Alexandrov Choir Members Read Out Text of Total Dictation in Istanbul

© REUTERS / Stringer/File Singers and orchestra members of Red Army Choir, also known as the Alexandrov Ensemble, perform in Moscow, Russia March 31, 2016
Singers and orchestra members of Red Army Choir, also known as the Alexandrov Ensemble, perform in Moscow, Russia March 31, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Members of Russia's Alexandrov Ensemble military choir have read out the text of an annual worldwide Russian-language literacy test dubbed "Total Dictation" in Istanbul.

A photo of Russian Army Bandmaster Lieutenant General Valery Khalilov, who died in the Russian Defense Ministry's TU-154 crash, is seen here outside the building of The Alexandrov Academic Ensemble of Song and Dance of the Russian Army in Moscow - Sputnik International
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ANKARA (Sputnik) — Members of Russia's Alexandrov Ensemble military choir have read out the text of an annual worldwide Russian-language literacy test dubbed "Total Dictation" in Istanbul, an ensemble's soloist Mikhail Novikov told Sputnik on Saturday.

"We are honored to participate in the event that fosters Russian culture in Turkey. We believe that we have contributed to the development of Russian-Turkish relations. Judging by the reaction of the audience, it [Total Dictation] was perceived very positively," Novikov said.

The event was held at Aydin University in Istanbul and gathered some 80 people. Other Turkish cities that hosted Total Dictation were Ankara and Antalya.

Total Dictation is an annual event that attracts thousands of participants and is organized all around the world. For the first time it was held by a student club of Novosibirsk State University in 2004.

The choir is in Turkey giving its first concert abroad following the tragic airplane crash in December that killed 92 people, including 64 musicians of the Alexandrov Ensemble.

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