Das Goethe-Institut Moskau ist wegen der Weihnachts- und Neujahrsfeiertage
vom 31. Dezember 2008 bis zum
10. Januar 2009 geschlossen.
Wir wünschen allen Freunden und Partnern des Goethe-Instituts Moskau besinnliche Feiertage und alles Gute für das Jahr 2009
Kremlin News - December 17, 2008
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had a telephone conversation with President of Israel Shimon Peres.
Mr Peres expressed his profound condolences over the tragic bus accident that killed and injured Russian citizens. He also informed Mr Medvedev about the measures the Israeli authorities are taking to provide urgent assistance to the victims.
Mr Medvedev thanked Mr Peres for his condolences and for the Israeli authorities’ help. The President announced that he has issued an instruction for Russian Emergency Situations Ministry aircraft to take the victims’ relatives, doctors and necessary equipment to Israel.
Mr Peres said that he has instructed all of the relevant Israeli agencies and officials to work in full and close contact with Russian representatives.
Kremlin News - December 16, 2008
Dmitry Medvedev expressed his condolences to the families and friends of the victims, as well as all the victims of a Russian tour bus crash in Israel.
The President ordered the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Russian Embassy in Israel to assist the victims.
There are many dead and gravely injured following the tour bus crash in a ravine.
December 10, 2008 - 19:30 Kremlin News
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev welcomed participants and guests to the Stalker International Human Rights Film Festival.
The welcome reads, in part:
«Your highly imaginative event plays a special role in domestic cinematography, and its rich programme and the extraordinarily high quality of the films attract the constant attention of the critics and the general public alike.
You devote your talents and efforts to the ideals of humanism and enlightenment, compassion and love. Highlighting the pressing issues of human rights protection, the festival has made a significant contribution to the development of civil society in Russia, raising the level of consciousness of people by putting incisive and vitally important questions to those who attend.
Let your noble work to promote an education in spiritual and moral values continue, which will in turn help the well-being of our country and its citizens».
The annual Stalker Human Rights Festival runs from 10 to 15 December 2008 in Moscow. Traditionally Stalker starts on the day of the adoption of the UN Declaration on Human Rights. This year is the 60th anniversary of the Declaration.
The programme for the 14th annual Stalker Festival includes 114 films, among them films from Russia, Italy, Spain, Israel, Estonia, Belgium, France, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
December 9, 2008 - Kremlin News
Orthodox Christians paid their final farewell to Patriarch Alexy II.
The funeral service was attended by President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, along with Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko, Moldovan President Vladimir Voronin, Serbian President Boris Tadic, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and the leader of the Ukrainian Party of Regions Viktor Yanukovich.
The funeral service and liturgy for His Holiness the Patriarch took place at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The service was led by Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I.
Representatives of all of Russia’s traditional faiths were present at the cathedral.
Taking part in the service were Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, Patriarch of Romania Daniel, Archbishop of Athens and All Greece Hieronymos, Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania Anastasios, Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia Christopher, and representatives of the Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Serbian, Bulgarian, Cypriot and Polish Orthodox Churches and the Orthodox Church in America.
Representatives of the Vatican, the Evangelical Church of Germany and the Anglican Church also attended the service.
In accordance with the Patriarch’s wishes, he was buried in the Epiphany Cathedral.
Address to the Nation following the Death of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II
Funeral of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II
December 5, 2008 - Kremlin News
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev made an address to the nation following the death of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II.
"Dear citizens of Russia,
A great sorrow has befallen our nation, our society – the death of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II. He was an outstanding religious figure and true spiritual leader, and he was also a great Citizen of Russia, a man whose destiny reflected all the great trials and upheavals that our country traversed in the twentieth century, a critical time in our country's history. He was a true pastor and an example of spiritual steadfastness and noble acts throughout his life. He was with his flock during the days of persecution and during the revival of faith.
He played a direct part in the Russian Orthodox Church’s revival and in the genuine affirmation of the principles of freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, and helped establish civil peace and concord in this multiethnic and multi-faith country that is Russia.
The Patriarch’s force of character has had a huge impact on Russian society’s spiritual life and moral state. He preached the unifying and universal values of humanism, goodness and compassion. He called for mutual respect, tolerance and trust between people of different faiths and traditions. He initiated dialogue between churches and peoples. Through his words and acts he wisely reconciled conflicting views and worked to unify the entire Russian nation.
Under his direction the Russian Orthodox Church became one of the country’s most influential institutions and engaged in fruitful cooperation with the state. The Moscow Patriarchate gained respect and authority not only in Russia but also in the international religious community.
From the moment he became Patriarch, Alexy II sought to mend the tragic split in the Russian Orthodox Church and return the Church to its fullness and greatness. That this reunification has taken place is to his enormous personal credit.
Selflessly shouldering his pastoral duties, the Holy Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia was conscious of his responsibilities not only before the Church but before the entire nation. We are all deeply grieve at his passing. This is a great loss for me personally too. We will always remember his spiritual assistance, wisdom and his endless devotion to his country and people.
We will always feel his support. May his memory live forever."
Patriarch Alexy II (his secular name was Alexei Mikhailovich Ridiger) was born on February 23, 1929, in Tallinn (Estonia).
In the summer of 1990, he was elected Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, the fifteenth Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church since the Patriarchate was introduced in Russia.
IRAS Vocal Artists Soprano Shirelle Dashevsky, Ella Pesikh and Maria Kobelskaia
Ardani Artists Management:Sergei Danilian, President & CEO
Gaiane Danilian, Vice-President & CFO
Mariinsky Theater of St. Petersburg, Kirov Ballet,Opera,Orchestra:
Valeriy Gergiev, Artistic Director
Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg:
Boris Eifman, Artistic Director
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Mariinsky Theater,Ballerina Diana Vishneva
Art Photographer Leonid Padrul,Ardani Photographers:Valentin Baranovsky,Natalia Razina,Sergey Bermenyev,Armen Danilian,Paul Kolnik,Chris Ramirez,Aleksander Vengerov,Nina Alovert,Laura Loustarinen,Marco Berggreve,Olexander Putrov
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Moscow Business Community:
Alexander Shelemekh and Helen Lloyd (FIPRA International - TMI)
Martin Puttke (Ballettdirektion aalto ballett Essen), Matthias Schmiegelt (Management Tanztheater Wuppertal), Hans Sandig (Management Sasha Waltz) und Daniela Kurz (Direktion Ballett Nürnberg). Stephan George von der Imhoff-Stiftung und Andreas Schmitz von der KunstSalon Stiftung, Geigerin Natasha Korsakova (Kunstsalon Köln)und Pianistin Kira Ratner.
Evelina Rakitskaia - IRAS Moscow Bureau Chief and the IRAS Family warmly welcome you home !
Congrats to Anastassia Ivanova !
Anastassia just received her Doctor Of Musical Arts degree in Piano Performance from the University of Maryland, College Park and holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Piano Performance (Summa cum laude) from the Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory. She also completed a semester of post-graduate studies at the Trinity College of Music, London, UK. Ms. Ivanova is on piano faculty at the Washington Conservatory of Music.
Youth choir, founded in 1991 at Holy Trinity Cathedral, the main church of Shchyolkovo (Moscow region). Main activity is participation in Ortodox liturgies. Besides servicing in the church, the choir takes active part in the cultural life of region, including concerts in hospitals, schools, military units etc
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the former name "Israeli-Russian Art Society - Israel - Russia - CIS " (the Israeli-Russian Branch) was changed in June 2008 in order to better reflect is unique position within the RHIO (PMOH). Guests & Visitors might still encounter the old name on various documents and search engine references as it will take some time with regards to a full update in the internet
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