor Domnin, the deputy director for the Solzhenitsyn House of Russia Abroad and Andrey Vovk, the director for the Russian branch of Ralph Appelbaum Associates are discussing the ways to do it. How The Museum of Russian Immigration...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora


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Origins international festival dedicated to the Russian-Turkish friendship opened today in town and district of the Antalya Province Manavgat. The festival comprises concerts, arts and crafts master classes, and the contest of vocalists among Russian compatriots, Russian... .
Russian historian Georgy Shepelev residing in Paris collects pictures made during the Great Patriotic War. His unique collection of 5000 pictures shows villages burnt down by the Fascists, shots of the Jewish ghettos, imprinted moments of sorrowful lives in concentration camps.... .
Winners of the Notebook of Friendship international project of the National Association for Education Development received awards in the UN Office in Geneva during the Second International round table “Children sociocultural initiatives for world peace”, the... .
The memorial campaigns dedicated to the 77th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War’s beginning are held all over Russia and beyond today on June 22. Many people lit Candles of Memory in their homes to commemorate the fallen soldiers and the Memorial shifts were... .