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Sergey Vinogradov The world famous tenor Alessandro Safina recorded “Blue Eternity”, a song by Muslim Magomayev, in Italian, turning it into an international hit. 1.5 million Internet users watched the music in three weeks. Comments of admiration were left in Russian, Italian, English, Turkish and many other languages. The tenor, who performed with Jose Carreras and recorded songs for Hollywood musicals, told us what attracted him to Russia. Magomayev’s Eternity Maestro Safina does not make secret out of it - he first heard Muslim Magomayev’s song “Blue Eternity” (the Soviet baritone wrote the...

17.04.2019
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

Alla Berezovskaya Can a modest, law-abiding history teacher become the main threat for national security of a European country? Easily! If she lives in Lithuania, makes no secret of her love for Russian language and culture and - oh, dear God! - her photo with Dmitry Medvedev was noticed in the Internet… In 2012 Dmitry Medvedev, the President of Russia, awarded Ella Kanaite, the head of the Association of Teachers of Russian Schools of Lithuania, with the Medal of Pushkin. The state decoration was established in 1999. It is awarded to citizens of the Russian Federation and foreign nationals...

07.04.2019
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Sergey Vinogradov  Photo by Yulia Naumova The International Year of Indigenous Languages declared by the United Nations has come at the rather favorable for the Veps language period. Scholars studying it, as well as Vepsian writers and journalists have in unison proclaimed this time to be its renaissance. In the 1990s there was a boon accompanied by financial and administrative investments; and its benefits cannot be underestimated: dictionaries and text books have been published, Vepsian cultural centers and classes have been opened, newspapers, web-sites and TV channels have been operating in the Veps...

01.04.2019
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Sergey Vinogradov  Tatiana Leskova is a great-granddaughter of Nikolai Leskov and the only direct descendant of the great Russian writer. A native of Paris, she has been living in Rio de Janeiro for over 70 years. Tatyana Leskova, an outstanding ballerina and choreographer, stood at the origins of South American ballet; and you can find names of Balanchine, Massine, Fokin, Baronova, Lepeshinskaya and other prominent figures of world ballet on the pages of her memoirs. 96-years-old Tatiana Leskova told the Russkiy Mir reporter about her first visit to the ancestry homeland, getting acquainted with Nikolai Leskov’s works,...

20.03.2019
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Mikhail Gusman   Audrey Azoulay, UNESCO. Photo credit: parstoday.com This year marks 65th anniversary since Russia joined UNESCO. Before her official visit to Russia, Audrey Azoulay, the Director General of the UNESCO, spoke about priority activities and future of this largest international organization. – Which issues will be the core ones for your conversations in Moscow? – This visit is very important for UNESCO and for me personally. Russia is a great country, which is an important pillar of our organization and its active participant. During the visit, I will be...

10.03.2019
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

Svetlana Smetanina 2600 international students from 64 countries study today at Tambov State University named after G. R. Derzhavin. The university also facilitates cooperation with more than one hundred universities in Asia, Africa, Europe and America. Professor Tatyana Osadchaya, the TSU Vice-Rector for International Relations and Work with Foreign Students, shares on what helps a regional university to develop the Russian education export program.  - Tambov State University was established in 1918. Since that time it has experienced several stages of transformation. How can...

13.02.2019
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

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