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The Story of Rossotrudnichestvo: 90 years of people’s diplomacy






This year Rossotrudnichestvo celebrates its 90th anniversary. The organization started off as All-Union Society for Cultural Relations in 1925, continued from 1958 as Union of Soviet Friendship Societies and Cultural Ties with Foreign Countries, as RusInterCentre in 1994 and in 2008 became a Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo).


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Rossotrudnichestvo new office in London (Video tour)

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“What? Where? When?” UK Championship held in London

Чемпионат Великобритании по интеллектуальной игре «Что? Где? Когда?»

9th national championship in “What? Where? When?” intellectual competition took place at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo on May 22. The tournament was attended by 12 teams from London, Edinburgh and Cambridge. The event was held for the ninth time and its popularity is growing from year to year.

President of the Russian branch of the International Advertising Association (IAA), Chairman of the editorial board of the publishing house "AST-Press", as well as the winner of the title of best club captain of "What? Where? When?" Boris Eremin addressed the audience with a greeting speech. The event finalized with the victory of the team "Owl found the tail" from London, which answered most of the questions. Read more »

London Symphony Orchestra under direction of Valery Gergiev played Tchaikovsky in Trafalgar Square

Произведения Чайковского прозвучали на  Трафальгарской площади

London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and renowned Russian conductor Valery Gergiev performed a special concert in London's Trafalgar Square on May 22.

This free event consisted of works composed by legendary Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. The program included the 1812 Overture (written to honor Russia's victory in the war against Napoleon), Symphony No 4 and a suite from his famous ballet Swan Lake.

Participants of LSO’s social program – 42 young musicians from the disadvantaged districts of East London, as well as 23 students of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, joined the performance of the suite side-by-side with orchestra members. Read more »

Awarding ceremony for the best drawings based on the works of Chingiz Aitmatov took place in London

В Лондоне перечитывают Чингиза Айтматова

On May 18, Aitmatov Academy and Collection Red gallery finalised the list of winners of the competition of illustrations based on the works of the prominent Soviet writer and Russian Ambassador to the Benelux countries in 1992-1994 Chingiz Aitmatov. The final stage of the competition as well as the exhibition of the best works took place at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London.

The majority of works received in the framework of the competition, which was held in London, presented illustrations to Aitmatov’s story "Jamila". Kyrgyz, Russian and German artists as well as a Kurdish writer from Turkey presented their vision of the famous works of the author. "Jamila" is considered his most popular story. It has been translated into more than 160 languages. Read more »

Series of webinars organized by the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia continues at Rossotrudnichestvo

В Великобритании продолжается серия организованных РУДН вебинаров по русскому языку

The representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo continues to host series of webinars dedicated to Russian language education organized by the Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (PFUR).

On May 17, teachers of supplementary schools of the UK attended lectures on the prepositional-case system in Russian language textbooks for children of compatriots living abroad. The seminar touched on grammatical difficulties faced by children and teachers while studying prepositional-case system of the Russian language.

Also, educational literature on literary-grammatical constructions for the teaching aids at primary school level were discussed in the framework of the event.

Lecture entitled "Soviet poetry. Yevtushenko. Vysotsky. Asadov. Simonov.Voznesensky" took place at Rossotrudnichestvo in London

В РЦНК в Лондоне прошла лекция «Советская поэзия. Евтушенко. Высоцкий. Асадов. Симонов. Вознесенский»

Lecture entitled "Soviet poetry. Yevtushenko. Vysotsky. Asadov. Simonov. Voznesensky" took place at the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo in London in the framework of the regular meetings of the discussion club “Thinking Out Loud”.

The lecture introduced the attendees of the event to the life and work of the most prominent representatives of Russian poetry of 1940s-1980s, whose works are often perceived as ‘the mirror of the Soviet era’. From the period of the Great Patriotic War through the poetry of the sixties and up to the beginning of the 1980s - eternal verses of Konstantin Simonov, Eduard Asadov, Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Andrei Voznesensky, Mikhail Ancharov and Vladimir Vysotsky were recited in the course of the evening. Read more »

The representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo hosts “ART AT THE FRONT” exhibition

В День Победы в Лондоне открылась выставка «Фронтовое искусство»

Opening of the exhibition “ART AT THE FRONT: Visual encounters by the Russian artist-veterans of the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945” took place at the representative office of Rosstrudnichestvo on the Victory Day. The exhibition shows selected works by Russian artist-veterans of the Great Patriotic War – direct participants in the battle of Berlin, the opening of the Road of Life, the liberation of Leningrad; and the key events on the Kalinin front, the Battle of Kursk and the Warsaw operation. Read more »

A wide variety of events took place in the UK in the framework of the Victory Day celebrations

В Великобритании прошли масштабные торжества по случаю празднования Дня Победы

Large-scale celebrations dedicated to the Victory Day took place in the UK. The march “Immortal Regiment”, which attracted around 2000 participants, had become the central event of the celebrations.

Participants of the event marched through the very centre of the British capital - from Trafalgar Square past the prime minister's residence, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to the Westminster Abbey. Compatriots living in the UK carried pictures of their loved ones - the army or navy veterans, home front workers, partisans, prisoners of Nazi camps, the blockade, resistance fighters, and children of the war. Peace canvas, where everyone could leave their signatures, tailed the march. Read more »

Victory Day Concert held in London

В Лондоне прошел концерт ко Дню Победы

On May 8, a ceremonial concert dedicated to the Victory Day was held at St Stephen's Church in London. This concert has become a civil initiative of compatriots living in the UK.

War poetry and songs performed by both professional and amateur artists, memories and real stories about the war years created a special atmosphere. Guests and participants of the concert celebrated the Victory Day with grief, joy and light sadness. Read more »

Charity event of Russian romances and lyrical songs «Doors of mercy…» held in London

В Лондоне состоялся благотворительный вечер русского романса и лирической песни «Милосердия двери…»

Rusfond UK Charitable Foundation with the support of Rossotrudnichestvo and «Musica Nova» Academy invited all lovers of Russian romances and soulful music to the charity event «Doors of mercy…».

The programme included favourite songs and lyrical romances, which are close to Russian heart, performed by International prize laureates, winners of competitions and festivals, favourite authors, artists and bands.

Evgeniya Terentieva and Yuri Verevkin, Sergey Ponomarenko, Alexander Moshnin and Marina Burima, Tatiana Rybakova, Dulwich College choir «Kindness» and «Russian Souvenir» ensemble supported six year old Evelyn Babenko, who was present at the event, with their performances. Read more »

First SPBU alumni meeting held in London

Первая встреча выпускников СПбГУ состоялась в Лондоне

On May 1 the representative office of Rossotrudnichestvo hosted the first ever meeting of the Alumni Association of the Saint Petersburg University (SPBU).

In the course of the event, graduates of the oldest Russian university of different years and faculties were able to learn about the prospects of cooperation between the University and the alumni, got acquainted with the activities of the Alumni Association of SPBU, as well as discussed the possibility for the establishment of an Alumni Club in London. Read more »

Play “It was a wonderful spring…” based on Bunin’s diaries was held in London

В Лондоне прошел спектакль, основанный на дневниках Бунина «Была чудесная весна...»

A theatrical performance “It was a wonderful spring…” based on the diaries of the Russian writer and poet, the first Russian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature Ivan Bunin took place in the framework of a series of literary evenings in London. The play is based on the diaries that Bunin wrote in exile in France, namely in Grasse, as well as on one of his short stories “Steamboat ‘Saratov’” from the series “Dark Alleys”. Bunin wrote “Dark Alleys” during one of the most difficult periods of his life and considered it his best piece of literary work.

The author of the project Elena Williamson is a big fan of Bunin. She studied the work of the writer for many years and visited places in Paris, which were close to the author and were described in his “Dark Alleys”. Read more »