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Natasha and Alexander Rybak about their close relationship, Her og Nå 13.2.2018

Alexander Rybak and his mom have always got along

So glad that you’re my Mom.

Alexander Rybak without his Mom Natasha is like his violin without strings. 

Source: Paper issue of the Norwegan celebritry magazine Her og Nå. Published 13.02.2018. Text: Lise Lotte Winther-Bay. Photo: Morten Bendiksen, Private.
Found and translated by Jorunn Ekre. Revised by Anni Jowett.

– It’s important to me to listen to Mom, asserts Alexander Rybak in his natural charming way.
– She sees who I really am. For instance she can say:  “I know you are good at playing, Sasha (his mom’s pet name for him, editorial remark) but you can be even better. Thanks to her honesty and love I have grown a lot. 
It’s about respect for each other, he thinks. And about having had a good upbringing.

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Alexander Rybak’s Mum

There was only one thing Alexander Rybak was not allowed to do by his mum when he was little.

Natasha Rybak believes many in Norway are afraid they will do something wrong to kids if they push them into practising during childhood.

Header photo:  Must practise:  When her son was seven, Natasha Rybak decided that he should go for the violin. She says that children must practise, even if they not always want to. Photo: Siv Johanne Seglem /Dagbladet 

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Alexander has a very special relationship to his mom. Hjemmet 03.12.12

Alexander Rybak has a very special relationship to his mom

Regardless of how busy Alexander Rybak (26) is, he always puts his soul into the Christmas gifts for his mom Natalia (53). Mother and son have a very close relationship. 
– She is the most important person in my life, he says.

Article in the paper issue of  the Norwegian weekly magazine “Hjemmet”, published on 3.12.2012.  Text: Hans Petter Treider
Photo: Jørn Grønlund

Found and translated by Jorunn Ekre and Tessa La. English revision by Lillian Llewellyn and Anni Jowett.

– Do you wonder when I’m most happy?  Natalia Rybak repeats while she smiles widely. Then she turns around and looks at her son who is sitting next to her. My answer is probably the same as with all mothers: I am most happy when my child is happy. It means everything that Alexander is doing well, Natalia says and gives her son a big hug.

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Natalia Rybak: “Norwegians want to erase Breivik from their memories”

Article published on www.svaboda.org 23.07.2012

Written by Igor Kornei

Link to the original article here 

Translation by Sonya Luzina.  English revision by Lillian Llewellyn

Alexander Rybak with his parents

July 22 marked one year since the terrorist attack in the capital of Norway, Oslo, and on the coastal island of Utøya by the citizen of this country Anders Breivik. The victims of a double attack are 77 people – mostly young people who participated in the activities of the Norwegian Labour Party. How did this emergency incident affect on the residents of this northern country, which was considered as almost a model of calm and tolerant attitude towards the representatives of different nations and faiths? 

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Alexander, Igor and Natalia Rybak. Interview in Nesodden, Norway. 7-15.09.2011

2 interviews with Alexander and his parents were taken by independent journalist Evgeniy Diakonov during September 2011. He uploaded 2 parts of this great interview in January 2012 and was so nice to add our English subs to his videos! 🙂

Igor and Natalia Rybak at their private house in Nesodden.

English translation by Zhanna S. and Maria Jitkova. Subs by Julia B.

and the same video at Dailymotion: http://dai.ly/x7RR3K

Alexander Rybak in Nesodden.

English translation and subs by Julia B. 

and the same video on Dailymotion: http://dai.ly/wPJC3z

Interview of Alexander Rybak’s mother about acts of terrorism and moods in Oslo


Written by Anya Balakhovich and Oleg Bartsevich. Published 26.07.2011, 17:41

Link to original article: http://euroradio.fm/ru/report/semya-aleksandra-rybaka-videla-vzryv-v-oslo-iz-svoego-okna-40429

Translation by Zhanna Sergueeva

Alexander Rybak’s family saw an explosion in Oslo from their window

The mother of the artist, Natalia Rybak, told how she got to know about the acts of terrorism, which sentiments do dominate on the streets of Oslo and whether her family does now want to leave Norway.

Euroradio: Where have you been at the moment of the explosion? Where has Alexander Rybak been and, God forbid, hasn’t anyone been hurt in your family?

Natalia Rybak: In our family, fortunately, nobody was hurt. Sasha at that time went to a concert near Oslo. We were sitting at home, having guests. From our windows the downtown can be seen. And we heard this explosion, we saw rising column of a smoke, but I even could not imagine that this is really a blast. We thought that in the worst case it was a collision of two boats …

Euroradio: How did you personally react to this explosion? What feelings did you have?

Natalia Rybak: At first nobody could believe it was true. It took several days to realize these news. In terms of feelings it was a terrible shock. Everyone was depressed. It was hard to believe that this could happen in reality and not in some movie. That a man with cold blood can take away so many lives.

Euroradio: How did you get to know what happened on the island of Utoya?

Natalia Rybak: Those news were even more terrifying. When we were talking to each other we all were having tears … This was just impossible to talk about. Still I see that people can not calm down when we start talking about those events, it’s just hard to talk about those events.

Euroradio: What people say right now? What conversations can be heard in the shops, on the street?

Natalia Rybak: Neighbors talk to each other. Unfortunately the best friends of our neighbors lost the girl. At least she has not been found yet … There were two sisters and one of them returned alive from Utoya, but the second one has not been found, so there is very gloomy mood … Everywhere in churches the prayer services take place, with many people. People come with flowers. In the squares there are a lot of flowers. Yesterday 150 thousands people came to the main square. Sasha opened the concert at that meeting dedicated to the victims.

Euroradio: Have you got more police in the city?

Natalia Rybak: “Of course, a readiness of the police is increased, especially in places where public meetings are held, in the city center. The first few days there was everything where the bomb has exploded – the troops and the weapon. Now it is more relaxed. But it feels, I do not know how to explain it… It is very difficult to explain it by words. People just come, and not because they are interested to look at this place, but people come because it’s important to be together for them. It has united people. Instead of hate people show more love.”

Euroradio: What they say in conversations about the personality of Breivik?

Natalia Rybak: Everybody agrees that the mind of this man is not healthy. He had his own goals as specifically the Nazis in Germany had in former times. He seemed to want to do everything as best in his opinion, but means to achieve this goal are just inhuman. People don’t talk particularly about this man. Newspapers write something but mostly talking about those who is missing.

Euroradio: How people relate to a punishment for Breivik? He faces 21 years. Do you have sentiments in Norwegian society to punish him by longer term of imprisonment?

Natalia Rybak: Especially among young people, of course, there are such sentiments. They can be described as “those people have no place on earth.” But in Norway there is no death penalty. There are such sentiments but they are not common.

Euroradio: Is there a feeling that the life in Norway is not so safe? Maybe you had thoughts about moving out of Norway?

Natalia Rybak: No. We did not think about changing our place of residence. Generally it can happen anywhere. I think that this wave of terror came to Scandinavia with a big delay.But in the subconscious everybody had such thought that sooner or later it would happen with us. The more, Norway is involved in numerous military operations of other countries. In the subconscious maybe it was not clear but there was a feeling that it can happen. But I do not think that someone got the thought that he should run away from here. There is no such state in humans.