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Anna Veniaminova-Tower is turning 102 on July 1. Grandgrand-granddaughter of Hierarch, Metropolitan of Moscow, apostle of Siberia and America Innokentiy (Veniaminov), granddaughter of widow empress Maria Fedorovna’s confessor, together with Russia has seen the Revolution, two world wars, a civil war and reprisals. They survived World War II together with her husband as a part of technical maintenance crew, restoring destroyed bridges at the Southern Front. For 20 years now, Anna Innokentyevna has lived in the Netherlands. Anna Innokentyevna meets me at the door of her small cozy apartment in Hilversum, smiling humbly with...

01.07.2016
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Opening night of a puppet play “Peter and the Wolf” was held at the Russian Centre of Nuernberg. The opening night was confined to the 125th birthday of one of the most famous Russian composers of the 20th century; Sergei Prokofiev is the author of world-known symphonies, operas, ballets, including “War and Peace” opera and “Romeo and Juliette” ballet. It is the original version of one of the most famous symphonic works in the world. Sergei Prokofiev wrote the most famous symphonic tale for children “Peter and the Wolf” in 1936. The composer had always dreamt to unite symphonic orchestra and speech –...

08.06.2016
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

The best way to celebrate the birthday of Aleksander Sergeevich Pushkin is to celebrate it with children – this is what our journalist decided and asked for a reception of the Principal of the State German Elementary School in Erfurt, named after the Great Russian poet – Puschkinschule. Before the reception they agreed, that the “Gagarin” Russian-Speaking Community would help the students celebrate the Pushkin’s day on June 6.  It’s worth mentioning, that the school had not celebrated birthday of its patron for decades and the children did not know almost anything about Pushkin. This...

07.06.2016
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

In Houston, Texas, a primary school, where most of the subjects will be conducted in Russian, is going to open soon. It is notable, that the initiative came directly from the municipal authorities. But in order to work correctly, the school needs assistance of the Russian side – methodological assistance, first of all. Sofia Grinblat, President of the Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” told the Russkiy Mir Foundation about that. – How did the idea of opening a Russian school in Houston emerge? Why do you need assistance of the Russian side? –...

16.05.2016
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

As strange as it might be, the Russian Florence exists not only in the past, thanks to the people, who are trying their best to help their compatriots save the reminiscence of Russia in Italy. Valeria Sergeyeva, president of Russian Compatriots Association in Florence tells about Russians and the Russian culture. ‒ Valeria, how did you come to Italy? ‒ It’s a common story – I met an Italian guy and we got married. In early 1990s, my husband was an amateur in a charity humanitarian aid project of the K.A. Rauchfuss Hospital (Saint Petersburg) and I was the Russian organizer....

04.04.2016
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Amateur Russian Theatre in Delft (Netherlands) seems to be the only theatre in the country, where adult actors from the country's Russian-speaking community perform. The actors themselves humbly name their theatre, which is 7 years old now, a "drama club". There is no stage director here, and this is a core principle - they decide everything together. Actor Yuliy Nazarov told about this unusual theatre. – How did Amateur Theatre in Delft emerge? Fragment from "Man from USSR" performance – As far as I remember, we gathered in 2009 for the...

03.03.2016
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

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