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The study and preservation of Russian language among bilingual children is one of the main focus areas of the work of the Center for Russian Language and Culture “Golden Ring”, which operates in Winnipeg, Canada. The center was created at the Russian school “Svetlyachok”, which this year is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its founding. The teachers of the school and center are constantly searching for new forms which make it possible not only to hold interesting lessons on Russian language and literature but also to reinforce pupils’ knowledge and enrich their vocabulary through the study of other subjects using...

03.04.2015
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Last week the Community of Lipovan Russians in Romania (CRLR) celebrated the 25th anniversary of its establishment. In fact, these Old Believers fled to the territory of Moldova and Wallachia (today part of Romania) in the late 17th century. Under the reign of Nicolae Ceaușescu they were pressured to assimilate, and many forgot their native language. However, during the past several decades, after acquiring official status as a minority, the Lipovans have been experiencing a national and cultural revival. We spoke about this re-emergence with Miron Ignat, head of the Community of Lipovan Russians and a member of the parliament of...

16.02.2015
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

A quarter of a century after Latvia restored its independence Holy Christmas is officially celebrated here on December 24-25. The Orthodox Christians also celebrate at this time along with Catholics and Lutherans. This was the custom in Latvia since times immemorial. And although the local authorities refuse to recognize the Orthodox Christmas as the national holiday, people can reach common ground.   Upon the blessing of Moscow Patriarch Tikhon, given to Riga 100 years ago, festive Christmas services have been conducted in Riga’s Ascension Orthodox Church. The service is celebrated only once a year, not in...

25.12.2014
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

The author of “How to Strike Root in Europe: Practical Aid for Residents and New Arrivals” and an expert of higher education programs quality control Anna Prijdak has been living more than 20 years in Holland. During this time she has gone a long way from a regular student to teacher of the University of Hague and did not stop at that. Anna shared with us her experience of adaptation to a new environment in a foreign land. — When people ask me how long I’ve lived in Amsterdam, I answer: three bikes. In other words, the time is measured in stolen bikes – this is just a local joke. Me and my...

22.12.2014
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Svetlana Salikh was born in Vladimir, studied in Ivanovo and lives in Jordan. Having come here with her husband and five-year-old son, she was quick to realize that when her son grows up he won’t speak Russian and started teaching him herself. Later the children of her friends joined her son. Having thus begun with kitchen lessons, Russian-Jordanian wives created the Russian Center of Culture and a baccalaureate program on Russian at the University of Jordan.  — I studied at Ivanovo State University and married a Jordanian who also studied in Ivanovo. Jordan abounds in such wives from the former Soviet Union....

12.12.2014
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

On November 28, 2014, statuettes of the international “Russian Heritage” awards, supported by the Russkiy Mir Foundation and Rossotrudnichestvo, were presented for the fourth time in Chateau du Lac – a scenic ancient castle redeveloped into an modern five-star hotel in a suburb of Brussels.  The awards instituted in 2010 by the International Pushkin Foundation and European Russian Community Association are presented to people who make a considerable contribution to the preservation of the Russian spiritual and cultural heritage abroad as well as the development of partnership and cooperation between...

01.12.2014
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

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