Graduation at Sts.Cyrill & Methody High School in San Francisco
Congress of Russian Americans gave its annual support to Russian-American youth, who graduated from Russian Schools in May and June, by participating in the local graduations. During the AKT ceremonies, CRA Director, Michael Danich, handed the graduates congratulatory letters and complimentary 2015 membership to CRA to all graduates, and a Gramota and stipend to graduates who received a Gold or Silver Medal. The Gold Medal recipients this year at the Sts.Cyrill & Methody High School in San Francisco were Natalie Dale, Nicolas Tkachov-Konzevitch, and Alexandra Mizenin, and Galina Isayeva and Ksenia Vasilyeva from Church of All Russian Saints in Burlingame, CA. There were no Silver Medal recipients, but the other graduates from San Francisco, included Lydia Birchkov, Emilyan Garine, Oleksandr Zyma, Stephan Loukianoff and Ilya Lysenko. CRA congratulates all graduates throughout the US for their fine achievement in their completion of Russian studies in grammar, literature, history and scriptures and wishes them well in their future studies.
Конкурс "Живая классика" на американской земле
8 мая 2015 в Вашингтоне прошёл завершающий по стране этап конкурса "Живая классика". Вот уже третий год, как "Живая классика" перешагнула границы России и, открыв двери для детей, живущих за пределами России, стала международным соревнованием в декламации. 10-12-летние русскоговорящие дети выступали с выученными наизусть прозаическими отрывками русских и зарубежных авторов. С помощью этих текстов выступающие демонстрировали свое владение русским языком. MORE
Конкурс юных чтецов "Живая классика" Координационный совет организаций россйских соотечественников в США, Американская ассоциация русского языка, культуры и образования при поддержке Конгресса русских американцев приглашают к участию в III международном конкурсе юных чтецов. MORE
World Russia Forum-2015CRA
President, Natalie Sabelnik and CRA Washington representative & East Coast Director, Serge Rogosin attended the World Russia Forum in Washington DC on March 25-26, and the Russia Forum NY in New York on March 27. Both forums, of which CRA was one of the sponsors, brought together hundreds of individuals whose professional lives involve Russia to discuss US-Russia diplomatic and business relations against the backdrop of the crisis in eastern Ukraine. Leading American and Russian experts from the field of politics, education, culture, and media participated in discussions at the forum in Washington DC, and from business, sciene and innovation in New York. MORE
RUSSIAN CHILDREN'S WELFARE SOCIETY
presents a fundraising festival
84 th Annual Celebration of the
DAY OF THE RUSSIAN CHILD
84- й ДЕНЬ РУССКОГО РЕБЕНКА
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the Russian Center of San Francisco. MORE
Russian Maslenitsa in Charlotte, SC
JOIN IS FOR TRADITIONAL RUSSIAN CREPES, MUSIC, GAMES, SOUVENIRS, AND FUN! ONLY $5.00 ENTRANCE FEE includes tea, dessert, entertainment, children activities, raffle tickets, and an open market featuring amazing souvenirs and goods! Be prepared to show your ID! CHILDREN 12 and under are FREE! Sponsorship STILL is available. Our sponsors: Personal Home Care of North Carolina, Congress of Russian Americans, Dr. Koval, Dr. Uieker, Maya Tsaikov, South Charlotte Realty. We welcome volunteers! Contact Tatyana 763-229-2736 Lidia 704-491-5588. MORE.
Духовный Концерт Архиерейского хора Кафедрального Собора Пресвятой Богородицы «Всех Скорбящих Радости» Под управлением, Владимира Красовского. Воскресенье, 8 марта 2015 г. DETAILS: (ENGLISH), (РУССКИЙ)
Theater YOU presents
"Dear Pamela"; the play is in Russian; for further information, please visit their website www.theateryou.org Приходите на новый спектакль Театра Ю в постановке: "Дорогая Памела" Комедия по пьесе Джона Патрика. Спектакли соcтоятся 7,8, 21 и 22 февраля. MORE
WORLD RUSSIA FORUM 2015
Advancing a Constructive Agenda for US-Russia cooperation:
March 25 - Washington: Education and Culture
March 26 - Washington: Politics
March 27 - New York: Business, Science and Innovation
April 24-25 - Moscow and Washington: Celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Elbe River reunion and the Allied Victory in WWII
For additional information and registration, please, go to: www.RussiaHouse.org/wrf.php
CRA is one of the sponsors of this event.
Russian Maslenitsa in San Diego, CA
Traditional Russian spring folk festival Maslenitsa took place on Jan. 15, 2015 at St. John of Kronstadt Russian Orthodox Church at 5131 Rex Ave., San Diego CA. MORE
World US-Russia Forum 2014, Washington, DC
Board members Serge Rogosin and Alexey Tarasov represented the Congress of Russian Americans at the World Russia Forum in Washington, DC. Held June 16-17, the Forum brought together hundreds of individuals whose professional lives or philanthropic work involve Russia to discuss US-Russia diplomatic and business relations against the backdrop of the crisis in eastern Ukraine. As Serge Rogosin, the CRA Washington, DC representative, pointed out in an interview on the Voice of America, the forum is a rich source of analysis from various viewpoints and can serve as an incubator for ideas and information that CRA members and others concerned about the current tensions can use when communicating with politicians and policy makers as well as discussing this very serious situation with the general public. Speakers included Russian ambassador Sergey Kisliak, former US ambassador to Moscow Jack Matlock, and political scientists Stephen Cohen and Robert Legvold.
Annual "Taste of Russia" festival in San Francisco
The Holy Virgin Cathedral 6210 Geary Blvd. in San Francisco held its annual "Taste of Russia" festival, on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The Taste of Russia festival is sponsored in part by the Congress of Russian Americans. CRA also helps coordinate the program of entertainment, which includes Russian dancers, musicians and singers in traditional Russian costumes. The festival brings together the Russian American community, as well as draws an audience of other locals who enjoy a day filled with traditional Russian food, drink, arts and crafts. The cathedral was founded by St.John of Shanghai & San Francisco (whose relics are in the cathedral) and was built in the 1960s and is the largest of the six cathedrals of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad.
Musical Theater Morning Stars
presented Jubilee Gala-Concert on Sunday, June 15, 2014 4pm at Presidio Midle School. Congress of Russian Americans is proud to sonsor this event.
Day of the Russian Child, 2014 in San Francisco
As one of CRA's goals for humanitarian aid to Russia for orphaned, handicapped and underprivileged children, and working with our Russian American youth for promoting and preserving Russian language, culture, and heritage, CRA strongly supports the Russian Children's Welfare Society and is one of the sponsors of the annual "Day of the Russian Child", held on May 4, 2014 at the Russian Center of San Francisco. MORE and MORE
Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival performed at Shaw Center - Shaw Family Auditorium at Graceland University, Limoni, Iowa; Friday, April 04, 2014, 7:30 PM Iowa Time. Nikolai Massenkoff, long-standing CRA member and laureate of First International Festival of Music in Moscow founded the MASSENKOFF RUSSIAN FOLK FESTIVAL In 1975, a festival of Russian music, song and dance expressing love for his Russian heritage. He has performed for more than two decades both nationally and internationally to great acclaim. These performances included: Carnegie Hall; Olympic Stadium in Seoul, Korea before a live audience of 90,000 people; over 100 performances at the International Division of Epcot Center's World Stage in Florida; with major symphony orchestras - San Francisco, Baltimore, Edmonton, Honolulu, Palm Beach, Flagstaff, London, Edmonton and Cincinnati Symphony; major performing arts centers; national and international television, including Suwestfunk (Baden, Baden, Germany) and the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas. MORE
Congress Of Russian Americans is proud to be one of the sponsors of 26th Annual Russian Festival, San Francisco
Throughout all three days of the festival, a colorful and energetic palate of entertainment with Russian musicians, singers, dancers from the Bay Area and the US and Russia in intricate, showy, vibrant costumes, creates an atmosphere truly in the spirit of the Russian culture and in celebration of maslenitsa.
Maslenitsa celebration took place at the Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Des Planes, IL. CRA is proud to sponsor this event.
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150th anniversary of the visitation of Russian Imperial Naval Squadrons to New York & San Francisco.
A lecture by Anatole Shmelev, curator, Russia & CIS collection at Hoover Institute, Stanford University on “US-Russia Relations & Visit of the Russian Squadron to America” was presented at the Russian Center of San Francisco 2460 Sutter Street on December 20, 2013. Also, documentary film “The Tsar and the President: Alexander II and Abraham Lincoln, Liberator and Emancipator” was shown. Th event was a great success. A group of cadets and an ensemble "Rodnya" from Russia were among the guests. MORE
Gingerbread Faire and Gingerbread Workshop took place Sunday, December 8th from 12noon to 2pm in the Hall at Parish of St. John’s, 162 Edgell Rd/Central. Framingham, MA. After Liturgy, come in and warm up with hot borscht and piroshki. Then join the fun of the Gingerbread Faire – Festive Shopping, Raffle, and a Gingerbread Workshop – decorating your own gingerbread house. $25 per child charge for Gingerbread house decorating will benefit Parish of Saint John of Shanghai and San Francisco and will include a ready built gingerbread house for children to beautify with candy decorations and frosting. The Congress of Russian Americans is one of the sponsors of the festive event. For details please contact matushka Larissa at 415-793-3058 or email@example.com
150th Anniversary of the visit of the Russian Imperial Naval Squadron to San Francisco
16 November, 2013, 11 am Mare Island Cemetery Vallejo, California With the Blessing of His Eminence, Archbishop KYRILL and in cooperation with the Consulate of the Russian Federation Annual Panihida for the reposed Russian Imperial Navy Sailors interred at MARE ISLAND CEMETERY Vallejo, California and commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the visit of the Russian Imperial Naval Squadron to San Francisco will be served by His Grace, Bishop THEODOSY. MORE
400TH Anniversary of the founding of the ROMANOV DYNASTY - a commemoration of 400 years of Russia's beneficial influence on Europe, America anf the World. Recepton took place on Sunday, 15 September 2013. It was sposored by Society of Russian Cadets and Veterans of World War I in San Francisco 2041 Lyon Street San Francisco, CA 94115.
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Graduations at Burlingame Russian School
As part of the Youth Education Programs support, CRA again participated and supported Russian School graduations throughout US. RussianSchools that are non-profit and run as an additional curriculum forstudents to the regular US unified school system, should advise CRA of their graduates in advance, prior to end of the school year. Eachgraduate receives a congratulatory letter and honorary CRA membershipfor the year of their graduation (they can choose to continueannually to be eligible for the CRA scholarship to university school students). Gold Medal recipients are also eligible to receive a gramota and stipend for their achievement. While other Russian schools also participated and were represented by CRA directors, this year's featured Russian School was at the Russian Orthodox Church of All Russian Saints in Burlingame, CA . MORE
Детский Танцевальный Фестиваль
Приглашаем на Интернациональный Детский Танцевальный Фестиваль в Русском Центре Сан Франциско 2460 Sutter Street в субботу, 29го июня в 18:00 в воскресение, 30го июня в в 17:00 чистый доход пойдёт на детские программы Конгресса Русских Американцев.
Day of The Russian Child Celebration
Russian Children's Welfare Society ran a fundraising festival 82nd Annual Celebration of the DAY OF THE RUSSIAN CHILD Sunday, May 12, 2013 at the Russian Center of San Francisco. The Congress of Russian Americans is proud to be one of the sponsors of this event. MORE
Серия лекций КРА и Русского центра
Конгресс русских американцев и Русский центр Сан-Франциско провели 8 марта, 2013г. в Русском центре доклад на тему "Главные проблемы русской истории и современное общество в России: состояние научных занятий и работа просветительского центра "Белое Дело". Докладчик - уже знакомый русскому Сан-Франциско Кирилл Михайлович Александров - историк из Санкт-Петербурга. Был также показан фильм про "Белое Дело". Детали ТУТ
III Международный Фестиваль Детских и Юношеских Русскоязычных Театров
Фестиваль состоялся с 15 по 17 марта 2013 года в городе Вашингтон, США. Представления были на русском языке, возраст участников которых не превышал 21 года. Программа Фестиваля включала: ∙ выступления театральных коллективов из России, Канады, Северной и Южной Америки; ∙ участие в профессиональных мастер-классах; ∙ работу круглого стола «Русский язык через театр»; ∙ культурно-развлекательную программу для участников. Подробности тут: www.RussFestival.com 433 Gaither Street, Gaithersburg, MD 20877 firstname.lastname@example.org 240-813-0610
Russian Festival 2013 in San Francisco
Congress of Russian Americans is one of the sponsors of this year's 25th annual Russian Festival, that was held February 22, 23 and 24, at the Russian Center of San Franicsco.
CRA Members atted the President's Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC
Member of the CRA Board of Directors Attends Inaugural Ball Congress of Russian Americans Board of Directors member Alexey Tarasov, a lawyer from Houston, Texas, attended President Obama's Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC on January 21. He was accredited at the event as a member of the White House press corps.
Also accredited at the Inaugural Ball was CRA member and senior editor of Russian-American Business magazine and the newspaper Russian America, Olga Tarasov. Our correspondent. MORE
CONGRESS OF RUSSIAN AMERICANS HELD Commemoration of 200 Years of Russian Patriotic War of 1812 & Battle of Borodino Friday, December 14, 2012 at the Russian Center of SF, 2460 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA. MORE
CHARITY CONCERT: In Unity Is Our Strength!
On November 30, at 6 p.m. in Millennium Theater several major organizations of Russian- American community in New York will hold a special CHARITY CONCERT: IN UNITY IS OUR STRENGHT! to benefit those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Proceeds will benefit those affected by Sandy in the New York.
Renova Fort Ross Foundation Bicentennial Gala
On October 18, the Renova Fort Ross Foundation hosted the Fort Ross Bicentennial Harvest Gala to honor the accomplishments of Fort Ross and to bring together prominent cultural, political and business leaders in celebration of the Fort Ross legacy and encourage further support of the state park. Viktor Vekselberg, President of the Renova Group of Companies, told guests that Fort Ross holds a special place in his heart because it was established by Russians as a settlement 200 years ago - the first European settlement of the West Coast. MORE
Fort Ross Bicentennial Committee trip to Russia
As a part of the Bicentennial celebration of founding of Fort Ross a trip to Russia for the members of Fort Ross Bicentennial Committee was organized. The visit took place September 6 - 20, 2012.
The Committee memorable experiences are described in its letter to the CRA as well as in a poem written by one of its members. The committee also issued a Declaration of Friendship in connection with it visit to Russia.
Columbia Artists Music presents Moscow Sretensky Monastery Choir
Its NORTH AMERICAN TOUR includes Washington DC (Oct.8), Boston, MA (Oct.9), Chicago, IL (Oct.11) New York (Oct.15), Miami, FL (Oct.17), Dallas, TX (Oct.19), Seattle, WA (Oct.21), San Francisco, CA (Oct.22), Los Angeles (Oct.23) followed by Beijing, China “.. an amazing sound - unusually rich, melodically powerful and extremely sincere”. - "The Guardian". MORE
Annual "Taste of Russia" festival 2012
On September 23, 2012, the Holy Virgin Cathedral in San Francisco held it's annual "Taste of Russia" festival, which was sponsored in part by the Congress of Russian Americans CRA also coordinated the program of entertainment, which included Russian dancers, musicians and singers in traditional Russian costumes. The festival brings together the Russian American community, MORE
"Compatriots and the Russian Orthodox Church: An Experience of Cooperation in the North America and Oceania".
A round-table conference under that title was held at the Russian Center of San Francisco on Aug. 24, 2012. Organized by the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations and the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs it was coordinated by the Congress of Russian Americans, at their request. MORE
San Francisco – St. Petersburg AIDS Eye Initiative Medical Mission 2012
Dr. David Heiden's group including Dr. Marina Soboleva of the CRA held their second Workshop to train Russian Infectious Disease clinicians to perform retinal examination with the indirect ophthalmoscope for diagnosis and improved management of AIDS-related opportunistic infections, primarily cytomegaloviral retinitis and choroidal tuberculosis, with the goal of reducing blindness and mortality in patients with advanced HIV/AIDS. MORE
Ss.Cyrill & Methody High School in San Francisco Graduation 2012
Congress of Russian Americans annually supports Russian-American youth by participating in graduations at Russian-American schools. In June, 2012 CRA participated in the Graduation Akt and White Ball of Ss.Cyrill & Methody High School in San Francisco and gave congratulatory letters and complementary membership in CRA to the graduates Victoria Gennadievna Balashova, Peter Pavlovich Iwaszewicz and Aleksey Nikolaevich Yakoubovsky. CRA extends its congratulations to all graduates throughout the various Russian schools in the US, for their completion and fine achievements in Russian studies - language, literature, history, and scriptures.
Russian House "Rodina" opening in Howell, NJ
On Saturday, May 26, the ceremonial opening of Russian House "Rodina" was held in Howell, NJ. The Russian House is the ideological successor to the "Rodina" Russian Cultural Society, founded in 1954 and located in the same building. The Society played a significant role in the social life and benevolent functions of church society: within its hall were held theatrical productions, presentations by famous musicians, an art studio, a sports club, "youth circles" with rooms for ping-ping, chess, declamation, painting, arts and crafts, traditional dancing, woodcarving, and much more. MORE
Bodega Bay celebrates early Russian days
Ivan Aleksandrovich Kuskov would have been proud of how the harbor port community he founded as Port Rumiantsev 203 years ago is celebrating him this April. The specific occasion is the 200th anniversary of his return (March 15, 1812) to the port on the brig Chirikov, carrying supplies and craftsmen and Aleut natives, to build Fortress Ross. Today, we know Port Rumiantsev as Bodega Bay. But back then it was the most southern Russian harbor on the Pacific coast for 33 years. In a series of special tributes this year, Bodega Bay as a community is pulling out all stops to celebrate in style. From April 3-10 the tall ships, The Lady Washington and the Hawaiian Chieftain arrived as the center pieces in a series of celebrations MORE
"НЕ ТОЛЬКО ЗА ГРЕХИ НАШИ"
Фильм о русской трагедии начала ХХ века и о роли Архиепископа Шанхайского и Сан-Франциского Иоанна в сохранении веры и единства русских, оказавшихся за пределами родины, был показан в Русском Центре, 2460 Sutter Street, San Francisco, в субботу, 31 марта 2012 г. Фильм создан Российским творческим объединением "Кинохроника".
CRA-Russian Center Lecture Series
Congress Of Russian Americans and the Russian Center sponsored a presentation of a lecture "History, Politics and Civic Activity in Contemporary Russia" by historian from St. Petersburg, Russia K. M. Alexandrov on March 9, 2012 at the Russian Center, 2460 Sutter St. San Francisco, CA. Hitorian Alexandrov is the author of a new book Officer Corps of the General A.A. Vlasov's Army. The presentation was in Russian. MORE
Maslenitsa in San Diego, CA
St. John of Kronstadt Russian orthodox Church in San Diego, CA held a Fiest of Maslenitsa on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2012. CRA has been offering support to St. John of Kronstadt Parish in its fund raising efforts for the school building fund and in promotion of Russian Language, heritage and culture. More details are here: www.orthodox-sandiego.net.
Russian Festival 2012 in San Francisco
Congress of Russian Americans is one of the sponsors of this year's 24th annual Russian Festival, held February 10, 11 and 12, at the Russian Center of San Franicsco. The 3-day event dedicated this year to the Fort Ross Bicentennial and 200 years of Russian America, featured traditional Russian food, a vodka bar, Russian music, song and dance with lively performances, art exhibit and sale of authentic Russian souvenirs, arts & crafts. Full info on www.russiancentersf.com/festival
Lecture and reception commemorates the 200th anniversary of Fort Ross
On Friday, January 27, 2012, at the Russian Center, 2460 Sutter Street in San Francisco, CA, as part of the Congress of Russian Americans and Russian Center lecture series, Robin Joy Wellman, park interpretive specialist at Fort Ross and Co-Chair of the Fort Ross Bicentennial, was invited to speak on the history of Fort Ross. As this year, commemorates the 200th anniversary of Fort Ross and Russians in California, the lecture and reception that followed, were dedicated to the Bicentennial. MORE
2011 Graduations at Russian American Schools
This year Congress of Russian Americans gave its traditional support to Russian-American youth by participating in graduations at Russian-American schools. In these events CRA gave congratulatory letters and complementary membership in CRA to all graduates and a Gramota and a stipend to graduates that received a Gold Medal. The Gold Medal recipients in 2011 were Aleksei Bolshakoff and Nikolai Shmelev from the Church of All Russian Saints in Burlingame, CA and Anastasia Mushtaeva and Antonyi Priyemshev from the Ss. Cyrill & Methdy School in San Francisco, CA. CRA congratulates all graduates for their fine achievement in their completion of Russian studies in grammar, literature, history, and scriptures.
Russia Days in Chicago
CRA participated at the recent Russia Days event that took place on 6/13 2011 at the Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago. Various dignitaries, including the Russian Ambassador, Sergey Kislyak, and Prince Pyotr Galitzine attended this celebration. A program of Russian song and dance featured the Golosa Choir (folk songs of Siberia, sung by a group of Americans from the University of Chicago), Joffrey Academy of Dance and Russian Cathedral Ensemble (from Holy Virgin Protection Cathedral in Des Plaines) sang both sacred and Russian folk songs. Lydia Swenton, CRA director on the CRA national board, and secretary of the Chicago Chapter represented CRA at this celebration which, according to Aleksandra Efimova, Master of Ceremonies and co-chair of this event, would be the first of annual Russia Days in Chicago.
2011 marks the 270th anniversary of the Vitus Bering Expedition and discovery of Alaska and Aleutian Islands.
CRA met with organizers of various special events planned to commemorate this year, which includes the arrival of the Russian sail training ship "Pallada" at Fort Ross and San Francisco and the Russian international relay swim team that plans to make a record swim across the Bering Strait from Russia to US. The Pallada was built 20 years ago in the Polish seaport of Gdansk and has a crew of cadets from marine institutes of Russia. It has won numerous awards at prestigious international festivals and famous regattas and has its place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest sailing vessel in the world, setting a mark of over 18 knots per hour.
In May 2011, CRA met with Alexei Kuznetsov, Vice-President of the American-Russian Sport Association "Harmony" in Washington DC, and Alexander Brylin, President of the Amur regional public organization "AQUAICE - Sport Federation" and the supervisor of the relay swim team. A. Brylin holds the record for "longest swimming distance in ice-cold water".
CRA arranged various meetings for the delegates to visit the Russian Museum of Culture, the Russian Consulate, United Humanitarian Mission and Fort Ross officials.
Co-naming 97th Street in New York City, after Patriarch Tikhon
Congress of Russian Americans supports the recent proposal and petition by Northern Cross, a non-profit civic organization, to co-name 97th Street in New York City, after Patriarch Tikhon, the great civic and spiritual leader, who lived and worked on 97th Street in the early 20th century. MORE. Please register and vote here:
Нью-Йорк: Акция против распространения русофобии
6 февраля 2015 года в центре Нью-Йорка перед началом спектакля в Линкольн-центре, где находится всемирно известный театр Метрополитен-опера, прошла акция в поддержку российских артистов, выступавших в это время в Метрополитен-опера, и против распространения русофобии. Недавние попытки сорвать выступления оркестра под управлением Валерия Гергиева и оперной дивы Анны Нетребко организаторы считают не чем иным, как частью информационной войны и попыткой создать напряженность в отношениях между Россией и США. Организаторы акции заявили о неприемлемости политических демонстраций, направленных против российских артистов и музыкантов, выступающих в эти дни в Нью-Йорке. Проявление русофобии, заявил один из организаторов акции Дэниэл Берк, является частью информационной войны, способствует нагнетанию ситуации и созданию напряженности между Россией и США. Демонстранты настаивают на необходимости учиться договариваться, ведь агрессивная политика не просто бессмысленна, она опасна.
Campaign against anti-Russian sentiments in New York
The activists from the New York City conducted a campaignagainst anti-Russian sentiments February 6, 2015 near the Metropolitan Opera. The move came in response to the January demonstrations at the Carnegie Hall and Metropolitan Opera, during the performances of the world famous Russian conductor Valery Gergiev and opera singer Anna Netrebko. The protesters accused the artists of supporting Russia’s stance on Ukraine. The organizer of the Friday campaign Daniel Burke said the anti-Russian demonstrators only further strained tensions between Russia and the United States. More information: http://sputniknews.com/us/20150207/1017920626.html#ixzz3RV8eln5K
Miss America 2015 - Russian American!
On September 14, 2014, the Miss America finals were held in Atlantic City in New Jersey. Congress of Russian Americans is proud to announce that Kira Kazantsev, daughter of Russian immigrants, was crowned the new Miss America. Her parents came to the US in 1990 from Moscow - her father - a surgeon; her mother - a real estate broker. Kira was born in California, and grew up and lived in the SF Bay Area in California. She graduated from Ss.Cyrill & Methody Russian School at the Holy Virgin Cathedral and was a member of the St.George Pathfinders (Russian Scouts). As her family, she, too, was an active member and volunteer in the Russian-American community in San Francisco. Kirochka, not only conquered in the beauty pageant, but with her inner beauty - she's very smart, humble and we are very proud of her and that she will portray a positive image of Russian American youth. We sincerely congratulate Kira and her family!
Мисс Америка 2015 - Русская Американка!
14го сентября 2014, финал конкурса Мисс Америка, прошёл в Атлантик-Сити в Нью-Джерси. Конгресс Русских Американцев сообщает с большой радостью, что Кира Казанцева, дочь российских иммигрантов стала новой "Мисс Америка". Её родители приехали в США в 1990 году из Москвы: отец - хирург, а мать - брокер по продаже недвижимости. Кира родилась в Калифорнии, жила и выросла в Калифорнии, в окрестности залива Сан Франциско. Она окончила русскую школу Св.Кирилла и Мефодия при Кафедральном Соборе, Всех Скорбящих Радости и также была разведчицей в скаутской организации ОРЮР - Организация Российских Юных Разведчиков. Как и вся её семья, так и Кира, были очень активные члены нашей русской-американской общины в Сан Франциско. Кирочка, не только победила по красоте, но и красоте души - она большая умница, скромная, и мы очень гордимся, что именно она будет представлять имидж русско-американской молодёжи. Искренне поздравляем Киру и её семью!
Congress of Russian Americans open letter
To: The President of the United States, Barack Obama
Secretary of State, John Kerry
Senator John McCain
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon
United Press International
...The CRA expresses profound regret at the loss of life of innocent men, women, and children, the destruction of important cultural heritage, as well as the grief of thousands of people now suffering in Ukraine. The CRA is moreover alarmed at the one-sidedness of the Cold-War-era propaganda machine perpetuated by the U.S. media and the leaders of our U.S. government, as well as at the resulting resentment towards everything Russian that this campaign strives to foment within the American society. If one recalls World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union were on the same side in the battle against the ultra-right ideologies of Hitler and Mussolini that left tens of millions of people dead. America’s support for ultra-nationalistic forces in Ukraine and its earlier recognition of a government in Kiev that overthrew the elected government, seized power, and appointed extreme right-wing groups to head the police, the army, and the national guard in order to pull Ukraine into NATO makes the U.S. complicit in the denial of basic human rights to a wide segment of the Ukrainian population. While the recent Ukrainian presidential elections were prematurely scheduled, their results have shown that the majority of Ukrainian citizens does not favor ultra-right-wing tactics and in fact hopes to improve the country’s relations with Russia, which is its largest trading partner...
THE FULL LETTER
Интервью на радио «Афиша», в Сакраменто, Калифорния.
31 июля член Правления КРА Зоя Градова приняла участие в программе радио «Афиша», посвященного 100-летию со дня начала Первой мировой войны. Зоя Градова ответила на вопросы и обменялась мнениями с ведущим и автором программы Юрием Коротковым по различным вопросам, связанным с войной, оказавшей такое большое влияние на судьбы не только стран-участниц военного противостояния, но на всю историю человечества не только в ХХ веке, но в начале века ХХI. Собеседники обсудили поводы и причины начала военных действий, отметив, что убийство эрцгерцога Фердинанда и его супруги сербским националистом Гаврилом Принципом послужило лишь поводом, а настоящие причины крылись в борьбе за колонии, милитаризации промышленности, в том числе, создании новых видов вооружения таких как танки, самолеты, пулеметы и пр. Одной из важнейших причин противостяния стал национализм.
Statement by the Congress of Russian Americans National Board (CRA NB)
Regarding the Rights of the People of Crimea.
The recent events in Ukraine, including the anti-government revolt in Kiev and the manner in which it was carried out, the Crimean declaration of independence from Ukraine, and the subsequent imposition of sanctions against the Russian Federation by the U.S. government impel the National Board of the Congress of Russian Americans to come forth with the following statement:
The wish of the people of Crimea to declare independence from Ukraine and to join the Russian Federation has been convincingly demonstrated by the extraordinary turnout of voters during the March referendum and the results of the plebiscite that has taken place. The wish of the people of Crimea is justified and legitimate.
«Крылатые паруса» в г. Красноярске в Сибири
В Красноярске 28 апреля 2014г. прошла акция «Крылатые паруса», посвящённая 250-летию со дня рождения командора Николая Резанова (1764 - 1807) одного из ярких персонажей Русской Америки того времени. В Соединенных Штатах Н. Резанов более известен своей романтической и такой трагичной историией связанной с дочерью губернатора испанской Калифорнии. Торжества в Красноярске продлились некоторое время. Подробности и описание можно найти тут: http://www.admkrsk.ru/press/news/Pages/000/news.aspx?RecordID=6262 и тут: http://www.admkrsk.ru/cityday/Shared%20Documents/План%20мероприятий.doc.
XIII Всезарубежный молодежный съезд
Место и время проведения: июнь-июль 2014г. Сан-Франциско, шт. Калифорния, США
Цель проведения: изучение и распространение опыта миссионерского служения на ниве социального служения и благотворительности;
Девиз съезда: «По стопам святителя Иоанна»
Форум был посвящен миссионерскому служению на ниве благотворительности и прошел в дни работы в Сан-Франциско Архиерейского Собора Русской Зарубежной Церкви и празднований в честь 20-летия прославления Русской Зарубежной Церковью святителя Иоанна Шанхайского и Сан-Францисского.
XIII All-Diaspora youth conference
Date and place : June-July 2014, San Francisco, CA USA
Purpose: To study missionary service in the field of social service and charity with the intent of spreading this work to a local parish level.
Conference motto- “In the footsteps of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco.”
The forum was devoted to missionary work in the field of philanthropy and was held in the days of the San Francisco Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church and the celebrations to mark the 20th anniversary of the glorification of the Russian Orthodox Church of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco.
The Congress of Russian Americans Fortieth Anniversary
Russian America: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
On Friday, July 26, 2013, the Congress of Russian Americans commemorated the fortieth anniversary of its founding at the Russian Center of San Francisco, headquarters of the nationwide organization. The CRA marked the jubilee with a conference "Russian America: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow," which was dedicated to preserving Russian language, culture and history abroad and to socioeconomic issues of stimulating better relations between US and Russia. The conference brought together US and Russian leaders, Russian American organizations, businessmen, teachers, scholars, cultural, historical and business activists, community leaders and youth representatives from different cities and states of the US, as well as Russia.
The official opening of the conference began with the presentation of US, Russia and Russian-American company flags by Russian scouts, St.George Pathfinders, followed by prayer by Archbishop Kirill, head of the Western American Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. Archbishop Kirill presented the CRA with a proclamation from the Synod of Bishops by the Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, Metropolitan Hilarion.
MORE DETAIL HERE CRA 40th ANNIVERSARY SPONSORS
CONGRATULATIONS FROM: CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY, CALIFORNIA SENATE, CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR, CALIFORNIA SENATOR, FORT ROSS, MINISTRY_RF, NEW_REVIEW, SYNOD_ROCOR, ALAMEDA COUNTY, RUSSIAN CENTER DC, KRASNOYARSK ADMIN.
The National Board of the Congress of Russian Americans condemns the executors of the cowardly act of terror of unspeakably senseless cruelty committed at the Boston Marathon. We express our deepest sympathy for the victims and their families.
Главное правление Конгресса Русских американцев осуждает исполнителей трусливого акта террора невыразимо бессмысленной жестокости, совершенного на Бостоском марафоне. Мы выражаем наше глубокое сочувствие пострадавшим и их семьям.
New Russian Consul General in San Francisco
March 2013, San Francisco, CA - On the invitation of the Consulate of the Russian Federation in San Francisco, the CRA President, Natalie Sabelnik met with the new Consul General, Sergey Vladimirovich Petrov, who recently took the place of Vladimir Nikolaevich Vinokurov. Consul General Petrov promised full support for CRA and it's projects, especially the 40th Anniversary, and was impressed by the conference "Russian America: yesterday, today, tomorrow" planned to be held in line with the last weekend of July at Fort Ross, celebrating "Cultural Heritage Days", as well as the conference of "US-Russia Business Council" in Sonoma. Visiting dignitaries, such as the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, Sergey I. Kislayk, representatives of "Russkyi Mir", RF Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Federal Agency for the CIS, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo), various city administrative heads from Russia, as well as the US and others are expected to attend. Full details of the conference will be posted on the CRA website, as well as can be obtained from email@example.com. Travel arrangements, including flights, hotels and tours can also be made through www.gettorussia.com
Russian Heritage Week
Congress of Russian Americans encourages all members and friends to sign the petition addressed to the US House of Representatives to officially recognize and observe Russian Heritage Week, during the days from June 6 through June 12. Russian Heritage Week is an appropriate time to recognize the enormous contributions that Russian Americans have made to the US and the world throughout our history, including generals, philosophers, economists, and Nobel Prize-winning scientists, writers, composers, musicians, dancers, choreographers, filmmakers, actors, composers, painters, sculptors and atheletes, Russian Heritage Week will be an officially recognized time to salute the Russian American community and to recognize and express appreciation for the contribution of Russian culture and heritage in enriching the lives of the people of the US and the world. A minimum of 100,000 signatures is required to be put on the ballot for review. We urge you to gather the necessary signatures or send yours to CRA for inclusion in the petition. A copy of the petition is attached or available at the CRA office if you would like to circulate it in your organization or community. Please send all completed petitions with signatures to the CRA office, 2460 Sutter St., SF, CA 94115 More information is available on the official Russian Heritage Week website at http://www.russianheritageweek.com/index_en.htm
2012 is the year for celebrating of the 200 anniversary of the Fort Ross founding.
Numerous commemorative events to be occurring throughout the year are scheduled HERE and HERE. In 1812, on a stretch of the Pacific Ocean eighty miles north of San Francisco, Russian explorers established Colony Ross, Russia’s deepest vanguard into North America. Colony Ross was settled to produce food to support the Russian settlements in Alaska, as well as to expand the valuable sea otter trade. Although the Russian American Company stayed for just three decades,their contributions to early California society were vast – they built California’s first ships and windmills, introduced glass-paneled windows, created the first brickyard, catalogued the local flora and fauna, completed detailed maps and were, by today’s standards, among California’s earliest entrepreneurs. Fort Ross is an excellent example of the best of California and what it has to offer the world: a rich history, diverse cultural legacy, beautiful nature, and dedicated people.
National Museum of the American People
Congress of Russian Americans is one of the more than 140 organizations that represent 59 different American ethnic, minority, nationality and genealogical groups who have come together in the Coalition for the National Museum of the American People to advocate for the establishment of a National Museum of the American People. The Museum would be devoted to telling the story of the many peoples who have migrated to the United States, from the earliest arrivals 20,000 years ago until the present. Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran and Republican Tennessee Rep. John Duncan introduced legislation in July that calls for studying the creation of a National Museum of the American People without any federal taxpayer funds. The bill had 10 other co-sponsors. CRA Washington, DC representative John Stepanchuk took part in a press conference on Capitol Hill with the Congressmen, along with members of other organizations representing America’s many ethnicities.
National Museum of the American People, DEVELOPMENTS and UPDATES: Press release and letter; MEDIA: The Washington Post;
“Memory Eternal to 1812”
CRA Representation at the 3rd International Forum of Young Compatriots in Moscow. 2012 is not only a jubilee year for Fort Ross and Russian California, which is celebrating its Bicentennial, but also for the entire Russian people, who mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Borodino against Napoleon’s forces. This decisive battle broke the might of the French Army, which soon led to the retreat of Napoleon’s troops, ending their complete destruction and victory for Russia in the Patriotic War of 1812. In memory of this battle near Borodino the Embassy of the Russian Federation, MORE
"И вечной памятью двенадцатого года"
Представители КРА на III Международном форуме молодых соотечественников в Москве.
Юбилейным год 2012 стал не только для крепости Росс и Русской Калифорнии, празднующим свой двухсотлетний юбилей, но и для всего русского народа, отмечающего 200-летие Бородинского сражения с ратью Наполеона. Эта решающая битва сломила мощь французской армии, что вскоре привело к бегству наполеоновских войск, закончившемуся их полным разгромом и победой России в Отечественной войне 1812 г. В память о битве под Бородино посольство Российской Федерации, MORE
CRA scholarships for Russian-American students
A reminder is being issued by the CRA Scholarship Committee that a yearly scholarship of $1000 is available to qualified Russian-American youth. Details for eligibility and for submitting the application are HERE
Стипендии КРА для русско-американских студентов
Стипендиальная комссия Конгресса русских американцев напоминает, что имеются ежегодные стипендии в 1000 долл. для русско-американской молодежи. Подробности о приемлемости и как подавать заявление найдете ТУТ
70th Anniversary New Review/Novyi Zhurnal
Congress of Russian Americans National Board congratulates the New Review/Novyi Zhurnal on its 70th Anniversary in recognition of its outstanding contribution to the Russian culture.
New Review/Novyi Zhurnal, founded in 1942, and is the oldest Russian-language literary magazine, where the cultural life of the Russian Diaspora was featured, celebrated their 70th Anniversary. Among the many Russian American writers and American professor- slavists, were also Nobel-prize laureates, Bunin, Solzhenitsyn and Brodsky as well as numerous famous writers, poets, philosophers, artists, politicians, Nabokov, Ivanov, Adamovitch, Berberova and others The New Review regularly and professionally discusses the history of Russian emigration and of the Russian Church, deals with the problems of education for Russian-American children in the US, publishes memoirs & archives of the emigration, and discusses contemporary issues of the Diaspora. MORE
Congress of Russian Americans Hall of Fame
Tatiana DeTimasheff, Countess Nicholas Bobrinskoy, Grand Chancelor at Sovereign Order of Orthodox Knights Hospitaller of St. John of Jerusalem was inducted into the CRA Hall of Fame on April 26, 2012 at the reception at the Russian Consulate in New York, celebrating the 70th Anniversary of New Review/Novyi Zhurnal. Both East Coast CRA Directors, Rostislav Cytowicz and Vladimir Schatoff and CRA President, Natalie Sabelnik presented Countess Bobrinskoy, a long-time member of CRA, with a gramota in honor of her immeasurable work for the preservation of Russian history, culture and language in the US, for her achievements in continuing cordial relations between US & Russia and her humanitarian work with numerous organizations dedicated to helping underprivileged, handicapped and orphaned children. Countess Bobrinskoy was also presented with the CRA St.Vladimir Bronze Medal. MORE
Главное правление КОНГРЕССА РУССКИХ АМЕРИКАНЦЕВ поздравляет газету и членов редакции с 90-летним юбилеем основания старейшей зарубежной газеты "РУССКАЯ ЖИЗНЬ" и с особым удовлетворением отмечает ее содержательность и заслугу в этом членов ее редакции и желает им успехов в дальнейшем.
ГАЗЕТЕ «РУССКАЯ ЖИЗНЬ» – 90 ЛЕТ
В 2011 году исполняется 90 лет непрерывной публикации газеты «Русская жизнь» в Сан-Франциско.
Когда газета вышла впервые в свет в 1921-м году еще только зарождалось радиовещание, телевидение работало в лабораториях а космические полеты и высадка человека на Луне были сюжетами фантастических ноелл. Об Интернете и атомном оружии не мечтали даже фантасты.
В 1921-м году в Константинополе, Галлиполи и на о. Лемносе жила в лагерях эвакуированная из Крыма Русская армия, а Приморье еще сопротивлялось большевикам. Только начинал свою истребительную работу Соловецкий лагерь особого назначения (СЛОН) а в Крыму начинались расстрелы поверивших в амнистию белогвардейцев.
The CRA National Board joins the Fund for Assistance of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia in its appeal to help the victims of the recent disastrous earthquake in Japan.
According to the available information there are Orthodox Churches in the disaster area as well members of the Orthodox parishes among the victims. More detailed information about what is happening and how to help can be found in these links.
July 10, 2010
Неопубликованное интервью — жертвы войны 1941-1945 гг.
Помещаемый текст интервью старшего научного сотрудника Санкт-Петербургского университета, кандидата исторических наук Кирилла Михайловича Александрова представляет результат исследований по истории войны между Советским Союзом и нацистской Германией в 1941 - 1945 гг. — войны, беспримерной по количеству жертв и тяжести лишений русского народа, который оказался между молотом и наковальней в этой схватке, не на жизнь, а на смерть, двух тоталитарных режимов. Интервью было приурочено к 65-летию окончания войны. Редакция портала КРА благодарит Кирилла Михайловича за разрешение поместить текст его интервью.
June 29, 2010
CRA protests the inclusion of Stalin's bust in the US National D-Day Memorial
Congress of Russian Americans strongly protests the inclusion of Stalin's bust as part of the US National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia. While Stalin is a historical figure of World War II, the inclusion of his likeness in this memorial is out of context as his involvement in D-Day planning and operation is indirect and only minimally relevant.
Our main objection to any display of Stalin's likeness is based on his brutal human rights violations record. His crimes against his own people and humanity are of epic proportions. It would be a horrific affront to the millions of his victims, living and perished, and their descendents for many generations to come. The memories are still too fresh, the wounds are still healing. Inclusion of the bust in the memorial is akin to rehabilitation of Stalin's reputation.
Just last week Stalin's statue was removed from the central square in his hometown in Georgia to be replaced by a memorial to his victims. Let's remove Stalin's bust form the US National D-Day Memorial as well.
Press release March 29, 2010
The National Board of the Congress of Russian Americans condemns the executors and all those who are behind the cowardly act of terror of unspeakable cruelty committed in the Моscow subway. We express our deepest sympathy for the victims and their families.
Главное правление Конгресса Русских американцев осуждает исполнителей и всех, кто стоит за трусливым актом террора непрвзойденной жестокости, совершенным в московском метро. Мы выражаем наше глубокое сочуствие пострадавшим и их семьям.
Press release APR 20, 2009
On U.S. - Russia relations.
Signs of the changing relations between the United States of America and the Russian Federation gives hope to Russian Americans that the United States will develop its policy toward Russian Federation on the basis of understanding and respect for each country’s interest – the U.S.’s as well as Russia’s – based on pragmatic considerations of mutual interests of both countries. We are convinced that cultivating friendly relations with Russia will serve the interests of the United States and especially its security. We believe that there are no unsolvable disagreements between the two nations, on the contrary, there are many potential areas for mutual cooperation. Therefore, the United States’ policy emphasis should be on cooperation rather than on confrontation.