On 10 April, the Blagosfera Centre for the first time hosted Total Dictation for non-profit professionals, organized by the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko. The text by Dmitry Glukhovsky was read by Maria Morozova, general director of the Timchenko Foundation. The event was attended by 30+ people.
In all, Total Dictation in 2021 was taken by 675,198 people in 59 countries. The leaders among the Russian cities in terms of the numbers of offline attendees were Moscow (7,200), Kazan (5,741), St Petersburg (5,293), Novosibirsk (3,004) and Omsk (1,501). Among foreign cities, the most active were Tallinn (Estonia; 1,690 attendees), Nukus (Uzbekistan; 536 attendees), Shchuchin (Belarus; 325 attendees), Tashkent (Uzbekistan; 292 attendees), Delhi (India; 126 attendees). In 46 countries the participants took the dictation online on the event’s website, and in 22 they joined the event in Zoom.
Total Dictation is an annual event for everyone, whatever their age, nationality, education or social standing. It shows that to be literate is important for everybody and that to study Russian is a challenge but an exciting and rewarding one; it unites all those who know how or want to write and speak Russian.
The first Total Dictation was given in 2004 by the students of the humanities faculty at the Novosibirsk State University. Over 18 years the event has taken on global proportions: it is organized by the Total Dictation foundation and run by activists and volunteers across the planet. The dictation was at various times penned by Pavel Basinsky, Guzel Yakhina, Leonid Yuzefovich, Andrey Usachov, Yevgeny Vodolazkin, Aleksey Ivanov, Dina Rubina, Zakhar Prilepin, Dmitry Bykov and Andrey Gelasimov.