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They say that the Hillwood Museum is “the Hermitage, the Peterhof, and the Diamond Fund all in a single location.” Apparently, one of the largest Russian art collections outside of Russia is located in the estate on the fringes of Washington. Front gate of the Hillwood Museum The Hillwood Museum opened its exhibitions for lovers of Russian and European art of XVIII-XIX centuries in 1977. The Hillwood Estate was owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post, one of the richest women in the United States, the only heiress of the Postum Cereal Company. Grand portrait of...

17.08.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Alla Berezovskaya In March 2018 the co-chairman of the Latvian Russian Union (LRU) Miroslav Mitrofanov assumed the duties of a European Parliament member replacing Tatyana Zhdanok. In an interview to Russiy Mir he told how Russian-speaking MEPs reach decisions in favor of their compatriots in the Baltics. - In my time, I managed to work in the European Parliament - I was an employee of the Greens/European Free Alliance. Since then, I have kept contacts with some workers and deputies as I maintained business and friendly relations with them. In recent years, I headed the bureau of a MEP Tatyana Zhdanok in...

10.08.2018
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Politics

Genius Russian 19th century writer Anton Pavlovich Chekhov lived only 44 years. Within that short time, half of which he suffered from tuberculosis which eventually put him in the grave, the writer had not only created distinguished works (20 volumes of world-famous prose), but also managed to do tremendously many things. He built four village schools, a bell tower, fire shed for peasants, the road to Lopasnya, overcoming rigid passive resistance of Zemstvo, contractors' scam and clueless peasants indifference. He put up the monument to Peter the Great in the native Taganrog, convincing...

08.08.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Svetlana Smetanina 255 years ago, on August 3 (July 22 in the Julian calendar) 1763 the Russian Empress Catherine the Great signed a manifest permitting foreigners to settle in Russia. First hundreds, then thousands, followed by hundreds of thousands foreigners found a home and a more successful life in the territory of the Russian Empire.       It is understood that Catherine II wasn’t the first Russian ruler to open the so-called window to Europe. Small as they were, windows to Europe opened even before Peter the Great’s time. “Foreigners were invited to serve the state of Russia before, as early...

07.08.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Svetlana Smetanina How come, that the biggest Russophobes in Europe today are the Poles? They have declared a war to the memorials to the Soviet soldiers and to any mentions of the Soviet epoch. A publicist and a historian Armen Gasparyan is sure that the root cases for this are deep in the history of Poland. This is what his new book The Polish Lie (The Lies of Pospolita) is about. As the author cleared out while presenting the book to the audience, the idea to write a guidebook to the epoch came to his mind when he was talking to his Polish colleague who was feeling quite negative about Russia....

05.08.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

Alexandra Guzeva You might be surprised to learn that the speech patterns in Moscow and Vladivostok, separated by 9,000 km, are more similar than in Moscow and Ryazan, only 200 km apart. 1. Modern Russian is just one dialect of Old Russian The people who inhabited Ancient Russia, or Rus, were mostly illiterate, had no dictionaries to check word usage, and didn't bother too much with rules. Therefore, prior to the 14th century, the preliterary Old Russian language was, by definition, based on oral traditions: it was spontaneous and didn’t rely on fussy...

01.08.2018
Rubric: Articles
Subject: RussianLanguage

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