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The first literature TV Internet-channel  is launched

LitClub.TV, the first literature TV Internet-channel, is launched in Russia.

On May 24, 2017, LitClub.TV Internet-channel started broadcasting. LitClub.TV is a new project by the Russian Union of Writers offering authors new creative environment to express themselves and gain public recognition.

Today, LitClubeTv is broadcasted by three channels.


The single portal of personal data will become accessible in 2019.

Beginning in 2019, Russian citizens will get the possibility to check if they gave their passport data to  any organizations and to ban further data use by clicking the easy button. The www-site to control distribution of personal data is to be built and supervised by ROSKOMNADZOR (The Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media).  This measure is envisaged by the “Digital Economy” Draft Program the Ministry of Communications forwarded to the Government in early May (Izvestia has got the copy).

Such resource is believed to abandon uncontrolled personal data acquisition.

Source: Izvestia

On decrease of funding the RFBR projects in the humanities

The Council for Science of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation expresses its concern with lowering financing of the humanities and social studies by the Russian Foundation of Basic Research and requests to allocate the fixed 15 per cent of the Foundation’s budget to these particular areas.  However, the Russian Foundation of Basic research disagrees to do so.

The Ministry of Education and Science Council’s stances:

"The Council calls the Russian Foundation of Basic Research to comply with the obligations taken by the Russian Federation Government when having merged the two foundations and to fix the share of 15% to the humanities and social sciences which corresponds with the ratio of the budgets of RFBR and Russian Foundation for the Humanities in 2016 (10.9 and 1.8 billion rubles, correspondingly), and to exclude decrease in funding the projects in the humanities and social sciences”, - the Council’s statement reads.

Source: Ministry of Education and Science

The Ministry of Education and Science chose another 22 base universities

The RF Ministry of Education and Science has published the list of 22 universities – winners of the base universities competition second wave.

According to the Ministry’s Press Service, the academic organizations were divided into two groups: The first embraces eight universities to be funded federally, and the second group to be financed by the regions.

«Each selected university faces the ambitious tasks of supporting the region, educating professionals it needs and developing its educational and scientific potential”, - Olga Vasilyeva, Russian Minister of Education and Science, said.

The federally funded group includes The Stoletovs State University in Vladimir, Murmansk Arctic University, R. Alekseev State Technical University in Nizhny Novgorod, Novosibirsk State Technical University, Siberian State Medical University of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, State Universities in Tula and Cherepovets, P. G. Demidov State University in Yaroslavl.

Regional support is to be offered to Altay State University, B. B. Gorodovikov State University in Belgorod, Kemerovo State University, G. I. Nosov State Technical University in Magnitogorsk, Mari State University, Yaroslav-the-Wise State University in Novgorod, State Universities in Petrozavodsk and Pskov, Yuri Gagarin State Technical University in Saratov, state universities in Sochi, Tolyatti and Ulyanovsk, Pitirym Sorokin State University in Syktyvkar.

The former Minister of Education Dmitry Livanov announced the establishment of base universities in summer 2015. In October, the selection began for the contest that was provided in several stages.


EKSMO-AST enlarges its library

The largest Russian publishing holding group, EKSMO-AST keeps buying up domains of independent book online-retailers. Following the recent deal with, the holding group purchased domain including the Internet  book store of the top 10. The former owner’s suppliers had made claims for 43 mln rubles and filed a bankruptcy case.

The EKSMO-AST publishing holding purchased domain from the Internet-store founders, as "Ъ" was informed. Mr. Oleg Novikov, EKSMO-AST President, cleared it up that the deal didn’t include any equity purchase. “We were interested in the domain alone. It is a “speaking out”, simple domain relevant to our profile. Though, the price was rather high”, —he said while avoiding to disclose the sum of transaction. Mr. Novikov added that the former managing company was indebted to EKSMO-AST group and other publishers’, however the holding group could not assume any liabilities on them and had nothing to do with them.

The Internet bookstore was founded in 2008. In February, 2016, it offered 513, 000 titles and was among the top 10, according to ROSPECHAT (Federal Agency for Press and Mass Communication) report. In 2011, was co-owned by Eduard Mordukhovich and Minas Yerznkyan though later they withdrew from the company, according to Like Peter Shulenkov, today’s owner of, TK Kniga.Ru and Logistics companies, they headed Infotel, a communications provider, at varying times, while Mr. Mordukhovich has been still its Director General.

Source: Kommersant

The RF Ministry of Culture and Mail.Ru Group signed memorandum of cooperation

Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation and Mail.Ru Group signed memorandum of cooperation to develop information and communication technologies in culture, build favorable environment for personal improvement in the Internet environment, expand Internet-users’ access to the cultural content, and support dissemination of such content.

«We are interested in developing and supporting domestic leading in such a challenging business segment. On our part, we are open to ideas and proposals”, -- Minister Vladimir Medinsky said.

He added that joint work had already started. Over 2 million Internet users watched broadcastings from the Tretyakov gallery organized through Odnoklassniki social network (Russian Classmates analogue]. Thus culture and arts go far beyond the walls.

Within the framework of the memo, joint projects to promote cultural heritage and traditions of Russia’s nations and the coverage of the all-Russian movements, like Biblionight, Night in Museums, Movie Night, Night of Arts, and online broadcastings from theatres and museums, are planned.

Mail.Ru Group is the largest Russian Internet company with vast experience in designing popular user services. “We are happy to offer expert support in information and communication technologies for the sphere of culture”, – Boris Dobrodeev, Mail.Ru Group  Director General, said

Source:Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation


Access to the international database

Russian academic and education organizations are to get access to the international Web of Science database since April 1, RF Minister of Education and Science Olga Vasilyeva said. Connecting to the database will enable Russian universities and research organizations to cooperate as an equal with world science leaders.

"This year, the Ministry will open the access to the international Web of Science database for all state scientific and education organizations independently of their departmental subordination. Today, we have been acquiring data necessary for connecting them, and beginning on April 1, the operator — Russian National Public Library for Science and Technology — will start to provide the access. We also hope to take a decision on providing access to full-text collections in the nearest future ”, — Olga Vasilyeva says.

She reminds that last year the Ministry tested centralized subscription to digital information resources when about 500 scientific and education organizations got access to 22 full-text collections of world leading scientific publishers. Besides, 270 organizations had access to the Web of Science database, and 120 organizations — to Scopus database. According to the Minister, the state sector of science comprises about 1.6 thousand scientific, research, and education organizations.

“To keep connected a limited number of organizations means information inequality which puts the barrier to flexibility and cooperation in science”, — the Minister noted. Connecting to the international database will enable Russian universities and research organizations to cooperate as an equal with world science leaders and to observe the whole landscape of research findings, to orient in their Russian and foreign colleagues’ current work.

Vasilyeva adds that  the Ministry of Education and Science together with the Federal Institute of Industrial Property, opened access for Russian scientists, researchers and engineers to over 120 mln. entries of patent information. From now, they will get the opportunity to access this resource from their tablets or cell phones.

International abstract databases Web of Science and Scopus comprise data on scientific and research publications and patents. They include cross citation, search options and options for bibliographic information analysis and exchange. The databases cover publications in natural and social sciences, technologies, and the humanities.

Source: TASS

Kids today would rather be spectators, than readers…

Modern schoolchildren value classical as high as in previous epochs. Meanwhile, they often get acquainted with it though screen versions. The study conducted by the Higher School of Economics reveals what and why schoolchildren read.

Lyubov Borusyak, Associate Professor, Higher School of Economics Integrated Communications Department, analyzes the young generation’s reading patterns. The study reveals that reading is still of great value to modern schoolchildren. However, in their learning they often show formal attitude and inability to analyze the content. One of the reasons is 150­200 year gap between the period when the book was written and the life of today students. For the study, over 700 high school students in several Russian cities were surveyed to reveal their attitude towards literary works in mandatory school curriculum. Half of them consider Russian classical literature still relevant and useful for their personal development. However, they find movies [based on literary works] helpful for this purpose, too. The options also include stage versions, audiobooks and book summaries kids can find on many Internet-sites.



Over 20,000 wifi access points to be switched at Moscow secondary schools, increasing up to 60,000 hot spots by the year 2018.

Moscow city is to get one of the largest Wifi network in the world. By the end of the year, 646 Moscow secondary schools will get Wifi access to the Internet, and by the year 2018, 1125 more buildings will be switched to Wifi.

Moscow City Department of Information Technologies informs that in 2016, Wifi network was deployed at 69 schools as a pilot project with 2.3 thousand hot spots. This enabled to establish high quality Internet connection and to teach classes online. In 2017, 20.5 thousand hot spots are to be added.

It is planned that in 2018, up to 60,000 Wifi access points at 1,840 city schools will be functioning, with average 32 hot spots per a building and up to 30 gadgets connected via one access point.

Source: Moscow www-site

Performances, celebrity stakeouts and discussions at Moscow Culture Forum

Within the Forum framework, master classes, concerts, performances will take place and films will be shown, with the Night of Theatres to crown the event.

On March 24—26, at Manezh Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow Culture Forum is to take place. “Together with Muscovites and Moscow guests we are to celebrate the Day of Workers of Culture and the Day of Theatres. For three days, the capital’s museums, theatres, libraries, musical and art schools, parks, clubs, andoncert companies – the whole creativity diversity Moscow is proud of – will feature in exhibitions, galleries, stages and discussion sites,” -  says Alexander Kibovsky, head of Moscow Department of Culture.

Moscow Culture Forum program embraces business and entertainment and educational parts. Within the former, panel discussions, lectures and round tables are to be held at 2 lecture-halls. Experts will discuss labor legislation, funding  cultural organizations, and other professional  issues.

The entertainment is also expected to be eventful. On March 24, the performance “Marina Tsvetaeva. Poet and the epoch” with participation of [actress, singer] Alisa Grebenshchikova and Moscow Chamber Shnitke-Orchestra conducted by Igor Gromov will be shown. The videoproject “Reciting Onegin” will be also presented. The same day the public will also get the chance to meet producers Rimas Tuminas, Andrey Moguchy, Mindaugas Karbauskis, and Evgeny Pisarev.

Source: Moscow Mayor’s www-site

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