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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
There is still time for Summer!

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Spring is finally making a belated arrival to Russia – but there is still time to plan for study abroad to Eurasia.

Several of our late-summer programs, such as Art in Russia, Eurasian Culinary Studies, Russian Archive Access, and Kyrgyz Adventure are still open for applications – but only until April 15th! We are announcing extended deadlines for Russian as a Second Language summer programs in Kiev, Ukraine, and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Apply by April 30th!

This month's newsletter takes you through the wide expanse of Eurasia with a host of new articles, resources, and videos produced by SRAS students and SRAS graduates. From Kiev and Moscow to Kyrgyzstan and Vladivostok, discover the diversity and educational opportunities that Eurasia can offer!     


In this month's newsletter:

 - Eurasia      - Programs       -  Koroche!  
- Books      -  Primary Documents
- Language and Culture


Call for Papers: Vestnik!
Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by May 31, 2013.

  Study Abroad
in Russia!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

  Study Abroad
in Russia!

SA_logo_button SRAS sponsors this new site for students, by students!
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!

- Feature: Eurasia -

In terms of "states that don't exist" (there are several in the post-Soviet space) - Abkhazia is in the best position geographically to be an economically viable, independent state.

South Ossetia
Despite a tiny population and its geographically tenuous position crushed into a land-locked, mountainous land between the two larger states of Russia and Georgia, South Ossetia has shown a tenacious will to survive.

A solemn but reverent air of respect hangs over Volgograd. Long a small military garrison, then a rapidly growing center of commerce and transport, Volgograd is best known to Russians and foreigners alike as the site of the bloodiest battle of the Second World War.

Kyrgyzstan has had two political revolutions in the past eight years. It is one of the main routes by which China exports its goods to other Central Asian countries – and is a major recipient of Chinese investment. It also hosts military bases for both Russia and the US.

Top Ten Reasons Americans Should Visit Turkmenistan
If you’ve never heard of these great Turkmen cities before, book your ticket today and join the current busloads of Asian and European tourists who are pouring into this beautiful, fascinating, and historical country every year.

- Vladivostok - A Student's Guide
- Student Guide to Russia: Public Transport
- House Hunters International discovers Bishkek

- Programs - 

Kiev: New SRAS Video!
A new video on Kiev and SRAS programs based in Kiev from an SRAS student who studied there!

Eurasian Culinary Studies
This program is designed to open all of your senses to the rich cultures of the Slavs and the peoples of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Study Russian, culinary arts, culinary anthropology, and archaeology.

Russian as a Second Language
SRAS has extended deadlines for programs in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan or Kiev, Ukraine (with an option to spend part of your Summer in Odessa!). or late-summer programs to study Russian in one of six locations across Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine!

Art and Museums in Russia
Explore the art collections of and facilities in St. Petersburg and learn about studio art, art history, art restoration/conservation, and/or museum studies in a way not possible in a traditional classroom.

Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
Spend three intensive weeks studying Kyrgyz and/or Russian and then take a one-week trek through the gorgeous countryside of Kyrgyzstan on horseback, practicing the language.

Vladivostok: New SRAS Video!
A new video on Vladivostok and SRAS programs based in Vladivostok from an SRAS student who studied there!

- Grants and Scholarships for Russia
- E. Euro. Studies Junior Scholars
- Sell Your Study Abroad at Job Interviews
- Foreigners Earn Degrees in Russia

- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

SRAS Recap of Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Cultural Events in Canada/the US

- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Грамматические термины - Grammar Terms
Students who are taking Russian lessons with teachers that don't speak English, as well as people who may be tutoring English to Russian students, should be aware of some basic grammar terms.

Online Film Festival "Дубль Дв@"
View modern Russian films online for free.

Language Resources for Students of Russian
Our popular Library has been recently updated with better organization and more online resources and services to help language learners and their teachers.

The Most Useful Russian Words
Foreigners share what words they found necessary to learn first after arriving in Russia. (Article in Russian).

- Как начинался "Аэрофлот" (video)
- Russian Banyas in NY
- Moscow's New Art Centres  
- 5 Things No One Tells You about Moving Abroad

 Never Too Many Books!
YMCA The American YMCA
and Russian Culture
BelievingInRussia Religious Policy
after Communism

Orthodox Church and Russian Politics The Orthodox Church
and Russian Politics

Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

Concept of the Foreign Policy of the Russian Federation
A systemic description of basic principles, priorities, goals and objectives of the foreign policy of the Russian Federation, approved by President Putin on February 12, 2013

Who Would Benefit From A BRICS Development Bank?
Moves this week by the BRICS states - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - to set up a new financial institution are being closely watched around the world.

UN Approves Global Arms Trade Treaty
The 193-nation U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the first treaty on the global arms trade, which seeks to regulate the $70 billion (46.3 billion pounds) business in conventional arms and keep weapons out of the hands of human rights abusers.

Russia, South Africa to Create Platinum Bloc
Russia and South Africa, which together control about 80 percent of the world’s reserves of platinum group metals, plan to create a trading bloc similar to OPEC to control the flow of exports.

Russians Concerned With Basic Economic Issues
When actual Russians are asked what they are most worried about, they tend to respond with basic economic concerns like inflation, poverty, and unemployment.

North Korea Loads Missiles
North Korea has prepared mobile missiles for launch and told Russia to evacuate its embassy. 

Voting Against Freedom
Recent history in the countries of the former Soviet Union suggests that the appetite for freedom may not be as strong everywhere as we assume.

Russia’s Indigenous Languages at Risk
Around 250 languages are spoken in Russia, including Russian, which is spoken by some 150 million people. Russian, along with several Turkic-based languages, is doing fine. However, the linguistic situation for many lost tribes and Small Indigenous People in Russia is far more uncertain.

SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services - Russia Your Way

28% of Russians Would Welcome New Monarchy
28 percent of Russians say they would not mind a revival of the monarchy in the country, a poll has revealed, noting however that people don’t know anyone who could fill such a position.

Russia Sticks to Missile-shield Demand
Russia reacted coolly on Monday to a change in U.S. plans for a European missile shield that Moscow has vehemently opposed, saying it would stick to its demand for binding guarantees that the system would not be used to shoot down its missiles.

No Evidence Boris Berezovsky Was Killed, Say Police
Friends express scepticism about apparent suicide as reports emerge that Russian was found with scarf next to his body.

NGOs Facing Stiff Fines Amid "Crackdown"
Nongovernmental organizations across the country are being threatened with fines stretching to $20,000 or more, as authorities press on with sweeping checks that activists are calling a government-orchestrated crackdown on civil society.

Skype-Kiosks Appear at Moscow Airport
A Skype-kiosk has been installed at Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow. Just sign in to Skype and make calls in the same way as you would on your PC. The kiosks automatically logs you off when you step out.

Aeroflot to Revive Russia’s Budget Airline Sector
A year after the failure of two low-cost airlines, Russia is preparing for the creation of a new budget carrier. This time around, the industry's flagship, Aeroflot, will nurture the new discount airline.

US Debates Length of Magnitsky List
In a controversy underscoring continued stresses in U.S.-Russia relations, Obama administration officials are debating how many Russian officials to ban from the United States under a new law meant to penalize Moscow for alleged human rights abuses.


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