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Sergei Vinogradov From an early age the famous explorer Matvey Shparo has followed in the steps (or more accurately, the ski trails) of his legendary father Dmitry Shparo, whose records expanded the boundaries of human ability. Matvey has completed dozens of unique arctic expeditions on skis, made it into the Guinness Book of World Records, and earned national awards. In an interview with Russkiy Mir the explorer told us that the Arctic is for him a love and a challenge. – Many encyclopedias call you a polar explorer. Is this a fair definition, considering the fact that you’ve made...

14.06.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Travel

Marina Bogdanova From early childhood on, every Russian learns to recognize his face in even its most stylized representation. His fairy tales are among the first things that Russians remember from their childhood. In a well-known test, when people are asked to quickly name any flower, fruit, and Russian poet, 98% respond: “red, apple, Pushkin.” Even a person who has no interest in literature will remember that Pushkin is the “sun of Russian poetry” and “our all.” It’s no coincidence that there was even a decision to celebrate the International Day of the Russian Language at the UN on Pushkin’s birthday from 2010...

12.06.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Array

Inessa Filatova Countess Nadezhda Filaretovna von Meck was a famous nineteenth-century Russian patron of the arts. Tchaikovsky would often visit and work at the von Meck estate, and he dedicated several musical works to his “best friend” there. Nadezhda von Meck supported other musicians as well: Nikolai Rubinstein, Claude Debussy, and Henryk Wieniawski. A correspondent from Russkiy Mir met with the Dutch great-great-great-granddaughter of Nadezhda von Meck, the art photographer Nadja Willems. Five Generations Later “Nadezhda von Meck is my oermoeder. This is a special word signifying...

08.06.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Array

Marina Bogdanova Maximilian Alexandrovich Voloshin Portrait by K. Kostenok. Leningrad, 1925 Among the many geniuses of the Russian Silver Age, the name Maximilian Voloshin can sometimes be overlooked. His verses are not quoted all that frequently, and his aquarelles, though recognized, are not widely reproduced for sale. Likely enough, an average Russian might only remember Voloshin’s association with the Crimean town of Koktebel and a certain photograph of a heavy, disheveled Max in a chiton with his head bandaged. Or even more likely, they would only remember his name: “Sure, there was...

31.05.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Anna Genova The heart and soul of the Russian Children’s World association in London, Karina Karmenian, strives to combine her challenging maternal duties with her work as an organizer of many cultural projects directed at a special audience: children and adults interested in preserving the Russian language for communication and cultural purposes and in developing bilingualism in the children and adolescents with Russian roots growing up in London. Karina agreed to tell Russkiy Mir about the “difficulties in translation” that their parents run into. And of course, she surprised us with her very first...

30.05.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Sergei Vinogradov Photo: Iuri Kashin Letters from the front constitute the basis for new tourist routes that are opening in various parts of Russia this year. The eight winners have been announced in a contest for historical military routes called “Take pride, country, in your valiant sons!” Sightseers visit memorable locations connected to World War Two, which are described by those who participated in these events in letters to their loved ones. The authors of three winning routes gave tours to a correspondent from Russkiy Mir. Viewing history through the testimony of those who lived it isn’t a...

19.05.2017
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Array

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