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Russia Awards Foreigners Writing In Russian

MOSCOW -- The winners of the "Russian Award" for foreign authors writing in Russian have been announced in Moscow, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Mariam Petrosian of Armenia was awarded on April 12 for her book "The House, Where...", which was designated best novel. Her book is about the ordeals faced by handicapped children living in boarding schools.

Maria Timakova's "The Real Name" was awarded as the best poetry anthology. Timakova lives in the United States.

The book "Farkhad and Shirin," by Kyrgyzstan's Alisher Niyazov, won the award for the best volume of short stories.

The winners receive $5,000 each in prize money.

The "Russian Award" was established in 2005 with the support of the Russian presidential administration and a post-Soviet, Central Asian business group.

This year the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Foundation also provided sponsorship.

All authors living outside Russia but who write in the Russian language are eligible for the awards.