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Svetlana Smetanina The 200th anniversary of the discovery of Antarctica is celebrated in 2020 – 2021. However, its history still has some unknown pages. For example, few people know about a person, without whom both the expedition and the very discovery of the ice continent might not have taken place. We are talking about Ivan Ivanovich de Traversay (French: Jean Baptiste Prevost de Sansac, marquis de Traversay), Minister of the Navy. Vitaly Sychev, a member of the Russian Geographical Society and expert of IOC UNESCO, has shared some interesting details. - You have been studying history of the discovery...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Travel

Svetlana Smetanina Thousands of Montenegrins celebrated the opposition's victory in the elections. Photo credit: The opposition bloc won at the parliamentary elections held in Montenegro. Its position is considered pro-Serb and pro-Russian. Director of the Center for Contemporary Balkan Crisis Studies of the RAS Institute of Slavic Studies Dr. Elena Guskova believes that if the opposition succeeds in uniting efforts the country's foreign policy can seriously change. - For the first time in 30 years, the united opposition won the parliamentary elections in Montenegro. And a lot of people came to the...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Общество

Svetlana Smetanina  The Youth Talks debate club at the Center for the Benelux Languages and Cultures has launched its new session on July 17th. The Center director Maria Pushkova and students Anna Balashova and Daniil Volkov talk about their projects, for the most part associated with commemoration of World War 2 and the Belgian Resistance. – Maria, what activities is the Center for the Benelux Languages and Cultures at the RSUH (Russian State University for the Humanities) engaged in? – I have worked in the Benelux Center since 2010 and been its director since 2017. Up to this point, the Center has been...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Sergey Vinogradov Photo credit: The World Chess Day is celebrated annually on July 20. Today it brings together amateurs and professionals of the ancient game, even if over a virtual board only. This day has been marked by series of international online-tournaments opened in Russia and abroad. Russian compatriots are going to launch the Chess Friendship Cup today. Such a name could not have come at a better time - during the self-isolation, chess turned into a bridge that made distances vanished. Live excitement online In June, Jordan became the heart and soul of...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Anna Genova Holding a contest in the midst of the pandemic is rather challenging, but it is the kind of thing you do for children who have bilingual schooling and live in bilingual environment. Tatiana Henderson-Stewart, the principal of Cherry Orchard Russian School in London, told us about Once I Dreamt contest. They even had to make additional categories of prizes because children wrote very interesting works about their dreams and imaginings, and all the writings were so unique. Graduation celebration in Vishenka (Little Cherry) Nursery – Tatiana, in the midst of the lockdown you organized an...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

In May 2020, the Association of Russian Schools in the United States held its first meeting. The association was created by the Coordination Council of Russian Compatriots in the United States, together with the Rossinka cultural and educational center for Russian-speaking families in the Silicon Valley. We talked about the new organization and its goals with the president of Rossinka, the member of the United Nations Corps and United Nations Development Cooperation Council, Natalia Wenson. In 2020, she entered the list of top-100 most influential women in Silicon Valley, according to the Silicon Valley Business Journal. ...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Array


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Photo credit: (CC BY 4.0) The Russian House in New Delhi is opening the School of Russian Classical Ballet, which will be headed by a choreographer of the Bolshoi Theatre. Children and teenagers aged 6 to 16 are invited to the school, the Russian House telegram channel... .
Photo credit: Y. Ivanko / (CC BY 4.0) The ''Russian Cultural Routes: Direction to Perm'' project started on Wednesday, August 10, Rossotrudnichestvo reports on its Telegram channel. For ten days, foreign students, who study at the capital's universities, went on a trip... .
The European Commission. Photo credit: EmDee / (CC BY-SA 4.0) It is possible that a ban on the issuance of Schengen visas to Russian citizens will be included in the next package of anti-Russian sanctions, RIA Novosti reports. This was confirmed by the German... .