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Saturday, 30 June 2012

30 June 2012. RIA-Novosti Infographics. What DO We Know about Russian Internet Users?

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30 June 2012

RIA-Novosti

http://en.rian.ru/infographics/20120630/174286549.html

30 June 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Service of the Muses Doesn’t Abide Laxity… Inclement Weather Doesn’t Deter It

The Service of the Muses Doesn’t Abide Laxity… Inclement Weather Doesn’t Deter It

Sergei Yolkin

2010

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Here’s a production of Sleeping Beauty by the Mariinsky

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Snowfall couldn’t upset the Washington tour of the St Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre. The public wasn’t afraid of a sudden onset of Russian-style winter conditions in the American capital. Many of them gave up trying to dig out their cars after several days of snowfall, so, they went to the theatre using the Metro and Metrobus. The ballet Sleeping Beauty, which used the classic 1952 choreography of Konstantin Sergeyev, was a great success, and not only because Mariinsky prima ballerina Diana Vishneva performed the role of Aurora. The audience gave “bravos” to Vladimir Shklyarova in the role of the Prince, Yekaterina Kondaurova in the role of good fairy, and the pair of Jana Selina and Grigory Popov in the roles of the White Cat and Puss n’ Boots. The theatregoers praised the set design and the costumes. Many of them cried out, as they were leaving the theatre, “What a stunning festival!” The Kennedy Center offered to exchange tickets for other performances of the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi to those frightened off by today’s frost or unable to get to the theatre on the snow-covered roads.

12 February 2010

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://www.rian.ru/caricature/20100210/208527515.html

30 June 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. To Science Day!

To Science Day!

Sergei Yolkin

2010

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To Science Day! Let’s raise a glass with something good in it to all hard-working scientists everywhere… thank you for all the good things… as for the bad ones… well, you guys KNOW what they are, so there’s no need to “bad-dog” ya!

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Academics in Russia celebrated their professional holiday, Russian Science Day, established by presidential decree in 1999. On 8 February (28 January old style) 1724, Tsar Pyotr Veliki issued a decree “to establish an Academy to study languages, other sciences, fine arts, and to translate foreign books”. The new institution, “the Academy, or Societies of Arts and Sciences”, united both the arts and sciences for over a quarter century until the Senate established the St Petersburg Academy of Arts in 1757. In Soviet days, Science Day was celebrated on the third Sunday in April, this date was chosen because Lenin issued his “Sketch plan of scientific and technical work” at that time in 1918.

The caricature is by Sergei Yelkin

8 February 2010

RIA-Novosti

http://www.rian.ru/science/20100208/208228603.html

30 June 2012. Sergei Yolkin’s World. The Doctor Prescribed a Siesta

The Doctor Prescribed a Siesta

Sergei Yolkin

2010

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The Chief of Rospotrebnadzor (RF State Public Health Service), Dr Gennady Onishchenko, believes that employers should to give their staff the opportunity to rest a little longer during the lunch break on hot days. On Wednesday, he said, “I didn’t use the word ‘siesta’… for me; it’s a four-letter word. Rather, I suggested an extension of the mid-day break. Due to the heat, we should limit strenuous activity to earlier and later in the day, and longer breaks are essential during peak temperatures with the highest sun exposure”. European Russia is already in the third week of a heat wave. To avoid health problems, doctors advised Russians to wear light clothing, drink more, not to abuse bathing, only use air conditioning in offices and cars moderately, and always wear a hat to protect themselves from the sun and heat stroke.

14 July 2010

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://rian.ru/caricature/20100714/254652268.html

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