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Kiev announces cultural exchange with Russian artists sharing European values

September 02, 2015, 19:53 UTC+3 KIEV

Ukrainian Culture Minister Vyacheslav Kirilenko met with Russian poet Andrey Orlov

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Andrey Orlov

Andrey Orlov

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KIEV, September 2. /TASS/. Ukrainian Culture Ministry has mentioned a possibility of cultural exchanges and cooperation with Russian cultural personalities who espouse pro-European outlooks.

The press service of the ministry said this on Wednesday in a comment to a meeting between Ukrainian Culture Minister Vyacheslav Kirilenko and Russian poet Andrey Orlov.

"The meeting focused on the ways, in which the Ministry of Culture could support cultural exchanges and cooperation with the Russian arts professionals who share the European values with the Ukrainians," the press service said.

Poet Andrey Orlov, who is broadly known in the Russian-language segment of the Internet under the assumed name of Orlusha, came to Ukraine as part of a poetic tour ‘It’s A Rare Bird that Can Fly to the Middle of the Dnieper’. The title of the tour is a line taken from a novel by Nikolay Gogol, a great 19th century Russian writer of who came from Little Russia, now Ukraine.

Orlusha is known to Russian readers as the author of satirical poems.

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