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Marina Bogdanova The question, “What are you, illiterate?” has long been regarded as ironic. Indeed, some may be more capable than others, but everyone in Russia can read and write, so no one would ever think of patting themselves on the back for it. International Literacy Day is celebrated right between Knowledge Day (1 September) and World Teachers’ Day (5 October). Perhaps this is why this holiday isn’t very widely celebrated in Russia. On 1 September all the children in Russia head off for their school desks. We have a holiday for Slavic writing, Russian Language Day (celebrated on Pushkin’s...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Elena Novoselova The new law “On Education” passed by the Ukrainian parliament essentially forbids citizens from receiving an education in any language other than Ukrainian. Beginning on 1 September 2018, students will only be able to study in Russian or the languages of other national minorities before the fifth grade. And beginning in 2020, Russian, Hungarian, Romanian, and other languages will be removed from the lower grades as well. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, Vyacheslav Nikonov, reflects on how this trend meshes with Ukraine’s attempt to become a full-fledged European...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Politics

Svetlana Smetanina One must turn to history in order to better understand the reasons behind the often-negative attitudes that countries have toward Russia today, especially in the West. Svetlana Koroleva is the director of the Russkiy Mir-supported project to create “National Myths About Russia,” an electronic resource for research and education, and a professor at the Linguistics University of Nizhny Novgorod. She explains how this myth took shape as early as the chronicles of the Middle Ages and still flourishes today, even in the age of the Internet. – Where did the idea for...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: History

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...

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 ...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

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...

Rubric: Articles
Subject: History


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New national tourist project under title Emperor’s Route will appear in Russia, the website of Russian Ministry of Culture reports. Its presentation took place in Moscow as a part of tourist exhibition Vacation-2017. Emperor’s Route is a joint project of Ministry of Culture and...
Russian cinema running from Tuesday through Saturday in the French Riviera capital, The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation website reports. The 5th Russian Film days presents new features, old masterpieces and even animations made on the most famous Russian studio Soiuzmultfilm....
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held a meeting with heads of US Jewish Communities at the General Assembly of the United Nations, TASS reports. “There was exchange of opinions on critical issues of Russian-American relations and a range of international questions...
Monument to creator of the legendary AK-47, famous gunsmith Mikhail Kalashnikov was set in Moscow, RIA Novosti informs. The gala ceremony of unveiling the monument took place today September 19. It was timed with Day of Gunsmith. The monument of more than seven meters high was...