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The SRAS newsletter is back from winter break with a big back-to-school edition. This month we cover environmental issues, take a look at the country of Georgia (and its food!), and delve into art in Russia. We'd like to especially thank Matt Robertson, an SRAS grad who now heads the Tahoe-Baikal Institute for taking the time to do an interview with us – and we'd like to thank our Home and Abroad Scholars for creating much of the great material in this newsletter. We hope you will enjoy browsing it as much as we enjoyed creating it!

Since our last newsletter in December, US-Russia relations have continued to deteriorate. We've developed a fairly comprehensive overview of the events - and how the Russian media has reported on them.

In brief - in an ongoing tit-for-tat, the US passed the Magnitsky Act, Russia passed the Anti-Magnitsky Act, the US unilaterally quit a bilateral presidential council, Russia banned US meat products, and the US launched an investigation into Voice of Russia Radio. All of these things are relatively minor in and of themselves, but all are contributing to growing hostilities and mistrust on both sides. Now, reports from inside the US government indicate that officials are planning a "cold shoulder" policy for Russia and reports from inside the Kremlin say that the Russians are looking to strengthen their foreign policy concept to better combat their western counterparts. Those of you who are interested in relations can find out more about all these occurrences here.


In this month's newsletter:

 - Georgia      - Art       - Environment        -  Koroche!  
- Books      -  Primary Documents    - Language and Culture


SRAS's Home and Abroad Renewed
SRAS's Home and Abroad program has been revamped to focus more tightly on three professional tracks. All three tracks offer substantial scholarships (between $7,000 and $10,000) to students looking to spend a year developing marketable skills.

Transnistria: A Country That Doesn't Exist, But Has The Guns To Make You Think Otherwise
SRAS student and explorer extraordinaire Miles Atkinson has published an article with the HuffPost while abroad! Miles has graduated from our RSL program in Kiev, Russian Far East course in Vladivostok, and is now moving on to our Siberian Studies course in Irkutsk. Congrats Miles!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

   Study Abroad
in Russia!

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- Feature: Georgia -

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

Georgia: Overview of History, Politics, and Economy
The Republic of Georgia has immense linguistic and cultural diversity, resulting both in vibrant cultural exchange and widespread conflict.

SRAS Goes to Georgia and Ukraine
It was a bit of a whirlwind trip with a good deal of time spent in our old Mercedes’ van running around the country, eating lots of food and having fun, but the overall consensus was that it was a fantastic capstone experience to the PCON program.

Khatchapuri - The Big Cheese
Хачапури (khatchapuri) is one of the most beloved of the Georgian foods adopted into the Russian tradition.

Kharcho: Beef It Up!
Харчо (kharcho) is a hearty meat and rice soup, distinguished most by the flavor kick of its characteristic walnuts and sour(ish) plum component. While it is undeniably a dish native to Georgia, it is, like nearly all Georgian foods, enjoyed across the entirety of the former USSR.

- Eurasian Culinary Studies (Study Abroad!)
- Georgian Patriarch in Russia, Looking to Better Ties
- Russia Poised to Lift Ban on Georgian Wine

- Georgian MFA: No Talks over CIS 

- Feature: Environment - 

Baikal Environmental Studies
Combine language and history with a hands-on experience in partnership with Tahoe-Baikal Institute! Study the Baikal watershed and learn how to advance environmental initiatives through government, NGOs, and academic institutions.

Matt Robertson: From Russian History to Environment
Matt Robertson majored in Russian history and is now the Programs Director at Tahoe Baikal Institute (TBI), an NGO that connects ecosystems, scientists, and environmentalists in Russia and America.

Environmental Policy and Politics of Lake Baikal
This researh paper, published as part of Vestnik: The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, discusses environmental organizations and the psychology of environmentalism in Irkutsk, Russia. 

Governing Globally, Resisting Locally?
A scholar finds unexpected responses to global environmental governance in Russia.

- Russian National Park to Bridge US-Russia Divide
- Great Baikal Trail Weekly Meetings in Irkutsk
- Environmental Issues in Russia (PDF)
- Nuclear Power in Russia

- Feature: Art -
SRAS's latest Home and Abroad: Art Scholar, Kristin Torres, is now hard at work in St. Petersburg producing more material for

Art & Museums in Russia
This venue-based program takes you to the collections of and facilities at The Hermitage, The Russian Museum, and other famous museums of St. Petersburg to learn about art in a way not possible in a normal classroom.

Kazimir Malevich
Labeling his works under the umbrella of Suprematism, an abstract art movement sprung from the avant-garde, Malevich established his career on creating minimalist pieces highlighting "pure form."

AES+F Collective
Comprised of artists from seemingly unrelated artistic niches, the collective’s efforts have spanned across an array of artistic platforms — including sculpture, video installation, computer-based art, photography, drawings, performance — and media, from polymer paint, fiberglass, porcelain, steel, wood and more.

Andrei Molodkin
Molodkin is perhaps known best for his use of seemingly unlikely forms of media – ballpoint pens and crude oil.

- February Events - Russian Art in US
- Gallery Russia in Scottsdale, AZ
- Online Russian Art Gallery

- Kороче -

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

SRAS Recap of Russian TV News

US-Russia Relations Through The Eyes of Russian TV
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture

- Language and Culture -

Translation & Interpretation Summer Seminar
Over four practical and intensive weeks, students will study advanced Russian and translation and interpretation techniques as well as learn practical aspects of where to look for work, managing a career as a freelancer, and more.

Russian Mini-Lesson: The World's Best Russian-English Phrasebook Ever
The following list of phrases are meant as educational humor.

International Relations at the Lenin Library
These memoirs of a Soviet librarian take you inside the life of a Soviet citizen charged with hosting a visiting foreigner.

Nostalgia Rules Russian Film 
Looking back is big business, thanks to Timur Bekmambetov's production company's sly remakes of Soviet-era classics.

The Case for an American Diaspora
An entire generation of Americans needs to go and explore opportunities abroad, for both themselves and their nation.

Top Apps for College Students Studying Abroad
From getting around to figuring out expenses in local currency to contacting family and friends at home, there are more than a few scenarios that'll be new to you and possibly require some assistance from your smartphone.

Expats in Russia Volunteer
For many foreigners, volunteering provides relief from isolation — and help to local hospitals, orphanages and other communities in need.

- Russian California: Free iBook
- How to Memorize Vocabulary
- The Soviet Hobbit
- South Florida's Little Moscow
- Advocacy for K-12 Language Learning
- More Demand for Foreign Language Instructors Than English Teachers in US

 Never Too Many Books!
Job in Russia cover How to Get a Job in Russia: A Practical Guide
Russian Village Women The Worlds of Russian Village Women

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Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

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

North Korea on Google Maps
Following the visit of several Google executives to North Korea, the secretive country has now (finally) gone from a large white space on Google maps to a fairly detailed set of annotated satalite images.

Volgograd to Regain Stalin's Name for Battle Anniversary
The Russian city of Volgograd will call itself Stalingrad again for a few days this year, to mark the 70th anniversary of the epic World War II battle in that city.

Invigorated Customs Union Presents Russia's Neighbors With Stark Choice
Russia-led Eurasian Customs Union's emerging status as a potentially viable rival to the EU is creating intense pressure within countries like Armenia, Moldova, and Ukraine to pick one path or the other.

A New Agenda for U.S.-Russia Cooperation
Over the last couple of weeks, we have been witnessing a rapid deterioration in the climate in U.S.-Russian relations.

Putin Orders Change in Election Rules
President Vladimir Putin has ordered a major change in the rules for parliamentary elections, a move that could help solidify his power and influence toward the end of his current term and insulate him from dwindling public support for United Russia, the party that nominated him and currently holds a majority in Parliament.

Church Should Have More Control Over Russian Life: Putin
"The Russian Orthodox Church and other traditional religions should get every opportunity to fully serve in such important fields as the support of family and motherhood, the upbringing and education of children, youth, social development, and to strengthen the patriotic spirit of the armed forces."

Russia Roars Ahead in Race to Develop Arctic Shipping Route
The establishment of the NSR headquarters is yet another step in the government's standardization of the shipping route, which has proceeded in a deliberate and timely manner.

Pussy Riot Documentary Wins Sundance Film Festival Award
The documentary, Pussy Riot: a Punk Prayer, directed by Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, won a special award at the US Sundance Film Festival, the festival’s website reported.

New Year's Address to the Nation
President Putin's traditional New Year's Address.

Russia's Demography in Regional Perspective
Far too often, media stories treat Russia’s demographic ills as strange, bizarre or unique, when the sad fact is that they are a depressingly common feature across post-Communist Europe.

In Russia, Volunteers Step Up
The past year or so has seen an upwelling of a trend unprecedented in Russia — people getting together on their own to help others in need.

Agenda for Obama's upcoming visit to Russia
Against the backdrop of deteriorating US-Russia relations, Putin’s gesture of goodwill and Obama’s positive response offer the opportunity to open a new chapter in bilateral ties.

Try Being Constructive
When protesters on municipal councils "get in the way" of democracy.

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