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Russian professor it Milan University marking 96th birthday

August 25, 2013, 11:28 UTC+3

Dobrovolskaya moved to Milan in 1982

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MILAN, August 25 (Itar-Tass) - A famous personality in the Russian cultural milieu outside of Russia, Dr Yulia Dobrovolskaya, who is a professor at Milan University is marking her 96th birthday.

Dobrovolskaya is known as a writer, translator and teacher. Simultaneously, she is a Tass veteran.

In addition to her activity as a consulting professor at the university, she is writing a book of memoirs.

Dobrovolskaya was born in Nizhny Novgorod and received education at Leningrad State University where the famous Russian philologist, Vladimir Propp provided scientific supervision to her studies and early research works.

Her studies there were followed by engagement in combat operations in the ranks of international volunteer brigades in Spain during the Civil War there.

At the height of World War II, from 1942 through to 1944, Dobrovolskaya had a job at the references office at Tass, the official Soviet news agency then.

The postwar decades saw her teaching career at MGIMO Diplomatic University. Also, she compiled and published the dictionaries and textbooks of the Italian language that have become classics of language teaching in Russia

Dobrovolskaya moved to Milan in 1982.

A book titled ‘Post scriptum’ that has been published in both Russian and Italian features her recollections.

Russia’s Consulate General in Milan and the International PEN Club have sent greetings to the professor.

Itar-Tass Board Chairman Vitaly Ignatenko sent a personal message of greetings to Dobrovolskaya.

“Your biography mirrors a whole epoch with all of its grandiose events and tragedies,” he said.

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