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Editor’s office of the Russkiy Mir Portal  Photo credit: ruwest.ru On April 25, 2019, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the Bill No. 5670-d “On ensuring the functioning of the Ukrainian as the state language” in its second reading. The document introduces mandatory teaching in Ukrainian in kindergartens, schools and universities; it also requires governmental officials, health care and education professionals, as well as service workers to speak the state language only. According to the document, the share of Ukrainian language on national channels should be at least 90%. ...

02.05.2019
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory student from China Liu Ying Lun performed Lensky part from the Tchaikovsky opera Eugene Onegin in Chuvash State Opera and Ballet Theater. According to music theater critics, preceding Chinese singer performed this part on Russian stage in the middle of 20th century, during Mao Zedong times. Liu Ying Lun told Russkiy Mir  how he learned to sing in Russian. According to Liu he learned to sing correctly while learning and performing Russian romances on stage and at international music contests. His teacher, Associate Professor of Vocal Studies department in Nizhny Novgorod Conservatory Irina...

30.04.2019
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Alexander Ryazantsev Last week, the Orthodox villages of Uganda, a small photography exhibition, was opened at the Moscow State University. It was arranged following an ethnographic expedition by the University. There are quite a few Orthodox believers in this African country - from 4 to 6% of the population. Few people know about the even more surprising phenomenon - the Ugandan Old Believers, who have been parishioners of the Russian Orthodox Old-Rites Church since 2012. Orthodox believers in Uganda In the early 20th century, Uganda became the cradle of Orthodoxy in Subsaharan...

14.04.2019
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Photo: dw.com What is the future of Russian language in Central Asia? This question is still open and the prospects are rather unclear. According to the 1989 census, 80% of the inhabitants of Soviet Union spoke Russian. In 2019, everything changed dramatically. More than half of residents throughout Central Asia (except Kazakhstan) do not speak Russian. “Considering the changes that occurred after the collapse of Soviet Union, we can rightly say that Russian language is disappearing from public space,” independent researcher Nurbek Bekmurzaev states. At the same time, there are significant differences in the...

20.03.2019
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

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,...

11.03.2019
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

 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...

06.03.2019
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

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