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Russia will present a national stand at the 43rd Calcutta International Book Fair in India that will be held from January 31 to February 11, TASS reports. The official opening of the Russian national stand will take place on January 31 at 16:00 (local time). As the head of the Consulate General of Russian in Kolkata Alexey Idamkin noted, for the first time Russia has been chosen as the theme country at the International Kolkata Book Fair.

Today, we are talking with Dr. Sofija Bajrektarevic, vibrant and charming yet, bold and visionary founder and general director of a comprehensive platform aimed at unifying potentials for the future: Culture for Peace. From the very heart of Old continent, central Europe’s shiny capital – Vienna, an interesting message of sustainability comes through a web of meanings: connecting scientific approach, artistic touch and practical yet decisive action.

A major retrospective exhibition “Chagall: Between Heaven and Earth” takes place in the historical-architectural “New Jerusalem” museum located in the Moscow Region. Installed in the modern exhibition complex next to the New Jerusalem monastery, the historical heart of the city of Istra, the exhibition presents 239 works by the Russian-French artist (1887, Vitebsk – 1985, Saint-Paul-de-Vence) including paintings, etchings, drawings, and tapestries.
An honorary reception has been held in the run-up to preparations to celebrate Years of Sino-Russian Scientific-Technical and Innovative Cooperation in 2020–2021. Bilateral ties between Russia and China boast a history of 70 years of cooperation that feature coordination of efforts in science, technology and innovation, pursuit of bilateral projects, and the elaboration of a joint plan of action.
The popularity of studying the Russian language in Austria is growing, the Russian ambassador Dmitry Lyubinsky noted. He said this in a message to the participants of the III Vienna forum of Russian language specialists from EU, TASS reported. According to Dmitry Lyubinsky, more than 7.5 thousand schoolchildren and about 4 thousand students study the Russian language in Austria.
The 14th International folklore festival Pokrovskie Kolokola (Pokrovsky bells) started in Vilnius, the Russkiy Mir Foundation reported. Pokrovskie Kolokola is an international festival that in a short time managed to gain immense prestige not only in Lithuania but also abroad. The Festival represents the traditional culture of different countries, strengthens cultural ties. According to the Russkiy Mir Foundation, the cultural forum received its name after the Orthodox holiday of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
On Oct. 31- Nov. 1, Russia’s Volgograd is hosting the “Dialogue on the Volga: Peace and Mutual Understanding in the 21st Century” International Public Diplomacy Forum. For the first time, the event is being organized with the support of Rossotrudnichestvo and will welcome 48 delegates of the “New Generation” program among its guests. The forum will take place at Volgograd State University and will be held in partnership with the Government of the Volgograd Region.
It does not happen too often that a museum exhibition becomes not only a notable art event of the season but also a moving personal story that a visitor cannot miss. It is exactly the case with the show “Vertical - Horizontal: Richard Paul Lohse - Vladimir Andreenkov” currently hosted by the Schusev State Museum of Architecture with the support of Swiss Embassy in Russia, Pro Helvetia Moscow and Nadja Brykina Foundation. The project is dedicated to the 45th anniversary of the meeting of a Swiss artists and architect Richard Paul Lohse (1902–1988) and the Soviet nonconformist graphic artist Vladimir Andreenkov (born 1930).
As two great powers, Russia and the United States are the world’s leading geopolitical players with a decisive say in global politics. Therefore, any souring of relations between the two poses new challenges and threats to global stability. This is the future which awaits young people, who still want to live in a world where they can freely communicate without borders, enjoy professional growth and be able to work productively. This is exactly the reason why the "Russian-American Summit of Young Leaders: Together We Model the Future" was held to discuss how best the United States and Russia can constructively cooperate with each other.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was a writer, and author of the famous, kind hearted fairytale “The Little Prince” (“Le Petit Prince”), a pilot, who died at the end of the Second World War, and a romantic, whose pen gave the world the sincere lines from the novel “Wind, Sand and Stars”: “the only real luxury is the luxury of human communication”. Last but not least, he was a journalist, who visited our country in the 1930s and wrote about that time period.