Category: Society & Culture

Moscow most visited by Chinese, German, French tourists in 2018

Moscow most visited by Chinese, German, French tourists in 2018

© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. About 3.4 mln residents of distant foreign countries visited Moscow in 2018, with tourists from China, Germany, France, Israel and the US forming the majority, Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin stated on his website on Monday. “Who visits Moscow? First and foremost, Russian citizens – 18 mln people. There are many foreigners as well – 5.5 mln people, including 2.1 mln CIS residents and 3.4 mln citizens of distant foreign countries. As for visitors from distant countries, citizens of China, Germany, France, Israel and China are the ones who have visited Moscow the most,” the message informs. Over 803,000 Chinese…

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Crimean museums have indisputable rights to Scythian gold collection, statement says

Crimean museums have indisputable rights to Scythian gold collection, statement says

SIMFEROPOL, March 11. /TASS/. Crimea’s museums have indisputable rights to the Scythian gold collection that was sent to Amsterdam for an exhibition, so there are only political reasons to hand the items over to Kiev, the museums said in a joint statement on Monday, which was published by the press service of the Eastern Crimean Historical and Cultural Museum Preserve. “We are confident that our rights to the items sent for a temporary exhibition are indisputable. It is important not only for the museums but for all of the Crimean people as well, including cultural workers and researchers involved in work with the unique collections,…

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Over 1,700 Russian citizens denied entry to Ukraine in 2019 so far

Over 1,700 Russian citizens denied entry to Ukraine in 2019 so far

© Viktor Drachev/TASS KIEV, March 11. /TASS/. The Ukrainian border authorities have denied entry to the country for over 1,700 Russian residents since the start of 2019, representative of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan stated on Monday. “As for the citizens of Russia, we have turned away over 1,700 [people],” the UNN news agency cites the spokesman. In total, 6,800 foreigners were denied entry to Ukraine since the beginning of 2019, the border guard service informed. In February, the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine reported that residents of Russia, Turkey and Moldova are most often denied entry to the country. In…

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Scythian gold collection inseparable from Crimea’s history, lawyer says

Scythian gold collection inseparable from Crimea’s history, lawyer says

© AP Photo/Peter Dejong AMSTERDAM, March 11. /TASS/. All items in the Scythian gold collection were unearthed during archaeological excavations in Crimea and are inseparable from Crimea’s history, so Crimea’s museums should remain the keepers of these unique treasures, Marielle Koppenol-Laforce, a lawyer representing Russia in the case, said at a session of the Amsterdam Court of Appeal on Monday. “The case concerns treasures unearthed in Crimea, the public has a right to and an interest in viewing them within the framework of the relevant collections. The Crimean museums want nothing more than to continue the conservation and exhibition of the Crimean Treasures in order to…

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Austria’s top diplomat talks about smoke breaks with Russia’s Lavrov

Austria’s top diplomat talks about smoke breaks with Russia’s Lavrov

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl © AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl said that she has reached a high level of mutual understanding with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov while they shared a smoke break after the talks. “Of course [we’ve reached a mutual understanding with Lavrov]. I would even say that after a joint dinner, when Lavrov started to smoke, I smoked a cigarette with him,” she said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper, published on Sunday evening. “The protocol office told me that this is the only, or a very rare, case when a guest smoked with…

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Austrian foreign minister says wedding car signed by Putin sold for charity

Austrian foreign minister says wedding car signed by Putin sold for charity

MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. The Volkswagen Beetle wedding car, signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl’s wedding, has been sold for charity, the Austrian top diplomat said in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper, published on Sunday. “At the end of the year, we hold a traditional TV marathon – the Licht ins Dunkel auction. And we sold our retro Volkswagen Beetle wedding car there,” she said. “It didn’t belong to us, we got it just for our wedding, and on the day of the wedding we told our guests that we want to sell it for charity purposes.” The…

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Great Lent begins for Orthodox Christians

Great Lent begins for Orthodox Christians

© Aleksandr Ryumin / TASS MOSCOW, March 11. /TASS/. The Great Lent, the longest lent in the church calendar with the most severe restrictions, starts for Orthodox Christians on Monday. It will last almost 50 days and will end with the main Christian holiday – Easter, the day of the Resurrection of Jesus, which will be celebrated on April 28 this year. “The upcoming Great Lent is devoted to the fight against sins. If we do not change for the better during the lent, than we vainly worked, prayed and fasted. It does not mean that we should stop fasting if we don’t see the result,…

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Video for Russia’s Eurovision entry gets over 2 million views in 24 hours

Video for Russia’s Eurovision entry gets over 2 million views in 24 hours

Sergey Lazarev © Vyacheslav Prokofyev/TASS MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. The video for the song “Scream” by Russian singer Sergey Lazarev has gathered over two million views on Youtube within 24 hours of its publication. The song became available on digital platforms on March 9, with the video directed by Russian director Konstantin Cherepkov uploaded to Youtube on the same day. “Two million views on Youtube in the first 24 hours and peak positions on iTunes in several countries. The song has just become available in Scandinavian countries as well. So let’s wait for new chart positions in other countries,” Lazarev wrote on his Instagram page. The…

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Mormons push their agenda in Russia working as English teachers, says church official

Mormons push their agenda in Russia working as English teachers, says church official

KRASNODAR, March 7. /TASS/. Mormons are carrying out religious activities in Russia working as English teachers, a Russian Orthodox Church official Dmitry Kravchenko informed TASS on Thursday. According to earlier reports, on March 2, Novorossiysk’s Primorsky District Court found two US citizens guilty of violating Russia’s entry and exit rules. They are currently held at a temporary reception center for foreigners in the town of Gulkevichi, waiting to be deported. Foreign media reported on March 5 that the two US citizens had been detained in the Russian city of Novorossiysk. A spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told an American TV…

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Train with Syrian military trophies arrives in Russia

Train with Syrian military trophies arrives in Russia

SARATOV, March 8. /TASS/. A train with unique exhibits of trophy armaments and military hardware seized from terrorists in Syria arrived at the Saratov railway station in south Russia, the press office of Russia’s Central Military District told TASS on Friday. “A train with the military and patriotic action ‘Syria’s Breaking Point’ was triumphantly welcomed in Saratov, which has become the train’s first stop in the regions of the Central Military District,” the press office said. The train consists of 18 railway cars that are displaying over 500 trophies from Syria that include the armor and engineering vehicles, artillery guns, armored vehicles, bladed weapons and…

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Russian premier sends International Women’s Day greetings from aboard airliner

Russian premier sends International Women’s Day greetings from aboard airliner

MOSCOW, March 8. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has recorded his International Women’s Day greetings from aboard the premier’s Il-96 airliner and wished all the women a good mood and the constant care of their nearest and dearest. The video greetings were posted on the government’s website on Friday. “Dear women! I heartily congratulate you with the spring holiday, March 8 Day. I want you to spend March 8 Day in the circle of your nearest and dearest who help you, create comfort for you and who are simply loved people for you,” Medvedev said. The Russian premier noted that the figure “8” in…

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Commemoration of International Women’s Day

Commemoration of International Women’s Day

Commemoration of International Women’s Day will celebrate individuals and activists who are finding innovative ways to advance gender equality    (New York)-With technology and innovation playing an integral role in our everyday lives, it is not easy to imagine development in the 21st century without it. This year’s theme for International Women’s Day (8 March), “Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change,” explores the ways in which innovation can work for gender equality, boost investment in gender-responsive social systems, and enhance public services and infrastructure that meet the needs of women and girls.

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Mormons in US hope for early release of two volunteers convicted in Novorossiysk

Mormons in US hope for early release of two volunteers convicted in Novorossiysk

NEW YORK, March 8. /TASS/. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is going to cooperate with the Russian authorities in securing the release of two US citizens, its volunteers in Novorossiysk, detained for violating border rules, the Church’s spokesman, Eric Hawkins, told TASS on Thursday. “Two of our volunteers serving in Novorossiysk, Russia were detained by authorities Friday evening while engaged in a meeting at a local meetinghouse. While we are grateful these young men are reportedly in good condition and are being treated well, we are troubled by the circumstances surrounding their detention. They have both spoken to their parents. We…

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Putin sends out International Women’s Day greetings

Putin sends out International Women’s Day greetings

© Aleksey Nikolsky/Russian President Press Service/TASS MOSCOW, March 8. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent out International Women’s Day greetings, noted women’s ability to be successful at work and in the family and wished them good health and happiness. “Our women’s ability to achieve success is remarkable. You manage to cope with everything at work and take care of the family. Your love unites, encourages, supports, consoles makes us feel warm.” “You are destined to go the whole way of creating new life – the miracle of childbirth. This great happiness of motherhood and child-rearing transfigures this world, fills it with kindness, gentleness and sympathy…

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Russia’s Interior Ministry compiles list of potentially dangerous dog breeds

Russia’s Interior Ministry compiles list of potentially dangerous dog breeds

© Artyom Geodakyan/TASS MOSCOW, March 7. /TASS/. The Russian Interior Ministry has prepared a list of dog breeds that could potentially present a danger to humans, the ministry’s draft order published on the federal portal of regulatory legal acts informs. The list includes such breeds as the Caucasian Shepherd, the German Shepherd, the Tibetan Mastiff and the Shar Pei. “Potentially dangerous dogs are dogs of certain breeds, their hybrids and other dogs that present a potential danger to human life and health and are included on the list of potentially dangerous dogs, approved by the Russian government. It is prohibited to walk potentially dangerous dogs without…

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Next Russian Seasons festival to take place in France in 2020

Next Russian Seasons festival to take place in France in 2020

BERLIN, March 7. /TASS/. The Russian Seasons music festival will take place in France in 2020, Russian Deputy Minister of Culture Alla Manilova stated on Tuesday. “The decision has been made recently,” she said. In early January, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets informed journalists that France expressed interest in organizing the Russians Seasons festival, which is currently taking place in Germany. The project was initiated by the Russian Ministry of Culture and the Russian government. Within this festival, best Russian artists, dancers, singers tour the selected country for a year. The Russian Seasons festival, named after the legendary tours of Sergei Diaghilev’s ballet company,…

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Mormons promote religious agenda in Russia working as English teachers — chirch official

Mormons promote religious agenda in Russia working as English teachers — chirch official

KRASNODAR, March 7. /TASS/. Mormons are carrying out religious activities in Russia working as English teachers, a Russian Orthodox Church official Dmitry Kravchenko informed TASS on Thursday. According to earlier reports, on March 2, Novorossiysk’s Primorsky District Court found two US citizens guilty of violating Russia’s entry and exit rules. They are currently held at a temporary reception center for foreigners in the town of Gulkevichi, waiting to be deported. Foreign media reported on March 5 that the two US citizens had been detained in the Russian city of Novorossiysk. A spokesman for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints told an American TV…

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This week in photos: Lagerfeld’s last show, Trump’s flag-hugging, stolen painting returns

This week in photos: Lagerfeld’s last show, Trump’s flag-hugging, stolen painting returns

French Riot Police use water canon to disperse Gilets Jaunes or ‘Yellow Vests’ protestors by the Arc de Triomphe during Act 16 of demonstrations in Paris, March 2. Yellow Vests movement started as a protest against a rise in Fuel tax and living © Kiran Ridley/Getty Images British model Cara Delevingne, Argentinian model Mica Arganaraz and crying models pay tribute to the late German designer Karl Lagerfeld after the presentation of the Fall/Winter 2019/20 Women’s collection of Chanel fashion house during the Paris Fashion Week, March 5. Karl Lagerfeld died aged 85 on February 19, 2019 © EPA-EFE/IAN LANGSDON Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May leaves Smith England…

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Two Americans convicted of border violations await deportation in southern Russia

Two Americans convicted of border violations await deportation in southern Russia

KRASNODAR, March 7. /TASS/. Two US citizens, convicted by a Novorossiysk court for violating border regulations, remain at a temporary reception center for foreigners in Russia’s southern Krasnodar Region, waiting to be deported, Regional Public Monitoring Commission Chair Anzaur Akhidzhak told TASS on Thursday, adding that the commission would inspect their accommodation conditions. According to earlier reports, on March 2, Novorossiysk’s Primorsky District Court found two Americans guilty of violating Russia’s entry and exit rules. A law enforcement source told TASS on March 6 that the two had been deported, but Akhidzhak dismissed this information. “They are being kept at a temporary reception center for…

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Greek authorities release Russian national arrested at Ukraine’s request

Greek authorities release Russian national arrested at Ukraine’s request

ATHENS, March 7. /TASS/. Russian national Yevgeny Kalinin, arrested in Greece on February 28 at Ukraine’s request, has been released, his lawyer Yannis Rahiotis told TASS on Thursday. “Kalinin was released on Wednesday night and has already took a flight to Moscow,” he said. Rahiotis said in a statement that energy expert Kalinin, who arrived in Athens on February 28 for a short business trip, had been released by the Athens Court of Appeal’s prosecutor. “They said he had been arrested and sent to prison by mistake because there was no international arrest warrant. Russian Prosecutor General Mr. Chaika had visited the Greek justice minister…

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US jury finds Russian citizen Osipova guilty of extortion, kidnapping own children

US jury finds Russian citizen Osipova guilty of extortion, kidnapping own children

NEW YORK, March 7. /TASS/. A US jury found Russian citizen Bogdana Osipova guilty on charges of kidnapping her own children and of two counts of extortion, a leader of Osipova’s support group in the US, Tatyana Yakusheva, has told TASS. The jury, which convened on Wednesday in the town of Wichita, Kansas, cleared Osipova of the remaining counts of extortion. “Bogdana was found guilty of kidnapping and of two counts of extortion. She was cleared of the remaining two counts of extortion. The guilty verdict was confirmed by each of the 12 jury members who took part in the session,” she said. “In total,…

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Russian ombudsperson to request medical aid for US-jailed Russian pilot

Russian ombudsperson to request medical aid for US-jailed Russian pilot

GENEVA, March 7. /TASS/. Russian human rights commissioner Tatyana Moskalkova said she would request the US Federal Bureau of Prisons to provide medical assistance to Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a 20-year prison sentence in the United States. Moskalkova told reporters on Wednesday she had received a letter from Yaroshenko’s wife Vikoria, who said her husband’s health was deteriorating. “In this respect, I gave instructions to prepare a request to the penitentiary authority with a plea to provide him with medical assistance and to transfer him to a confinement that would not harm his health,” the Russian official said. Earlier, Yaroshenko wrote a…

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Number of Russian tourists in UAE surges after cancellation of visas — Lavrov

Number of Russian tourists in UAE surges after cancellation of visas — Lavrov

ABU DHABI, March 7. /TASS/. The mutual cancellation of visas has led to a sharp increase in the number of Russian tourists visiting the United Arab Emirates, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. “We are pleased by the fact that tourist, cultural, humanitarian and educational exchanges have received a powerful boost after the intergovernmental agreement on cancelling visa requirements for the citizens of our two states came into force on February 17,” Russia’s top diplomat said at a joint news conference with his UAE counterpart Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Wednesday. “The sharp increase in the number of Russian tourists visiting UAE proved…

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Putin reiterates Russia’s support for UNESCO

Putin reiterates Russia’s support for UNESCO

MOSCOW, March 6. /TASS/. Moscow will always support UNESCO and expects the agency to support Russia’s development plans and joint projects, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting with UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay on Wednesday. “We have always supported the agency and plan to continue to do that in the future,” Putin said. “We are always at your service and we also expect you to support us, particularly as far as the implementation of our national plans and plans for cooperation between Russia and UNESCO go,” he added. Putin pointed out that 2019 marks the 65th anniversary of Russia’s UNESCO membership. “I know…

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Russia, Luxembourg roll out university exchange program

Russia, Luxembourg roll out university exchange program

LUXEMBOURG, March 6. /TASS/. Russia and Luxembourg have launched a program of university exchanges during Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s visit, Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel said on Wednesday at a joint news conference with Medvedev. “During this visit, we have launched a program of university exchanges by signing a major agreement in culture,” Luxembourg’s prime minister said adding that the two countries’ relations “have been developing throughout the 150-year history, and particularly actively in the economy, culture and science.” During Medvedev’s visit to Luxembourg on Wednesday, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatiana Golikova, who co-chairs the mixed commission on economic cooperation between Russia and the…

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Winners of Nornickel’s competition leave Universiade

Winners of Nornickel’s competition leave Universiade

KRASNOYARS, March 6. /TASS/. Nine foreign bloggers, winners of Nornickel’s Follow Up Siberia international competition, finished their program at the Winter Universiade in Krasnoyarsk, where Nornickel is the general partner, the company’s press service said on Tuesday. The competition began in spring, 2018. It had five stages and was organized before the Universiade. Its objective was to present Siberia’s culture and life to people across the world. “Participants in the final stage of the Follow Up Siberia international communication project spent five days (March 1-5) in Krasnoyarsk during the Winter Universiade there,” the press service said. “Those were nine people, who passed four stages in 2018.”…

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Military draft dodging declines 66% since 2012

Military draft dodging declines 66% since 2012

© Pyotr Kovalyov/TASS MOSCOW, March 6. / TASS /. The number of citizens who want to evade military service has declined by three-fold, comparing to 2012, the head of the Main Organizational Mobilization unit of the Russian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Yevgeny Burdinsky said on Wednesday. “The number of citizens who want to evade military service, for example, in comparison with 2012, has decreased more than three-fold,” Burdinsky said in an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. According to Burdinsky, in recent years, the fitness of future recruits has increased by 7%. Moreover, every fifth recruit has a higher education, and every third has secondary vocational education.…

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Poll says two-thirds view borrowing foreign slang as detrimental to Russian language

Poll says two-thirds view borrowing foreign slang as detrimental to Russian language

© Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS MOSCOW, March 6. / TASS /. Two thirds of Russians believe that borrowing words and slang from other languages harms the Russian language, say the results of the survey by The All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center, released to TASS on Wednesday. “Borrowing slang from other languages damages the Russian language, two thirds of respondents (68%) say. A quarter of respondents (23%) believe that these borrowings enriches the language,” the study says. And nearly 68% of Russians expressed the opinion that the language should be protected and fought for its purity by all available means. At the same time, more than a quarter (27%)…

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