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Anna Genova [Photo: choosetoteach.ru] The idea for the Teacher for Russia program originated with two graduates from Saint Petersburg State University, Alena Makovich and Elena Yarmanova after they came across Teach for All, a major international network of nongovernmental social enterprises. Four years have passed since then, and this year the Russian program celebrated its first graduating class. In this interview, the program’s founders and staff tell Russkiy Mir how to put into practice the postulate, “All children will become the authors of their own lives.” The cofounders of the Teacher for Russia...

17.11.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Georgii Osipov 7 November marked the centennial of the October Revolution—an event that, whatever you think of it, has done much to define the entire twentieth century. And of course, the main figure in these epoch-making events was Vladimir Ilich Lenin. We have attempted to “interview” the Bolshevik leader so that he might explain how he related to the tasks of revolution, politics, morality, and other questions that are important to us all. The “answers” are all taken with minimal editorial emendation from Vladimir Lenin’s Complete Collection of Works, as well as from Georgii Solomon’s collection of...

15.11.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Alexander Goryanin Poland appears frequently in the Russian informational space, but sadly, it appears almost every time for a painful reason. This results in a corresponding tone for discussions in online forums. Of course, even a passing familiarity with these forums will show that a typical Russian, especially a young one, does not have a high level of knowledge about Poland (to say the least). And this is too bad, since Russo-Polish relations are very instructive. Every country in the world is different, but many of them are still perceptibly similar to their neighbors. Poland in particular takes pride in not resembling...

04.11.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Dmitrii Klimov 150 years ago, on 18 October 1867, a ceremony was held to transfer Alaska into the jurisdiction of the United States. This was possible on account of an agreement signed by Russia and the United States of North America. The ceremony took place at the Port of New Arkhangelsk, the present-day city of Sitka. The signing of the corresponding document was organized on board the American wooden sloop of war Ossipee, which was first launched in 1861 and was considered by maritime standards to be one of the most modern vessels in the American navy. The participants in the signing of the treaty...

31.10.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

Julia Goriacheva Ludmila Rostislavovna Selinsky (USA) is a member of the Congress of Russian Americans, the Russian Nobility Association in America, and the Council of Directors for the Otrada association for cultural education and aid. She spoke with Russkiy Mir about the fates of several generations of her forebears after leaving Russia, as well as her own work to preserve Russia’s cultural heritage. – My father, Rostislav Vladimirovich Polchaninov, is working on the third volume of his memoirs, where he elaborates on this subject with examples from the lives of his family and contemporaries. The previous book, We...

18.10.2017
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Svetlana Smetanina From 14-22 October, Russia is hosting the 19th World Festival of Youth and Students. Although its main venue will be the Sochi Olympic Park, the festival will have a truly nationwide scope: 15 regions will host participants for the festival. And it all begins with a vibrant carnival, which will go from the Kremlin to Luzhniki Stadium. The year 2017 marks an anniversary for the World Federation of Democratic Youth. The first Festival of Youth and Students took place in Prague seventy years ago. Its central ideas had already taken shape then: the fight for peace, antifascism, internationalism, and youth rights....

10.10.2017
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

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