On September 9th it will be 175 years since Leo Tolstoi was born, which is believed by Russian Minister of Culture Mikhail Shvydkoi to be a really great date in the country’s cultural life.

“I hope that the upcoming event will revive the writer’s appeal for our society and make everyone understand that Tolstoi must not only be studied at school, but be read and reread,” Shvydkoi said at a press conference in Moscow.

According to the official, the Russian classical writer’s works help the reader realise the meaning of life first of all, “they are very important for self-consciousness of the nation and each individual”.

The minister complained that recently “the country’s landmark dates have often been ignored by the public”.

“This must be due to the fact that works by writers like Tolstoi can stand no bustle of the world around us,” Shvydkoi said.

One of the key events of the celebration agenda will be the first night of opera Haji Murat, written by modern Dagestani composer Shirvani Chalayev and based on the great writer’s novel.

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