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THE NEWSLETTER >> AUGUST, 2015 - RUSSIA'S FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC AFFAIRS

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Apply for Spring, 2016 by October 15, 2015!

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Picturesque rural Russia - or "Real Russia" as many Russians might say. Traveling Russia, especially on a dollar budget, has rarely been cheaper! See this month's newsletter for an updated guide on traveling Russia by plane. Picture by S. Toporkov

Добро пожаловать!

We hope your summer has gone well! We wish you the best of luck in the upcoming fall semester and remind you that deadlines to apply for spring study abroad will be upon us in October.

In this month's newsletter, you'll find a roundup of the many important stories affecting Russia in its foreign affairs – from the latest on MH-17, to Russia's successful SCO and BRICS summits, to the details of Russia's new "NGO stop list" and its new naval and military doctrines. You'll also find a new installment of "Моя Россия;" this time its language lesson looks at Russia's two long holiday seasons: New Year's and the May Holidays during which many Russians take up to two paid weeks off to celebrate, travel, and/or tend to dacha properties.

You will also find a new Russian MiniLesson, updated guides to finding the best international airfares and travel to and around Russia via air, some of the best writing that our students have done while abroad, programs and funding opportunities for study abroad, and much, much more!

If you have any questions about any issue affecting study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, or Poland, please let us know! We hope to see you abroad soon!

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In this month's newsletter:

- Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Travel!     - Articles

 

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 15!
Students who submit papers for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by Dec 15, 2015.


– Language and Travel! –

Russian Foreign Affairs in Review
A brief summary of the past month's events concerning Russia in foreign affairs - from the latest on MH-17, sanctions, BRICS, cooperation with China, and more.

Моя Россия: Russians Love Their Rest
"Моя Россия" is a new project from SRAS. Led by our new Moscow Coordinator, Roxana Burkhanova, this blog will provide insight into Russian culture and social issues with annotated Russian texts, cultural glossings, and grammar lessons.

At the Airport in Russia
Our guide to entering Russia or traveling domestically in Russia by plane is now fully updated. This includes up-to-date budgeting information for domestic flights. It has not been this cheap to travel Russia in many years!

International Travel to Russia
What's the best way to get the best deal on plane tickets to Eurasian destinations? Our newly updated guide offers lots of tips!

Dual Citizens, Adoptees, and Heritage Speakers
A fully updated guide to the legal and safety issues faced by dual citizens and heritage speakers looking to travel to Russia.

The Moscow We've Lost
A top-ten list of the architectural casualities of Moscow's 20th Century transformations.

Warsaw City Guide
Check out our brand-new, up-to-date guide on living and studying in Warsaw, Poland!

Russian MiniLesson: Social Media
Bilinguals have Bigger Brains
Transportation in Warsaw
Making Lagman in Kyrgyzstan
A Night Out in Moscow


Programs –

Home and Abroad Scholarships - Expanded!
These scholarships now offer $5000 - 10,000 in a more flexible program offering more locations and more subjects. Now available in Moscow!

Security and Society in the Information Age
Study cybersecurity, the effects of information warfare, new media's role in modern democracy, and much more in Warsaw, Poland!

Central Asian Studies
Visit Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan while taking courses to understand this diverse and geopolitically important region.

Russian as a Second Language
Intensive Russian courses for all levels in locations across Russia and Eurasia.

Siberian Studies
Head to Lake Baikal and Irkutsk to study history, the Russian language, and environmental science!

Russian Studies Abroad
Gain specific insight into political economy and business, Russian politics or culture, or many other subjects from the vantage of St. Petersburg or Moscow.

View ALL 12 Fall Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Braver Grants
Service Learning Grants
Why Study Abroad is Critical for Engineering Students


Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Polish Public Radio Top 5
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5


Articles –

A History of Recent Scholarly Thought on Russia
Scholars have divided into two camps over the course of Vladimir Putin's rule. Here, historian of intellectual thought Peter Anderson gives a history and summery of that division.

How a U.S. Think Tank Fell for Putin.
The Carnegie Moscow Center used to be a hub of Russian liberalism. Now it stands accused of being a 'Trojan horse' for Russian influence.

Putin Hurts a Think Tank by Not Banning It
By branding that which the regime thinks as bad as good, we brand that which the regime does not proclaim as bad as bad. This is a danger to intellectual inquiry.

Despite Animosity, Moscow's Muslims Change the City
Moscow is slowly adapting to being Europe's largest Muslim city, and Muslims are gradually adapting to it.

Nearly Half of Russians Favor Decent Wages Over Free Speech
Further, only 17% find censorship "in any form" unacceptable.

Russia Doesn't Quite Know How To React To U.S. 'Gayification' Movement
As might be expected, the St. Petersburg lawmaker who is considered the architect of Russia's infamous "gay propaganda" law led the charge.

Most Russians Oppose Same-sex Marriage
20 percent of respondents said people of non-traditional sexual orientation need medical assistance and another 20 percent believe they should be isolated from society.

Moscow's Baby Bust?
Within a decade, according to RANEPA’s estimates, the population of Russian women aged 20 to 29 will shrink by nearly 50 percent.


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Russia Tightens Reins on Ruble as Economy Braces for Shocks
Russia has no target exchange rate and a more flexible currency has allowed the budget to adjust to swings in oil prices

Russia’s State Banks are Rotten
Russia’s banking system has long been considered the weakness in the state capitalism system that Putin has been busy building. The generally underdeveloped nature of Russian banks is precisely why Western sanctions targeted them.

Russia Braces for Longest Recession in Decades With $50 Oil
The latest downturn in the world oil market means Russia's recession may stretch into next year for the longest slump in two decades.

Russian Food Prices Stabilize After Months of Racing Inflation
Russian food prices have seen a record drop since inflation skyrocketed beginning in late 2014. But this could be the eye of the storm.

How Much Have Sanctions Really Hurt Russia?
Sanctions have hurt some sectors of the economy, but are helping others.

Twenty-two Million Russians Beneath Poverty Line
The problem of poverty in Russia is most likely to intensify in the coming years, experts say. While the Russian authorities are taking measures to provide social support to the population, these efforts are insufficient to reverse this trend.

Russia to Launch New Ratings Agency
Russia's Central Bank said in part that “the Russian market requires a strong credit rating agency with a high level of corporate governance and professional competency” that can be “stable in the face of geopolitical risks.”

Russian Scientists Squeezed by Sanctions, Kremlin Policies
Now politics is again clouding the scientific horizon.

Ukraine Offers Huge State Firms to Foreign Investors
Ukraine will offer nearly 350 state firms for sale.

Eighteen Months On: Post-Maidan Ukraine
Interview by the Carnegie Council with Dr. Nicolai Petro, a professor of political science at the University of Rhode Island, specializing in Russia and its neighboring states.

Russian Poll Shows Strong Support For Internet Censorship
Seventy-three percent of respondents said "negative information" about state employees should not be published on the Internet, while 42 percent agreed that foreign governments are using the Internet "against Russia and its interests."

Fewer Russians Fear Sanctions
The number of Russians very concerned about sanctions has fallen by 16% since the sanctions first began. (Report in Russian)

Proposed Extensions to Russian Police Powers Spark Controversy
A new bill proposes to allow the police more leeway in employing violence against citizens.

 Never Too Many Books! –
 
The Penguin Book of
Russian Poetry
Hammer and Tickle Landscapes of Communism:
A History Through Buildings
 
The Return Voloshin's Poetic Legacy and Post-Soviet Russian Identity Architecture at the
End of the Earth

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