The Total Dictation is done at hydroelectric power plants for the first time

For the first time, the global literacy testing campaign was held at two large Siberian hydroelectric power plants of EuroSibEnergo, a company of En+ Group. On the day of the campaign, 120 people did the Total Dictation at the Irkutskaya and Krasnoyarskaya HPPs. After the campaign, participants of the dictation had an "ecological sight test" as part of the 360 Minutes eco-marathon and were given a tour of the halls and dams of the HPPs.

For the first time in the history of the Total Dictation, 120 participants did the dictation at the hydroelectric power plants overlooking the Angara and Yenisei Rivers. It is symbolic that Leonid Yuzefovich devoted the text of the dictation to three cities whose life is directly connected with the rivers flowing through them: Perm (the Kama River), Ulan-Ude (the Selenga River) and Saint Petersburg (the Neva River). After the dictation, the participants were given a guided tour of the HPP buildings and dams; the guides outlined the basic principles of water use and the structure and operation of a renewable energy source such as a hydroelectric power plant.

The first HPP where the Total Dictation was held is the Krasnoyarskaya HPP located in the city of Divnogorsk, Krasnoyarsk Territory. It is the second largest HPP in Russia and ranks among the ten largest HPPs in the world in terms of installed capacity. The hundred participants of the campaign included HPP employees, students of the Mikhail Reshetnev Siberian State Aerospace University and the Andrey Bochkin Divnogorsk Hydropower College, as well as the residents of Krasnoyarsk who wanted to test their knowledge of the Russian language in an unusual place. The text was dictated to the participants by Dmitry Buevich, director of the Prima TV company.

At the Irkutskaya HPP, the literacy test was taken by 20 participants of the Total Dictation. The text was dictated by Alexander Verkhozin, a philologist, blogger and director of the Irkutsk branch of the Association "Interregional Reading Federation". The Irkutskaya HPP is the first large hydroelectric power plant built in Eastern Siberia. It is situated in close proximity to Lake Baikal and is the first power plant forming part of the cascade of HPPs on the Angara River, the only river flowing from Lake Baikal.

The participants of the dictation at the Irkutskaya and Krasnoyarskaya HPPs also underwent an "ecological sight test" as part of the 360 Minutes Main National Volunteer Eco-Marathon organized by En+ Group. Volunteers installed special stands with eye charts; instead of letters, the charts showed silhouettes of animals included in the Red Book. The smaller the silhouette of an animal, the fewer of them are left in the wild. Only the most sharp-sighted people were able to see the Siberian tiger on the chart: today, there are no more than 450 Siberian tigers in Russia. At the Irkutsk HPP, two young nutrias (semi-aquatic animals) from the Irkutsk children's zoo "assisted" the participants of the dictation in the "ecological sight test".

Overall, the Total Dictation was conducted at 3,008 sites in 866 cities and towns in 71 countries. According to the organizers, about 200,000 people could have taken part in the campaign. In addition to the HPPs, participants of the campaign also did the dictation at other unusual venues: in flying airplanes of S7 Airlines, at the Irkutsk and Surgut airports, on Strizh trains, at major railway stations of the country and even on a trolleybus running between Simferopol and Alushta.


Elena Vishnyakova, Director of Public Relations of En+ Group:

"En+ shares and supports the goals and principles of this educational project: to show that being literate is important for everyone; to convince people that learning Russian is a challenging task, but it is fascinating and useful; to unite everyone who can or want to speak Russian and write in Russian competently."


Sergey Kaminsky, CEO of PJSC Krasnoyarsk HPP:

"We are glad that the Krasnoyarskaya HPP became one of the venues for the Total Dictation. I hope that the view on the Yenisei River created the appropriate mood and that each participant was able to feel the colossal energy of the powerful Russian language similar to that of our Siberian rivers."


Oleg Prichko, CEO of PJSC Irkutskenergo:

"It is important for us that our HPP joined the global literacy testing campaign. In my opinion, the Russian language and the Russian power industry have much in common: beauty, accuracy, clear rules and the fact that they are universally in demand."


En+ Group ( is a leading Russian industrial group comprising companies in the metals, mining and energy sectors, as well as strategically related industries. En+ Group holds a controlling stake in UC RUSAL, the world's largest aluminum producer; it also owns Russia's largest independent power company, EuroSibEnergo, and SMR, a producer of ferromolybdenum, as well as large coal deposits and logistics business. The core assets and new projects of En+ Group are located in Eastern Siberia.

The company actively cooperates with established Russian and international environmental organizations, including the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the Strana Zapovednaya National Foundation and non-profit partnerships: the Great Baikal Trail and Let's Protect Baikal Together.


About the 360 Minutes Main National Volunteer Ecological Marathon

The 360 Minutes Main National Volunteer Ecological Marathon of En+ Group (http: // is a series of summer eco-events, with the key campaign held at the beginning of September, organized by En+ Group for the seventh consecutive year with support from the Strana Zapovednaya National Foundation and the Volnoe Delo Foundation of Oleg Deripaska. In 2017, the 360 Minutes Main National Volunteer Ecological Marathon of En+ Group was included in the official list of events of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation held as part of the Year of Ecology and the 100th anniversary of the Russian system of nature reserves. The 360 Minutes ecological marathon evolved from a campaign titled "360 Minutes for Baikal". At present, it forms part of an integrated system of initiatives undertaken by En+ Group to protect Lake Baikal and conservation areas. These include projects related to environmental awareness, environmental volunteering, support of scientific research, introduction of business technologies in environmental protection, etc.

In 2017, the geography of the eco-marathon was significantly expanded. Its participants will include hundreds of eco-movements across the country; it will cover nature reserves and national parks in the Irkutsk Region, the Krasnoyarsk and Zabaykalsky Territories, the Republics of Khakassia and Buryatia, the Russian Far East, as well as the Krasnodar Territory and the Arkhangelsk Region. The organizers plan to hold dozens of environmental events to be attended by about 100,000 volunteers between March and October 2017.

Press service of En+ Group

April 10, 2017
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