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Weekly News from Around the World - 07-Feb-2020
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Caterina Fiorentini Receives Special Award - Italy
24th International Week of Accordion “Alcobaca 2020” – Portugal
Vladimir Stupnikov (Russia) Wins 2020 Video Competition - New Zealand
ATG Celebrate 80th Anniversary in Los Angeles - USA
Accordion Yellow Pages/Events - Cyberspace
CIA 2020 Winter Congress in Prague - Czech Republic

Reports for Concerts, Masterclasses, Competitions, Festivals, etc.

Accordionist in Final of “Prodigios” TV Talent Show - Spain
AWAM Proudly Announces Arrival of Dick Contino’s Estate – USA
Article: Linda Soley Reed and Mary Tokarski, Lifelong Advocates for the Accordion
Panel of Musical Experts at NAA Convention, Texas - USA

Future events

Duo Accellorandom at 7th Osterholz Accordion Days - Germany
Alex Meixner Band Entertains at Heidelberg Music Hall, Georgia - USA
Echoes of Erin 2020 Concert, Liverpool - England
8th Annual Concertina Cruinniú – Ireland
"Scythian" February 2020 Concert Tour - USA
Day of the Accordion in Washington State – USA
Jose Valadez Accordion Recital, Monterrey - Mexico
Lidia Kaminska Performs with Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Florida - USA
2020 Not Just Oom-Pah! Accordion Workshop and Concert - USA

New and Updated Sites

Chinese Report Page Translation Now Completed: Oleg Sharov and Grayson Masefield at Zhongsin International Music Competition - Singapore
New Website: Ivan Dyma of SaxAkkord Duo - Russia
Updated: Accordion Russia News, New Articles Online - Russia

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Caterina Fiorentini Receives Special Award - Italy

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Video: Ibla Gran Prize, Caterina Fiorentini, published 02 Feb 2020.

Accordionist Caterina Fiorentini, together with poet Silvia Piacentini, will receive the "Tacita Muta" Award for minority languages on February 22nd, 2020 in Rome. The award is presented by the Sardinian Association in Rome "Il Gremio", by the Salpare Association and the VP Sardinia Fund, with the patronage of the International Association of Literary Critics and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage - Ethnic and Literary Parks Project.

The acknowledgment, which last year went to the Sardinian singer-songwriter Pietro Marras, was awarded to Caterina Fiorentini on the recommendation of the Fogolar Furlan of Rome (who collaborates on the initiative), for the original music set to poems in Friulian by Silvia Piacentini.

In the video, Caterina performs in May 2019 with her original composition for voice and accordion at the Ibla Grand Prize Winners Concerts in New York City (New York University Casa Italiana Zerilli / Marimò and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall).

The occasion is the result of the recognition obtained at the 2017 Ibla Grand Prize competition, where with the score of 8.50/10 Caterina was best equal among other performing composers and placed fourth overall.

2019 was an important year because of Caterina's original recital "Sentire il Margine" as well. ThIs project was presented to the italian public in some dates, in collaboration with Vincenzo Fiorentini, Alessandro Cubi and Giuseppe Piras. In 2019 Caterina also released her EP "Come Icaro", second work after the album "Incontri randagi (Live in Studio)", released in 2018.

Both record projects are available online.

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24th International Week of Accordion “Alcobaca 2020” – Portugal

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Diana Freire and Aníbal FreireThe 24th International Week of Accordion “Alcobaca 2020” will include the 25th National Trophy and the 6th International Accordion Competition for soloists, duets, trios, quartets, orchestras and chamber music for all age groups.

Organized by Diana Freire (Competition Manager) and Aníbal Freire, (pictures left) President of the Portugal Accordion Association ASACORD, the event will be held from May 23rd to 31st, 2020 and include concerts and masterclasses as well as the competitions.

Special prizes for soloists include:

Vitorino Matono Prize
Joao Barra Bexiga Prize
Frank Angelis Prize
Alcobaca City Prize

New this year:
The Jury will nominate one or two candidates from any of the soloist categories (provided they are from a European Country), who have the artistic conditions necessary to represent the International Alcobaça 2020 Accordion Week at the following Festivals:-

Fisarmonica International Prize (PIF 2020) in concert to be held in September 2020 in Castelfidardo, Italy.

7th International Accordéons-Nous Festival in concert to be held on 22nd August, 2020 in Mons, Belgium.

Entries close on May 8th, 2020.
Download competition rules and entry forms in English and Portuguese: 2020Alcobaca.pdf

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Vladimir Stupnikov (Russia) Wins 2020 Video Competition - New Zealand

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2020 International Video Competition & Promotion of Accordion Music by Gary DaverneVideo: Winner Vladimir Stupnikov plays Tango 130 by Gary Daverne

The New Zealand Accordion Association (NZAA) announces the result of the 2020 International Video Competition & Promotion of Accordion Music by famous New Zealand composer Gary Daverne. Winning video above:

The winner was Vladimir Stupnikov from Russia. Vladimir Stupnikov and his teacher Friedrich Lips won the 1st prize of two round trip air tickets to New Zealand to the 2020 South Pacific Accordion Championships, 30-31 May 2020, Auckland, New Zealand.

On Saturday 17 January 2020, the jury of the 2020 International Video Competition & Promotion of Accordion Music by Gary Daverne (the jury being Gary Daverne, Kevin Friedrich, Grayson Masefield, Stephanie Poole) finalised their judging from different corners of the world. Gary Daverne and Stephanie Poole were in New Zealand. Grayson Masefield was in Singapore performing and Kevin Friedrich in New York.

There were 15 entries from many different countries and the overall standard was excellent. Gary Daverne wrote: "I want to thank the entrants for their music and enthusiasm. I was very impressed and happy to hear my music being performed at such a high standard."

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ATG Celebrate 80th Anniversary in Los Angeles - USA

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The Accordionists & Teachers Guild, International (ATG), President Joe Natoli invites all to celebrate their 80th Anniversary at the Doubletree Hotel, Los Angeles, California from August 5th to 9th, 2020.

The event will feature concerts, competitions, workshops, exhibits, international guests, World Accordion Orchestra (conducted by Joan Sommers), 80th Anniversary Banquet and much more.

Guest artists will include, Alexander Poeluev, Cory Pesaturo, Stas Venglevski, the Viennese Accordion Ensemble (Austria), Southern Cross Accordion Ensemble (Australia/New Zealand), Bavarian Youth Orchestra (Germany) and the Polyphonia Orchestra (Reunion Island - conducted by Pierre Varo and pictured below).

The festival competition includes a variety of age group categories for soloists, duets, ensembles and orchestras.

See the ATG website for competition rules, entry forms and closing dates.
Reunion Island Orchestra

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Accordion Yellow Pages/Events - Cyberspace

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All concert, competition and festival organizers are reminded to list their Future Events in our yellow pages website. Its free to list and you can do it yourself. You can also change and update your listing yourself as further information becomes available.

The accordion yellow pages Future Events calendar displays at the top right hand side of the accordions.com Weekly News in all 7 languages plus other popular sites such as the USA News and the Diatonic News.

Huge numbers of readers every year view the accordion yellow pages Future Events, so all accordion event organizers are urged to take full advantage of this free service to keep the accordion community informed.

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CIA 2020 Winter Congress in Prague - Czech Republic

2020 CIA Winter Congress logoThe 2020 Confédération Internationale des Accordéonistes (CIA) Winter Congress and 143rd General Assembly of Delegates will be held at the Hotel Olympik, Sokolovská 138, Prague 8, Czech Republic from February 28th to March 1st.

The Congress will be hosted by CIA Voting Member The Prague Conservatory of Music, directed by Jirí Lukeš.

The event will include a reception hosted by the Accordion Department of the Prague Conservatory, concerts at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Prague, at the Concert Hall for the Prague Conservatory, a concert dedicated to the memory of Milan Bláha and Václav Trojan, executive committee and music committee meetings, sightseeing free time and a dinner hosted by the Czech Accordion Association.

The online registration form is available now at the CIA website. To receive the CIA rate, please make your booking before 15th February, 2020.

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Accordionist in Final of “Prodigios” TV Talent Show - Spain

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Marta Cubas HondalVideo: Tango pour Claude (R.Galliano) by Cristina and Marta Cubas Hondal, recital atTeatro Casyc de Santander, 14 Oct 2019.

Accordionist Marta Cubas Hondal (picture left - student of Gorka Hermosa) has been selected to play in the finals of "Prodigios" (Spanish National TV`s version of "Got Talent") from 200 applicants.

Nine students will perform with a symphony orchestra in the final rounds and Gorka Hermosa has prepared the orchestral arrangements for her.

This is great exposure for the accordion and Accordions Worldwide wishes Marta all the best for this competition.

For further information email: gorka@gorkahermosa.com

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AWAM Proudly Announces Arrival of Dick Contino’s Estate – USA

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Dick ContinoA World of Accordions Museum (AWAM) proudly announces the impending arrival of Dick Contino’s estate as a major landmark event for our museum. This 1940s idol and national heartthrob prompted unparalleled accordion enthusiasm that inspired thousands of aspirants and greatly promoted the industry in general.

Contino won the hearts of American audiences after winning Horace Heidt’s talent contest with his version of “Lady of Spain.” Thereafter featured on major television shows, his public performances drew extraordinary audience numbers and unprecedented income. His name became, and remains, one of the most prominent in American accordion history.

His brilliant virtuosity and charismatic stage presence regularly thrilled Las Vegas audiences even into his advanced years. Contino died in 2017 at age 87.

Mrs. Judy Contino has declared her intention to donate a significant portion of her husband’s estate in order to draw ongoing public attention to the legacy of his contributions to American culture. In addition, for our 2020 World Accordion Day festival she committed to presenting a 45-min. talk to include unpublished excerpts of Dick’s life, some with humorous anecdotes that portray the real person who was more than a world celebrity.

The announced donations include recordings, photos, music in published and manuscript form, and various sundry items. One of these will be a life-size mannequin accompanied by some performance clothes worn in his Las Vegas shows. This figure will be displayed in our Special Exhibits Area as a new focal attraction of the Concert Hall.

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Article: Linda Soley Reed and Mary Tokarski, Lifelong Advocates for the Accordion

Rita Barnea, Editor USA News: A new historical article in the series by AAA Historian Joan Grauman (picture right) in cooperation with the USA News, to help promote the history of the accordion in the USA.

Thank you very much to Joan Grauman for these articles.

Read the full article by Joan Grauman titled:
"Linda Soley Reed and Mary Tokarski, Lifelong Advocates for the Accordion" at: LifelongAdvocates.htm

Previous articles:
1. "What Events Led to the Formation of the American Accordionists' Association?" at AAA-Formation.htm

2. "Joseph Biviano and Charles Magnante – A Lifetime Commitment to the American
Accordionists’ Association" at: Biviano-Magnante

3. “Beverly Roberts Curnow – Former Accordion Queen and World Accordion Champion still bringing joy with her beloved instrument! (Women in the AAA Through the Decades)”.

4. "80 Years of AAA Logos and Promotional Materials"

5. "Growing up in the accordion schools : The 1950s through the 1970s"

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Panel of Musical Experts at NAA Convention, Texas - USA

Sharon SeatonpanelIt is with great enthusiasm that musicians from all genres are welcoming the 2020 - 2029 musical decade with great expectations and with perfect "20-20" vision. Gone are the years of negative thinking and regret that "music is not like it used to be."

During the 2020 National Accordion Convention in Dallas, Texas (March 18th to 20th, 2020), Sharon Seaton, Ed.D, (picture left) will serve as the moderator for a special discussion panel. Dr. Sharon Seaton was selected because she serves the accordion community as a National Accordion Association (NAA) board member, professor of music, and a professional musician.

Sharon will moderate the panel of experts who will express their opinions related to the future of the music including the accordion. To initiate the process, Sharon has authored a simple survey that is open for any interested individual to complete during the month of February 2020. Prior to the 2020 National Accordion Convention, the panel of experts will be assembled and the raw data will be forwarded to the selected panel members.

Individuals selected for the panel will work together (electronically) to consolidate the data into short presentations, with Sharon asking predetermined questions. At the end of each topic, conventioneers will respond. The conclusions drawn from this open discussion will be delivered in the post-convention summary for evaluation. At that time, a finalized report will be distributed for publication via the National Accordion Association website, AccordionUSA and Accordions Worldwide Weekly News.

The online survey questions are:

1. Briefly describe your opinions related to musical changes coming during the next decade as related to training, marketing, and performance opportunities.

2. What must the musical world (teachers, organizations, etc.) do to remain current as new ideas continue to evolve?

3. What changes should the National Accordion Association be making to remain one of the leading accordion-related organizations?

4. How can the accordion world benefit from studying other musical genres and instruments?

5. Are you interested in serving on this panel? If yes, what qualifies you to serve in this position during the convention?

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Duo Accellorandom at 7th Osterholz Accordion Days - Germany

Duo Accellorandom PosterVideo: Duo Accellorandom - Havana (Cover) - Camila Cabello

Duo Accellorandom, which includes accordionist Neza Torkar and Romana Simbera (cello) will give a special live concert at the 7th Osterholz Accordion Days in the Town Hall of the city of Osterholz-Scharmbeck on February 8th at 7pm.

Accordionist Neza Torkar (Slovenia) regularly performs solo and in various chamber music ensembles and participates in various projects such as Musical Evita, Orchestra Gewandhaus Leipzig, Jeunesses musicales Slovenia, Radio Recordings, RTV Slovenia, Festival Ljubljana, Weimar Early Jardays, Festival Echos and Rotary clubs etc.

See poster for details.

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Alex Meixner Band Entertains at Heidelberg Music Hall, Georgia - USA

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The Alex Meixner Band will entertain at a Fashing Weekend at the Heidelberg Music Hall in Helen, Georgia from February 14th to 16th, 2020.

The venue features a German Restaurant “The Heidelberg”, pub and concert hall “Bierhimmel Konzerthalle” located on the 3rd floor of the building.

For concert details email: info@alexmeixner.com

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Echoes of Erin 2020 Concert, Liverpool - England

Video: Echoes of Erin at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre, 2012 North America tour final performance.

Ireland’s traditional musician, singing and dancing group “Echoes of Erin” will perform at the Liverpool Irish Centre in Liverpool, England on February 15th at 8pm, hosted by Comhaltas Liverpool, Liverpool Irish Centre and Comhaltas in Britain.

The group, which includes Aaron Glancy (Co. Sligo - accordion), Thomas Palmer (Co. Cork - accordion) and Brogan McAuliffe (London – concertina) will entertain with a variety of traditional and contemporary Irish Music.

For concert details phone: 0151 263 1808
Echoes of Erin

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8th Annual Concertina Cruinniú – Ireland

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Noel HillThe Claire Institute for Traditional Studies will present the 8th Annual Concertina Cruinniú in Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare, Ireland from February 14th to 16th, 2020.

The Cruinniú is a festival weekend consisting of concertina classes, informal music sessions, lectures, recitals, and sessions for all age groups and abilities.

Tutors include well known concertina players Noel Hill (event Master tutor - picture right), Edel Fox, Bernie Geraghty, Mairead Hurley, Claire Keville, Mary MacNamara, Caoilfhionn Ní Fhrighil, Liam O'Brien and Jack Talty.

They will also present lectures on topics related to the concertina which are open to both students and the public.

Along with the activity during the day, there will be an evening Concertina Trail, with free traditional music sessions in the local pubs.

Download festival program here: 2020Cruinniu.pdf

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"Scythian" February 2020 Concert Tour - USA

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Dan FedorykaWashington DC-based band “Scythian” (sith-ee-yin) will tour the USA giving concerts in Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Virginia from February 19th to 29th.

On January 4, 2020, Scythian was the headliner at Washington, DC’s famed “The Hamilton” venue. The sold-out crowd was treated to an evening of Celtic, folk, rock, and bluegrass selections.

For over 12 years they have found success as an independent band and have played over 1,300 shows all over the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia.

Scythian’s accordionist is Dan Fedoryka. Dan and his brother, Alex, are the founding members of the band, which hosts annual fan trips to Ireland and the Labor Day weekend “Appaloosa “festival in Front Royal, Virginia.

February Performance Schedule:
February 19th – Music Box Supper Club, Cleveland, Ohio
February 20th – Byrne’s Pub, Columbus, Ohio
February 21st – The Loft 28 West, Aurora, Illinois
February 22nd – Brightside Theatre, Dayton, Ohio
February 27th – Lincoln Theater, Raleigh, North Carolina
February 28th – Barter Theater, Abingdon, Virginia
February 29th – Beech Mountain Resort, Beech Mountain, North Carolina

For details email: scythianmail@gmail.com

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Day of the Accordion in Washington State – USA

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“Day of the Accordion” has been expanded and will be held over 3 days in Crossroads Bellevue, Washington State from February 21st to 23rd, 2020, presented by the Northwest Accordion Society.

The event will include a variety of concerts, workshops, free accordion lessons, and a free accordion Q&A workshop.

A concert featuring Mark Myking with Bayou Envie will open the event on February 21st. The following day entertainment will be provided by the Toby Hansen Trio, Lenny Luzzi, the Ken Olendorf Tribute Band, Northwest Accordionaires, a Student Showcase, Folkvoice Band, Charlie Brown & Nancy Gibson , the Lyle Schaefer Duo and Bavarian Beer Garden Band.

The event will close with a performance by Bonnie Birch & Continental Classics on February 23rd.

See poster for details.

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Jose Valadez Accordion Recital, Monterrey - Mexico

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Video: ( 1 ) F.A. Boïeldieu ( 1775-1834 ) El califa de Bagad ( 2 )P.I.Tchaikovsky ( 1840 - 1893 ) Vals, de la Serenata para Cuerdas Op. 48 ( 3 ) G.A. Rossini ( 1792 - 1868 ) La italiana en Argel ( 4 ) F. von Suppé ( 1819 - 1895 ) Caballería Ligera
Concert, Mayo, ESMDM, Feb 2017.

Jose Valadez will give an accordion recital at the Almma Music School in Colonia Obispado
Monterrey, Nuevo León, México on February 26th at 8pm.

His program will include works by Rossini, Lecuona, Offenbach and Brahms among others.
Admission is free.

See poster for further details.

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Lidia Kaminska Performs with Atlantic Classical Orchestra, Florida - USA

Lidia KaminskaLidia Kaminska will perform with the Atlantic Classical Orchestra in a series of concerts in Florida from March 3rd to 6th, 2020. Under the direction of Musical Director David Amado, Lidia will be featured on bandoneon performing Aconcagua Concerto by Astor Piazzolla.

The concerts take place in:
Vero Beach (March 3rd at 7.30pm)
Jupiter (March 4th at 7.30pm)
2 concerts in Stuart (March 6th at 4pm and 8pm)

The concerts "Masterworks lll" are billed as featuring "the third of four tries Beethoven made at writing an overture to his only opera, Fidelio. The Leonore Overture No. 3 is the most symphonic of the pack, expansive, dramatic, and moving.”

Their program will also include Concerto Aconcagua by Astor Piazzolla and Schumann’s third symphony.

For details email: trina@ACO-music.org

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2020 Not Just Oom-Pah! Accordion Workshop and Concert - USA

Alicia BakerKevin SolekiDownload flyer: 2020NJOFlyer.pdf
Registrations are now open for the 2020 Not Just Oom-Pah! Accordion Workshop and Concert, held in Austin, Texas from June 26th to 28th, 2020.

The event is made possible by a grant from the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, with support from Texas Folklife, Austin Central Market, and the San Antonio Accordion Association.

Workshop presenters and concert performers will include Alicia Baker (picture above left) and Grammy Award Nominee, Kevin Solecki (picture above right).

A free concert will be held on Friday June 26th, from 6.30pm at Central Market North in Austin, Texas.

The Workshop will be held the following 2 days at the Lamar Senior Activity Center and will include a jam session.

A free Polka Dance Session will be held on Sunday, June 28th, so bring your family and friends for a fun afternoon learning polka, with free dance lessons taught by Gaby Thompson from the San Antonio Accordion Association.

The event will also offer one Youth Scholarship to a deserving accordionist age 18 or younger.

Further information and application for the Youth Scholarship is available online at: 2020NJOScholarship.pdf Applications close April 5th, 2020.

Download the Registration/Payment form at: 2020NJORegistration.pdf

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Chinese Report Page Translation Now Completed: Oleg Sharov and Grayson Masefield at Zhongsin International Music Competition - Singapore

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Xia GangOleg Sharov (President of Committee, Zhongsin Int. Competition, picture above) and Grayson Masefield were performing and on the jury at the major Zhongsin International Music Competition. Picture left: Xia Gang (Founder and Secretary-General of Committee of the Zhongsin International Competition)

Chinese Report Page Translation Now Completed:
Full report and many pictures at: English 2020Zhongsin Chinese: 2020-Zhongsin

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New Website: Ivan Dyma of SaxAkkord Duo - Russia

Ivan DymaNew website for Ivan Dyma (saxaphone) of the SaxAkkord Duo with Arseniy Strokovskiy (accordion).

Contact: Ivan Dyma, Professor of Saxophone, A. Schnittke Institute of Music, Moscow, Russia.
Mobile: +7 9035821 529
E-mail: adyma@yandex.ru

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Updated: Accordion Russia News, New Articles Online - Russia

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14 new articles since 1st December 2019 are listed in the Accordion Russia News in Russian language.

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