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Svetlana Smetanina According to surveys, when choosing a place of study, more than half of foreign students are guided by the world rankings of the best universities. This year, 25 Russian universities entered the QS World University Rankings 2019-2020, and most of them improved their positions. Lomonosov Moscow State University became the most successful, having risen by six points at once. However, MSU rector Viktor Sadovnichy is sure that Russian education is undervalued. The second Russian university in the QS ranking (84th place) is Novosibirsk State University, which occupied the 231st line and overtook St. Petersburg...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Svetlana Smetanina If you look at Europe from the standpoint of Russian cultural heritage, you can find a lot of interesting things in virtually every country. So why isn’t such material used in lessons of Russian? Initiators of the Living Languages/Living Heritage Project invented an unusual mixture of history and language lessons. Igor Zhukovsky, head of the Russia-Aquitaine Association (Bordeaux, France) tells us what has become of it. – You proposed an interesting initiative - to talk about Russian cultural heritage in the Russian as a foreign language classes. How...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Sergey Vinogradov Special Assignment Airmen, a book by Anna Belorusova, a Russian writer, will be the basis for the exhibition planned at the British town of Bournemouth on the shore of the English Channel. The book tells about the Soviet Airgroup of ace-pilots and the Soviet-British allied cooperation during World War II. Looking for information about her grandfather, the pilot Pyotr Kolesnikov, Anna Belorusova could not ignore the discovered facts and forgotten names which resulted in a book reminding about the Soviet-British allied brotherhood. The developments were...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: History

Anna Genova  The Artigianato e Palazzo Festival (Artisan crafts and Palace) was held in Florence over the weekend. The anniversary 25th edition has been devoted to charity fundraising for time-critical restoration and preservation of the great cultural and artistic legacy of Russian community that resided in Florence in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Festival was founded by Princess Giorgiana Corsini and Neri Torrigiani, the facilitator of Artigianato e Palazzo and owner of  Studio Torrigiani. The project aims to promote, preserve and hand over the unique knowledge possessed...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

Russkiy Mir Editorial   From April 29 to May 3, the 14th Congress of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature takes place in the capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultan. Specialists in Russian philology from all over the world participate in it. Among them is the General Secretary of the Indian Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (IATRLL), an assistant professor at the Center for Russian Studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) Minu Bhatnagar. – You are the Secretary-General of...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: RussianLanguage

Svetlana Smetanina Photo credit: For more than ten years, hundreds of volunteers have travelled to the Arkhangelsk and Vologda Regions, as well as to Karelia and Komi to preserve ancient temples from destruction and extinction. Over the years, 320 expeditions have taken place, 360 churches and chapels have been explored, and accident prevention works have been conducted in many of them. Alexei Yakovlev, an archpriest and the supervisor of the Common Cause: Restoration of Wooden Temples of the North Project, shares how the project has been implemented and developed so...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: History


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Photo credit: The memory of Soviet and American pilots, who drove military aircraft from the United States to the USSR along the Alsib air route (Alaska-Siberia) during World War II, honored in Fairbanks. Russian diplomats and city mayor Jim Matherly laid... .
Photo: Anna Akhmatova portrait by Nathan Altman (1915)    Anna Akhmatova 130th anniversary is marked today, June 23th, Rossiyskaya Gazeta writes. She is thought to be one of the most significant Russian poets of the 20th century. The Silver Age poet was... .
Photo: Russian diplomats took part in the opening ceremony of the renovated graves of Soviet soldiers who died during the war in the United States. Their graves are located in Alaska, near the city of Anchorage, on the territory of the Fort Richardson National War... .
Photo: The All-Russian Candle of Memory campaign has started in Moscow. The action is timed to the Day of Memory and Grief, which is celebrated on June 22, the day of the start of the Great Patriotic War. Veterans of the war, services and units of... .