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Kotjuh, Igor

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Postimees - Estonia | 08/08/2006

The new Estonian-Russian cultural scene

An increasing number of Russians born in Estonia study with Estonians and learn their language. For Igor Kotjuh, himself a representative of this group, they form a new generation that is as at home with Estonian culture as it is with Russian culture. "Today, there is an Estonian-Russian culture whose representatives are creating something entirely new because they combine two cultural traditions. The elements of this synthesis can be seen in our theatres, in our paintings and music, and also in literature. However, the local Russian media tends to devote more attention to the traditional heroes, and even Estonian-language media only dedicate a small portion of their attention to Estonian-Russian cultural events. A journalist once asked me whether Estonian-Russian authors attract any attention in Russia. I replied: 'Why should they? They live in Estonia.'"

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