Category: Society & Culture

Poor visibility? Pilots re-route landing to other Moscow airports instead of Domodedovo

Poor visibility? Pilots re-route landing to other Moscow airports instead of Domodedovo

© Mikhail Tereshchenko/TASS MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. Six flight commanders decided to land at alternate airports instead of Moscow’s Domodedovo on Wednesday, the airport’s press service told TASS. According to earlier reports, due to fog, pilots decided to land at Sheremetyevo instead of Domodedovo. “Flights continue to arrive in and depart from Domodedovo Airport but it is the flight commander who makes decisions about landing depending on the meteorological minimum – critical weather conditions under which a particular flight commander is allowed to take off and land. A total of six flight commanders have so far decided to land at alternate airports,” the press service said.…

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Over 2,600 events included in Russia’s Year of Theater calendar — ministry

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin addresses a ceremony to open the 2019 Year of Theatre in Russia at Volkov Russian State Academic Drama Theatre © Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The schedule of the Year of Theater, to be marked in Russia in 2019, will include more than 2,600 events, Russian Deputy Culture Minister Pavel Stepanov said. “At the moment, the schedule includes over 2,600 events at more than 500 platforms. Over 600 cultural institutions have joined, and I expect their number to grow further,” he said. The official expects the audience of Russian theaters to grow by at least ten…

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Over 2,600 events included in Russia’s Year of Theater schedule — ministry

Over 2,600 events included in Russia’s Year of Theater schedule — ministry

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin addresses a ceremony to open the 2019 Year of Theatre in Russia at Volkov Russian State Academic Drama Theatre © Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. The schedule of the Year of Theater, to be marked in Russia in 2019, will include more than 2,600 events, Russian Deputy Culture Minister Pavel Stepanov said. “At the moment, the schedule includes over 2,600 events at more than 500 platforms. Over 600 cultural institutions have joined, and I expect their number to grow further,” he said. The official expects the audience of Russian theaters to grow by at least ten…

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Putin invites family of sick child on walk around Moscow

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has invited Arslan Kaipkulov, a 15-year-old high school student from Russia’s Bashkortostan, who earlier visited the presidential plane as part of the Dream With Me project aimed at fulfilling the dreams of seriously ill children, on a tour around Moscow. During a phone call, Putin asked the teenager how long he had spent in Moscow, and whether he had seen anything except the airport and the presidential plane. The Russian leader stated that he is glad that the boy’s dream to visit the presidential plane came true, and offered him a tour of Moscow during the festive…

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Russian citizens should feel results of national projects in 2019-President Putin

MOSCOW, December 25. / TASS /. The implementation of national projects in pursuance of the May decree should already give positive results in 2019, said Russian President Vladimir Putin, at the meeting with the leadership of the Federation Council and the State Duma on Tuesday. The President thanked the parliamentarians for the support and thoughtful work on the key decisions in the current year, including initiatives under the May decree, the funding for which has been already incorporated into the federal budget. “Now it is extremely important to achieve success in the implementation of each national project, to significantly and confidently move forward in achieving…

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Ombudsperson to challenge court ruling on mother abandoning child in Moscow region

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. A mother abandoning her one-and-a-half-year-old son in an apartment building hallway was fined to the tune of 40,000 rubles ($581) and released from custody, the city court of Shchelkovo, the Moscow region, ruled on Tuesday. The toddler was found by tenants of the apartment building on October 14. He was frightened and affected by cold. The boy was handed over to foster parents while search was underway for his mom. She was arrested on October 24. Tatyana Grinishak turned out to be a Ukrainian national and said during the questioning that she had intentionally abandoned the child “due to a difficult…

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Wishes come true: child gets a tour of Putin’s presidential plane

Wishes come true: child gets a tour of Putin’s presidential plane

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. 15-year-old Arslan Kaipkulov, a sick child from Russia’s Bashkortostan, has visited Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plane, Ilyushin Il-96-300. Arslan’s dream was to shoot a video report on board the presidential plane. On Tuesday, Arslan and his mother were given a tour of the plane. “This is the top secret plane of the country, it is an honor for me to be on it,” he said. The boy added that his dream had come true. Kaipkulov noted the high level of comfort on the presidential plane; however, he added that the cockpit was what had impressed him the most. The teenager said…

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Over 6.6 million dollars allocated for animated film production in Russia in 2018

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. This year, the Russian Ministry of Culture has allocated more than 460 million rubles ($ 6.682 million) for the production of animated films, and work on 186 cartoons is to be finished this year, according to the ministry. Besides, the ministry has been supporting leading animation film festivals, it said in a report. “Production of 186 animated films, including 24 serials, is planned to be completed in 2018 with the support of the Russian Ministry of Culture,” it said. These are mainly screen versions of fairytales and literary works. A total of 232 animated films, including 32 serials and shorts have…

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Putin’s annual news conference draws over 1 billion viewers on social media

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. More than 1.1 billion social media users closely followed Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference, which was held on December 20, the Medialogiya monitoring company said in a report. Social media users left a total of 584,000 messages from December 20 to 22 concerning the president’s news conference. “The total coverage was more than 1.1 billion users. These figures considerably exceeded those of 2017, which in general corresponds to the overall increase in user activity along social media,” the company noted. Most social media users were interested in Putin’s answer about his marriage prospects (38% of the total audience), his…

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Crimean authorities always welcome foreign journalists’ visits

SIMFEROPOL, December 25. /TASS/. Crimea’s authorities will always welcome foreign journalists’ visits there so that they inform the global community about the actual situation on the peninsula, Crimean head Sergei Aksyonov said on Tuesday. Ukraine’s Ministry of Information Policy earlier reported that a new procedure for foreign journalists’ entry to Crimea, which Kiev considers to be its territory, was develped after martial law had been declared in some regions of the country. To travel to the peninsula through the Ukrainian checkpoints, media workers currently need special permits. “We always welcome foreign journalists’ visits to Crimea. The Crimean authorities have never created any obstacles in terms…

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Siberian deep freeze slashes military guard shifts, but beefs up calories in zoo diets

Siberian deep freeze slashes military guard shifts, but beefs up calories in zoo diets

MOSCOW, December 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Western Siberian regions have been hit with arctic temperatures that plummeted to minus 40 degrees Celsius (minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit), and this deep freeze is expected to last until December 28. Due to the cold spell, military units deployed to these regions have cut the duration of their guard shifts. In addition, zookeepers are fattening up animals with a high-calorie diet to help them weather the frigid temperatures, while utility services had to deal with the aftermath of a heat transport system accident. The Central Military District’s 41st Combined Arms Army Command has taken additional measures in order to ensure…

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Domestic films give Russia’s box office a $197 mln boost by end of year — foundation

© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. The number of viewers in Russian cinemas will exceed 56 million by the end of 2018, and Russian movies will hit the box office of 13.5 billion rubles ($196.7 million), the press service of the Russian Cinema Foundation (Fond Kino) told TASS on Monday. Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said earlier that the box office of Russian movies has doubled over the last 7 years, while the number of viewers that watched Russian movies exceeded 55 million in 2018. “On the last weekend of this year, traditional New Year movies will be released – the final part of the…

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Azerbaijan’s policy of supporting Russian language ‘absolutely right’ — president

Azerbaijan’s president lauds ‘absolutely right’ policy of supporting Russian language

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev © Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has described his country’s policy of supporting Russian language as “absolutely right” and successful. “Our policy towards supporting Russian language, towards creating better conditions for its development is absolutely right. And we see its positive results,” he told Rossiya 24 YV channel on Monday. According to the Azerbaijani leader, the Russian language is in high demand in the country and this demand is only growing. “Speaking Russian is a necessity. On the other hand, it is a tribute to our historical ties. I see that it is…

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Box office of Russian movies to hit 13.5 billion rubles by end of year — Cinema Foundation

© Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. The number of viewers in Russian cinemas will exceed 56 million by the end of 2018, and Russian movies will hit the box office of 13.5 billion rubles ($196.7 million), the press service of the Russian Cinema Foundation (Fond Kino) told TASS on Monday. Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky said earlier that the box office of Russian movies has doubled over the last 7 years, while the number of viewers that watched Russian movies exceeded 55 million in 2018. “On the last weekend of this year, traditional New Year movies will be released – the final part of the…

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Azerbaijan’s policy of supporting Russian language ‘absolutely right’ — president

Azerbaijan’s policy of supporting Russian language ‘absolutely right’ — president

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev © Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev has described his country’s policy of supporting Russian language as “absolutely right” and successful. “Our policy towards supporting Russian language, towards creating better conditions for its development is absolutely right. And we see its positive results,” he told Rossiya 24 YV channel on Monday. According to the Azerbaijani leader, the Russian language is in high demand in the country and this demand is only growing. “Speaking Russian is a necessity. On the other hand, it is a tribute to our historical ties. I see that it is…

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Moscow to see Russian Film Market April 15-18, 2019

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. The Russian Film Market, the largest national event in the movie business sphere with participating industry representatives from the whole world, is scheduled to take place in April of the next year, Program Director of the event Ekaterina Bordacheva told TASS on Monday. “The Film Market will be held in the conference space at 36 Novy Arbat Street within four business days, from April 15 to 18,” she said. Presentations and papers of global movie studios will be largely showed within the Film Market framework, organizers say. “We always have very large April market and global studios like Universal, Warner Bros.,…

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Russian Father Frost gets military exoskeleton to make his gift-bringing job easier

MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Russia’s Rostec Corporation has made a military exoskeleton for the all-Russia Father Frost, the Russian Santa Claus, to make the task of bringing gifts to the children easier for him, the press service of the corporation said on Monday. It said Father Frost from Veliky Ustyug, his homeland, had demonstrated the gift in Ostankino TV Tower. “Father Frost tested the exoskeleton by lifting heavy loads, and independently got to the viewing platform of the TV Tower at an altitude of 337 meters wearing the exoskeleton,” Rostec said. It quoted Father Frost as hailing the gift as essential for his job, in…

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Final farewell: A tribute to those we lost in 2018

Final farewell: A tribute to those we lost in 2018

Irish singer and leader of The Cranberries Dolores O’Riordan died at 46 on January 15 © EPA/MACIEJ KULZYNSKI Paul Bocuse, a master of French cuisine, died aged 91 on January 20 © AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani Swedish founder of the Ikea furniture chain, Ingvar Kamprad passed away on January 27. He was 91 © EPA/INTER IKEA SYSTEMS B.V./HO Hubert de Givenchy, founder of the eponymous French fashion house, died on March 10. He was 91 © EPA-EFE/KIKI HUESCA Renowned Russian actor and theater director Oleg Tabakov died aged 82 on March 12 © Alexandra Mudrats/TASS Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s finest scientific minds, died on March 14 at the…

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Patriarch Kirill mourns Indonesian tsunami victims

Patriarch Kirill mourns Indonesian tsunami victims

© AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill has expressed condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo in connection with a devastating tsunami that killed hundreds of people, saying he would pray that those injured get well soon, the press service of the Moscow Patriarchate said on Monday. “I learned with deep sorrow about catastrophic consequences of the tsunami that hit the western coast of Indonesia on Saturday. The calamity brought deaths and sufferings to many people, dealing sizable damage to the infrastructure of the region,” the patriarch said in the letter of condolences. “In these hard for the people…

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Holiday Shopping

Holiday Shopping

From wrapping paper and tinsel to unique gifts for family and friends: there are so many wonderful holiday shopping options to discover in Moscow.

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Three-year-old survives sub-zero night in Russia’s Far East after father dies in accident

KHABAROVSK, December 24. /TASS/. A three-year-old boy survived a frosty night, having found himself alone in taiga a few kilometers away from a sparsely inhabited community in Russia’s Khabarovsk Region after his father’s tragic death, a source in the administration of the Komsomolsky District’s Kenai village informed TASS on Monday. According to the source, a local man, having taken his son from a day-care center, went to the river with him in order to check out the road for an upcoming fishing trip. When they were about 3 kilometers away from the settlement, the man left the child ashore and drove on the ice, which…

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Russian Church to reach out to global rights groups to defend religious freedom in Ukraine

Russian Church to reach out to global rights groups to defend religious freedom in Ukraine

Head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal Department for the Church’s Relations with Society and the Mass Media Vladimir Legoida © Nikolai Galkin/TASS MOSCOW, December 24. /TASS/. The Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) is looking forward to assistance from international human rights groups given the situation involving the canonical Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC), head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Synodal Department for the Church’s Relations with Society and the Mass Media, Vladimir Legoida, said on Monday. “Of course, we will continue to knock on the doors of international human rights groups and reach out to those who can influence the situation in Ukraine. What has happened is not conducive…

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Russian youth organization sends New Year gifts to Syrian children

LATAKIA /Syria/, December 24. /TASS/. Members of the Yunarmia Russian patriotic youth organization have sent New Year gifts to children from the Syrian city of Al-Suqaylabiyah, Director of Yunarmia’s Military-Patriotic Education Department Anton Kuznetsov told reporters, adding that the gifts contained over 600 stationery sets. “This is not the first time Yunarmia is participating in a mission dubbed “From Russian Children to Syrian Children,” he said, pointing out that the Russian Defense Ministry and the Russian Center for Reconciliation of the Opposing Sides in Syria had helped to deliver the gifts to Syria. According to Kuznetsov, Yunarmia members sought to make Syrian kids smile, so…

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Russian Santas parade through Manhattan

Russian Santas parade through Manhattan

© Natalia Slavina/TASS NEW YORK, December 24. /TASS/. More than 100 Russians dressed as Ded Moroz (or Father Frost) and Snegurochka (or Snow Maiden) have paraded through New York City’s Manhattan borough, Igor Kochan, the head of the Russian Youth of America organization that arranged the event, told TASS. The parade kicked off from the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Cathedral on 97th street. Parade participants took a short subway ride, made a stop at Bryant Park and eventually arrived in Times Square. All along the way, the event’s members wished happy holidays to passersby, gave them Russian souvenirs and explained why Russia’s Ded Moroz is different…

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Medvedev offers condolences to Indonesian president over human deaths in tsunami

Medvedev offers condolences to Indonesian president over human deaths in tsunami

© Dmitry Astakhov/Russian government press service/TASS MOSCOW, December 23. /TASS/. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has offered his condolences to Indonesian President Joko Widodo over numerous human deaths caused by a devastating tsunami, the press service of the Russian government said on Sunday. “On behalf of the Russian government and on my own behalf, I offer sincere condolences over numerous human deaths caused by a devastating tsunami in the Sunda Strait that followed a Krakatoa eruption,” the prime minister said in a message of condolences. He asked the Indonesian president to convey “the words of empathy and support to the families of those killed and wishes…

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BBC continues working in Russia, taking advantage of media benefits – Kremlin

BBC continues working in Russia, taking advantage of media benefits – Kremlin

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Mikhail Mettsel/TASS PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, December 23. /TASS/. Journalists of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) continue working in Russia and taking advantage of all benefits of mass media despite the checks launched by the Russian telecom watchdog, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin” on Rossiya 1 TV channel on Sunday. “We have correspondents of the BBC here, despite the fact that they are being scrutinized now. They are working and taking advantage of all benefits of foreign media outlets and all benefits as guaranteed by the law on mass media,” Peskov said. On Friday, Russia’s telecom watchdog, Roskomnadzor, launched…

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