First Russian Centre opens in Plzeň
The Russian Centre, an institution promoting the Russian language and culture, opened at West Bohemian University in Plzeň on Wednesday, the first such centre in the coutnry. Funded by a Moscow-based foundation, the centre plans to hold language course and organize lectures and debates. It will focus on students and teachers at the univeristy as well as on the general public, the university said. The region of west Bohemia has reportedly registered an increased interest in the Russian langauge. The region is also home to a large Russian-speaking community.