Participants of InteRussia fellowship programme for foreign Russianists met Yevgeny Primakov

Russian Studies
On 26 May, foreign Russianists visited the Rossotrudnichestvo office, where they spoke with the head of the Agency.

Yevgeny Primakov shared his view on the motivation of foreign specialists to learn Russian. He noted that the number of people in the world wishing to speak Russian has increased. This trend has also touched Europe, as the locals want to understand what Russia is all about and what Russians talk about:

"It always seemed to me that foreigners from non-CIS countries learn Russian because it gives chances in education or business, not for the sake of reading Pushkin’s work in the original. It is wonderful that you have such a noble ambition."

Each of the participants then introduced themselves to their colleagues and talked about their professional activities. Many admitted that they were fascinated by Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. According to the foreign guests, the demand for Russian language training abroad has increased because of the need for new personnel in the tourism industry. The fellows also noted that it was important for them to learn Russian culture from within.

Earlier on May 25, the Third Kostomarov Forum opened at the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute. A total of 494 candidates from 58 countries took part in the competition.

Rector of the Institute Natalia Trukhanovskaya spoke at the ceremony. According to her, the number of those wishing to participate in the fellowship programme increased compared to last year. Despite the high requirements, the applicants competed enthusiastically for the right to come to Moscow:

"You will not only be able to immerse yourself in the atmosphere of Russian language learning, but also make your own significant contribution to the science of it. Philology requires constant research and development, and we are delighted that our academic community is being enriched by such strong and motivated researchers. Nothing strengthens the love for a language as much as being in contact with those who speak it as their own. Welcome to Moscow and our institute!"

Deputy Executive Director of the Gorchakov Fund Victoria Karslieva also welcomed the participants and thanked the partners for being part of the project and supporting the Fund’s initiative:

"Despite the countless number of similar professional development programmes, the initiative is in enormous demand, which convinces us once again that we have taken the right path. Congratulations to the participants for getting the opportunity to touch the sanctuary of the Russian language, to talk to leading academics, and to improve your professionalism. The Gorchakov Fund is always open to new ideas and suggestions for future work with you."

Pavel Shevtsov, Deputy Head of Rossotrudnichestvo, spoke about the activities of the agency’s representative offices abroad, and thanked the Fund and the Institute for their work in promoting the Russian language:

"It is remarkable that the fellowship is taking place at the Pushkin Institute during the Kostomarov Forum. Today, not only the Russian language is changing, but also the system for its promotion: modern methods are being used more actively. I wish you to make the most of the opportunities this programme offers."

The participants from last year’s programme also spoke at the opening session. They shared their impressions and talked about how the fellowship influenced their professional growth and development.

InteRussia is a traditional fellowship programme for foreign specialists. It grants young professionals from all over the world the opportunity to improve their skills and exchange experiences with colleagues from other countries.

The current intake consists of young Russianists from Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Serbia, Syria, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. The programme is a joint project of the Gorchakov Fund, Rossotrudnichestvo, and the Pushkin State Russian Language Institute.