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The campaign to popularize the Russian language aroused great interest among the convicts, many of whom are testing their knowledge not for the first time. On October 17, Russia hosted the traditional annual educational campaign “Total Dictation”. This year the text was dedicated to the life of Konstantin Tsiolkovsky. The author of the text is Russian writer Andrei Gelasimov, associate professor of the Department of Literary Skills at the Gorky Institute, laureate of the National Bestseller literary prize.

The action was also joined by convicts from correctional institutions of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia in the Komi Republic – more than 200 people in total. Anyone could test their knowledge of the Russian language.

Most of the participants were in Syktyvkar IK-25 (47 people) and Ukhta IK-19 (26 people). In IK-25 this year, the dictation was broadcast over the institution’s cable television network, which simultaneously ensured maximum audience coverage. The event was attended by convicts from six detachments. Preparations for it began in advance. Back in mid-September, the institution posted announcements of the action and registration forms. Many convicts decided to take the opportunity to test their literacy, while a significant part of convicts do this not for the first time.

Svetlana Baranova, the curator of the students at the educational and consulting center at the Ukhta IK-8, noted that the convicts always take part in the event with great interest, many are trying to correct the mistakes of past dictations.

In IK-49 in Pechora, 19 convicts joined the “Total Dictation”. In the club of the institution, a video recording of the dictation was organized for them.

– Traditionally, this action is very popular among convicts. They are waiting for her, getting ready. We look forward to the announcement of the results. In addition, from the point of view of educational work, this is a good way to look back and understand that in life you can always start over, you just need to believe in yourself and work hard, ” said Evgeny Strekalov, head of the department for educational work with convicts of IK-49.

“Total dictation” took place in the women’s colony-31 in Mikun. On the day of the event, everyone gathered in the premises of the vocational school, where a class was prepared, equipment was connected. The procedure for conducting the dictation to convicts was explained by the head of the department for educational work with convicts, Yulia Savochkina. She also said that the texts of the dictations are unique every year. Famous poets, prose writers, playwrights, writers, publicists, literary critics become their authors. This year, 14 convicted women took part in the event. Upon completion of the dictation, they were given time to carefully check the text for errors.

All works were transferred to the regional curator of “Total Dictation” – representatives of the Syktyvkar State University named after P. Sorokin. As a result of the check, all participants of the action will receive certificates indicating the mistakes made. The results of the action in correctional institutions of the UFSIN will become known after October 20.

Press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service of Russia for the Komi Republic

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