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In the State of California, far away from Russia, but with which however, our country is bound by invisible historical ties, our compatriots celebrated the 140th anniversary of the birthday of Sergei Vasiievich Rachmaninoff. Nostalgia for his homeland remaining in his soul like an eternal garden of blooming lilacs, not only did not bring a new wave into the works of the great composer, but did not make his soul an emigrant in a strange land, giving up its life. The organizers of the concert named their dedication to Rachmaninoff the "Eternal Music", and it would be more accurate to describe them as triumphal evening events, as if the celebrations were conducted by the Maestro himself.

"International Affairs" magazine, with the support of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in London, hosted an international conference on "The Arab Spring: scenarios for the future." The two-panel session was attended by leading political figures, politicians and influential business representatives from Russia, the United Kingdom and other European countries, including: Alexei Vasiliev, director of the RAS Institute of African Studies; Fyodor Lukyanov, editor of "Russia in Global Affairs" journal; Sergei Karaganov, a Russian political analyst, Professor Igor Pellicciari (Italy ); Jane Kinninmont, a senior researcher at the Institute of International Relations (UK), Roula Khalaf, Special Correspondent (The Financial Times); and Professor Fawaz Gerges, London School of Economics (UK).

I cordially welcome the organisers and participants of the International Conference convened to discuss scenarios of the future in the Arab world. Today, the Middle East and North Africa region having entered a turbulent zone is justifiably a top priority on the international agenda. It is not only the future of the nations of the region, but, to a large extent, shaping the foundation of a new polycentric world order, that depend on the way the situation in the Arab world will evolve and on what principles its conflicts will be resolved. Russia supports the Arab nations’ aspirations for a better life, advance along the path of democratic reforms and creation of more effective social and economic systems. At the same time, we are convinced that these objectives should be attained by peaceful, evolutionary means, and by avoiding use of force and violence.

The president of Ecuador, Rafael Correa Delgado, an economist and a great friend of Russia came to Moscow on an official visit. Our honorable guest was accompanied by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic and other officials. President Correa held talks with Vladimir Putin and held a meeting with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, with other VIPs, as well as with Russian businessmen. A number of important international agreements were signed.

Rafael Correa has been in our country before. So the time came around again for a new meeting of the Ecuadorian leader with Russia. In recent years, the Republic of Ecuador has noticeably revived its partnership with Russia. Bilateral trade has grown significantly, reaching $1.3 billion last year. Under the leadership of Rafael Correa, the South American republic has made a breakthrough in cooperation with Russia in the energy sector. Ecuador has become Russia’s third largest trade and economic partner in the region, after Brazil and Argentina. The flowers and tropical fruits of this friendly country are familiar to almost every Russian. But it is noticeable to everyone, that this is not the most important sphere of our economic cooperation...

In a Moscow supermarket my attention was drawn to a new product on the shelves of cereals - quinoa (la quinoa). And then I remembered that the current year 2013 was declared by the United Nations to be the "International Year of Quinoa." This is a very ancient crop. The Incas cultivated it over three thousand years ago. Also, by the way, they called the fruit of the quinoa "divine seed", which gives people strength.

In the pre-Columbian era in the Andes, it was the second most important staple food after potatoes. When the quinoa plantations bloom, they are painted a golden color. That’s why, the grains from the crop are also called “golden grains”.

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  • Date: 5-11-2013, 10:25
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I would like to add my voice to express my warmest greetings to the participants and guests of the conference dedicated to 185 years of accession to office by the first Greek President and the establishment of diplomatic relations between our countries.

Russia and Greece are united by old traditions of friendship and cooperation. The closeness and mutual attraction between our people have a deep rooted world view, and are based on joint spirituality and similar cultural and civilisational traits. By and large, this has predetermined the mutual entanglement of the historical fates of people from these two countries, which are certainly reflected in personal biographies.

Lviv is an ancient city, whose history is inextricably linked with the history of Russia. These days, Lviv is not associated with Russia, but with the Ukrainian nationalist ideology. Many people mistakenly think that Lviv is not only the center, but the epicenter, the main place for nationalist ideas, but that is not correct.

In contrast, in Lviv you can easily hear Russian spoken. Beautiful and monumental, the old quarters attract a lot of tourists, including from the south-east of Ukraine and Russia. Knowledge of the Russian language is a practical necessity for the people of Lviv.

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  • Date: 1-11-2013, 19:43
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Russian compatriots living and working in different countries and cities, certainly find common interests, not only in the professional sphere, but also in their leisure time, which there is very little of, generally speaking. However, the Russian diaspora in Sacramento (California) has presented itself as an appreciative audience for classical chamber performance, which allowed for just one evening to forget California’s hustle and bustle and to "visit" Paris.

The 70th anniversary of the Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers of the USSR, the USA and the UK took place in a mansion house at 17 Spiridonovka Street, which in 1943 saw the adoption of a document which later became the prototype for the UN Charter. In his address at the celebration of the anniversary, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov described the first conference of the representatives of the Allied Powers of the anti-Hitler coalition as unique in its value. “The complete defeat of the aggressors was still far away, but the participants in the Moscow conference were united in their understanding of the need for a strong and durable foundation for a new world order that would ensure the freedom and independence of peoples, and the of outlawing war as a means of settling international disputes."

He is called the outstanding Polish composer of the twentieth century, and one of the most important to have created work after Chopin. Hailing from the remote province of Little Russia, half- Polish, half German, he went on to became the musical Olympus of Warsaw, where he arrived as a young man, enrolling at the local conservatory in 1901, and he remained gloriously renowned for many years. Karol Szymanowski was born in 1882 in the Russian Empire, in the small village of Tymoshowka (now in the Cherkasy region of the Ukraine).

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  • Date: 21-10-2013, 15:03
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