Voices from Russia

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Valuev Outpoints Ruiz to Win WBA Title

Filed under: Russian,sport — 01varvara @ 00.00

Nikolai Valuev (1973- ) (right), Russian WBA Heavyweight champion

Editor’s Foreword:

This is the first news I could get of Russia regaining the championship belt. I shall get a Russian source up as quickly as I can.



Russian giant Nikolai Valuev won the WBA heavyweight championship Saturday night, using his left jab to outpoint American John Ruiz in a unanimous decision. The fight was first declared a split decision, but the score was officially later changed to give Valuev all three of the judges’ votes. The 7-foot Valuev (49-1) regained the title he lost to Ruslan Chagaev in April 2007 and beat Ruiz (43-8-1) for the second time. The judges scored it for Valuev, 116-113, 116-111 and 114-113.

30 August 2008

Ze’ev Avrahami

Associated Press



30 August 2008. A Shot of Culture, If You Please…

“Window to Europe” Film Festival Announces Winners

Nikolai Valuev (1973- ), Russian heavyweight boxing champion and actor. The poster reads, “Kolya (Nick), Piter (slang for St Petersburg, it’s like saying “Da Big Apple”) is Proud of You!”

The last day of the 16th “Window to Europe” film festival in Vyborg is over. The Stone Head, a movie directed by Filipp Yankovsky and starring famous Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev, won the main prize. Critics say Valuev managed to create a very impressive image of a boxer who had lost his memory in a car crash, but, managed to resume his career. A Passenger, a movie by Stanislav Govorukhin, won the audience choice award. The festival was held under the motto, “The Russian cinema art: a forecast for tomorrow”.

18 August 2008


International Festival of Drumming Opens In Togliatti

Percussionists from Russia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East are in the Russian city of Togliatti on the Middle Volga for three days of concerts and dancing events during the fifth international festival of drumming. There will be exhibitions of drums and a mass dance marathon by close to 8,000 people.

22 August 2008


St Petersburg Revives the Custom of Holding Free Music Concerts in Rail Terminals

St Petersburg is reviving the old custom of holding free music concerts in the city’s rail terminals. Orchestras directed by renowned conductors will be playing each Sunday in a 19th-century departure lounge at the Vitebsk Rail Terminal. The custom dates back to the mid-19th century when maestro Johann Strauss entertained holiday-makers at a suburban rail station outside St Petersburg.

24 August 2008


Centenary of Diaghilev’s Ballet Marked

The centenary of the famous Diaghilev’s ballet seasons in Paris will be marked by the Russian Ballet’s Golden Century exhibition, which is due to run from 17 to 23 September. The non-commercial exhibition will open at the famous Galerie Charpentier to become one of the first events in the framework of the celebration of a centenary of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. The exhibition is due to display 150 exhibits, including original actors’ costumes, as well as posters and sketches by Henry Matisse, Pablo Picasso, Aleksandr Benois, and Mikhail Larionov.

28 August 2008


International Contest of Young Performers Opens In Sochi

The 4th International Contest of Young Performers, “5 Stars: Intervision”, opens today in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi. Taking part are 11 singers from the CIS countries, including Russia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Byelorussia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Ukraine, and also from Latvia. This year, the residents of all these countries will be able to watch the broadcasts. By means of SMS voting the TV viewers will define the prize-winners and the jury will name the best of them. Next year, the “5 Stars: Intervision” music contest will take place in the country whose representative wins the highest number of the TV viewers’ votes.

28 August 2008


Photo Exhibition Dedicated To 1020th Anniversary of the Baptism of Russia Opens In London

Seraphima (Tatiana Vinnik, 2007). An art-photograph from another Russian photographer, it illustrates the true soul of Russia, a soul that shall never be raped by the neocons.

A photo exhibition dedicated to the 1,020th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia has opened at the All Saints and the Assumption of Mother of God Cathedral in London today. The visitors can see 36 works by the outstanding Russian photographer Vladimir Khodakov. There are landscapes, portraits, and reports, many of which are on display for the first time. The rector of the church, Fr Mikhail, said that through these works the English will have an opportunity to learn more about the sincerity of the Russian psyche, a thing which is rarely covered in the media.

29 August 2008


Mariinsky Theatre Directed By Maestro Valery Gergiev Ended Its Performance in Triumph in Stockholm

Maestro Valery Gergiev (1953- ), Ossetia’s truest son, seen here at a memorial concert in the ruins of Tskhinvali after the end of the Georgian invasion.

The orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre in St Petersburg directed by Maestro Valery Gergiev ended its performance in triumph in Stockholm. It performed a concert version of the opera Electra by Richard Strauss as a part of the sixth Baltic Sea Festival. The festival is aimed at not only featuring performances by famous groups in the region, but, also introducing new ones. The Russian orchestra will stage another concert later today. Its programme includes works by Shchedrin, Chaikovsky, and Rimsky-Korsakov.

29 August 2008


An Address from President Medvedev Opened an International Festival in Kazan

President Dmitri Medvedev (1965- )

An address from President Dmitri Medvedev opened an international festival of popular music devoted to inter-ethnic peace in the Russian city of Kazan on the Middle Volga. About a hundred individual singers and groups from all continents will be singing non-stop for ten hours. A duo of singers from Georgia and Ossetia and an ensemble of performers from Israel and the Palestinian Autonomy delivered messages of friendship across conflict lines.

30 August 2008


Voice of Russia World Service

30 August 2008. A Day at the Races…

Filed under: China,disabilities,Dmitri Medvedev,Olympics,Russian,sport — 01varvara @ 00.00

World Women’s Chess Championship Opens in Russia

Aleksandra Kostenyuk (1984- ), Russian Grand Master in chess

The world women’s chess championship opens today in the Russian city of Nalchik in the North Caucasus. Competing for the title “The Strongest” in the FIDE version will be female chess players from 29 countries. China has the largest team at the tournament, 8 participants. 7 women chess players will perform under the Russian flag. The prize fund of the championship in Nalchik is 450,000 dollars (11.076 million roubles. 306,675 euros. 247,500 UK pounds). The current world champion is Syui Yuihua from China.

28 August 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=31759&cid=52&p=28.08.2008 (in English)

President Medvedev Calls Paralympics an Important Event in Sports History

President Dmitri Medvedev called the forthcoming Paralympic Games in Beijing an important event in world sports history. In his address to the Russian Paralympic athletes, Medvedev said the competitions unite people with strong will so that they can prove that against all odds they are not deprived of a chance for self-actualisation. The Paralympics in Beijing will bring together more than 4,000 athletes from 148 countries, who will compete from 6 to 17 September. The Paralympic torch relay began in Beijing today.

29 August 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=31820&cid=52&p=29.08.2008 (in English)

President Medvedev Extends Thanks To the Russian Olympians Who Competed In Beijing

President Medvedev extended thanks to the Russian Olympic competitors in Beijing. At a Kremlin meeting with the team on Saturday, he singled out the three girls who swept the tennis podium and pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva who set a new world record in her sport. He also praised the wrestlers, the gymnasts, and the synchronised-swimmers. The President also spoke about government plans to encourage achievement and mass involvement in sport. Russia’s medal haul in Beijing is 23 gold, 21 silver, and 28 bronze medals. The count makes this country third after China and the United States.

30 August 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=31867&cid=52&p=30.08.2008 (in English)

Voice of Russia World Service

Sharapova Blames Her Doctors for Missing US Open and Olympics

Maria Sharapova (1987- ), Russian world championship tennis star

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova said on Friday that her doctors were to blame for giving her an incorrect diagnosis, which deprived her of a chance to play in the US Open and Beijing Olympics. The 21-year-old tennis player withdrew from the WTA Rogers Cup in Montréal in late July because of a shoulder injury after a marathon second-round win over Marta Domachowska of Poland. A scan revealed two small tears in her right shoulder. She later said, “It hurts me so much to miss the Olympics and the U.S. Open. I think this will be the first grand slam I have ever missed. I had been playing with the pain for a rather long time”, Sharapova said on her Russian-language website. “Even in everyday life, during sleep, I felt it [the pain]”.

The Russian tennis star is currently doing extensive rehab and strength work in Arizona. The treatment is due to last several months. “I knew that this was more than just inflammation. It’s a pity that the doctors failed to make the correct diagnosis”, Sharapova said, adding that the right diagnosis would have shortened the recovery time. Sharapova is now No. 5 in the Women’s Tennis Association world rankings, just below Russia’s Elena Dementieva who won an Olympic gold medal in the final of the women’s singles in Beijing.

29 August 2008

http://en.rian.ru/sports/20080829/116387339.html (in English)


Klichko Ends Retirement to Fight WBC Champ Peter in October

Filed under: Russian,sport — 01varvara @ 00.00

Vitaly Klichko (1971- ), former WBC Heavyweight Champion, making a comeback

Vitaly Klichko announced his comeback to the ring and will square off with current WBC heavyweight world champion Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter on 11 October in Berlin, Germany. As reigning WBC heavyweight champion in November 2005, Klitschko announced he was hanging up his gloves due to an injury to his right knee. But, at a news conference in New York on Wednesday, the 37-year-old Klichko said he was fit for the bout, which, he predicted, would be decided in his favour by the end of the sixth round. “I promise the fight will not be easy and it won’t go to the scorecards. It will probably end between rounds four-six. I have a lot of presents ready for Peter for 11 October”, BoxingScene.com website quoted Klichko as saying.

Klichko, who lives and trains in Germany, hasn’t fought in almost four years, but as WBC “champion emeritus” he has the right to challenge Peter whenever he wished. He said that besides getting his title back his other top motivation is to hold one of the heavyweight titles along with his younger brother, Vladimir, who is currently the reigning IBF and WBO heavyweight champion. “I don’t underestimate Peter. He is a good puncher. I will give my best to be the winner, to take my title back, and to make history where two brothers will be champions at the same time. It’s a huge motivation for me”, he said.

His opponent, a usually punctual 27-year-old Nigerian, was one hour late for the news conference, but, when he did show he dismissed Klichko’s promises and declared himself the only true champion. “Vitaly, you never beat a champion. You say you are the champion, but you are not a champion. You can’t be the champion until you beat me, and you can’t”, Peter (30-1, 23 KOs) said, adding that after beating Vitaly he will go after his younger brother. “I am making one promise today. I will knock Vitaly out. Trust me. I will knock out Vitaly, and then I will beat his brother. There is no doubt about that”, he concluded.

Klichko, who is 6 feet 8 inches tall and weighs 245 lbs (203 centimetres, 111 kilogrammes), fought 37 bouts, with 35 victories (34 KOs). Before quitting in 2005, he was the reigning WBC/IBO champion, had taken the European title on four occasions, and was the WBO world champion from June 1999 to June 2000.

28 August 2008



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