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On August 9, the Soviet offensive began in the Far East – the last major land operation of World War II. Our troops’ plunge to the Pacific Ocean was the beginning of the end, not only for the great Japanese empire, but also for one of the largest Russian centers abroad at the time. Most emigrants living in Manchuria welcomed the advancing Soviet troops and provided them all possible assistance. That was the case with both those living in big cities as well as in small towns. When hostilities began, the Soviet Consul General in Harbin established community defense brigades that numbered 3,000 people, 240 of which were Soviet...

14.08.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

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 ...

06.08.2008
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

The Russian world abroad is often referred to as “Russia outside of Russia.” At the same time, most researchers and the journalists who follow them, assuming it is possible to talk about a Russian diaspora, apply the term only to the first and second waves or generations of emigrants. Although it might seem otherwise at first glance, in this case there is no contradiction. A diaspora is not only a certain ethnic and demographic community, but above all it is a model of worldly behavior and a unified system of values. “A diaspora is distinctive cultural community built on the basis of a common understanding of the...

06.08.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Tatiana Zhdanok – leader of Latvia’s Equality (Ravnopraviye) Party; European Parliament deputy; member of the Greens / European Free Alliance (EFA) faction; member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee; and member of the Russia-EU Parliamentary Cooperation Committee – met with Russian World Foundation Executive Director Vyacheslav Alexeyevich Nikonov. A wide range of issues was discussed during the meeting, which was held at the Foundation on July 25, 2008. A high assessment was given to the experience of collaborating in preparations for the staging of the first Forum of the EU Russian-Speakers’...

30.07.2008
Rubric: Interview
Subject: Diaspora

The recent closing of Detsky Mir (Children’s World) on Lubyanka Square for a three-year renovation serves as a good illustration of the ominous slogan “Renewing Moscow!” that is plastered about the city. After the renovations, Detsky Mir will become a multifunctional shopping center with underground parking, a food court and a multi-screen movie theatre. In other words, the famous store will be transformed into something completely unrecognizable. It’s not surprising that the disappearance of yet another pre-Luzhkov symbol is receiving considerable attention in the press. But more often than not the press is writing...

20.07.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Metropolitan Laurus, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, has passed away – and this is a sad event, much like any other passing. However, the grief caused by this lamentable occasion is coupled with positive feelings. Metropolitan Laurus managed to complete the most vital deed – the rapprochement of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and the Moscow Patriarchate, which has become the most crucial event for Russian Orthodoxy over the past decade. Metropolitan Laurus was born in 1928 in Slovakia and linked his life with the Russian Orthodox Church. Of course there have been many other important events, but the...

17.03.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

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