American journalist Bradley Blankenship came to Moscow to make his ‘Russian dream’ come true. Here’s what he experienced and how can you repeat his path
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A few days ago, I arrived back home from Moscow, where I was a part of the ‘New Generation’, which is essentially a program designed for young people aged 25-35 to see Russia firsthand and develop an objective view of the country. For me, that meant an all-expenses-paid trip to a country the language of which I had been studying for two years already, presenting a great opportunity to familiarize myself with the Russian language and culture directly. I also made friends who will last a lifetime.
New Generation is under the purview of the Rossotrudnichestvo federal agency and is the brainchild of former President Dmitry Medvedev, having been signed into law in 2011 during his tenure. The local Russky Dom (Russian House; Russian cultural center) in an individual’s country of residence is how hopefuls are able to apply. Our particular program, which was titled ‘Russia – The Country of Youth Opportunities,’ had 47 attendees from Spain, the Czech Republic, Armenia, Abkhazia, Belarus, Tajikistan, Serbia, Moldova, Bangladesh, India, and Lebanon – though some of them are of different nationalities, such as Yemeni, Bulgarian, and American (me).
“Every year according to presidential decree up to 1,000 people become participants in the program. However, in the last three years, the situation has become very complicated due to the difficult epidemiological situation and complications in logistics processes. However, as mentioned above, we try to warmly welcome our guests in the Russian Federation. In 2023, more than 850 young leaders visited our country from various fields,” the Russian House in Prague, the Czech Republic, said.