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These streets CHAGALL... (Part 2)

Among the works of Marc Chagall, sold at prestigious auctions, a special place occupies a modest album, recently brought to the attention of the public and sold at auction at Sotheby's in new York for 602,5 thousand dollars. The book of 85 pages beginning with translations of French poems in Yiddish Bella, first love, the wife and the only Muse of the artist.


Moscow: Vladimir, the Prince against Felix Dzerzhinsky

while in Ukraine dropping from the pedestals of the statues of Lenin in Moscow in the next time there is discussion about whether to return to its "rightful" place at the Lubyanka, the statue is one of the closest associates of I. Felix Dzerzhinsky. However this time we Dzerzhinsky had an alternative - Prince Vladimir.


In Moscow there was held the presentation of the Easter festival

World-famous conductor, artistic Director of the Mariinsky theatre, Valery Gergiev conducted in Moscow, the presentation program of the XIII Moscow Easter festival, which opens April 20, gala concert in the Big hall of the Conservatory and will be completed by tradition, may 9 - Victory Day.


These streets CHAGALL... (Part 1)

Vitebsk glove called the cradle of artists: this city was nursed by Marc Chagall, was not a stranger Ilya Repin and Kazimir Malevich. Throughout the Vitebsk scattered flocks of young people with easels: on the banks of the Western Dvina, Vitba and luchesy, near the town Hall and the Holy resurrection Church, and even the modern 6-thousandth of the Summer amphitheatre.


Russia triumphs

XXII Olympic games broke records on all counts: the quality of the organization, the number of spectators, the number of won medals. Thirty-three medals we won't ever! Russia has won the first place in the medal standings with the youngest in the competition structure. And this happened just four years after the fiasco in Vancouver.


Carnival - spring custom Russians and Belarusians

Carnival is my favorite national holiday. It is celebrated both in Russia and in Belarus, carefully preserving folk traditions. This year the carnival is celebrated from 24 February to 2 March. Pancake week we associate with pancakes, flavoured tea, sweet bagels, dance, songs and dances, the burning of effigies of Winter.


In the Tretyakov gallery opened an exhibition of paintings by Zinaida Serebryakova

In the State Tretyakov gallery opened the exhibition "Zinaida Serebryakova. The Paris period. Alexander and Catherine Serebryakova prepared for the 130th anniversary since the birth of the world-famous artist. Here are paintings from the collection Fund Serebryakova have never been exhibited in Russia.


The Museum of the Afghan war and local conflicts will appear in Moscow

In Moscow's Poklonnaya Gora appears the Museum of military glory, dedicated to the Afghan war (1979-1989) and other local conflicts, which was attended by Russian and Soviet soldiers. This initiative was organized by the Central Museum of the great Patriotic war and the Russian military historical society.


The tax system in Belarus is constantly being improved

world Bank Experts praised the work done in Belarus to improve the tax system and administration, to reduce the tax burden. They conducted a study on the effectiveness of public Finance management in the country for 2010-2012 and came to the conclusion that there has been a positive effect.


XXI Minsk international book exhibition-fair

From 5 to 9 February in the capital of Belarus takes place the XXI Minsk international book fair, which was visited by more than 600 participants from more than 20 countries. The peculiarity of this exhibition is a wide variety of publishing projects. Her motto is "All the books in visit to us, all countries in visit to us."


Removed the sequel to the popular Soviet TV series "State border"

next year, viewers will be able to see the first series of the famous Soviet movie serial


The song "heirs of the Victory"

In preparation of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Victory in great Patriotic war 1941-1945 planned to hold an International festival of military-Patriotic song "heirs of the Victory". Organizer : the Coordinating Council of the International Union of Commonwealth public organizations of veterans (pensioners) of independent States".


Russian mortgage grows wealthy buyers

among the may decrees of President Vladimir Putin, signed shortly after his inauguration, most prominently the decree "on measures to provide Russian citizens with affordable and comfortable housing", which, in particular, requires to develop new and better mortgage terms.


Moscow Christmas festival

From 9 to 22 January in Moscow international house of music, with the blessing of Patriarch Kirill, is one of the most exciting musical events of the early years of the IV Moscow Christmas festival of sacred music, the art Directors are Vladimir Spivakov and Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk.


Patriarch Kirill presents Makarievsky awards to academician historians

On 12 November Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, and Vladimir Fortov, the President of the RAS, presented the Makaryevsky awards – the most prestigious scientific awards in the field of church history. The awards were wont by the authors of 21 monographs, including research in the study of sources, church history, and cultural science.


Belarusian Exarchate office to opens in the Church of Irina the Martyr

Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk and Slutsk, the Patriarchal Exarch of All Belarus, told bishops at the Belarusian Orthodox Church Synod meeting on 11 November that the Belarusian Exarchate will open an office in Moscow.


Mikhail Elsky International Bowed String Instruments Competition opens in Belarus

Minsk is hosting the 3d Mikhail Elsky International Contest for Bowed String Instrumentalists. Taking part in the contest are 89 musicians from 12 countries, with 26 participants representing Belarus.


‘Guitar expansion’ in Moscow

On 4 December 2013 the Moscow Music Centre will host ‘Guitar Expansion’, a unique music performance. This is an instrumental project by Irina Ignatyuk - Belarus and Russia's first female guitar virtuoso and star of the acoustic guitar. The performance will include the best compositions created jointly with musicians from Brazil, France and Cuba.


Film campaign to celebrate Union State Day

A large-scale event to celebrate Union State Day of Belarus and Russia will be held at cinemas in Minsk and other cities during April and May 2014. The Day is celebrated annually on 2 April. The event will be organised by the State Film Fund of Russia (Gosfilmofond), the Ministry of Culture of Belarus and Belarusian film distributors.


Union State awards are presented at the Listapad film festival

The results of the 20th Listapad Minsk International Film Festival have been decided. On 8 November the special prizes of the Permanent Committee of the Union State and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union State were awarded to the documentary and feature films ‘The Role’, ‘Why am I here’ and ‘My Distance’.

Photo by Georgy Pogorelov


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