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11 november, 2015

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Results of the "Russian Word" International Writing Contest drawn up

Elena Sutormina and Andrey Dementiev congratulated the winners at the awards ceremony

Results of the "Russian Word" International Writing Contest drawn up

The "Russian Word" International Writing Contest awards were given out November 10 at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Prizes were awarded to young writers and poets from the CIS and Russia’s neighboring states writing in Russian.

The contest was organized by the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation and the International Public Foundation "Russian Peace Foundation» on the occasion of the Year of Literature in Russia, with media support provided by the International Information Agency «Rossiya Segodnya».

"First of all, the contest is aimed at the preservation and promotion of the Russian language abroad. That’s because our culture and language will always be a link between our compatriots, wherever they are," Elena Sutormina, Chairwoman of the Civic Chamber Commission on Development of Public Diplomacy and Support of Russian Compatriots Abroad, said at the ceremony.

Sergei Smirnov, the Head of the Civic Chamber Executive Office, also spoke at the event saying that the "Russian Word» contest has been a priority for the RF Civic Chamber within the framework of the Year of Literature in Russia: "I hope that such contests will be held on and on, giving birth to new little and big stars in the contemporary Russian literature."

The winners were congratulated as well by member of the RF Civic Chamber of Russia, poet Andrey Dementyev, who addressed the participants with a poem line about links between generations, stressing that the future fate of our civilization hinges on ideas and actions of today’s youth.

That said, the first prize in the "Proze" nomination was given to Artem Khegai from the Kyrgyz Republic, the second prize - to Levon Shahnazaryan from Armenia, and the third prize went to Sasha Mindoriani from Moldova. The "Poetry" first prize was won by Tatyana Kupriyanets from Belarus, the second prize - by Elina Yermilova from Latvia, and the third prize went to Kanat Kulahmetov from the Republic of Kazakhstan. A special prize was awarded to Svetlana Medvedeva from Ukraine.

The winners were awarded with diplomas and money, with the first prize in amount of 100000 rubles, the second prize - 80000 rubles, and the third prize - 60000 rubles.

The award ceremony ended with a concert of classical music performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Radio and Television, the soloists of the Bolshoi Theatre, Musical Theater of Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko, and Pokrovsky Moscow Chamber Musical Theater.

It should be noted that the jury included Leonid Slutsky, Chairman of the State Duma Committee for CIS Affairs, Eurasian Integration and Russian Diaspora Relations, Alexander Brechalov, President of the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation, Elena Sutormina, Chairwoman of the Civic Chamber Commission on Development of Public Diplomacy and Support of Russian Compatriots Abroad a member of Public Chamber, Andrey Dementyev, a poet, State Prize awardee, Anatoly Salutsky, Deputy Chairman of the Board of the International Public Foundation "Russian Peace Foundation", writer, academician of the Academy of Russian Literature.

RF Civic Chamber Media–Office

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