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Artists Komar and Melamid were the most significant duo in the Era of Stagnation: they were hated (and secretly admired) in the Soviet Union and adored in the West; they invented Sots Art and were the visionaries behind the “Bulldozer Exhibition” in 1974. Vitaly Komar, former “artist-slash-troublemaker,” has lived in New York City for a long while, and without knowing his personal history, one could never take him for an immigrant. Russkiy Mir continues the series of interviews with talented people who are living abroad and linked to the Russian or Russian-speaking culture. Vitaly...

12.11.2015
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Our interview with New York writer, political expert and opinion journalist Vladimir Solovyov is the first conversation in a new series of dialogues with creative people living abroad. Vladimir Solovyov expatriated to the US with his wife Elena Klepikova in the 1970s, back when people didn't have a choice on whether to leave the Soviet Union or stay there. Since then, many books written by Vladimir Solovyov have gained popularity in the US and Russia. Some of them have been translated into 13 languages. How did your expatriation to the United States go? Do you remember anything about that life-changing event?...

28.10.2015
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Audio-theatre “Slovo” is offering foreigners a unique innovation in souvenirs: Russian culture on a microSD or USB. Creators of the “Russian Musical Souvenir” plan to upload a culture-defining snapshot of 111 masterpieces of Russian classical and folk music onto the memory cards. The cards will also include a mini phrasebook in the form of a smartphone app, which will allow tourists to communicate basic requests while enjoying their holiday. The unique project, conceived by Audio-theatre “Slovo” and sponsored by the Russkiy Mir Foundation, aims to promote Russian classical and folk music...

01.09.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

The inaugural World Humanitarian Day took place on 19 August 2003 in Baghdad. On that day at Iraq's UN headquarters an explosion occurred. The attack took the lives of 22 UN staff who delivered food and medicines to the refugees. World Humanitarian Day is intended to commemorate those killed on that day and to honor those dedicate their lives to save people from a humanitarian disaster. At the beginning of August a humanitarian aid convoy arrived in the mining town of Donetsk from Kuzbass. It travelled more than four thousand kilometers delivering 41 tons of goods including non-perishable food items, medicines, clothes,...

19.08.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

A solemn event to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the consecration of the Russian Prisoners of War cemetery took place took place in Frankfurt. Here Prisoners of War from first world war combat nations, including Russia, are buried. Russian and German citizens restored the cemetery together. At the cemetery a sombre ceremony was held. The names of the soldiers and officers buried there were given. A POW camp was based there from autumn 1914 to 1921. In October 1918 of 23000 people detained in the POW camp, 17327 were soldiers of the Russian tsar army. The 100th anniversary was not...

06.08.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

The project titled “Great Russian Foreigners” is aimed at helping the Russian diaspora in the study of the Russian language and Russian culture but in a nontrivial manner: it is oriented toward demonstrating the international significance of Russian culture. The project examines the fates of many peoples and nationalities which deserve credit for the emergence of such “Russian” things (which is how they are perceived in European culture) as, for example matryoshka nesting dolls, the samovar and pelmeni. It also entails the study of the biographies of great figures in Russian culture and history who have foreign origins. ...

22.06.2015
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

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