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2020 to become Cross Year of Russia and Kyrgyzstan
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The cross-year of Russia and Kyrgyzstan will turn into another incentive for the further development of relations between the two countries, the Rossotrudnichestvo website reports. For the first time in almost a decade and a half, Russia will have a cross-year with a CIS country. The opening ceremony is scheduled for February. It will be held in Moscow, on the New Stage of the Bolshoi Theater.
The large-scale project is of great importance; it helps to strengthen cooperation in all areas, both in the technical and economic ones, as well as in science, education and culture. The cross-year program includes more than two hundred different events. Russia plans to hold more than 150 events, Kyrgyzstan - about 50.
Several Russian theaters will visit Kyrgyzstan with tours. The Aitmatov Russian Drama Theater will also visit the Russian House Festival in St. Petersburg. A special place in the Cross Year of the two countries will be given to the celebration of the victory in the Great Patriotic war.
The heads of state agreed to hold the cross year of Russia and Kyrgyzstan in 2020 in early spring, during the state visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to Bishkek.
The Russian language has state status in Kyrgyzstan. President Sooronbay Jeenbekov declared the importance of studying the Russian language for the development of the Kyrgyz economy, since taxes of labor migrants are a major contribution to the country's budget.
The growth of those wishing to learn Russian has exposed the problem of a lack of professional teaching staff in schools and universities of the country. Experts believe that the massive departure of the Russian-speaking population in the 1990s influenced this trend.