Cinema, exhibitions and festivals: Where to go to relax in the coming days in Moscow

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Exhibitions

"Sheintsis. Essays in four pictures" Dedication. The collective installation, created by artists of different directions, will be dedicated to the memory of the stage designer, teacher of the Moscow Art Theater School Oleg Sheintsis, who is known to a wide audience mainly for his joint work with Mark Zakharov at the Lenkom Theater. Where: Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center When: March 3 - April 30

"Paris for friends"

Pablo Picasso's work at the Paris for Friends exhibition.

City image. The exhibition will bring together the works of Pablo Picasso (pictured), Marc Chagall and Zurab Tsereteli, in whose lives Paris played a key role. Executive Director of MMOMA Vasily Tsereteli explains that viewers will be able to see this city through the eyes of artists, for whom it has become a place of creative searches and a source of inspiration. Where: Altmans Gallery in the shopping center "Vremena Goda" Galleries When: March 5 - April 26

Lectures

Renaissance Art in Germany (online) As part of the course "General History of Art". Listeners will learn about northern humanism, the specifics of the perception of Renaissance ideas north of the Alps, the development of Renaissance art in Germany in the first half of the 16th century, the Danube School and much more. Where: the page of the Moscow Military District "Manezh" on Facebook When: March 1

About bears and dinosaurs About nature. During the second weekend of the annual festival "Primordial Russia", visitors will find many meetings with legendary explorers and photographers. For example, candidate of historical sciences, traveler Alexei Shaskolsky will present a lecture "Bear Corners of the Planet", Honored Zoologist of Russia Valentin Pazhetnov will talk about brown bears, and paleontologist Yaroslav Popov will give a lecture "Dinosaurs of Russia". And that's not all, see the detailed program on the festival website. Where: West Wing of the New Tretyakov Gallery When: February 27 and 28

Theater

"Laurel" Based on the novel by Evgeny Vodolazkin. This is a story about a righteous life on earth. The main character in "Lavra" has many names and incarnations, because every person changes - some as they grow spiritually, and others as they spiritually become impoverished. The main role in the play is played by Dmitry Pevtsov (pictured), Leonid Yakubovich, Valentin Klementyev, Alisa Grebenshchikova, Evgeny Kananykhin and the dog Jin. Where: Moscow Art Theater named after M. Gorky When: 4-5, 26-27 March

Love on the Staircase

Love on the staircase.

Ksenia Fedchenko, a 29-year-old native of Baranovichi, who has been living in Barcelona for almost five years, told Intex-press about the difficulties of life of emigrants in the Spanish metropolis, about the prices for renting rooms and utilities, about relations with locals and about life of the city during a pandemic.

Ksenia Fedchenko during her trip to Cantabria, one of the autonomous regions of Spain. Photo: personal archive of Ksenia Fedchenko

About the reason for moving

My move was unplanned. In the winter of 2015, when I was in my last year at BSU to become a tourism manager, I had a chance to visit Paris for the first time. I fell in love with the city itself and with an Irishman I met there. This person served as the main reason for my move, which took place in stages, since for the first few years I was wandering between Minsk and Paris on a regular visa.

As a result, the young man and I decided to get married. But not in France, but in Spain - there, as we thought, the process of officially giving birth to a new family is easier and faster. My family and some friends were not happy with my decision to move and tried to dissuade me. But there were also those who supported. In the summer of 2016, I flew to Barcelona.

On the "philosophy of Timon and Pumbaa"

In a new place, we had to get involved in a thing called "illegal life", which usually implies survival and the formation of oneself as a person. We faced difficulties from the very beginning. It's trite, but it was difficult for us to find accommodation.

Everything amazed in the new place: architecture, landscapes, food, people and, of course, the sea. Most of all, I was struck by the attitude of local people to life. Their philosophy reminds me of the philosophy of Timon and Pumbaa from The Jungle Book - Hakuna Matata! Spaniards generally do not like to strain, and being late for a meeting by 30 minutes is the norm. Non-punctual people like me like it here.

Photo: personal archive of Ksenia Fedchenko

Also in Spain, the lunch break lasts two hours. This is the siesta that many have heard of. In many companies, Friday is a shorter working day, so that people can quickly run to bars with friends and relish the evening with wine and tapas - a snack that is served with this drink.

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"Abortion commissions" in the USSR

After this decree was issued, women realized that it is not necessary to give birth to ten children when there is such an easy way to solve the problem.

There were so many people wishing to have an abortion that soon specialized private clinics began to open, which made very good money on this.

Then the state realized that it was in vain that we let all of us float freely. We must take everything under our control and create special "abortion" commissions, consisting of representatives of the women's departments.

We can see the work of the commissions in the newspaper "Krasnoe Znamya" issue of 1927, which perfectly traces the statistics of abortions in the 1920s.

“The figures concerning the work of the abortion commission are of considerable public interest. All cases of contacting the commission with a request to authorize an abortion for 25-26 years. 630 were noted. Of this number, 77 refused due to the convictions of the commission members, 12 applicants were refused due to lack of motives, and in 540 cases abortion permits were granted. 376 women were admitted to hospitals with out-of-hospital abortions ”.

As you can see, the abortion commissions did not give permission for abortion to everyone. First of all, factory workers received the right, since it was in the working environment where there was no culture of contraception that the largest number of illegitimate children were born, who subsequently joined the numerous ranks of street children.

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