'In Russia there are business people who reluctantly support the arts,' said State Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky in a session of the Coffee Club which is devoted to questions of interrelations between business, society and culture. He said that the State Hermitage has 'a list of the so-called oligarchs and, as it turns out, of 10 people 9 regularly support our cultural institutions and assets.' 'After Vladimir Potanin gave the Hermitage Maleovich's Black Square, the other oligarchs began to follow suit. Each of them donates different amounts to the arts. Each has their own preference and interest. Only Roman Abramovich's investments are not a cause for enthusiasm,' he said.
Forest fires in Siberia have been raging for three months already. They have become a disaster not only of Russian, but of global scale. The fires have already scorched 12 million hectares of land