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The Association of Internet Publishers (webpublishers.ru) sent a letter to the State Duma outline the complicated situation that has arisen with regard to authors’ rights in Russia. Current legislation creates problems for everyone, from the Ministry of Culture and Presidential Administration to libraries and new media, they wrote. The authors of the letter point to the legislative practice of “free license” or “free content”, which functions in 52 other countries throughout the world. This license allows for free distribution of works related to culture or mass communication. The introduction concept of free...

26.03.2010
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

This week the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Alexander Avdeev, responded to questions from State Duma deputies. The minister spoke about how the state plans to help promote Russian films on foreign markets.   – What measures are being taken to stimulate the development of joint film production with other countries and attract foreign companies and investors to create films in Russia? – We are working to help create new business platforms to assist producers in finding foreign partners and distributors. In recent years we have made substantial progress in joint film production with foreign countries. From 206...

19.03.2010
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Culture

The octogenarian superstar of the Soviet stage Eduard Khil has final received due recognition in the West, albeit anonymously.  The YouTube clip were he sings the wordless song “I’m very glad, because I’m finally returning home” is known outside of Russia as simply Trololo Man. However, the song has become a hit: the recording from the 1960s that was recently placed on YouTube has been viewed over 3 million times and received nearly 20,000 comments, and largely from an English-speaking audience.  Another 15,000 have signed a petition requesting that “Mister Trololo” go on a worldwide tour. ...

12.03.2010
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

Among the hundred of thousand of Russian who did not see a place for themselves in Russia following the Revolution there were people of a wide variety upbringings and social origins: generals and enlisted men, royalty and peasants, writers, academics, artists, journalists and politicians.  And among them were also opera singers who did not what to remain under the Bolshevik regime, including those who had already managed to make a name for themselves: Kuznetsova, Ermolenko-Yuzhina, Lipovskaya, Koshits, Sadoven, Davidova, Yakovleva, Mozhukhin and Sibiryakov, among others.  In 1921 they were joined by Fedor Shalyapin, who went on...

10.03.2010
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

On the anniversaries of classic Russian authors, we tend to talk about their day and age. What is the relevance of Pushkin and Dostoevsky? Are Tolstoy or Turgenev modern? Chekhov's turn has now arrived, as it is the 150th anniversary of his birth that we celebrate. The issue has become a virtual ritual. Following tradition, let us then ask – how is Chekhov relevant? The answers to this question are, of course, very different. “Anton Chekhov wrote, above all, about man, about human dignity, about how to get rid of the slave inside us little by little,” said Deputy Minister of Culture Andrei Gagarin in an interview with...

01.02.2010
Rubric: Commentary
Subject: Culture

On December 21-22, the first Russian-Korean academic and research conference of literary translators took place in Moscow to mark the 100th anniversary of the first Korean translation of a Russian work of literature. It would seem that the history of Russian-Korean literary connections could only be of interest to literature scholars and professional translators, although we are learning that people from other countries value Russian literature and that it influences the ways in which Russians are viewed. The latter is especially interesting given the rather significant delay with which our characters have entered the Korean literary space....

11.01.2010
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

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