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The winners of this year’s Maxim Gorky national prizes for achievement in literature are the writer Sergei Yesin, the research journalist Lev Berdnikov, the critic Sergei Belyakov and the poets Igor Melamed and Vladimir Leonovich. Presenting the awards at a Moscow ceremony Wednesday, Lyudmila Putina, wife of the prime minister, praised the winners for steadfastness and perseverance in their challenging trade. ...

01.04.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Andrey Khrzhanovsky’s semifictionalised biography of Nobel prize-winning poet Josef Brodsky called A Room and a Half is an imaginative portrait not only of a great writer but also of the post-Second World War cultural world of the Soviet Union. Using live-action, documentary and archive footage as well as several types of animation and surrealist flights of fancy.  The film was named Film of the Year at the 2010 Nika Awards, the official ceremony of which took place March 31 in Moscow. The award for best actress went...

01.04.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

The first-stone-laying ceremony for a monument to Russian officers killed in the Russian-Turkish wars of 1855 and 1878 has taken place in the city of Gyumry in northwestern Armenia, Voice of Russia reports. The 13-meter Hill of Honor to be built on a site where 156 Russian servicemen were put to rest is the exact copy of an obelisk designed by sculptor Boris Mikeshin, which was erected in Turkey’s northeastern Kars province in 1910 and later destroyed after it was recaptured by Turks in 1918. The project was initiated by the Russian embassy in Armenia....

01.04.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Today the annual National Festival of Francophone Theatres has kicked off at a Puppet Theatre of the city of Irkutsk, Baikal-24 news agency reports. The festival program comprises performances by a French mime artist Herve Demeaux and a musician Lionel Tessier, and art workshops. The best theater company of the festival will be awarded with a trip to France. The event was organized by the Alliance Fran...

30.03.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

On the evening of 31 of March 150 European cinema halls will host a live satellite transmission of The Flames of Paris, the ballet performed by the Bolshoi Theatre company. The transmission will be handled by a French company Bel Air Media. As it has already been reported, live transmissions will take place in France, the UK, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland and Ireland. This unique project is organized as part of The Cross Year: Russia-France. The Flames of Paris...

30.03.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

March 27 marked the opening of an exhibition of the famous Russian painter Pyotr Konchalovsky entitled To the Evolution of the Russian Avant-garde. According to the museum’s official website, the exhibition features around 120 works provided by partner-museums and private collectors. Apart from that, the exposition comprises pictures from the collection of the painter’s family, rare archives, papers and private things, with many of them being exhibited for the first time. ...

29.03.2010
Rubric: Region news
Subject: European Russian Forum

Lukyan Gagalayan, five-year-old violinist from Rostov-upon-Don became the winner of an Italian international music contest Don Matteo Colucci, Vesti  television channel reports. Regardless of being the youngest participant, Lukyan Gagalayan managed to leave behind over 100 participants from Italy, Russia, Japan, South Korea and Ukraine. According to Inna Nadolinskaya, teacher of the young talent, the boy jointed a music school only a year ago. “I was eager to win, because...

29.03.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

The first issue of an eight-page Russia Today, a supplement to the popular Italian daily la Repubblica, has been issued today, reports ITAR-TASS. The issue has been prepared by a Moscow-based newspaper Rossiiskaya Gazeta. The supplement will be issued once a month, and will go with Rome and Milan editions of la Repubblica. The project is supposed to raise awareness of the local population about Russia-related events. Apart from that, starting from August 2010 the Russia Today section...

29.03.2010 Subject: History

March 26 the University of Daugavpils hosted the opening of a new Russian Center. It is the 49th center launched by the Russkiy Mir Foundation in the frame of its international cultural project. Among the guests of the ceremony was Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Latvia A. Veshnyakov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Daugavpils N. Vikhlyaev, Daugavpils Mayor J...

27.03.2010 Subject: Heart Memory

March 26 the University of Daugavpils hosted the opening of a new Russian Center. It is the 49th center launched by the Russkiy Mir Foundation in the frame of its international cultural project. Among the guests of the ceremony was Ambassador of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Latvia A. Veshnyakov, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Daugavpils N. Vikhlyaev, Daugavpils Mayor J...

27.03.2010
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Heart Memory

March 27, Mstislav Rostropovich’s birthday, Moscow will host the First International Festival devoted to this famous Russian cellist, the Russian State Musical TV and Radion Center reports. The festival organized by Olga Rostropovich, the elder daughter of the legendary cellist, will gather the leading international musicians and orchestras including Yuri Bashmet, Maxim Vengerov, Yuri Temirkanov, the English Chamber Orchestra, the Russian National Orchestra under Mikhail Pletnyov etc. ...

26.03.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

April 4-12 the capital of Latvia will host a festival of Russian films entitled Moscow Premier in Riga. According to the organizers, the festival program will comprise such films as Man at Home, Yulenka, Minnesota, Kandagar, New Adventures of Alyonushka and Eryoma, Anna Karenina etc. This year the fifth festival of Russian films will be attended by a Russian filmmaker Sergei Solovyov and an actress Evgeniya Simonova....

26.03.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Russkiy Mir has opened a Russian Room at Children’s library of the city of Dubasari, which became the fourth venue of the kind in Transnistria. After a ribbon cutting ceremony the Russkiy Mir Foundation presented the new venue with DVDs, collections of poems by Russian writers, and books on the Russian history (176 copies in total). Head of the Children’s library Vera Krishtal thanked the foundation for this initiative and noted that the library has never received such a huge donation of books since the collapse of...

25.03.2010 Subject: Heart Memory

Russkiy Mir has opened a Russian Room at Children’s library of the city of Dubasari, which became the fourth venue of the kind in Transnistria. After a ribbon cutting ceremony the Russkiy Mir Foundation presented the new venue with DVDs, collections of poems by Russian writers, and books on the Russian history (176 copies in total). Head of the Children’s library Vera Krishtal thanked the foundation for this initiative and noted that the library has never received such a huge donation of books since the collapse of...

25.03.2010
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: Heart Memory

The State Hermitage Museum is preparing to celebrate the annual Day of the March Cat – a special project devoted to cats living in the museum, the museum press service reports. Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, believes that cats are a vital element  and an integral part of Hermitage life. According to the museum’s official website, the story of whiskered civil servants began in early 18th century, when Peter the Great brought a cat from Holland and let it live in the Winter...

25.03.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

A yearlong program focused on the history of the Russian culture kicked off in February 2010 at the Russian Center in Bratislava. The lectures, which take place twice a month, are devoted to the period between the 11th and the early 20th centuries. All events are attended by experts in relevant areas, i.e. literature, theatre, music, art. In February and March the center hosted the lectures devoted to ancient Russian manuscripts and books; 10th – 11th century architecture, art and literature; ancient Russian cities...

25.03.2010
Rubric: Foundation news
Subject: European Russian Forum

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