Dear Fans and Friends of the Alexandrov Ensemble,
Our beloved Ensemble urgently needs your assistance! As you will see from the letter quoted below, there is another performing group that has been using the name "Ensemble of the Red Army" during tours abroad and is, additionally, attempting to trademark their use of the phrase "of the Red Army" to exclude its use by the Alexandrov Ensemble.
We, the administrators of this blog, feel that the only ensemble to use this historic appellation should be the Alexandrov Ensemble, which was originally formed as the Red Army Choir and is known worldwide by this name. The Ensemble has built an unsurpassed reputation for excellence with audiences around the world. When these fans attend a concert of an ensemble using the words "of the Red Army" or "Red Army" in its title, they are expecting that it is, in fact, the Alexandrov Ensemble, not any other group!
The leaders of the Alexandrov Ensemble have requested that fans worldwide make it known that they support the idea that the Alexandrov Ensemble should have the exclusive right to use the phrases "of the Red Army" and "Red Army" in its name and promotional materials.
Therefore, we ask you to show your support by sending an e-mail to the Alexandrov Ensemble. This must be done by January 23rd, since a hearing will be held the next week on this matter. Our e-mails of support will be used to bolster the arguments presented in the hearing by the Alexandrov Ensemble in favor of their use of the phrases in question.
Please send your e-mail (in whatever language you prefer to use, whether English, Russian or otherwise–all are welcome and appreciated!) to: Malev L.I. and Alexandrov E.B. at firstname.lastname@example.org The Subject should be: In Support of the Alexandrov Ensemble!
We thank you most sincerely!
Text of original letter requesting our assistance (translated from Russian):
You already know about the problem of repeated use by another group (the Ensemble of MVD – Ministry of Internal Affairs) of our appellation — Ensemble of the Red Army — during tours broad.
On January 31, 2011, a hearing will be held in the Chamber of Patent Disputes, RosPatent, (where they will meet with both the Alexandrov Ensemble and the Ensemble MVD authorities), to consider the legitimacy of the application for international trademark registration of the phrase Red Army by the ensemble of MVD, which is being contested by the Alexandrov Ensemble.
Could you assist us in the form of a letter written by the fans of the Alexandrov Ensemble containing the thought that there should be only one Red Army Ensemble in the world. The letter may be sent to the Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation – Chief of Internal Troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation Army General Rogozhkin NV? If possible, the same letter can be sent to the Committee on Culture of the State Duma and to the blog of President Medvedev DA.
But most importantly, we must get this letter in electronic form to the Chamber for Patent Disputes. Please send this letter (with the opinion of our fans) in electronic form to the e-mail of the Ensemble. If you can send it in a week, then we will submit it to the Chamber of Patent Disputes as an additional argument. It will be most helpful.