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LGBT activists of “Ravnopravie” organization wanted to attract the society’s and state’s attention to the problem of the violation of rights of sexual and gender minorities. To do this, they planned to hold a rally on November 5, 2010.
The bid to do this was sent to the Moscow Region’s administration. In the bid the activists enumerated three possible places for the gay meeting: square in front of the Russian National Library in the Moscow avenue, place near “Peterburgsky” sports and concert complex, and Chernyshevsky Square.
According to BIA, the local authorities did not agree to any of the listed places. The rally cannot be organized near “Peterburgsky” sports and concert complex, as there will be a “Real Estate Fair”, gathering 6-8 thousand participants. The square in front of the Russian National Library and Chernyshevsky Square are places of public recreation. Not only adults, but also minors come to the Russian National Library, so the rally can arouse public protests and provoke public order disturbance.
Organizers of the meeting have already written an application to the Moscow Region’s administration, demanding them to name the places and the dates where it is possible to hold a rally for the stated purpose on the territory of the Moscow Region. Besides, they plan to apply for joining the administration’s answer to the case of the ban of their meeting in June. The second court session dealing with this case will take place today, on November 1, 2010.
In Alexander Pushkin Library in Perm there will be a contest of felt boots and other felt products. The creative event will start on November 1, 2010 and end on December 15, 2010. The results will be declared on December 21, 2010.
Prizes of the felt-boot contest will be given in three nominations: “Felt fashion”, “Felt fantasy” and “Felt boot anthem”. The first nomination will unite designer footgear – felt boots decorated with applications, embroidery, paintings and so on. “Felt Fantasy” prize will go to one of felt products (for instance, jewellery, accessories, and other items including yurt covering). In “Felt Boot Anthem” nomination various verses, songs and chastushkas (humorous rhymes) about felt boots will be presented.
Interest to warm felt boots has boosted lately. Many designers consider felt boots a wonderful object for creativity, as they are easy to embellish and improve. Felt boots of various colours are on offer in many shops.

Court obliged the centralized library system of Koryazhmy city in the Archangelsk Region to install filter software blocking access to sites with extremist content on the library system’s computers. This announcement was made by Yuliya Shevchenko, press-secretary of the regional public prosecutor’s office, on Monday November 1, 2010.
“The public prosecutor’s inspection showed that users of Koryazhmy centralized library system, including minors, had free access to five computers with no filtration software blocking access to extremist sites and sites with content harmful for health, moral and spiritual development,” she said.
Koryazhmy public prosecutor’s office sent a bill of complaint to the court, demanding to install the necessary software. The court granted the public prosecutor’s request and obliged the library system to introduce restrictions to Internet access from its computers.


Vladimir Zaytsev, Director General, Russian National Library; President, Russian Library Association, died in St. Petersburg at the age of 71.
For 25 years he had been the head of the oldest public library, which went through many important reorganizations, ensured its position of a large methodological center and innovator of library activities, broadened its international contacts.
At the time of his directorship a modern book depository was built in the Moscow avenue in St. Petersburg. Vladimir Zaytsev was a member of UNESCO National Committee of the “World Memory” program, of Coordination Council of the Eurasian Library Assembly, of the Board of Directors of Consortium of European Research Libraries.
“Vladimir Nikolaevich made an invaluable contribution to the development of library activities in Russia,” said Anton Gubankov, Head, Committee for Culture. “He became one of the most respected and authoritative heads of library community in the years of his work in the public library. He was a man of great soul, he had inner light and an unusual talent to accumulate creative energy around him. He was a devotee for whom work in one of the largest libraries in the world was an inseparable part of his own life”.
Vladimir Zaytsev was awarded Order of Merit for the Fatherland of the IV Degree, Legion of Honour (France), Cavalier Cross of Merit (Poland), Pushkin Medal.
Books from the private collection of a famous Soviet poet Vadim Shefner were found in the rubbish heap near the “Writers’ House” (Lenin str. 34, St. Petersburg). A lot of books have inscriptions and dedications of well-known writers. It turned out that the workers doing repair works in the flat where the writer’s family leaved threw the books away.
“If you hurry, you can find books with his inscriptions and with touching inscriptions to him - almost untouched by rain – among sacks of garbage and rotten things. Granin, Berggolts, Pavel Shubin (the author of “Volkhov Drinking Song”). A unique book of Chivilikhin’s collected works with his inscription. Pavlovsky’s book about Akhmatova with his inscription, published and presented to Shefner in the year of her death,” this is how Dmitry Bratkin, history lecturer, St. Petersburg State University, describes the event.
On Wednesday Bratkin made a new post, specifying that, according to his information, the writer’s family had nothing to do with the act of vandalism, and that the workers doing repair works were guilty of throwing away the books without letting the owners know about it.
Ilya Fonyakov, St. Petersburg poet who knew Vadim Shefner well, excluded the possibility of the family throwing away the books, from the very beginning. “As far as I know, Vadim Sergeevich’s son, Dmitry, cherishes his father’s memory. I can’t make out who could do it. Even more so, that there are books with autographs of our famous writers. There must be many interesting items there, as Shefner lived a long life, he had been collecting his library long. There must be some rare editions there. Everything possible should be done to find a place for the books,” he said in his interview to a radio.
Dmitry Bratkin, who found the books, thinks that the problem concerns not only Vadim Shefner’s library. He is sure that we need a special program helping relatives to put valuable things in a decent place, because now a whole mass of St. Petersburg intelligentsia dies, and not only books, but also priceless archives, and even relics of the siege of Leningrad are thrown into the garbage.
Vadim Shefner (1915-2002) – poet, translator, writer, author of several dozens of books, among them collected verses “Vaults” (1967), “Height Stock” (1970), “Memory’s Side Street” (1976), “Years and Moments” (1983), novels “Belated Shooter, or A Provincial’s Wings” (1967), “Woe’s Sister” (1968), “Name for a Bird, or Tea on a Yellow Verandah” (1974).
In 1985 Vadim Shefner was awarded the Gorky State Prize of Russia for “Years and Moments” collected verses, and in 1997 he was awarded Pushkin Prize for poetry.
A part of archive documents and library materials from Howell museum, New Jersey, USA was transported to Krasnodar, Russia. They were selected during the last trip of the representatives of Kuban Cossaks to the US. This announcement was made by Oleg Ratushnyak, associate professor, Historical Faculty, Kuban State University, to the journalists.
“During my business trip on July 20-28 I had a task to make an inventory of all the materials in the museum so that they could be donated to Krasnodar later. To tell the truth, no one was interested in them, most of them were kept in a semi-basement, in the so-called “library”. Many of them are in deplorable condition. In spite of this, we managed to select enough important items that have a unique historical value,” Ratushnyak said.
According to his words, within the framework of making the inventory they chose over 2.8 thousand copies of magazines, leaflets and collected works, about 5.5 thousand photos, paintings and cards, including those in English, French and German, as well as 61 items of documents and letters – about six cardboard packs.
We managed to prepare 22 cardboard boxes with total weight of about 376 kg. All this was taken to the General Consulate of the Russian Federation in New York (USA) to be later transferred to the state archive of the Krasnodar Region through the Russian Federal Surveillance Service for Compliance with the Law in Mass Communications and Cultural Heritage Protection.
“Unfortunately, we cannot yet say how much time it will take to process all the received materials, so that they could become a full-fledged part of the heritage of the scientific community, but we will start the work as soon as possible,” Stanislav Temirov, Director, Territorial State Archive, specified.
On Monday, October 18, the main library of the Komi Republic presented KIBO mobile library. KIBO is a bibliobus with state-of-the-art equipment. Soon the bus will start its journey around the republic. The mobile library is equipped with notebooks, a scanner, a printer, a copier, a fax, a multimedia projector and a camera. There is sky-fi in the bibliobus. Its library stocks contain 1000 books and 200 e-publications.
In KIBO there is a special elevator for disabled people, and a place for children with various developing books, games, drawing kits for little readers. Also there are folding chairs for readers, from 8 to 10 people can be in the library at the same time. KIBO is equipped with an air conditioner and a heater to be ready for different weather conditions.
The bibliobus has an itinerary for October and November, which includes settlements closest to Syktyvkar: Trekhozerka, Zarechiye, Sidorpoloy, Sedkyrkeshch. Then the bus will move to the Kortkeros and Syktyvdin Regions.
KIBO project was developed in 2009 by “Pushkin library” foundation on the order of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation within the framework of “Culture of Russia 2006-2011” federal program. This year the six first mobile complexes were given to the Archangelsk, Vologda, Irkutsk, Kostroma, Chelyabinsk Regions, and the Komi Republic. One complex costs 6 million roubles.
Today, on October 19, a new book and illustration exposition “Famous Greeks of the Great Russia: Arkhip Kuindzhi” is officially opened in the new building of the Russian National Library (St. Petersburg, Moskovsky avenue, 165) within the framework of the Days of Greek Culture in St. Petersburg.
The exhibition in the Russian National Library is dedicated to the Russian artist of Greek origin Arkhip Ivanovich Kuindzhi.
The exhibition is organized by the Russian National Library in collaboration with A.I. Kuindzhi memorial flat with the help of the General Consulate of the Republic of Greece in St. Petersburg and Dmitry Bernadaki Russian-Greek Club.
The exhibition will feature publications on the landscape painter’s main periods of life and creative activity from the stocks of the Russian National Library. There are books, albums, collected illustrations among them. One of the exhibition sections is prepared by the staff of A.I. Kuindzhi memorial flat.
Representatives of the Greek consulate in St. Petersburg, representatives of the Greek diaspora in St. Petersburg and other guests will take part in the opening ceremony.
September 22-14, 2010. For time not to be out of joint… international research and practice conference will take place in Volgograd. Its main events will be devoted to 110th anniversary of M. Gorky Volgograd Regional Universal Scientific Library.
In september 1900 Historical Bulletin welcomed the opening of Tsaritsin State Public Library, calling it a “highly useful institution”. It is to this library that M. Gorky Volgograd Regional Universal Scientific Library traces back its interesting and difficult history.
The library will spend its anniversary working in full swing. Many events will be held: Library heritage of the great Russian interfluve area. XXI century autograph conference, Library and Information resources of Rosinformkultura in the context of forming regional cultural policy VIIth all-Russian meeting of the heads of information services in the sphere of culture and art (Rosinformkultura – scientific and information center). Representatives of 32 Russian regions will gather to take part in it. Among other cultural events will be Reading together for 110 years action and the opening of Painting America exhibition.
M. Gorky Volgograd Regional Universal Scientific Library is expected to sign a cooperation agreement with Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library during the conference.
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Boris Yeltsin Presidential Library opens a Civic Dialogue devoted to the first President of Russia.
The event will launch the educational and informational program dedicated to Yeltsin’s 80th anniversary. Statesmen and public figures of Yeltsin’s time and modern young people are invited to take part in “Boris Yeltsin – New Russia – Peace” discussion.
“The key aim of the event is to lay the foundations of the constructive dialogue between the contemporary generation of 20-year-olds and Yeltsin’s colleagues and companions,” organizers of the meeting explained. They invited Leonid Kravchuk, Stanislav Shushkevich, deputies of the Supreme Soviet and the State Duma, deputies of Lensoviet (Leningrad City Council of People’s Deputies) and of St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly, judges of the Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, politicians, economists, and journalists, who participated in the events of the early 1990-s, to take part in the meeting.
The Сivic Dialog will begin with the discussion “Russia at the turn of centuries: experience of 1990-1993 for reaching the goals of the country’s modernization. Modern youth as the main subject of modernization”. Afterwards the participants will exchange opinions at sections.
The organizers’ plan is that participants’ live communication will result in outlining the 2010-2011 educational and information program, and in approving conditions of the contest of research works by students and graduates. Within the framework of the event Boris Minayev presented his book entitled “Yeltsin”, which has been recently published in the “Life of Remarkable People” series.
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