http://nl.media.rbth.ru/web/en-rbth/images/2013-07/big/AP060418027144_russian_468.jpgBy Marina Obrazkova. The Pushkin Institute to rival the Confucius, Goethe and Cervantes institutes. The Council on the Russian Language, which is to be established by the end of August, will promote the Russian language and culture across the CIS, most of the European Union, the United States, China, Japan and the Middle East. The priority list includes around 50 countries. Nearly $46 million has already been allocated for the program. The Council’s main task will be to establish a network of centers under the umbrella of the Pushkin Institute, to teach the language and promote the Russian culture and traditions to all interested. Russian language instruction will take place in existing cultural centers, as well as in new ones yet to be opened. The search for suitable premises for such a center has already started in Paris, for example. Full article...