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“You should bear firmly in mind that of all the arts, cinema is the most important to us.” Many of our compatriots – emigrants of the first wave whose contribution to the Dream Factory is difficult to overestimate – could bravely endorse this famous Leninist expression. According to the film historian Sergei Kudryavtsev, “the earliest meticulous study of various Western directories found no less startling information. It’s time to begin counting the few figures in film who have nothing to do with Russia at all.” Nobody has yet succeeded in calculating the exact number of people from Russia who have...

29.09.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

For Russians, Albania is one of the most mysterious countries in Europe. The country is often associated with the war in Kosovo, the Albanian mafia, and a strange language. None of this reflects the real Albania, however. In Russia, few people have a true idea of what this country is all about. The Republic of Albania, located on the western Balkan Peninsula, is among the poorest countries in Europe. The Albanians are one of the oldest nations in Europe with a continuous history stretching back more than two millennia. They have lived on the same land and spoken the same language throughout their entire history. Long before the establishment...

19.09.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

On August 9, the Soviet offensive began in the Far East – the last major land operation of World War II. Our troops’ plunge to the Pacific Ocean was the beginning of the end, not only for the great Japanese empire, but also for one of the largest Russian centers abroad at the time. Most emigrants living in Manchuria welcomed the advancing Soviet troops and provided them all possible assistance. That was the case with both those living in big cities as well as in small towns. When hostilities began, the Soviet Consul General in Harbin established community defense brigades that numbered 3,000 people, 240 of which were Soviet...

14.08.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

August 6, 2008 will mark the 30th anniversary of the expulsion of the Russian thinker Alexander Zinoviev’s family from the USSR. Russkiy Mir spoke with Olga Zinovieva, widow of Russian thinker Alexander Zinoviev. – Olga, what did being an ...

06.08.2008
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

The Russian world abroad is often referred to as “Russia outside of Russia.” At the same time, most researchers and the journalists who follow them, assuming it is possible to talk about a Russian diaspora, apply the term only to the first and second waves or generations of emigrants. Although it might seem otherwise at first glance, in this case there is no contradiction. A diaspora is not only a certain ethnic and demographic community, but above all it is a model of worldly behavior and a unified system of values. “A diaspora is distinctive cultural community built on the basis of a common understanding of the...

06.08.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Tatiana Zhdanok – leader of Latvia’s Equality (Ravnopraviye) Party; European Parliament deputy; member of the Greens / European Free Alliance (EFA) faction; member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee; and member of the Russia-EU Parliamentary Cooperation Committee – met with Russian World Foundation Executive Director Vyacheslav Alexeyevich Nikonov. A wide range of issues was discussed during the meeting, which was held at the Foundation on July 25, 2008. A high assessment was given to the experience of collaborating in preparations for the staging of the first Forum of the EU Russian-Speakers’...

30.07.2008
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

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