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The other day we celebrated the 125th birthday of outstanding chansonnier Alexander Vertinsky. His songs are sung not only by our artists, but also by those who live outside Russia. One of them is the Russian Parisian Pierre Leon. Being a playwright, an actor, critic and film director who produced screen adaptations of Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya and Dostoyevsky's works Teenager and Idiot, he occasionally "gives small concerts for his friends". Pierre performs the "sad songs" of Alexander Vertinsky. We met at one of his concerts in Minsk, the museum workshop of Z.I. Azgur. Put there on the shelving are heads of thinkers, proletarian leaders,...

01.04.2014
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

On September 29, 1922, the German steamboat Oberbürgermeister Haken departed from the Nikolaev Embankment in St. Petersburg. It carried off outstanding figures in Russian culture and science, who were exiled from their homeland. One of the passengers was the religious and political philosopher Nikolai Berdyaev (1874–1948). He had been kicked out of the country, forever.At that time he was already a famous scholar, the author of the controversial monographs The Meaning of the Creative Act and The Meaning of History. They made him famous, offended the tsar and enraged Soviet authorities. The conflict of his worldview with tyranny...

06.03.2014
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Diaspora

The Russian government is preparing legislation on the simplification of the provision of Russian citizenship to people from the former Soviet Union. According to Vyacheslav Nikonov, State Duma Deputy and Chairman of the Management Board of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, this will provide a global impulse for the entire Russian world:“The initiative to simplify the provision of Russian citizenship deserves support, and right now this support is coming from many sources. At one time the incorrect decision was made to ban dual citizenship. At present those who want citizenship must give up citizenship in the country where they are living....

05.03.2014
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Diaspora

The traditional Christmas parliamentary meetings are being held now in Moscow as part of the XXII International parliamentary educational readings. A meeting that took place on January 29 at the State Duma was devoted to our compatriots abroad, to preservation of the Russian language and the memory of the historical motherland and the educational role of church centers.The roundtable was moderated by Vladimir Nikitin, First Deputy Chairman of the Committee for CIS Affairs and Ties with Compatriots under the State Duma of Russia. The participants included representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church and Russian Orthodox Church Outside...

29.01.2014
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Diaspora

On Tuesday, January 28, in the French Riviera town of Villefranche-sur-Mer, the creation of the Franco-Russian Foundation was announced. The aim of the organization is to foster cultural and scholarly exchanges, host exhibitions and welcome young Russian artists to Villefranche-sur-Mer. The first event of the brand new foundation is the exhibition “The Jewelry of Elsa Triolet,” which presents the renowned writer’s handmade jewelry from the 1920s and 30s. Elsa Triolet was the younger sister of Lilya Brik, who she acquainted with Mayakovsky. In 1918 Elsa married the French cavalry officer André Triolet and emigrated...

28.01.2014
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Diaspora

On Saturday, January 4, the Central Criminal Police of Estonia arrested the head of the Estonian human rights organization Estonia Without Nazism, Andrei Zarenkov, on charges of accepting a bribe, Interfax reports. Law enforcement officials have made no statements regarding the circumstances, although media report that he received a bribe of 1000 euro from another person, who was also detained by the police.The arrest of the former head of the Constitution Party of Estonia, which seeks to represent the non-native residents of the country, provoked a major public outcry. The international World Without Nazism movement issued a statement in...

09.01.2014
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

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