Category: Society & Culture

Number of military service dodgers down by three-fold since 2012

Number of military service dodgers down by three-fold 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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2/3 of Russians consider foreign language borrowing harmful for Russian language – poll

2/3 of Russians consider foreign language borrowing harmful for Russian language – poll

© 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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Long-awaited Russian premiere of Presgurvic’s Romeo and Juliet due on March 13

Long-awaited Russian premiere of Presgurvic’s Romeo and Juliet due on March 13

© AP Photo/Stephan Trierenberg MOSCOW, March 5./TASS/. The greatly-anticipated Russian premiere of Gerard Presgurvic’s musical Romeo and Juliet in French subtitled in Russian will take place at Moscow’s State Kremlin Palace on March 13. The muscial will run longer than planned, with three more performances added to the schedule, the press service of the tour organizer said on Tuesday. “The musical has generated a lot of buzz, and at the request of the viewers, 11 performances will be put on in Moscow instead of the initially scheduled eight,” the report said. The press service said the performances would take place between March 13 and 19, with…

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Maslenitsa chases away the winter blues: Slavs’ way to say goodbye to the cold season

Maslenitsa chases away the winter blues: Slavs’ way to say goodbye to the cold season

Maslenitsa (Shrovetide) is a traditional Eastern Slavic religious and folk holiday, marking the end of winter that dates back to pagan times. Maslenitsa is celebrated during the last week before Great Lent, preceding Orthodox Easter. During this week, meat is already forbidden to Orthodox Christians, but milk, cheese and other dairy products are still permitted. During Maslenitsa, Russians usually have pancakes, which are made of the ingredients still permitted by Orthodox tradition. Take a look at the Maslenitsa celebrations in Russia, Belarus and Lithuania. In other media

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Kremlin vows to pay special attention to captive orcas in Russia’s Far East

Kremlin vows to pay special attention to captive orcas in Russia’s Far East

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS MOSCOW, March 5. /TASS/. The Russian Presidential Administration will keep close tabs on the issue of releasing orcas in Russia’s Far Eastern Primorye Region, Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. “The issue cannot be considered closed, and we do not view it as closed,” Peskov stressed commenting on the roadmap made public by the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. “The Russian Presidential Administration’s Control Directorate will deal with the issue and keep it under its special control.” Peskov pointed to different viewpoints in society, even among scientists, on whether the animals will be able to survive in the wild…

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Russian human rights commissioner asks UN rights chief to help imprisoned Russian reporter

Russian human rights commissioner asks UN rights chief to help imprisoned Russian reporter

GENEVA, March 5. /TASS/. Russian Commissioner for Human Rights Tatyana Moskalkova gave to United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet a letter in defense of RIA Novosti Ukraine’s Editor-in-Chief Kirill Vyshinsky. She asks Bachelet to influence Ukraine’s authorities in order to ease the conditions of the journalist’s detention and his examination by independent physicians. “I ask you to help in [Vyshinsky’s] medical examination by independent physicians,” Moskalkova wrote. She added that she will be very grateful if Bachelet has a possibility “to somehow imprint on the Ukrainian side” to help Vyshinsky, “who didn’t do anything save his own professional journalist activity.” Moskalkova noted…

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Pilot Yaroshenko transferred to another cell in US prison, wife says

Pilot Yaroshenko transferred to another cell in US prison, wife says

ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 5. /TASS/. Russian pilot Konstantin Yaroshenko, who is serving a 20-year sentence term in a US prison in Danbury, Connecticut, has been moved to another cell. His state of health is deteriorating, the Russian’s wife, Viktoriya Yaroshenko, told TASS on Tuesday. It was earlier reported that the prison’s administration was going to transfer Yaroshenko to another cell. He wrote a letter to Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov, requesting for a transfer to another prison, as he is not receiving proper medical treatment at the current facility. Yaroshenko complained of toothache, which caused intestinal problems, as he cannot normally eat. In response,…

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UNESCO chief plans to step up cooperation during her visit to Russia

UNESCO chief plans to step up cooperation during her visit to Russia

UNESCO’S Director-General Audrey Azoulay © AP Photo/Michel Euler PARIS, March 5. /TASS/. UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay believes her first official visit to Russia will help strengthen bilateral cooperation in tackling the issues facing the modern world. “I am glad to travel to Russia to pay a visit, which is very important for UNESCO,” she said in an exclusive interview with TASS First Deputy Director General Mikhail Gusman ahead of her visit to Russia on Tuesday. Azoulay noted that “Russia is a great country, which is an important pillar of the Organization and its active participant.” Commenting on the program of her visit, the UNESCO chief stressed…

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Nearly 85% of Ukrainians plan to vote in presidential election, says survey

Nearly 85% of Ukrainians plan to vote in presidential election, says survey

© Anna Marchenko/TASS KIEV, March 4. /TASS/. Nearly 85% of Ukrainian citizens plan to vote in the upcoming presidential election, set to be held on March 31, the survey published by the Ukrainian Institute for Analysis and Forecasting on Monday informs. The survey was carried out on February 18-27. “About 85% are ready to take part in these elections,” head of the institute Yuri Lisnichy said during an interview with the 112 Ukraine TV channel. He lauded this result as “extremely high”. “Today, it is the highest figure of Ukrainians ready to take part in the election in the last five years,” Lisnichy stressed. He noted…

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Party like there’s no tomorrow: Brazil kicks off 2019 carnival with sea of color

Party like there’s no tomorrow: Brazil kicks off 2019 carnival with sea of color

Brazil’s world-famous ?arnival kicked off on March 1. Thousands of dancers sashayed in their colorful outfits across Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro during the first night of celebrations for the five-day festival which marks the start of Lent. In total, 12 samba schools from the elite so-called “special group” traditionally parade at the stadium called Sambodrome to compete for the prestigious Carnival title. Take a look at the incredibly vivid costumes that have lit up Brazil. In other media

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Kremlin concerned over fate of orcas captured in Russia’s Far East

Kremlin concerned over fate of orcas captured in Russia’s Far East

© Yuri Smityuk/TASS MOSCOW, March 4. /TASS/. The issue concerning orcas and beluga whales captured in Russia’s Far East remains unresolved, and Kremlin expects a report on their condition by Monday evening, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed. On February 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Ministry of Agriculture of Russia, together with scientific organizations, to decide the fate of the marine animals before March 1. Last week, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources announced the creation of a road map on the adaptation of captured animals to their natural habitat. Orcas and beluga whales are included on the…

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More events uniting people should be held when tensions run high, Putin says

More events uniting people should be held when tensions run high, Putin says

© Michael Metzel/TASS YUZHNO-SAKHALINSK, March 3. /TASS/. Major sports events are aimed at uniting rather than splitting nations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with the program Moscow. Kremlin. Putin on Rossiya-1 TV channel on Sunday. “The more challenging the situation is, the bigger number of cultural and sports events should be held, which are aimed at uniting countries, people and nations rather than dividing them. This is a huge humanitarian mission of sport. I have no doubt that this will be so, and our country will make its contribution to this effort and we will have major competitions in various sports and at…

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Russian Embassy in Greece provides consular assistance to detained Russian national

Russian Embassy in Greece provides consular assistance to detained Russian national

The Russian Embassy in Athens © Valery Sharifulin/TASS ATHENS, March 2. /TASS/. The Russian Embassy in Greece is providing necessary consular assistance to Russian citizen Yevgeny Kalinin who was arrested at the airport in Athens on Thursday, spokesman for the embassy Vasily Gavrilov told TASS on Saturday. “The Russian Embassy in Greece confirms that the Greek authorities arrested Russian citizen Kalinin Yevgeny Vyacheslavovich on February 28. He was placed in detention. From the very beginning, the Russian Embassy in Greece has been providing necessary consular assistance to him,” the spokesman said. Gavrilov noted that head of the consular department at the Russian Embassy met with Kalinin.…

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Putin notes solid public stance of Zhores Alferov

Putin notes solid public stance of Zhores Alferov

MOSCOW, March 2. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered deep condolences on the death of the prominent academic, Nobel Laureate Zhores Alferov, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Saturday. “The head of the state noted a huge contribution of the prominent Russian scientist in the development of the Russian and global science, noted his solid public stance and the role he played in the country’s public life,” Peskov said. Zhores Alferov was born in Vitebsk on March 30, 1930. After completing high school, he was enrolled at Electrotechnical Institute in Leningrad without entrance exams, and graduated from it with honors in 1952. He…

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TASS, SCO discuss plans for future cooperation

TASS, SCO discuss plans for future cooperation

BEIJING, March 1. /TASS/. TASS Director General Sergei Mikhailov has held a meeting with Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Secretary General Vladimir Norov in Beijing. The parties expressed readiness to boost interaction and discussed plans for future cooperation. “We have reached an agreement on future cooperation,” Mikhailov said following the meeting. “In particular, we talked about practical preparations for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit that will take place in Russia’s Chelyabinsk in 2020,” he added. Mikhailov also said the parties had discussed the adoption of a new version of the 2016 cooperation agreement between TASS and the SCO. According to him, TASS has issued more than…

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Caste And Karma: An Indian Perspective

Caste And Karma: An Indian Perspective

As it is widely known, understood and rightly believed about India, it is, a land of rigid social stratification, where, people at large, are divided and subdivided into castes and sub-castes. The belongingness to these ‘castes’ has been the very ‘cast’ of the Indian mindset, which ends up setting up social norms, ways of daily lives and even political victories and losses on the basis of this stratification. Sheeba Rakesh (All India Radio, Lucknow)

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Russia’s Anna Karenina musical set to hit big screens in US, UK

Russia’s Anna Karenina musical set to hit big screens in US, UK

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. Anna Karenina musical by the Moscow Operetta Theater will hit cinemas in the United States and the United Kingdom this March, the theater’s press service said on Friday. “In March 2019, thanks to cooperation with foreign companies Vault International Productions (VIPRO) and Stage Russia HD Anna Karenina will be shown at cinemas in such cities as San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, New York, Beverly Hills, Philadelphia, Seattle, London and others,” the theater said. According to Stage Russia HD Director Eddie Aronoff, the musical production based on the masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy will be interesting for both Russians living abroad and the Western…

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Russia, US agree to reduce visa application fees to $160

Russia, US agree to reduce visa application fees to $160

© Alexandra Mudrats/TASS MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. Moscow and Washington have agreed to reduce application fees for all types of visas starting on March 4, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday. “An agreement has been reached with the US to restore the application fee of $160 for all types of visas issued in accordance with the 2011 bilateral agreement easing visa restrictions,” the statement reads. According to the ministry, this a good example of mutually beneficial cooperation, which will help boost business, humanitarian, cultural and tourism ties between the two countries’ people. An additional fee of $143 for tourist and business visas…

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This week in photos: Trump-Kim in Hanoi, Gaga-Cooper duet at Oscars, Dior’s naked alphabet

This week in photos: Trump-Kim in Hanoi, Gaga-Cooper duet at Oscars, Dior’s naked alphabet

US President Donald Trump meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, February 28 © AP Photo/ Evan Vucci A girl who studies in Cucuta, Colombia, points to the Francisco de Paula Santander international bridge, closed by the Venezuelan Bolivarian National Guard, in Urena, Venezuela, February 26. Venezuelan children, who attend school on the Colombian side of the border, have been blocked from class after the border between both countries was closed by the Venezuelan government © AP Photo/Fernando Llano Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper perform “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” at the 91st Academy Awards in Los Angeles, February 24 © REUTERS/Mike Blake A twelve-days-old…

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American rockers Manowar kick off their first big Russian tour with concert in Siberia

American rockers Manowar kick off their first big Russian tour with concert in Siberia

MOSCOW, March 1. /TASS/. American heavy metal rockers Manowar have kicked off the Russian leg of their Final Battle World Tour with a concert in the city of Novosibirsk on Friday. This is the first time when the band is doing an extended tour in Russia. In a phone interview with TASS ahead of the Novosibirsk concert, Joey DeMaio, bassist, main songwriter and the band’s leader said his group always wanted to do a big Russian tour and in particular to visit Siberia despite all those Western myths about severe winters in that part of the country. “It’s cold, but it’s no colder than where…

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Greek justice puts US and EU laws above domestic ones – attorney of jailed Russian

Greek justice puts US and EU laws above domestic ones – attorney of jailed Russian

ATHENS, March 1. /TASS/. The Greek justice has been observing the laws of the United States and the European Union instead of domestic legislation, a lawyer said, commenting on the case of Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, who has been held in custody in Greece for over 18 months without any charges filed against him. “You are living not according to your own laws, but according to the laws of the United States, according to requests of California prosecutors, who wrote in his arrest warrant that Vinnik must be kept in custody without the right for home arrest or release,” said Timofey Musatov, a lawyer who…

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Keeping Russian bitcoin suspect Vinnik in Greek jail for over 18 month illegal – lawyer

Keeping Russian bitcoin suspect Vinnik in Greek jail for over 18 month illegal – lawyer

ATHENS, March 1. /TASS/. The custody of Russian citizen Alexander Vinnik, who has spent more than 18 months in a Greek jail without any charges filed, violates the Greek constitution and is therefore illegal, Greek lawyer Zoe Konstantopoulou told reporters on Thursday. “Alexander Vinnik has spent more than 18 months in prison, which is in breach of the Greek constitution. It says that no one must spend more than 18 months in custody without the indictment. This deadline was violated in Vinnik’s case. His custody is illegal and anti-constitutional,” she said. According to Konstantopoulou, her client has no idea of how long he will have…

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Billy Porter’s Oscar gown ridiculed and condemned in Chechnya

Billy Porter’s Oscar gown ridiculed and condemned in Chechnya

Minister of Culture of Chechnya Khozh-Baudi Daayev condemned the Oscar appearance of American actor Billy Porter, who appeared at the Academy Awards ceremony wearing a gown instead of the traditional men’s suit. According to Daayev, one has been persistently trying to erase all differences between men and women on television lately. “Of course, we condemn it, we make fun of it, we consider it immoral and utterly disgusting. But this is not alien to people who have not even a drop of conscience, shame, morality, dignity, who do not have even human gender,” the minister wrote on his Instagram account. The official stressed that from…

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Protection from foreign cyber aggression crucial to Internet’s future in Russia — Kremlin

Protection from foreign cyber aggression crucial to Internet’s future in Russia — Kremlin

© Denis Vyshinskiy/TASS MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. The Kremlin is certain that threats of cyberattacks from abroad should by no means hamper the development of information systems in Russia. “This comprehensive task, that of protecting the Internet from foreign cyberattacks, by no means signals the intention to narrow the network’s potential. On the contrary, we are considering a digitization program and its further expansion,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. He recalled the corresponding tasks Russian President Vladimir Putin had outlined in his recent message to the Federal Assembly. For this reason, he said, “the technological capabilities inside the country must be developed systematically.…

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Number of extremism-related crimes in 2018 went down by 17%, says Putin

Number of extremism-related crimes in 2018 went down by 17%, says Putin

© Alexander Ryumin/TASS MOSCOW, February 28. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has demanded the Interior Ministry should take a hard line against extremist crimes. Speaking at a board meeting of the Interior Ministry on Thursday Putin said the overall number of such cases was on the decline. “Resistance to extremism is the most important guideline. True, the overall number of registered extremism-related crimes in 2018 went down by nearly 17%. However, different manifestations of such crimes have been registered practically in all regions of Russia,” Putin said. “The Interior Ministry must take a hard line against the radical groups and pool efforts with the public and…

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Ukraine withdraws from Eurovision 2019 song contest

Ukraine withdraws from Eurovision 2019 song contest

© David Jones/CC BY 2.0/Flickr KIEV, February 27. /TASS/. Ukraine will not participate in the Eurovision 2019 international song contest, the press service of the National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine informed on Wednesday. “The National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine withdraws from the Eurovision 2019 international song contest,” the message informs. According to the company’s board member Alexandra Koltsova, “due to excessive politicization of the national selection” the broadcasters decided to withdraw from the Eurovision 2019 song contest. Earlier, all three finalists of the Ukrainian national selection for Eurovision 2019 refused to participate in the contest. Members of the group Anna Maria publicly refused to…

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Putin accepts Israeli PM’s invite to unveiling of monument to Siege of Leningrad victims

Putin accepts Israeli PM’s invite to unveiling of monument to Siege of Leningrad victims

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin © Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, February 27. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin accepted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s invitation to come to Jerusalem for the opening of the monument to the victims of the Siege of Leningrad. “We will unveil a special monument dedicated to the victims of the Siege of Leningrad and we will be very glad to see you, Mr President, at the unveiling of this monument,” Netanyahu addressed the Russian leader. “Thanks, I’ll come,” the Russian state leader accepted the invitation. In other media

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