St. Petersburg: Russian Word Laureates Announced

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Tue Jun 3 18:29:17 UTC 2008

Russian Word Laureates Announced

By Irina Titova

Staff Writer

The third Russkoye Slovo ("Russian Word") festival, the final stage of
which took place in St. Petersburg late last month, named the winners
of Russian language contests among children, students, teachers and

Among the children's winners were first-placed Marina Serenok, from
Klimovo village in the Bryansk Oblast, Darya Kudanova, from Salavat in
Bashkortostan (second), and Ilsiya Shaikhutdinova (third). In the
final the children wrote a commentary to a video.

Among the student winners, Dina Bobrova from Rostov-on-Don was
victorious, while Lyudmila Shesterova, a teacher from Vladikavkaz, won
the teacher's contest. The Cherdantsevs from Chelyabinsk won the
family contest.

In the family contest, family members had to demonstrate debating
skills and take it in turn to read the lines of a family poem.

A roundtable on language policy in the media was held as part of the festival.

The festival was organized by the Society of Russian Language and
Literature Teachers and St. Petersburg State University.

"The main goal of the festival was to attract the attention of society
to the condition of the modern Russian language, to unite people
interested in keeping and developing the language, to demonstrate the
best examples of speech, and to promote Russian language and
literature," said Leonid Moskovkin, director of the headquarters of
the Society of Russian Language and Literature teachers.
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