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Mark Drobinsky, violoncellist and graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, will lead the Classical Music Festival in Villars, Switzerland – February 6-14. The festival program consists of six thematic concertos: “Jazz and Blues”, “Great Slavs”, “Fairy Tale and Music”, “Latin Program”, “Rhythms” and “Romantic Operas and Ballets”. This is the first time in the history of this festival that six concerts will be performed. Russkiy Mir Foundation...

01.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Russian pilot-cosmonaut, twice Hero of the Soviet Union Vladimir Aksenov has turned 75, reports Voice of Russia. Back in 1976 he blasted off on his first flight as a SOYUZ spacecraft flight engineer along with Valery Bykovsky. The spaceflight lasted for over 7 days. Aksenov took off on his second space flight four years later, and it was then that his spaceship docked with the SALYUT-6 – SOYUZ-36 orbital research complex, whose main crew was Leonid Popov and Valery Riumin....

01.02.2010 Subject: History

The Russian two-time Olympic champion, world record holder in the pole vault, Elena Isimbayeva was recognized as the Best Female Athlete of the Decade by the American sports journal Track and Field News, reports ITAR-TASS. The second place honors were bestowed upon the runner Tirunesh Dibaba from Ethiopia. The third place went to the 2004 Olympic champion and three-time world champion in the heptathlon, Karolina Kluft from Sweden. The fourth place went to another Russian athlete - Tatiana Lebedeva (long jump and triple jump...

01.02.2010 Subject: Space

The Russian conductor and pianist Vladimir Ashkenazi together with another Russian pianist Evgeny Kisin have won Grammy awards for the Best Instrumental Performance with an Orchestra of Prokofiev's Piano Concertos No. 2 and 3. Maestro Valery Gergiev with the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra was up for "Grammies" in five categories of the classical music section, but was not granted any of the awards. The Grammy Awards are presented annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States for outstanding...

01.02.2010 Subject: History

Alexander Akimov of Russia and Peizhun Xu of China became the winners of The Sixth International Viola Competition. The results were announced on January 31 in Moscow. The second prize was granted to Irina Sopova (Russia) and Elias Goldstein (USA), and the third – to Armen Nazaryan (Russia). Graduate of the Moscow Conservatory, Alexander Akimov is the soloist of the Russian National Orchestra. He took the second prize at Moscow International Viola Competition in 2006. Peizhun Xu graduated from the Shanghai Conservatory; she is a laureate of...

01.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

January 30 Paris hosted an annual Russophonia Award Ceremony, which traditionally marks the best translation from Russian into French. The ceremony was supported by the Russkiy Mir Foundation. The Bronze book award was granted to Christine Zeytounian-Belous and Sophie Benesch for their translation of a collection of poems by Andrei Bely and Boris Pilnyak’s Tale of the Unextinguished Moon. The Russophonia Prize was founded in 2006 by the Fund of the First President of Russia B. N. Yeltsin together with a French Non-Profit...

01.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

February 1 marks the opening of the first Russian Theater Festival London’s Soho Theater, reports Voice of Russia. The festival program comprises four plays by contemporary Russian playwrights - Natalia Kolyada, Maxim Kurochkin, Vladimir Zuyev and Yaroslava Pulinovitch. The plays will be in English. Program of the festival will also include workshops on theatre skills and a photography exhibition....

01.02.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

The Federal Cup – 2009 project called "Learn Russian through Play", designed to increase interest in the Russian language among the youth of Germany, was carried out under a grant program of the Ruskiy Mir Foundation. In 2009, the contest attracted 4300 students – for half of these pupils this was their first time studying the Russian language. The contest was carried out in several stages. The...

29.01.2010
Rubric: Grant news
Subject: Science

Vitaly Petrov will become Robert Kubica's teammate at Renault F1 for the 2010 Formula One season. A contract with Renault F1 team will make him the first Russian to participate in the world famous races. Born on September 8, 1984 in Vyborg of the Leningrad region, Petrov is known as a Vyborg Rocket in Russia....

29.01.2010 Subject: Space

The first Russian Center, which opened in Bulgaria in the Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” celebrates its birthday today. The center opened a year ago. The celebration will comprise a number of events – a display of a documentary about the opening of the Russian Center, an exhibition marking the 150th anniversary of Russia’s outstanding playwright Anton Chekhov, a display and discussion of a lecture on Russia’s Foreign Policy in XXI Century given by Executive Director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation at the...

29.01.2010 Subject: Heart Memory

300 years ago under the decree of Tsar Peter the Great the Old Slavic language was replaced with the Russian civil alphabet. Due to this initiative the printed Russian alphabet assumed its modern shape and sophisticated writing style was left for the church. The reform was not specifically orthographic in nature. However, with the effective elimination of several letters, all diacritics and nearly all accents from secular usage, there appeared for the first time a visual distinction between Russian and Church Slavonic writing. It is...

29.01.2010 Subject: Economics

January 29 marks the 150th anniversary of the outstanding Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. A major celebration of this event will take part in the writer’s hometown Taganrog and will be attended by President Dmitry Medvedev, reports ITAR-TASS. Taganrog has been protecting all memorial sites related to the years of Chekhov’s childhood, adolescence and youth. First of all, it is the oldest Gymnasium where the Russian writer spent 11 school years and which is now a literature museum named after him. Two days ago a monument to...

29.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

Prominent theater directors, actors and politicians from 30 countries have gathered in Moscow for an International Chekhov Conference entitled A Word about Chekhov. The event marks the 150th anniversary of the famous Russian writer and dramatist Anton Chekhov. Opening the event, Culture Minister Alexander Avdeyev pointed out the enormous influence of Chekhov’s heritage on the world literature and culture. Over 80 theatres worldwide have staged his play The Seagull, whilst The Cherry Orchard has survived about 50 stagings. Among...

28.01.2010 Subject: European Russian Forum

President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev has wished the Russian national team luck and all the best at the 21st Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, reports RIA Novosti. "Millions of Russian fans believe in you. Let motivation, willpower and team spirit help the Russian team in the Olympic arenas of Vancouver," Medvedev said in a message addressed to the athletes. The President also said that the government was focused on supporting sport in Russia. "Your success is the best contribution to this...

28.01.2010 Subject: Space


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