Oscars: Russia Selects Fyodor Bondarchuk’s ‘stalingrad’ For Foreign Language Category

Dzsenifer Marozsan, Attacking Midfielder, Germany Martin Rose/Getty Images Germany have had some great attacking midfielders in recent years and, at just 21, DzseniferMarozsan appears as though she could eventually also reach those levels. The Hungarian-born midfielder won the Golden Ball award for best player at the 2012 U20 World Cup, per Soccer America , and has already made a good start to her senior career, scoring the goal that took Germany into the European Championship final. Just 5’7″ tall, the diminutive playmaker has great balance and footwork with which she looks to unlock defences. Marozsan could be a real star in women’s football in the coming years. Celia Okoyino da Mbabi, Striker, Germany German Footballer of the Year in 2012,CeliaOkoyino da Mbabi already has 43 international goals at the age of 27 and is well on her way to writing her name into the country’s footballing history. Okoyino da Mbabi scored a remarkable 17 goals in just 10 matches to help Germany qualify for the European Championship this summer and, while she scored just twice at the tournament, she remains the side’s main attacking threat. Martin Rose/Getty Images A transfer to FFC Frankfurt this summer saw the forward move from her long-time club Bad Neuenahr and the hope will be that she can quickly pick up the form of the past couple of years. Nelli Korovkina, Forward, Russia Ismailovo forward NelliKorovkina scored four times in six appearances during the European Championship campaign, including qualifying, to establish herself as one of the young stars of Russian football. Now 24 years old, Korovkina’s standout performance of the Euros came against England where she scored a header and also threatened to add a second with a wonderful curled shot that flew narrowly wide of the goal. Technically gifted and quick across the ground, she can cause the German defence problems if given the opportunity. Elena Terekhova, Centre Midfield, Russia EuroFootball/Getty Images Ryazan midfielder ElenaTerekhova is a key member of the Russian side, occupying a box-to-box role in midfield. Her experience and composure will be important assets if her side are to get anything from this encounter.

Bollywood’s ‘Raj’ in Russia continues

“We love Indian films as they are mostly about love, relationships and emotions. When they fight, they fight, when they love, they love,” Ayder Khasanov, Tatarstan’s Ministry of Youth, Sports and Tourism official, told . In a surprise, apart from Raj Kapoor’s movies like Awara and Shree 420, the films that are most popular in Russia are Hema Malini-starer ‘Sita aur Gita’ and Mithun’s 1982 movie ‘Disco Dancer’. “When I was young my mother did not let me watch Indian movies as they were so emotional I would start crying,” Khasanov said. “I loved Sita aur Gita, Disco Dancer and recently saw Shahrukh Khan’s ‘My name is Khan’ which was fantastic,” he said. Russians have always loved Indian cinema and with the appearance of a satellite channel ‘India TV’, broadcasting Indian films and programmes dubbed in Russian language, the young people in the country have taken to movies big time. “I love Indian films, Raj Kapoor was a fine actor. I have also seen Disco Dancer, the hero of that film is also good,” Julia Karavaev, expert in the committee for tourism and foreign relations, told . On visiting Kazan and the surrounding tourist areas in Tatarstan such as Bolgar, Elabuga and Sviyazhsk, the Indian journalists were surprised by the knowledge and enthusiasm the Tatar and Russian people had about Indian movies. In Elabuga, Svetlana Andarzyanova, a tourist centre official, said “I am crazy about Indian movies, Raj Kapoor is my favourite, though I also like ‘Disco Dancer’ Mithun.” “All the Kapoors are wonderful actors and Ranbir is amazing,” she said, adding that her favourite movies are Awara, Shree 420, Sita aur Gita and Disco Dancer. In Sviyazhsk, an elderly man named Renat surprised journalists by saying that the 1952 classic ‘Baiju Bawra’ was his favourite film. “I love Raj Kapoor, he was a natural, and I also like Amitabh Bachchan , he is cool,” he said. Raj Kapoor continues to remain a loved figure in Russia and one of the primary reason for this according to local residents is that after watching films like Awara and Shree 420, the actor became a symbol of optimism for the people.

Russia expects Belarus to hand over Uralkali CEO soon

View gallery Uralkali CEO Vladislav Baumgertner speaks during the Reuters Russia Investment Summit in Moscow September MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia expects Belarus soon to hand over the head of Russian potash producer Uralkali, arrested last month in the Belarussian capital, a Kremlin official said on Friday. The remarks by foreign policy adviser Yuri Ushakov suggested the two countries were closer to resolving a dispute that flared after Uralkali quit a sales partnership that had been one of the dominant forces on the global potash market. Alexander Lukashenko, who will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, said on Thursday he was ready to repatriate Uralkali CEO Vladislav Baumgertner but wants a change of ownership in Uralkali that restores strong commercial links with Belarus. “We expect that this Russian citizen will be handed over to Russia,” Ushakov told reporters. “Yesterday’s comments by the Belarussian president give us reason to hope that this question will be resolved in the nearest future.” Lukashenko took a conciliatory tack after weeks of tension following the collapse in July of the lucrative sales cartel involving Uralkali, the world’s top potash producer, and state-owned Belaruskali. He said he did not want the dispute to become a major stumbling block in political ties with Russia. Exports of potash, a major fertilizer ingredient, account for 12 percent of Belarussia’s state revenue. The pull-out by Uralkali threatened to push potash prices down 25 percent – a big blow to the former Soviet republic’s fragile economy. Belarus has accused the 41-year-old Baumgertner of abuse of power and has twice turned down appeals for him to be released provisionally pending investigation. With the affair placing fresh strain on the close, but often tense, relations between the two ex-Soviet allies, speculation has mounted that billionaire Suleiman Kerimov, Uralkali’s main shareholder, may sell his $3.7 billion stake to an owner looked on more favourably by the Kremlin. (Reporting by Gabriela Baczynska; Writing by Timothy Heritage; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Jane Merriman) Belarus LAS VEGAS (AP) Miley Cyrus can’t stop. Associated Press

It case you’ve been living under a particularly heavy rock, Russian President Vladimir Putin (who is very quickly becoming a convincing stunt double for Josef Stalin) pushed through what is formally called Article 6.21 of the Code of the Russian Federation on Administrative Offenses. For all practical purposes, it outlaws talking positively about homosexuality and is a backslide of historic proportions. In the end, what it proves is that Russia, which has always tried to prove itself a respected power in the eyes of Europe and the West, has once again only really just cornered the market on despotism. Again. PolicyMic.com has an excellent summary of the law. The following is an excerpt taken from author Innokenty Grekov’s analysis of the statute : Propaganda is the act of distributing information among minors that 1) is aimed at the creating nontraditional sexual attitudes, 2) makes nontraditional sexual relations attractive, 3) equates the social value of traditional and nontraditional sexual relations, or 4) creates an interest in nontraditional sexual relations. If you’re Russian. Individuals engaging in such propaganda can be fined 4,000 to 5,000 rubles (120-150 USD), public officials are subject to fines of 40,000 to 50,000 rubles (1,200-1,500 USD), and registered organizations can be either fined (800,000-1,000,000 rubles or 24,000-30,000 USD) or sanctioned to stop operations for 90 days. If you engage in the said propaganda in the media or on the internet, the sliding scale of fines shifts: for individuals, 50,000 to 100,000 rubles; for public officials, 100,000 to 200,000 rubles, and for organizations, from one million rubles or a 90-day suspension. If you’re an alien. Foreign citizens or stateless persons engaging in propaganda are subject to a fine of 4,000 to 5,000 rubles, or they can be deported from the Russian Federation and/or serve 15 days in jail. If a foreigner uses the media or the internet to engage in propaganda, the fines increase to 50,000-100,000 rubles or a 15-day detention with subsequent deportation from Russia. If you thought the wording was a little vague, Grekov agrees. Because the law is spelled out so broadly as to what counts as “propaganda,” literally anything that’s even the remotest positive or even neutral reference to homosexuality is suspect.

Russia: What It Means

Tilkin studied museum archives and diaries of the Stalingrad Battle participants to write the script. The story involves the Germans trying to take a residential building in Stalingrad (now modern-day Volgograd) that has been stubbornly holding out with a remaining young female resident and several Russian soldiers. STORY: Hot ‘Stalingrad’ Director Signs With Resolution, Magnolia The house is based on the legendary Pavlov’s House, which was a fortified apartment building during the Battle of Stalingrad. It gained its name from Sergeant Yakov Pavlov, who commanded the platoon that occupied the building and defended it during the battle. The film features a fresh-faced young cast of relative unknowns in the Russian roles and veteran actors Heiner Lauterbach (Das Experiment) and Thomas Kretschmann (The Pianist) as the two main German officers in the story. Ironically enough, Kretschmann, who has been typecast in Nazi roles, had already starred in a 1993 film called Stalingrad directed by Joseph Vilsmaier, in whichKretschmannplayed a lower-ranking soldier. Moreover, director Bondarchuk, also an actor, portrayed an Ivan in a little-seen 1989 Soviet Production also called simply Stalingrad. Slated to be released wide in Russia a minimum of 1,500 screens on Thursday, October 10, the film will be initially given a limited release in Volgograd as of Saturday, Sept. 28 and Moscow as of Wednesday, October 2 in order to meet Oscar release deadlines. The Chinese release of the film is planned at 3,200 screens an unprecedented number for a Russian film. The film was first screened in nearly-finished form (some end credit visuals were missing) on Thursday, Sept. 19 at St.