Durham University students get acquainted with Chekhov

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Students of one of UK’s leading universities who are studying Russian language were invited to an online meeting dedicated to Anton Chekhov’s 160th anniversary.

During the nationwide quarantine in the UK, all language classes in the country's universities were switched to an online format. This made it possible to invite several interesting guests to attend the classes, which may not have been feasible under normal conditions.

The meeting was opened by the representative of Rossotrudnichestvo in the UK Anton Chesnokov. He spoke about the organization’s activities and about the measures taken by the organization to preserve and promote the Russian language abroad. Dmitry Turchaninov, the director of the first professional Russian-speaking theatre in London ‘Xameleon’, immersed the audience in the history of Chekhov’s childhood and youth, so that British students could better understand the circumstances in which he developed as the classic of Russian literature.

The meeting was organized and moderated by Olga Zabotkina, a Russian language teacher at Durham University.

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