The Moscow Times Awards
- Dec. 10 2014 00:00
Corporate Citizen of the Year
The mobile phone operator has been implementing a federal socio-educational project called "The Web for All Ages" for two years now, training older people to use the Web with the company's own employees and volunteers. Training is carried out based on an educational program developed by experts at MTS Internet Development Fund and the Faculty of Psychology of Moscow State University for the elderly. In just seven lessons, you can learn about navigating and searching for information on the Internet, how to use e-mail and social networking, internet banking, e-commerce and so on.
In Moscow, by the end of October 2014, more than three million people had acquired new skills to help them use the Internet. Since 2013, MTS has been conducting the project in oblasts and cities such as Samara, Obninsk, St. Petersburg, Tula, Kirov, Perm, Kemerovo, Amur, Kamchatka and Sakhalin, and also in Belarus.
In 2014, courses were also opened in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan. In total, more than five million people have taken part in the training program "The Web for All Ages" in Russia throughout the existence of the program. Knowledge has been shared by more than 100 volunteers and employees of MTS and its retail network.
Best Cultural Center
Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center
One of the most interactive and high-tech museums in Moscow was opened in November 2012 on the territory of the constructivist architecture monument to the Bakhmetevskovo fleet. The building's reconstruction and the creation of the exposition took about 10 years. Prior to the Jewish Museum, the Garage modern art center occupied the location. The museum's program offers not only a modern view of the history and culture of the Jewish people, but takes an open approach to all world cultures. Thanks to its broad approach one can see truly unique exhibitions: contemporary art from China featured in an exhibition last fall, and in the summer the descendants of a tribe of Indians and Russian settlers of America's Fort Ross presented the exhibition "Indians in the 21st Century. Fort Ross: People of One Earth, Then and Now."
Best Cultural Event
Circle of Light
During the Moscow International Festival, Circle of Light, designers from around the world and professionals in the field of two- and three-dimensional graphics used the capital's architecture as a canvas for multimedia and light installations. Moscow's Department of Media and Advertising organized the annual festival for a fourth time in mid-October. It took place at the All-Russia Exhibition Center, at Ostankino and in the Tsaritsyno museum. In addition, light installations were shown in the evenings on the facade of the Bolshoi Theatre and along part of Kuznetsky Most street. The festival also featured a competition on projection mapping, Art Vision, and master classes by leading international experts on how to work with light.
Best Cultural Center
Wi-Fi in the Metro
Maxima Telecom is the only company providing free access to Wi-Fi in the Moscow metro, and it was created specifically for the purpose. The company does not use the city budget but invests its own and borrowed funds.
On its web site the company says that passengers shouldn't feel any difference between using the Internet at home and Wi-Fi in the metro. In order to achieve that it uses equipment from leading manufacturers, including Cisco Systems and RADWIN. Equipment for the network was installed at most subway stations. A transmitter and antenna is located in the head and tail of the train carriages. The network was designed to take into account the future growth of the metro, and it connects to the Internet at two points in different parts of the city, with a total capacity of up to 40 Gb/s.
Development of the network began in September 2013, when the wireless network appeared on the Circle Line. By late October, Wi-Fi was available on eight metro lines out of 12, with full service due by the end of 2014.
Humanitarian of the Year
A physician for five decades, Alevtina Horinyak spent the past 20 years working as a district doctor in Krasnoyarsk. In 2009, she personally wrote out a prescription for a terminally ill cancer patient for the drug, Tramadol, which cost 286 rubles. Two years later, the Federal Drug Control Service initiated criminal proceedings against Horinyak and her assistant for forgery and the illegal acquisition of potent drugs. In June 2013, a court issued a fine of 15,000 rubles to each of the accused. Horinyak̕s lawyer managed to get a re-examination of the case, but prosecutors continued to insist on an indictment and up to eight years in prison.
Horinyak did not give up and refused to accept the charges against her and her assistant. Several petitions were filed in support of Horinyak. On Oct. 21, a Krasnoyarsk court fully acquitted the 72-year-old doctor. The criminal case against her — as well as the suicide of Rear Admiral Apanasenko in the winter of 2014, a tragedy attributed to his inability to obtain painkillers — forced the authorities to adapt. In the Krasnoyarsk region, according Horinyak, pharmacy management now provides an adequate supply of the analgesic Dyurogezik for cancer patients.
Person of the Year
In early September, film director Andrei Konchalovsky received the Silver Lion award at the International Venice Film Festival for his film "White Nights of Postman Alexei Tryapitsyn." This semi-documentary, in which only one role was performed by a professional actress, is an observation of the lives of the inhabitants of a small village in Arkhangelsk region. But when he learned that the Russian Oscar Committee intended to nominate the film for an Academy Award, Konchalovsky in an open letter said that he was withdrawing his film from consideration.
"There are two reasons for this — one personal and one public. In recent years, I have sharply criticized the 'Hollywoodization' of the Russian market and the pernicious influence of commercial American cinema on the formation of the tastes and preferences of our audience. It just seems absurd to me to compete for a Hollywood prize.
"On the other hand, the Oscar itself is overvalued today by a certain group of filmmakers. It creates the illusion of global recognition and is a kind of testament to cinematographic qualities, which, of course, are not written in stone," Konchalovsky said, explaining his decision.
The Russian premiere of the film, at his insistence, was not shown in movie theaters, but on Channel One as the director chose instead to reach a bigger audience.