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October 3, 2008 - Kremlin News
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent a greeting to the participants in the commemorative evening devoted to the 80th anniversary of the Russian Army Academic Song and Dance Ensemble.
The greeting reads, in part:
"Over the past decades your unique ensemble has rightfully won widespread fame and public acclaim. One of Russia’s first military musical ensembles, you performed concerts at the front during the Great Patriotic War, inspiring our soldiers and officers and bringing us victory over the enemy. The current generation of aleksandrovtsev honourably continues this tradition and their art supports the Russian troops in their difficult military endeavours.
Today you repeatedly conquer prestigious venues with your inimitable performing style, effervescent temperament and perfect technique. And of course your art unites all those who sincerely love Russia and its rich culture".
The A. V. Alexandrov Russian army twice red-bannered academic song and dance ensemble is the largest artistic military ensemble in Russia.
The ensemble has more than two thousand pieces in its repertoire. They include folk songs and dances, military dances, sacred music, classical works by Russian and foreign composers and the masterpieces of world pop music.
The ensemble is world-famous thanks to its excellent voices, optimistic style of execution and tours through more than 70 countries around the world.
September 29, 2008 - Kremlin News
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev congratulated Russia's Jewish community on the Jewish New Year holiday, Rosh Hashanah.
Mr Medvedev’s message of congratulations says, in particular:
“This last year has been a very successful one for Russia’s Jewish community – new synagogues, educational and social establishments have opened. This illustrates the revival and development of your people’s culture.
It is pleasing to see that through the centuries you have preserved the traditions of tolerance, peace, strong family ties, and make an important contribution to building up mutual understanding and harmony in society and strengthening interethnic and inter-faith dialogue”.
The Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent his greetings to the organisers and participants at the national competition Teacher of the Year-2008.
Mr Medvedev said in particular in his message:
“Your competition brings together those who devote their strength and creative energy to educating the young generation – our country’s future. It is you, teachers, who play such a big part in shaping who our children will become, what kind of knowledge they will acquire and what road in life they will choose.
Russian schools today need new and innovative pedagogical ideas. They need teachers with a keen sense of the times and able to take education in Russia to a new level and make it competitive at the global level.
I am sure that your professionalism, experience, dedication and selfless labour will help to reach this goal, preserve and add to Russian teachers’ fine name and ultimately help to prepare schoolchildren for the responsibilities of adult life”.
The national Teacher of the Year competition began in 1990. The main objectives are to find, support and encourage talented teachers, raise the prestige of teaching as a profession and spread the teaching experience of Russia’s best teachers.
The winner and competition laureates receive the Crystal Pelican, the main prize. All finalists in the competition receive the medal Teacher of the Year along with diplomas and gifts.
Fifteen finalists were chosen at the first round of the competition in St Petersburg. The absolute winner will be named on October 3 in Moscow.