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● Publication of Artek-Global member Polina Krasilnaya in FACES
Artek-Global and Ayudajonok -2 are proud to present Polina Krasilnuya- an Artekovets 2010 and a 14-year old schoolgirl from Nizhny Novgorod, whose article about her life in Russia, "Life is Beautiful" was published in April edition of the american magazine "FACES" . Everything started in summer at the International festival held at the Youth International Centre Artek in Ukraine. My professor Catherine Nepomnyashchy knew I was on a mission at ARTEK and contacted me to announce that the magazine “FACES” was preparing a publication dedicated to Russia and Russian children, and they were looking for a Russian child. There were lots of Russian children in Artek, but they were all BUSY with lots of events going on at the Centre such as meetings of the Youth League of Nations, show rehearsals, national fairs. After several attempts to distribute the news among the leaders of the Russian delegation, who were also overwhelmed with all the activities or to use a method of pulling a Russian looking kid from an international crowd, Artek's guardian angels sent us smiling and charming Polina Krasilnaya, who wrote an article about her life, shared photos from her family photo album, and she even agreed to pose for pictures with her friends from the dance group “Rocket” and representing different countries. The artek-counselor Yulia Longopulo quickly translated the text into English, we collected all the photos, titled them one by one, and, then, e-mailed all materials to the "Faces"editors in the U.S. Phew, done! – We wrongly thought. When I came back to New York, the long process of signing contracts and providing the proofs of the pictures' and article's originality, countless phone calls and e-mails... We’re still trying to figure out how to help Polina to cash couple checks which were made by Faces in her name and sent to Russia. We sincerely hope her first salary won't get lost in mail and that the Russian banks won't give Polina's parents tough time with cashing the checks. Our worst fear is that they will be left stuck on the wall in her room as a nice memory. Polina, in a true spirit of Artek's sharing and caring, offered to donate the money for Artek-Global's project to send orphan children to Artek. Time will show...
For now, our Artek CON GRA TU LA TIONS to everyone who was involved in this project and who supported us morally!