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was Samuil Marshak. Looked upon as a founding figure in Russian children's literature, Marshak's work on Burns has fired the imagination of generations of Russian schoolchildren since Nike Roshe Womens Floral Print

several times and in his correspondence called Burns' work "the clear fountain of poetry". "Pushkin, the great Russian poet, had an edition of Burns in his library," says Fedosov, "and Lermontov, a man who is as big as Pushkin in our literature and whose forebears came from Fife, even translated small bits from Ae Fond Kiss. Unfortunately Lermontov was killed in a duel so he couldn't follow it Nike Roshe Run Mens Black And Gold

"Although it's extremely difficult to render poetry in another language, he does capture the spirit and the vigour of the verse as well as the form, the metre. "There is some irony in the fact that Burns' popularity in Russia was probably at its peak in the 1950s and 1960s when the Iron Curtain had all but closed off Russia from the West. Burns was a great admirer of the egalitarian ethos behind the French Revolution. Whether he would have recognised the same principles at work in the Soviet State at its most repressive is moot. This didn't stop the Communists from claiming Burns as one of their own and incorporating his work into their state propaganda. Alan Thompson is a member of the St Andrew's Society in Moscow. Made up mostly of ex pats in business, the society aims to promote Scotland in Russia through helping local charities. Two of the ways in which they do this is through Burns suppers and St Andrew's Day balls.

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"However Burns was portrayed in the Soviet State, both Thompson and Fedosov acknowledge that his work has transcended any spi.

the first half of the 20th century. When he was buried, it was not just his Order of Lenin medal that was laid to rest beside him but also his badge as the honorary president of the Burns Federation which had come from Scotland. According to Fedosov, Burns' popularity in Russia is largely to do with Marshak's translations, which he calls "very good". "I can appreciate the original Scots poems and compare them to the Russian translations," he says.

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Chris Tait's Burns makes regular appearances at these events. Thompson points out that reading was encouraged by the Soviet State and Burns was on the approved list of books. "During the Soviet Union, there was a move to tag symbols on to foreign literature and bring to them some sort of association with Soviet life," says Thompson. "For Burns, they could say, 'Here is Nike Roshe Run Online Buy a good Soviet revolutionary in Scotland'. "He was seen as the common man who was striving for the promotion of the common man. You can interpret it anyway you want to. It was a good propaganda tool for the Soviet State. Scots in general were regarded by the Soviets as more socialist than the English were because of the shipbuilding yards.

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up. "In one of those curious twists of fate which history sometimes throws up, Lermontov was killed in a place called Little Scotland which had been founded by Scots missionaries in the Caucasus. The most famous and effective Russian translator of Burns Nike Roshe One Usa

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