Opposing views on the case of Russian director accused of embezzling $1,1 million

23.08.2017, Russia.

State Duma (Russian Parliament – translator’s note) Committee on Culture will be closely following the criminal investigation into the case of Gogol-Center artistic director Kirill Serebrennikov, who was earlier detained under the suspicion of embezzlement, the First Deputy Chair of the Committee, Russian Communist Party member and film director Vladimir Bortko stated on August 22, RIA Novosti reports. Continue reading

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That day when war at last was brought to end…

08.05.2017

The Coastline

Aleksandr Tvardovsky

 

That day when war at last was brought to end,

And all the barrels shot for celebration

There was one minute in that hour that led

Our souls to deep and profound meditation.

 

At journey’s end, with our homes far away,

We truly said our first farewells, left standing,

To everyone who’d fallen in the war

The living parting ways with those who’d perished.

 

Until that moment, at the bottom of our hearts,

All our goodbyes were never truly final.

As if in war our parts were equal parts,

And only tally records could divide us

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Riga Mayor fined again for speaking Russian

27.04.2017, Latvia.

The Mayor of Riga, Nil Ushakov, wrote on April 26 on his personal Facebook page that the Latvian State Language Center (Latvian: VVC) imposed another fine on him for communicating with people in Russian.

“You are not going to believe this, the VVC fined me again for 50 euro. This time, the reason was that when Russian-speaking schoolchildren asked me questions in Russian at an unofficial meeting, I answered them in Russian, too. The event was shown online on my personal Facebook page,” said Nil Ushakov. “According to the VVC, an official must not reply to students in their native language even during informal communication”. Continue reading

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Russia Foreign Ministry Official: make Skripka’s comment on ghetto the official motto of Eurovision

23.04.2017, Ukraine.

On 20 April, Maria Zakharova, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, proposed on her Facebook account to make  Oleg Skripka’s comments regarding the need to make a ghetto for everyone who cannot learn the Ukrainian language to be the official greeting for Eurovision participants.

Zakharova said that the message should be written on banners located everywhere from the Borispol airport to the Khreschatyk [a popular pedestrian street in downtown Kiev – Editor]. It should read: “We welcome the participants of Eurovision! You should feel just like you’re in Europe: we are building a ghetto for the retards who do not speak Ukrainian.” Continue reading

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