Voices from Russia

Friday, 9 October 2015

Lugansk Poet Yelena Zaslavskaya Won Sergei Yesenin International Literary Award

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Lugansk poet Yelena Zaslavskaya won the “О Русь, взмахни крылами…” (“O Russia, Spread Thy Wings …”) Sergei Yesenin International Literary Award for her collection Год войны (A Year of War). She told us:

On the eve of the 120th anniversary of Yesenin’s birth, the official award ceremony took place in Moscow. I was amongst the winners in the category “Слово Победы” (Victory Words) for my collection Год войны (A Year of War), which included poems written in 2014-15. In this category, there were 160 submissions. I received the Золотая осень (Golden Autumn) award… I’ll do my best to live up to it.

The Writers’ Union of Russia and the National Endowment for Culture and Tourism established the Sergei Yesenin all-Russian Literary Award in 2005, since 2010, it’s been an international distinction. The “О Русь, взмахни крылами…” (“O Russia, Spread Thy Wings …”) competition occurs biannually, awarding prizes in several categories. Its purpose is to identify the most original and brilliant poetry, critical works on Russian poetry, and popular song-writing, to engage readers and stimulate public interest in Russian poetry. It also wants to enhance the prestige of Russian literature, to augment its social significance and its role in developing society and individuals. The Union of Writers of Russia, the Moscow City Organisation of the Writers’ Union of Russia, the RF Gosduma, the RF Federation Council, and many other official bodies in the Russian Federation support this award.

Yelena Zaslavskaya graduated from gimnaziya in Lisichansk, with a major in humanities and aesthetics; she has a diploma in physics and mathematics from the Taras Shevchenko Lugansk National University. She studied “project management” at the Matusovsky Lugansk Academy of Culture and Arts. Zaslavskaya worked as a journalist in local television, newspapers, and internet publications. She wrote three collections of poetry (Эпоха моей любви (The Era of My Love), Мамині сльози (Mama’s Tears), and Инстинкт Свободы (Instinct of Freedom)), along with numerous publications in poetry anthologies, online publications, and literary periodicals. Now, she lives and works in Lugansk and is a member of the LNR Writers’ Union.

8 October 2015

LITs Lugansk Information Centre


Click here for her webpage and click here for her Facebook page

Sunday, 20 September 2015

20 September 2015. Translated Russian Demot… This is Better Than McDonald’s Is!

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Saturday, 19 September 2015

Blacksmiths Fired Up Forges in Donetsk for “Save and Protect” Festival

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The ringing of anvils greeted the Day of the Blacksmith in Donetsk; local smiths held their 17th Festival of Excellence. At the opening, Viktor Burdukov, Chairman of the Donbass blacksmith guild, said:

The central work at the celebration is the sculpture «Спаси и сохрани» (Spasi i sokhrani: Save and Protect)… it’s a metal cross made from the wreckage of the bombed blacksmith atelier Gefest (Hephaestus). Forged roses… Donetsk’s symbol… are atop the cross, along with figures of more than 70 pigeons. The focal point of the sculpture is the Icon of the Most Holy Birthgiver and Mother of God “of Donetsk”, who holds the Infant Christ and a dove.

More than 10,000 people came out to see master smiths work; some got a chance to try their hand at blacksmithing and forging. Bikers from Tatersal MC put on a presentation. Master classes for adults and children were at five different forges. There was even a wedding party at one of the forges. Dmitri and Nastya had a good luck piece forged for them; the groom himself took up the hammer to help. Another event was a demonstration by world record holder Dmitri Khalazhi, from the Triumf Historical Re-enactment Club. The festivities lasted until late in the evening.

19 September 2015

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Sunday, 13 September 2015

13 Septmeber 2015. Translated Russian Demot… Thank You!

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