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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Summer Programs, 2014: Apply by March 15, 2013!

  Kiev, December, 2013.
A detail from an aerial panorama showing the sea of protesters on Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine. The full picture is on our Facebook page.

Добро пожаловать!

The past four weeks have been massive for anyone following events in Eurasia.

Before addressing that, I would like to congratulate all students on nearing the end of another semester. Remember that you can win $200 for what you've written this semester by sharing your work with Vestnik. Click here for details. I'd like to also extend a personal thanks to all who stopped by the SRAS booth at the ASEEES conference! It was wonderful to put faces to so many names and gather feedback on what we do at SRAS. I hope all our paths will cross again soon.

The major news stories this month, are, of course, the ongoing protests in Ukraine and the sudden announcement that RIA Novosti, one of Russia's state-owned news agencies, will be reorganized. We've gathered some of the best articles we've found that examine both stories in terms of their economic, political, historical, and international causes and repercussions. We hope that this resource will be helpful in rounding out the big picture view of these important events.

On a lighter note, we also have lots on celebrating the holidays in Russian style! You'll find a new history (and recipe) for Russia's famous New Year salad, herring under a fur coat, a new Russian Mini-Lesson with vocabulary for describing Russian traditions, an updated list of holiday histories with days off, and more.

2013 has been fascinating to the very end. We'll look forward to following Eurasia with you in 2014! С наступающем!


In this month's newsletter:

- Ukraine     - Programs     - Koroche!
- Language and Culture  - RIA Novosti
- Primary Documents, etc.      - Books


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 20!
Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by December 20, 2013.

SRAS at AATSEEL January 10-11
If you'll be attending the AATSEEL conference in Chicago January 10-11, stop by the SRAS table in the exhibit hall to meet SRAS Director Renee Stillings, and Program Consultant Lisa Horner. They'll be happy to tell you more about SRAS study abroad programs, online resources, and research travel services. They may also have a few extra SRAS calendars and tote bags to hand out. We'll be glad to meet you!

 Study Abroad
in Eurasia!
 Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Research Travel
 Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Feature: Ukraine -

Ukrainian Politics: Who's Who 
A new SRAS introduction to Ukraine's major political figures.

Yanukovych Eastern Partnership Speech
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on why he postponed signing the EU deal. 

Ukraine's EU Trade Deal
Primary documents from the EU on the trade deal negotiated with Ukraine.

Pros and Cons of the Association Agreement
Analysis of the proposed Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU.

Ukraine Crackdown on Protests, Opposition Party
Tensions flare as Ukraine special forces raid the main opposition party's headquarters and attempt to clear protesters from the streets by force.

Ukraine's Economic Ties with Russia and Europe
Here are some facts about Ukraine's economy and its trade and energy relationship with Russia and Europe.

Kiev Protesters See Potent Ally Under a Spire
Ukrainian Orthodox Church, driven by its own historical tensions with Moscow, is actively supporting the uprising.

Ukraine's Turmoil is Born of History and Geography
Kiev is the stage for Ukraine's political drama, but the script was written in its borderlands. 

- Ukraine Opposition Rejects New Calls for Dialogue
- US Considers Sanctions Against Ukraine
Georgia, Moldova Endorse EU Agreements
- Georgia: No Fear of Russian Retaliatory Embargo
- Georgia: Parliament Brawl Over Ukraine Support 
- Moldova's Government Silent in Ukraine Protests
- Kazakh, Belarus Silent in Ukraine Protests
- Lavrov Slams NATO Response to Ukraine

- Programs - 

New! Russian Studies Abroad: St.Petersburg
Russian Studies Abroad – St. Petersburg is a new program that will provide specific insight into political economy and business, as viewed from Russia's "window on Europe." Intensive language study and cultural immersion is combined with a choice of courses covering history, politics, economics, and especially business.

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Understand the conflict in Ukraine! Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space seeks to critically analyze the post-Soviet era and space. Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss the conflicts in these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.

Summer in Siberia - Short-Term Program
Combine geography and history in a 10-Day trip to Siberia and earn three semester hours from The College of DuPage. SRAS summer students can add this program to their study abroad experiences at a discounted price.

Second Language Acquisition By The Numbers
Mounting evidence suggests that learning a second language can be the key to a student's success, supporting everything form increased cognitive function to higher rates of success in school and in the careers that come afterward.

Threats to Central Eurasia Research Funding
It’s a difficult time for Central Eurasian studies, especially from the perspective of funding for research in the field.

- Moscow Ranks 38th on List of Best Student Cities
- Emerging Economies University Rankings, 2014

- Postdoctoral Fellows Program: Columbia University
- Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace: Middlebury 


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
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 -

SRAS Russian Language Lessons
All of our language lessons are now in one section, accessible by a single menu. This includes archived projects like Image of the Month and Olga’s Blog, which has had its formatting improved and internal links checked. Now learning Russian is just a little bit easier!

Russian Holidays
Our list of Russian holidays and their histories has been updated with the official days off for 2014.

Russian Mini-Lesson: Новый Год по-русски 
This month, our Russian MiniLesson delivers vocabulary and information about Russian traditions of New Year, the year's most important holiday for most Russians.

Селедка под шубой - Herring Under a Fur Coat
Our latest entry to our Eurasian Cookbook teaches you the simple recipe for and the facinating history of one of Russia's dearest holiday comfort foods: herring under a fur coat.

Как готовились к Новому году в СССР
Photos showing how New Year's was celebrated under the USSR. Text is in Russian.  

- Let's Read Russian Jokes
- From Yurts to Kimchi, Protecting World's Cultures
- From Aliens to Ours: A Revival of Jews in Russia 


 Never Too Many Books!

Red Fortress Red Fortress:
History and Illusion in the Kremlin

Musorgsky Musorgsky and His Circle: A Russian Musical Adventure

Women and Transformation in Russia Women and Transformation in Russia

Study Abroad
in Russia!


-Feature: RIA Novosti -

RIA Novosti to Be Liquidated
The Kremlin announced Monday the dissolution of RIA Novosti, the country’s major state-run news agency, amid a significant reorganization of state-owned media assets.

RIA Novosti Closure is Bad for Russian Coverage
Closer inspection suggests that when headlines talk of ‘liquidation’ for the agency, and international radio station Golos Rossii (Voice of Russia) they in fact mean precisely that – prompting uncertainty in the Russian media about what exactly is coming next.

Voice of Russia Reorganized
The reorganization aims to ensure cost-effectiveness of the agencies, the head of the presidential administration Sergei Ivanov said.

From RIA to Russia Today* (not RT)
There are two main reasons for (this): (1) To rein in the pro-Western liberals who have seized control of RIA’s editorial policy, and (2) to rationalize their wasteful and inefficient bureaucracies in a period of moderate budget austerity.

RIA Novosti Dissolved to Save State Funds
ITAR-TASS, a Russian state-owned news agency, gives an informative report on the dissolution of RIA-Novosti, a Russian state-owned news agency.

Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

Che Guevara In The Caucasus
Georgia's Saakashvili admits to Buzzfeed that he sent an ally to meet and assist the Russian opposition.

Russian Analytical Digest: Governors and Mayors
This edition examines the role of Governors and Mayors, and regional inequalities.

Most Russians Support Sex Ed, Right to Abortion - Poll
Most Russians believe schools should offer sex education lessons, according to a new survey conducted by the independent Levada Center.

Russians Support Presidential Decrees over Duma
A recent poll revealed the population’s negative attitude towards the lower house, with many said to be in favor of its abolition.

Would an Iran Deal Obviate Missile Defense in Europe?
The November 24 agreement was a very positive step. It was only an interim step, however, and the negotiators still face tough issues amidst a considerable degree of mistrust.

Stalin's Kamikaze Canines
Pictures have emerged showing how Stalin's 'canine killers' were deployed in the Second World War against Nazi tanks. The kamikaze dogs were fitted with explosives and taught to carry them to tanks, armoured vehicles and other targets.

Last of Greenpeace Protesters Granted Bail in Russia
A Russian court on Thursday granted bail to the last Greenpeace activist still in custody over a protest against offshore oil drilling in the Arctic.

Russia Needs Arctic Presence to Guard against US threat: Putin
President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Russia had vital defense and economic interests in the Arctic, citing a potential U.S. military threat from submarine-based missiles there.

Golos Human Rights Association to Receive Presidential Grant
The movement Civil Dignity led by Ella Pamfilova, an operator of presidential grants, has selected NGOs which will recieve redistributed funds.

Chisinau Recognizes Romanian As Official Language
Moldova has endorsed Romanian as its language. The country's Constitutional Court has ruled that the "Moldovan" language will be replaced by Romanian as the former Soviet republic's official tongue. For important context to this development, read SRAS's article on the Transdnestria conflict.

The Sochi Olympics Are Too Big To Fail
Russia may have spent $50 billion to host the Olympics, but there's another number you should be focused on, and that's the billions of dollars that media companies, investors and sponsors have spent on the Olympics.

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