“Russia in the past and today”
Set at the meeting
on 6 December 2002. Entries to be submitted at the next meeting
(31 January 2003), or sent in advance to Heather Haslett firstname.lastname@example.org
16 Beverley Road, Leamington Spa, Warks, CV32 6PJ
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WIN a year’s membership
to the British-Russian Society
1. P.I. Tchaikovsky was
an honorary member of which British University?
2. Who composed the National
Anthem of the Russian Federation and who wrote the words? What are
*The winner for this question will be the person who quotes the
most complete text of the anthem (and translates it into English).
3. From which period
does the term “Revolutionary Song” date?
4. Information. The Russian
composer N. A. Rimsky-Korsakov (1844 – 1908) was also a teacher,
conductor, and the composer of the famous symphonic poem “Sadko”,
the operas “The Snow Maiden” and “May Night”
(after Ostrovskii), “Christmas Eve” (after Gogol) and
Question: Which other profession (not associated with music) did
5. Who inspired and organised
the Russian musical circle known as the “mighty handful”,
which formed the centre of the struggle for progressive democratic
art in the 1860s?
6. a) How many strings
does a balalaika have?
b) What are the different sizes of balalaika?
7. Red Square in Moscow.
Which architectural ensemble does it form part of? Does it have
another (informal) name?
8. Red Square in Moscow.
When was it built and what were its former official names?
9. From which period
does the tradition of granting the state award “Medal of Russia”
10. What was the name
of the first Russian Order?
11. When was the Battle
of Poltava? Between whom, and what was the result?
12. Is the Russian Federation
a member of the European Security Council?
13. Match the
names of these famous Russian politicians and businessmen to their
I Yurii Luzhkov a) Minister
II Aleksei Kudrin b) Mayor of Moscow
III Vladimir Yakovlev c) President
IV Vladimir Putin d) General Director of RAO “Energo”
V Anatolii Chubais e) General Director of concern “Russian
VI Oleg Deripaska f) Governor of St Petersburg
VII V. Chernomyrdin g) President of government of RF
VIII M. Kasyanov h) Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Russian Federation
14. Did Russia
join NATO as a result of the recent so-called “Expansion of
NATO to the East”?
15. Is the population
of the Russian Federation increasing or decreasing in comparison
with 1996 and what was it in 2001?
16. What is the level
of infant mortality in Russia today in comparison with the USA,
France and Japan?
Information: in the USA 10 children per 1000 born die in infancy,
8 in France and 5 in Japan.
17. Which are the six
largest national groups living in Russia?
18. Which British authors
or characters are the most popular in Russia today?
prepared by E. Denezhkina (email email@example.com)
and translated by H. Haslett (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
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