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  383669_408463499955_2380148The crowds of protesters in central Moscow were estimated at between 25,000 and 100,000.

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The events of the last few days here in Moscow have been extraordinary to say the least. That they have passed as peaceably as they have is simply another reason to step back and marvel at the sudden changes in course that history can sometimes take.

When the Arab Spring began, Russia watchers immediately asked if such events could happen in Moscow. The verdict was nearly unanimous – that Russians were apathetic, they didn't care about politics or rights, and that any change that might be expected was on a far distant horizon. However, two days after the elections, having watched dozens of videos uploaded by private citizens from their smartphones showing voting irregularities, 8000 Russians appeared on Chistyi Prudi to protest. As word got out that so many were willing to stand up, more did, and today, on December 10, 2011, tens of thousands of Russians gathered on Bolotnaya Ploshad in Moscow and in some 80 cities across Russia including St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, and Vladivostok. They demand the dismissal of the current Central Elections Chief and that a new round of elections be held.

While no real political change has yet been made, the shift in the Russian mindset – and how Russia watchers must now think of Russian citizens – has been quick. Where we go from here is anyone's guess, but the fact that events have passed peaceably so far is a reason for great hope.

At SRAS, we are gearing up for the New Year and our summer course offerings. Be sure to check out Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections, Baikal Environmental Studies, and Art and Museums in Russia.

In the newsletter below, you'll find an extensive obzor of the events of the last week as well as more political platforms in translation (Yabloko, Nashi, and United Russia), a new minilesson on vote fraud and, as always, much more! С наступающим Новым Годом!

In this month's newsletter:

- Обзор: The Russian Election     -  Koroche!      - Programs and Funding! 
- Politics in Translation     - Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

$200 Jury Award Goes to Genevieve Gunow!
The School of Russian and Asian Studies congratulates Genevieve Gunow as the recipient of the $200 Jury Prize from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies for our 10th issue. Our next call for papers is currently in progress.

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Обзор: The Russian Election  

Full Results of Russian Elections by Region
Statistics in Russian.

Russian Expats Vote Yabloko
The liberal Yabloko party, which scored just 3.3% of the vote inside Russia, beat the remaining six other parties in the expat vote.

OSCE Report on the Russian Elections
This report is being quoted by most Western media outlets reporting on the Russian elections. Read it for yourself in full by clicking the link above. You can also see alternative opinions by other election observers here.

Thousands Protest Election Results
Several thousand protesters took to the streets on Monday to demand an end to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule after voters cut his party's parliamentary majority in an election that was condemned as unfair by European monitors.

Copwatch: Police Actions at the Protest Meetings
Chronicle of events of the December 5th protests at Chistiye Prudy (in Russian)

Interior Troops Move Into Moscow After Protest Rally
Columns of  trucks carrying fresh Interior Troops rolled into Moscow on Tuesday, the day after a record protest rally ended in clashes with police.

Little Partying for Opposition, But Plenty of Work
Post-election commentary from four of Russia's opposition parties. For more analysis of how the election may change the Russian political landscape, see this blog from RFERL.

Social Media Makes Anti-Putin Protests "Snowball"
Russians are using social media, smart phones, and the Internet to expose corruption and organize protests in a movement that is rapidly sweeping the country. For a map of all protests advertised on the Russian social network vkontakte, for instance, see this map created by the Russian search engine Yandex.

The Decembrists
An in-depth analysis of the protests looking at why people are coming out, what they are coming out for, and what the future of the movement might be.

Grappling With Vote Protests, Putin Seeks to Blame Clinton
Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin accused Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday of inciting unrest in Russia with her statements to the OSCE. The Secretary's full remarks may be read here.

At least 25,000 Assemble to Denounce Elections, Putin
Estimates of how many people attended the December 10 meeting ranged from 25,000 to 100,000.

Politics in Translation

Yabloko: Platform of the Liberals
Yabloko is the last of the liberal political parties formed in the 1990s still functioning in Russia today.

Right Cause: New Platform, New Leadership
Most analysts now predict that the party has few chances of making it into the Duma, although it may still make a showing at some local and regional elections.

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Nashi: Russian Youth Movement
As thousands of Russians have taken to the streets to protest the voting results, thousand of young Nashi activists have also held rallies to support the results and the ruling government. SRAS's Politics in Translation project now presents Nashi's manifesto in English for the first time.

United Russia's Program Address
United Russia's election program as used for the 2011 elections. 

- Language and Culture -

Громозека (2011)
Three ex-classmates, former members of popular school band "Gromozeka", are now all grown up, each with their own set of problems. At class reunion they meet again to play hits of the 80s... 

MiniLesson: Rigging Elections
A brand-new Russian Mini-Lesson on rigging elections.

10 Days that Shook the World
Sergei Eisenstien's 1928 film about the 1917 Revolution is now in English and available for free on YouTube.

ArtinRussia.Org: Russian Art Abroad
Check out this growing number of museum profiles for Russia-themed museums in the US!

- Leo Tolstoy is Quitting Facebook
- Stalin's daughter lived in Wisconsin quietly
- St. Petersburg in a 3-Minute Video



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- Kороче -

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

Russian TV Reporting

Cheap Eats Moscow

Cheap Eats St. Petersburg
A Student's Irkutsk
A Student's Vladivostok

- Programs and Funding! -

Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections
This intensive four-week course will detail the social forces shaping Russia's political scene and how politics may impact Russian society after the elections of 2011 and 2012.

Baikal Environmental Studies
Get your application in early for this incredible experience working with state agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs to advance environmental initiatives. Deadline: February 18, 2012!

- Direct Alaska-Russian Far East Flights Resumed
- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles


 Never Too Many Books!
Medvedevs-Media-Affairs Medvedev's Media
george-f-kennan-american-life George F. Kennan:
An American Life
catherine-great-portrait-woman-robert-k-massie Catherine the Great:
Portrait of a Woman

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- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

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Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Has South Ossetian Leader Outfoxed Moscow?
Tensions are rising in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia following a clumsy attempt by de facto President Eduard Kokoity to thwart Moscow's attempt to install its preferred candidate to succeed him and simultaneously prolong his term in office by having the republic's Supreme Court annul the outcome of the November 27 presidential election runoff.

As Asia Rises and Europe Declines, Russia Invests Its Hopes in Its Far East
Vladivostok, a Pacific port city long in decline, is being revitalized by Moscow. But the city's slow integration with China, Japan, and South Korea is clashing with its long-Slavic identity. Can a city be both European and Asian?

WTO at Last
Russia’s negotiations with the WTO are completed.

US Gives $150M to Kyrgyzstan for Manas
A breakdown of the US expenses for using Manas Airforce Base in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz President-elect Almazbek Atambayev has told the United States to give up its use of the airbase in 2014 when the current contract expires.

Territorial Changes in Russia over the Centuries
See Russia's expansion (and contractions) through the ages - pretty sleek little resource offered by news agency RIAN.

CIA Presidential Briefing Videos about the USSR
Watch the videos the CIA made to tell Ronald Reagan about the Soviets.

Obama Says U.S., China, Russia Are United Against Iranian Nuke
President Barack Obama says China, Russia, and the United States are united in the goal of ensuring that Iran does not use its nuclear program to make atomic weapons.

Russia: Rebuilding an Empire While It Can
U.S.-Russian relations seem to have been relatively quiet recently, as there are numerous contradictory views in Washington about the true nature of Russia’s current foreign policy.

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