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Natalia Naumova It was an unusual summer evening last Saturday at the Russian Community Centre in Brisbane. Two hundred people became not just spectators and guests but participants in a long-awaited concert by the male chorus DustyEsky. The chorus is made up primarily of native Australians but they perform Russian songs. The male chorus DustyEsky—who are famous all across Australia, and have recently become quite well-known in Russia as well—doesn’t fit the classical image of an academic chorus: they don’t wear formal costumes or ties, they don’t stand in even formations or have strained expressions. Very much the...

08.09.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Svetlana Smetanina Photographer Alexander Khimushin was born in Yakutia and now lives in Australia. His photo project “The World In Faces” has become truly global, encompassing dozens of peoples, including those who live on various continents, even in the most distant corners of the world. – Where did the idea for your project “The World In Faces” come from? Are we only talking about the indigenous peoples of Siberia, or is the scope of the project much wider? Alexander Khimushin and Evenk women in national dress. / © Alexander Khimushin / The World In Faces ...

07.09.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

Aleksandr Gorianin From the manuscript Book of the Coronation of Mikhail Fyodorovich Romanov, 1672 Let’s begin with an assertion: the debate about where Russia is a part of the West or part of the East is entirely academic. During the “Moscow” period of their history, Russians became a completely distinctive nation precisely due to its certain degree of (self-)isolation. But insofar as this game breaks out every so often, let’s look into the essence of the matter. When Rus adopted Christianity in 988, our country became a spiritual heir to the “Greek Kingdom,” which its own residents (who were primarily...

03.09.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Marina Bogdanova 17 July 1998 was a warm day, abnormally bright for Petersburg. The houses along Moscovsky Avenue let down silk tricolor flags—lowered and joined with ribbons of mouring. The traffic lights blinked yellow. The avenue, usually lively and filled with cars, was empty; policemen in white gloves stood on ceremonial, one positioned every 50 meters. “What happened?” asked Petersburgers in surprise. “We await the Emperor,” answered the sentries. “Nikolai Romanov.” That day, the remains of the emperor’s family were being laid to rest at the Peter and Paul Cathedral (except for...

17.08.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Sergei Vinogradov Photo: A. Korkka Last weekend, Totma—a small town even by the Vologda Region’s standards—marked its 880-year anniversary and celebrated a traditional Russian America Day. The city once prided itself on its salt making and the seafaring merchants who traded in Siberia and America. It was a native of Totma, Ivan Kuskov, who founded Fort Ross in California, and today the town is visited by official delegations from the USA and representatives of indigenous American groups. On the Way to Totma The two hundred kilometers separating Totma and Vologda feels like five hundred when...

16.08.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Julia Goriacheva Aleksei Rodzianko is the director of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia and the great-grandson of the last Chairman of the tsarist State Duma, Mikhail Rodzianko. We spoke with him about what happened with his family after their exile from Russia, the Russian émigré community in America, and Russo-American relations. Photo: RIA News Agency – Mr. Rodzianko, we are meeting on the cusp of the century anniversary of the revolution, which is also the century anniversary of the emigration. Please remind our readers how your family ended...

12.08.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Общество

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