Voices from Russia

Sunday, 13 March 2016

13 March 2016. Here’s a New Flick Coming Out on St Vladimir the Great… “Viking”

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“History’s only a symptom… we’re the diagnosis”.

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This is a new movie out this year on Grand Prince St Vladimir the Great and how he came to the throne. The trailer looks GOOD…

BMD

Sunday, 19 October 2014

19 October 2014. 1,000 Years of St Olav!

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Right-Believing Kings St Olav II Haraldsson of Norway and Stefan Uroš III Dečanski Nemanjić of Serbia

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It’s been 1,000 years… a full millennium… since the Baptism of Right-Believing King St Olav II Haraldsson of Norway in Rouen. He baptised and enlightened his people, stopping endemic civil strife, but he died in battle in 1030 fighting rebellious nobles. A year later, in 1031, the Church canonised him “with the agreement of the whole Norwegian people”. In his homeland, people call him “the eternal king”. He’s amongst the last of the Western European Orthodox saints and there are churches in Russia dedicated to St Olav, notably in Novgorod and in Staraya Ladoga, where he lived for several years. There’s another link with Orthodoxy and Norway… the most loyal soldiers in Constantinople New Rome were the Varangian Guard, who served from the 10th to the 14th centuries… who came from England, the Nordic countries, and Russia. Most of them fell in battle in the Fourth Crusade fighting the papist invaders. This unit lost its mostly Nordic character after that event.

Raise a glass and cheer, Norskis… it’s your day!

BMD

Sunday, 28 April 2013

28 April 2013. Sergei Yolkin’s World. A Mystery of the Sails of the Viking Dragon Ships… and of the Vikings Themselves

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A Mystery of the Sails of the Viking Dragon Ships… and of the Vikings Themselves

Sergei Yolkin

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Sergei Yolkin pointed up that the sails of Viking ships could’ve looked differently than we previously thought… which is also true of the Vikings themselves.

23 April 2013

Sergei Yolkin

RIA-Novosti

http://ria.ru/caricature/20130423/934152869.html

Thursday, 10 July 2008

10 July 2008. A Shot of Culture, if you please…

Karlovy Vary Opens its Umpteenth Film Festival

Aerial view of Karlovy Vary in Czechia. Once known as a famous spa resort in the 19th century, it was known as Karlsbad under the Hapsburgs.

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Trailer for The Captive

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Clips from The Ravine by Maria Razbezhkina

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Karlovy Vary in Czechia opened its umpteenth film festival. Film shows began, in defiance of an old tradition, earlier than the formal opening ceremony. The billboard of this year’s festival features more than 200 pictures shot in 2007 and 2008. Fourteen feature films are competing for the festival’s Crystal Globe. Russia is represented by Aleksei Uchitel’s picture The Prisoner, The Flintstone by Aleksei Mizghiryov, The Ravine by Maria Razbezhkina, and The Tulip by Sergei Dvortsevoi. Nikita Mikhalkov has put up his 12 for the festival’s non-competitive show.

4 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29262&cid=51&p=04.07.2008

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“The Voices of Orthodox Russia” at St Sava Cathedral in Belgrade

St Sava Cathedral in Belgrade, the capital of Serbia

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The choruses of the Moscow Spiritual Academy, the Gnessin Musical College, and the International Fund of the Unity of Orthodox Peoples performed a great sell-out concert “The Voices of Orthodox Russia” at St Sava Cathedral in Belgrade, Serbia, on Saturday. The repertoire consisted of spiritual musical pieces, Russia folk songs, romance songs, and some vocal pieces by foreign classical composers. The Russian choruses arrived in Serbia at the invitation of the Serbian Culture Ministry and the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate. The musicians are also expected to perform in Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

6 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29293&cid=51&p=06.07.2008

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Teachers and Children make Music on the Volga

Mari Ethnographic Museum in Kosmodemyansk, Mari El Republic, Russian Federation

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The second inter-regional meeting of children’s Finno-Ugric musical groups took place in the village of Morki, the Mari El republic (Russia’s Volga region). Children and their teachers arrived there from the Komi republic, from Bashkortostan, Tatarstan, Nizhniy Novgorod, and many other places. They all received a cordial welcome there. Anna Morozova, the director of the children folklore ensemble of the Komi republic, said, “We are from the Sysetsky region of the Komi republic. It is the very south of the region. Children aged 6 to 16 found it very exciting to be members of the ensemble. As a professional, I’m looking forward to see that our children respect and know the traditions of the Mari people. Here, all people, young and old, can speak their native language. In our republic, unfortunately, we’re forgetting our traditions. Children should see and understand how important it is to preserve traditions and pass them on to future generations”. As they are taught to love nature and history, to be open-hearted and hard-working, children will certainly be able to preserve traditions and culture of the Finno-Ugric peoples.

7 July 2008

Natalia Abrosimova

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29308&cid=51&p=07.07.2008

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History Buffs Reconstruct Sailing Ships in North Russia

A youth maritime festival called “People of the Wind” was held in Petrozavodsk. Several boats built according to traditional methods were built by international youth teams since the international youth project to revive wooden ship-building was launched in Karelia three years ago. Svetlana Nachinova is the head of the youth department at Petrozavodsk City Hall. “The idea of such a festival was born three years ago, when young people put together small boats. About two hundred young shipbuilders from Karelia and other Russian regions, including Murmansk, Archangel, Yaroslavl, Kaliningrad, and Vologda, participated in the event and they lived in tents”. Part of the varied programme was a parade of vessels, team competitions, boat expeditions to one of the islands of Lake Onega, and ship model contests. The Youth Maritime Festival drew to a close with a gala ball at Petrozavodsk City Hall.

7 July 2008

Viktor Kramskikh

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29312&cid=51&p=07.07.2008

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Film Director Ryazanov Wins Golden Pegasus Award

Eldar Ryazanov (1927- ), honoured Russian film director

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A clip from Andersen

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The prominent Russian film director Eldar Ryazanov received the prestigious international Golden Pegasus award for life-time achievement as a film-director. The awards ceremony took place at the Gabriele D’Annunzio theatre in the Italian city of Pescara on the Adriatic Sea coast, where the 35th Flaiano film festival drew to a close on Sunday. Andersen. Life without Love, one of Ryazanov’s latest films, was screened in the framework of the festival programme.

7 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29323&cid=51&p=07.07.2008

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St Petersburg Wants to Host Eurovision 2009 Music Competition

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The St Petersburg government officially applied to play the host to the Eurovision 2009 music competition. This came in a statement by City Governor Valentina Matviyenko. According to Ms Matviyenko, the competition will give a powerful boost to the city. She says the application is already under consideration and that thus far St Petersburg certainly looks better than its competitors.

8 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29384&cid=87&p=08.07.2008

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Fifth Sayany Ring World Ethnic Music Festival Held

I Remember

Albina Tsybikova

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Ms Tsybikova (1951-98) was an Honoured Artist of Russia and Honoured Artist of Buryatia

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The fifth Sayany Ring festival of world ethnic music got under way in the picturesque village of Shushenskoye, in the south of Krasnoyarsk oblast. It’s the first time in the festival’s history that several foreign music groups, specifically from Australia, Germany, China, and Poland, are going to take part. In all, the Sayany Ring-2008 festival is due to bring together some 100 folk-song and dance groups boasting outstanding singers and musicians.

9 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29446&cid=87&p=09.07.2008

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UNESCO Adds New Sites to its World Heritage List

The Historic Centre of St Petersburg, UNESCO World Heritage Site 540

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This year, UNESCO’s World Heritage List incorporated 27 fresh cultural monuments. UNESCO’s special committee in charge of selecting monuments worthy to be called the patrimony of the entire world, made public its decision during a meeting in Québec City QC Canada. Now, UNESCO’s list of cultural heritage sites comprises 878 monuments in 145 countries.

9 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29446&cid=87&p=09.07.2008

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Baby Mammoth Lyuba will be a Hero of a Science film

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The 37,000-year-old baby mammoth discovered on the Yamal Peninsula in Western Siberia will become the hero of a fiction film. In April and May, a French group of film producers worked in the site where the mammoth was discovered. The site will be studied by an international group of experts headed by Russian scientist Pavel Kosintsev from the Ural Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology in August. Currently, Lyuba the baby mammoth is in St Petersburg. The discovery still holds many secrets. The scientists have attempted to understand how an animal that died 37,000 years ago. The mammoth’s trunk, eyes, and body-hair are well-preserved. The baby mammoth is estimated to have been about a year-old when it died. Its size is 90 cm (35 inches) by 130 cm (51 inches).

9 July 2008

http://www.ruvr.ru/main.php?lng=eng&q=29475&cid=51&p=09.07.2008

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