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Greece is perhaps Russia’s oldest friend. The history of relations between our two nations is more than a thousand years old. But it is not so much about a matter of the time, but about the strength of the bonds of true friendship between our two brotherly nations, in the

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 1-10-2013, 18:45
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Researchers from one of Latin America's  biggest botanical gardens - the Soroa Orchid Botanical Garden sited in the province of Artemisa, not far from Havana – floated a new program aimed at helping children develop environment awareness. Overall, it is a strongly held belief in Cuba that teaching to appreciate and preserve nature should begin at the earliest age possible. The initiative announced by Cuban horticulture specialists coincided in time with the World Environment Day which, as suggested by the UN, is celebrated globally on June 5 with the goal of inspiring literally everyone to contribute to environment preservation.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 5-07-2013, 15:11
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The grave of Todor Minkov, an outstanding Bulgarian enlightener, was discovered in a state of total neglect in the midst of a historical cemetery in Drahichyn, Belarus, in 2012 [1]. On January 4, 2013, a convention, attended by diplomats from the embassy of Bulgaria in Belarus, gathered in Mensk to commemorate Minkov's birthday (January 2, 1830) [2]. Shortly after the finding of the burial site was reported on TV in the Open Format show, the place was carefully rebuilt by volunteers from the cadet corps of the city of Slonim who thus expressed their regard for the legacy of Minkov, a principal of one of the first youth military schools in Belarus.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 3-07-2013, 15:06
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"An Orthodox Pole," sounds as unusual as a "Russian Catholic." The Polish national character is as inseparable from Catholicism as the Russian character is from Orthodoxy. But there is not only a Catholic Poland, but an Orthodox Poland.

Who ever happens to have been in eastern Poland, could see Catholic churches with obvious features of Byzantine architecture. These are former Orthodox churches, taken over by Catholics. The transfer of Orthodox churches under the jurisdiction of the Polish Catholic church took place for various reasons. One of these was the desire to strengthen the influence of Catholicism in eastern Poland, another was because of the small number of parishioners, and there were other reasons.  It was a particularly difficult time for the followers of Polish Orthodoxy as it came during the so-called rehabilitation - the time of the rule of Jozef Pilsudski, when all over the country Orthodox holy sites were destroyed, which in the eyes of Polish Patriots personified Russian influence. Under the guise of fighting the Russian imperial legacy, churches were torn down, and pressure put on the Orthodox congregation, which had to live in a climate of extreme tension and anti-orthodox phobia.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 14-06-2013, 19:26
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“...With her art, this talented and original girl has paved another scenic bridge between Moscow and Havana, between Russia and Cuba." That thought haunted me when a few days ago I viewed the paintings of the young (and beautiful!), Moscow artist Maria Santiagovna Valdez, in the Phoenix exhibition Hall.

Talking about the visual arts is not always a thankless job. No wonder people say that it is better to see something once than to hear about it seven times. Therefore, in addition to the text on our website, "International Affairs" magazine posted a gallery of the artist with my photos of her paintings, which, of course, it is better to see with your own eyes.

Maria Valdez’s exhibition in the Phoenix is called "This is my Havana." On the canvases are views, landscapes, and images of the Cuban capital. Generally, landscapes have been a long time favorite for Maria, her most preferred genre. Each landscape has a mood, each detail gives atmosphere, and each painting is a riot of tropical colors and laconic brushstrokes.

Maria, usually talks about herself sparingly, because she prefers to talk about others.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 3-06-2013, 12:08
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An international conference on "The role of parliamentary institutions in building a Europe without dividing lines" was held in St. Petersburg by the Inter-parliamentary Assembly of Member Nations of the Commonwealth of Independent States (IPA CIS), and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). This year, the PACE and the IPA CIS mark the 15th anniversary of the signing of the Agreement on Cooperation.

"The fact that this conference is conducted by the two major parliamentary organizations of our continent, inspires optimism and confidence that eventually we will be able to overcome the existing barriers and create a common legal and humanitarian space in Europe,"  stated the Chairman of the IPA CIS V.I . Matviyenko, at the opening ceremony.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 25-04-2013, 15:16
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What sports do we associate with the giant tropical nation of Brazil? In first place, of course, is football. Also volleyball, basketball, Formula 1 and other types of racing. Also beach volleyball and beach football, mini-football, futsal, martial arts, wrestling, capoeira, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and mixed styles.... And, yet, "tropical" Brazilian athletes will try anything to get to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. This was stated by the head of the National Confederation of winter sports in Brazil (they actually have one!) Stefano Arnhold. According to him, his countrymen have considerably advanced technically compared with Turin in 2006, and by 2014, are hoping to further improve their results. In Vancouver in 2010, five Brazilians already showed good form, and despite the lack of medals, successfully qualified for the Games, which can be considered to be an excellent result. Why? Because the sportsmen from hot tropical Brazil have had to overcome the most difficult obstacle - nature. In a country where it never snows, there are no conditions for winter sports. Still, athletes from the Tropical giant seek to fly across the ocean to participate in the Sochi Olympics.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 16-02-2013, 12:00
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They say that war is the continuation of politics only by other means. It is equally true that language is a continuation of politics, and the ancient Roman proverb, "who rules, creates the religion" can be safely reinterpreted, saying "who rules, creates the language."

The intellectual image of a country is determined by the degree of spread of its language on the adjacent territory, and the degree of involvement of these areas in the political orbit of a large nation is determined by the depth of penetration of the language of the nation into their culture.

In the last decades, we have witnessed a real "terminology war" between Russia and the West. Western political analysts, especially from the Anglo-Saxon countries, are engaged in developing political, geographical and international legal terminology, the application of which distorts the meaning behind the realities of Russian history.

Take for instance, the term "occupation" as applied to the annexation of the Baltic States by the Soviet Union on the basis of bilateral agreements! (1). Even though the "occupied" had equal rights and duties as the "invaders" and occupied the highest positions in the power hierarchy, Western politicians stubbornly juggle with the term "occupation".

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  • Date: 15-02-2013, 23:44
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I am walking through Managua ... and I still cannot believe that the last time we met was 20 years ago. And all around me it is not the same Nicaragua, with which I once had many journalistic dates; it is a completely different country. The people look the same – honest and enterprising, dreamlike and friendly. But they are, if you look closely, also a little different.

The country is not divided, as before, into two hostile camps - the Sandinistas and the "Contras." The Republic has become, as it were, multipolitized. There is no sharp distinction between "us" and "them." The Civil War and the "contras" are in the past, and the Sandinistas that returned to power are not the same. They have also become multipolitized. 

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  • Date: 20-01-2013, 23:08
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Such was the destiny of this correspondent’s duties that I was to travel to Morocco on a regular basis over the years, and oranges along with Tangier no longer induce in me such a severe emotional reaction.

Over the years the borders have opened, and now you can hit the road to Tangier any time, and Russian stores are full of oranges from Morocco.

But, closer inspection proved that Morocco is not only rich in citrus fruits. A recent trip there brought another Moroccan surprise – the farmers in Agadir province are ready and willing to provide Russia with fresh vegetables every winter.  These goods grow here all year, and yields are in the hundreds of thousands of tons.

  • Category: Experts |
  • Date: 17-01-2013, 00:30
  • Views: 5 852