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Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin
The Russian House of Science and Culture in Berlin, the largest Russian cultural institute outside Russia, has begun celebrating its 20th anniversary. The house is a Russian Foreign Ministry center of international scientific and cultural cooperation. "Our main efforts are aimed at giving Germany the most comprehensible insight into the new, reformed Russia that is striving to strengthen democracy. The number of visitors to the Russian House annually amounts to 300,000 people," the house's director, Anatoly Bogushevsky, said in an interview with RIA Novosti. Designed by German architect Erhard Giske, the seven-story building on a central street in the German capital, Friedrichstrasse, is well known to local residents as the Russian House. The house, which has an area of 29,000 square meters, hosts different public and political events - seminars, conferences, roundtables, exhibits, children's events, concerts, theater and music company performances, and film showings - almost daily. The college of Russian language and language courses offer a broad program to acquaint the visitors with Russian language and culture. The house's library, which contains about 40,000 books, is also very popular. "Many people who emigrated from Russia and other CIS countries to Germany found it extremely difficult to adjust to the foreign environment, and they consider the Russian House an island of their remote motherland," Mr. Bogushevsky said. "We are trying to maintain the traditions and culture of the country they were born in the conscience of the immigrants." The Russian House successfully coordinates its efforts with the recently created German Association of Russian Compatriots. It also cooperates with the dialogue club that works with Russian immigrants in Berlin, the Mitra society of Russian speaking parents and teachers, alumi associations of the Moscow State University and the Voronezh State University, the Berlin Friends of Russian People association and other organizations. The house's leading role in the cultural and educational work in Germany is demonstrated by its active participation in most of Russian-German cultural cooperation programs. For example, in 2003 many of the several hundreds events and cultural meetings of the Year of Russian Culture in Germany were held on the house's properties. The celebrations of the house's anniversary will be attended by Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Eleonora Mitrofanova, first woman in space Valentina Tereshkova, the president's aide, writer Anatoly Pristavkin, Vice President of Berlin's Chamber of Representatives Martina Michels, the Berlin Senate's State Secretary for Culture Barbara Kissler. The celebration program includes a gala night, a concert of the Berlin New Symphony Orchestra, a Russian-German children's festival, Russian films, a photo exhibit, a fair and Russian cuisine.
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