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On August 4, the Israeli Knesset’s Committee on Education, Culture and Sports discussed a proposal by Vice Speaker Alex Miller and public immigrant organizations, led by the Israeli Association for Immigrant Children, to make changes in the country’s school curriculum. The proposal aims to give all students the opportunity to study Russian as a second foreign language at the elementary and secondary school levels. We asked Dr. Marina Niznik, an instructor at Tel Aviv University, to comment on the Israeli deputies’ initiative and the general situation with Russian language education in Israel. Dr. Niznik is the head author...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Education

Relations between Russia and America have always been an interesting and ambiguous affair. There have been times when the two countries have seen each other as friends and allies, and there have also been periods where the relationship has been much colder. There is the hope, though, that old prejudices are finally giving way to new beliefs and that our relations will start to be formed on the basis of partnership and serious intercultural dialogue. For a long time it’s been common for Russian students to travel to study in foreign countries – in England, France and, of course, the United States. To a lesser degree, the reverse...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Общество

On February 3, in Moscow, a meeting took place between Vyacheslav Nikonov, executive director of the Russkiy Mir Foundation, and Archbishop Mark of Berlin and Germany and Bishop Agapit of Stuttgart, two representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. We took the opportunity to sit down with His Eminence Archbishop Mark to discuss the current situation with respect to the Russian Orthodox Church abroad and on the life of Russian emigres in Europe. – Your Eminence, what was the topic of today’s meeting with the Russkiy Mir Foundation? – Our meeting was devoted to two issues. First, we discussed the possibility...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

Veronika Krasheninnikova, who holds a PhD in history, has studied in Leningrad, Sorbonne, at the Paris Institute of Political Studies and at New York University. She has worked for the United Nations in Geneva. She is currently the representative of the Russkiy Mir Foundation in North America. – Ms Krasheninnikova, the main subject of our discussion today is the Russkiy Mir Foundation. Can you tell us in greater detail what the foundation is all about? – Russkiy Mir is the first serious Russian initiative aimed at increasing the popularity of Russian culture. It is serious in that its leadership is of a very high caliber:...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

We met Kim Jin Kyu, Professor of Russian at Korea University in Seoul, when he was in Moscow in early November at the Second Russkiy Mir Assembly. This wasn’t his first time in Russia. Nearly every year he travels here for international language forums. Kim Jin Kyu’s knowledge of Russian is fluent to the extent that his vocabulary is great enough to inspire feelings of envy in a few Russians. – As far as I understand, South Koreans began studying Russian rather late in comparison to people in other countries? – It wasn’t until after the Second World War, or, more precisely, after the Korean War. The first...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: RussianLanguage

August 6, 2008 will mark the 30th anniversary of the expulsion of the Russian thinker Alexander Zinoviev’s family from the USSR. Russkiy Mir spoke with Olga Zinovieva, widow of Russian thinker Alexander Zinoviev. – Olga, what did being an ...

Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora


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