Archive for June, 2011

Russian Mir submersibles will soon dive into the depths of Lake Geneva, the EPFL, the Swiss federal polytechnic institute in Lausanne announced. Fifteen teams from five countries (Russian, Switzerland, France, Great Britain and the United States) will carry out field research using the submersibles from June to August in a project dubbed Elemo.

Geology, biology (especially micro-pollutants and bacteriology) and physics projects will be undertaken to better understand how human activity affects the lake.

Anatoly Sagalevitch, a member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the expedition leader for many missions on board the Mir submersibles, notably in the Arctic and Lake Baikal, will join the project for the summer of 2011, with his team.

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The celebration of the 150th anniversary of the St.Petersburg State Conservatory in 2012 is in the list of global events to be held under UNESCO’s patronage next year.

St.Petersburg’s Rimsky-Korsakoff State Conservatory, founded in 1862, gave the world a constellation of renowned alumni, including Peter Tchaikovsky, Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitry Shostakovich, Mikhail Gnesin and Georgy Sviridov.

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People who study the life and work of great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin often say that he brought the world to Russia. The traditional festival named Pushkin in Britain is a testament to that. It began in London on the 2nd of June and will last until the 6th of June, the poet’s birthday which Russia annually marks as Pushkin Day.

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The treaty signed this last Wednesday at the Venetian Palazzo Ca’ Farsetti is set to put cultural co-operation between Venice and St. Petersburg on a new level.

Its program will include exchanging top professionals in art history, museum craft, the restoration of historical monuments and preservation of cultural heritage. Projects dedicated to collecting, theater art and architecture have also been included on the extensive program of strengthening cultural ties between Russia and Italy.

The treaty was signed by the head of St. Petersburg’s main fine arts museum, the State Hermitage, Mikhail Piotrovsky, the head of the Italian city of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, and the heads of several influential cultural institutions.

The mayor of Venice underlined that the history of intense cultural co-operation between Venice and St. Petersburg goes back several centuries. “Opening today the ‘big season’ of renewed relations i the field of culture, we hope that in the future these relations will contribute to the creation of an extensive inter-European cultural co-operation system, with [Venice] becoming its important center,” Giorgio Orsoni said.

The treaty was signed within Russia-Italy cross-cultural year. Hundreds of events aimed at spreading Italian culture to Russia and vice versa are being held in Russian and Italian cities.

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Crew members of the Russian Soyuz spaceship due to be launched to the ISS on the night of June 8th, 2011 hope to make a salad of tomatoes and cucumbers grown in space.

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Today Russians mark International Russian Language Day, as well as the 212th birth anniversary of the Great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin.

Poetic soirées, festivals and concerts are also due in St. Petersburg and other Russian cities.

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