The Immortal Regiment in Toronto joins Russia for the second time

April 30, 2016

The Immortal Regiment march is a joint family rememberence event that commemorates the millions of lives lost by the Soviet Union in World War II. Known as “The Immortal Regiment,” this event has spread to dozens of cities and made the Victory Day the most meaningful holiday of the year. It has also restored the bond between generations, merging millions of diverse family stories into a common memory of suffering, courage and…


Murder is a non-pardonable offense… for Nadezhda Savchenko and anyone else

April 29, 2016

Stephane Dion, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, issued a statement on March 8 in which he called on Russia to immediately release from custody Nadezhda Savchenko, the Ukrainian citizen arrested in the summer of 2014 in the midst of armed hostilities in Donbass.  On March 22nd, a Russian court found Savchenko guilty of murder for the killing of two Russian citizens, both of whom were journalists, and one an ethnic…


“I remember, I am proud!”

April 28, 2016

“I remember, I am proud!” is the motto of  the charitable rally, one of many upcoming events dedicated to the WWII Victory Day in Canada that started from Toronto’s Earl Bales Park on April 23, 2016. On this day, the Russian community of Greater Toronto Area celebrated the anniversary of the Elbe Day, the day when Soviet and American troops met at the Elbe River, in Germany, on April 25th , marking an important step toward the end of World War II in Europe….


RCC Statement on Dismantling of World War II Soviet Army memorials in Poland

April 24, 2016

The following  letter from the Russian speaking community in Canada was  forwarded to Andrzej Duda, the President of the Republic of Poland, and the National Assembly of Poland.   Toronto, April 19th, 2016   Andrzej Duda President of the Republic of Poland   Dear President Duda,   The Russian Congress of Canada is deeply concerned about the Polish authorities’ initiative to dismantle more than five hundred monuments to Soviet soldiers…


World War II V-Day Ceremony at Toronto City Hall

April 23, 2016

  On Monday, May 9, 2016, the Toronto City Hall marked World War II V-E Day and Victory Day with a ceremony in Nathan Phillips Square outside of Toronto City Hall. V-E Day, May 8th, and Victory Day, May 9th, commemorate the unconditional surrender of the armed forces of Nazi Germany in 1945. World War II veterans, elected officials and representatives from the Allied countries  paid tribute to the sacrifices and…


‘We will work together with pleasure’

In a large and informal media scrum immediately after the broadcast, CBC News Susan Ormiston asked Russian President Vladimir Putin about Canada’s prime minister Trudeau and how he saw Canada-Russia relations going forward . “Positively,” he replied. With regard to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Putin added, “We are acquainted … we met in Antalya at the G20. We met personally. He expressed how he plans to build relations with Russia. This,…

April 14, 2016

Valentina Lisitsa’s triumphant return to Toronto

April 12, 2016

Many of us had the pleasure to attend the concert of the Ukrainian pianist Valentina Lisitsa, which took place on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the Koerner Hall of the Royal Conservatory of Music. It was an undeniable landmark event both for Valentina and for our community when common sense and justice prevailed over attempts to politicize arts in Canada. Certain individuals from a small but loud group of Russophobic Ukrainian political…


Update on cancellation of the Russian Heritage Night by the Ottawa Senators

Dear Friends, As you might know, on March 10th, 2016, the management of the Ottawa Senators hockey club announced cancellation of the Russian Heritage Night previously scheduled for the March 22 game against the Washington Capitals.  {} The Russian Congress of Canada received numerous complaints from the fans in our community as well as many Canadians who expressed their outrage over such indicative action. As a follow- up, we wrote a…

April 5, 2016