Abigail Stowe-Thurston 
Receives Vestnik Jury Award

For Immediate Release

Vestnik---placeholderThe School of Russian and Asian Studies congratulates Abigail Stowe-Thurston as the recipient of the $200 Jury Award from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies for our 14th issue.

Vestnik encourages students to study any subject related to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Vestnik also encourages students to develop original ideas on their subject matter and to back those ideas with solid arguments and evidence drawn from original research.

In her work entitled “The Dima Yakovlev Law: Ethical Implications of the Russian Adoption Ban,” Ms. Stowe-Thurston methodically analyzes a pertinent issue currently affecting US-Russia relations. Examining Russia's recent adoption ban from the perspectives of both those who oppose and those who support it, Ms. Stowe-Thurston also uses extensive research data to place the issue in full context. In this way, a current international dispute that has understandably raised passions across the globe is placed in the sort of objective and informed light in which it must be viewed if a resolution is to be found.

The Vestnik Editorial Board applauds Abigail Stowe-Thurston, a sophomore pursuing a degree in Russian and Political Science at Macalester College, for producing an accessibly written, well-argued, and extraordinarily well-researched paper.

The board would also like to award an honorable mention to Rina Hay, whose work "How and Why Did the Focus of Samizdat Shift Following the End of the Khrushchev Thaw?", utilizes Russian-language primary documents extraordinarily well. Ms. Hay's research explores the historical development of an important aspect of underground culture within the USSR, bringing a fuller understanding of this Russian-language Soviet-era culture to a modern English-speaking audience.

The board also thanks the other contributors of this 14th issue of Vestnik, Ethan McKown, Chris Dunnett, Marin Ekstrom, and Elizabeth Dacquisto, for their exceptional research and their hard work in working with the board and each other to revise and improve their papers to create this issue of Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies.

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