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Summer Study Abroad: Update on Recent Diplomatic Events

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Summer Study Abroad: Important Updates

The State of Study Abroad in Russia

Russian Studies Abroad (RSA) Splits Into Two Programs

Join SRAS at NAFSA and Forum

SRAS and SPBGIKIT Language Partnership: The Year in Review

SRAS Site Visit to Irkutsk

Summer Programs Abroad - 2018

Travel Alert for Russian Cities: May 25 - July 25, 2018

Scholarships Available!

Stetson University and SRAS Announce New Partnership

Call for Papers: Vestnik!


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It's amazing what students can accomplish.

Our latest issue of Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies is now complete. See below for what our student contributors have to say about such fascinating topics as the statistical relationship between income rates and suicide rates, the use of protest voting in Kyrgyzstan, and the contrasting economic structures of post-Soviet states.

For more phenomenal student writing, we've also included below several recent academic contributions to our partner site, Meet Vrubel's demons. Discover St. Petersburg's long and ongoing history of dissident art. Read up on how the USSR tried to reform women through graphic design.

You'll also find our usual batch of great language resources, scholarship and program information, books, and interesting primary documents. However, the real stars of this newsletter are students of Russia everywhere. Never underestimate someone willing to take on a challenge as big as Russia! Anyone who can think that big can accomplish just about anything.

Have a great summer! The newsletter will return next semester. If you can't live without regular Russia fixes until then - check out our Facebook page!

In this month's newsletter:

- Vestnik       - Art in Russia       - Programs        -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

Study Abroad
in Russia!

 Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS announces a new site run for students, by students! The site is currently in beta version.
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!

Living and Working in Russia: 2012
 On May 11, 2012, SRAS hosted another successful seminar on the ins and outs of living and working in Russia – and the practical and professional opportunities that a knowledge of Russian and international experience can offer. 

SRAS Students Interviewed in Vladivostok
Two SRAS students were interviewed in Vladivostok for the student magazine at Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service.

- Feature: Vestnik, Issue 11 -  

Capitalism Dichotomy in Post-Communist States
Thomas Luly, a recent graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, analyzes the economic models adopted by post-Soviet states.

How Does Income Affect Suicide Rates?
Megan Fitzpatrick, an economics major at Macalester College in the US, gives a fascinating examination of how income levels correspond to suicide rates across Russia's regions. 

Protest Voting in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan
Christine Jacobson, a senior in political science and Russian studies at Stetson University, takes a statistical look at protest voting patterns in the recent Kyrgyz elections and some of the variables causing them.

The Mutualism of Eurasian Reintegration
Ilya Zlatkin, a third-year law student at the University of Richmond, analyses the history of and prospects for Eurasian unions on political and economic levels.

United Russia: A House Divided
Christopher Johnson, majoring in political science and Russian studies at Stetson University, looks at the structure of Russia's ruling party: United Russia.

- Art in Russia: Student Contributions -

Architecture: The Marine Façade and Petersburg Myth
Sophia Kosar, a sophomore at The College of William and Mary, researched the Marine Façade urban development program in St. Petersburg. This included interviewing NGO activists, political leaders, the Chief Architect of St. Petersburg, and representatives of Gazprom.

Painting: Mikhail Vrubel’s Dueling Demons
Sara Elizabeth Hecker, an art history master's student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, explores Vrubel's Demons in art and life. 

Graphic Design: Soviet Depictions of Women in Anti-religious Posters
Kimberly St. Julian, who is finishing a BA in History at Swarthmore College, looks at how Soviet propaganda attempted to change the place of women in Soviet society.

Art History: The Legacy of Unofficial Art in St. Petersburg
Monika Bernotas graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in European Studies in 2011. Here she examines the history of dissident art in the USSR and Russia through a case study of a single art center in St. Petersburg.

    - Programs and Funding! -

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.

Internships: Report From Abroad
Report from Abroad is for journalism students looking to jumpstart their careers. This program combines a practical internship with intensive Russian lessons and focused journalism projects.

The Russian Far East
The Russian Far East places you at the conflux of powers rising and risen. Vladivostok is where Russia's energy meets the manufacturing power of China, the technology of Japan, the ingenuity of South Korea, and the North Korean wild card.

Siberian Studies
Siberian Studies looks at the unique environment and problems faced by Siberia today. Students will explore the region’s history from its first colonization to its Soviet industrialization, to its current transition to a market economy.

 - Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- Study Abroad = Impressed Employers!
- 20 Reasons Study Abroad Should Be Required Today

- Kороче -

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

Tune in to Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad

- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Russian Star Wars
Learn a bit of Russian with Jabba and Leia!

Russia and the Mongols: Crash Course
A crash YouTube course on the history of Kievan Rus and the Mongol invasion.

Speak the Language
A very fun article from a State Department staffer on how to learn a new language.

Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears
Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears, the classic Soviet film, is now online, in its entirety, legally, and with English subtitles available.

The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food
The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food (Книга о вкусной и здоровой пище) was published in the USSR irregularly between 1939 and 1997 and featured stylized illustrations of mass-produced foods available under the USSR and their packaging.

- Learn Russian through Literature and Rock Music
- Study Russian Abroad!
- Barskoon Trip, Kyrgyzstan, Spring 2012

 Never Too Many Books!
Russian-English Translation Intro to Russian-
English Translation
is-that-fish-in-your-ear Translation and
the Meaning of Everything
Med-Dictionary-Phrasebook English-Russian 
Medical Dictionary

 Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

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

Remarks by Obama and Putin
President Obama had his first face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart - President Vladimir Putin - since the other leader was inaugurated in May.

Joint Statement by Obama and Putin
"The United States of America and the Russian Federation confirm our commitment to strengthening close and cooperative relations for the benefit of the peoples of our countries, international peace, global prosperity, and security."

Free Russia Manifesto
The International Business Times provides a brief commentary on and a full English translation of the "Free Russia Manifesto," adopted on June 12 at a Moscow "March of Millions" protest and signed by most protest leaders.

Secretary of State on Russia Joining the WTO
"By making Moscow a normal trading partner, Congress would create American jobs and advance human rights."

The Billionaires List
Changes in the list, and the size and source of the fortunes, can provide a quick indicator of how well positioned emerging nations are to compete in the global economy.

Marat Guelman: “Things can work differently”
An interview with Marat Guelman, one of Russia’s most well-known gallery owners, curators, political consultants, and inveterate provocateurs.

Russia's Vegetarians Thrive, Despite Prejudice
The Big Soviet Encyclopedia said that “vegetarianism, which is based on false hypotheses and ideas, does not have followers in the Soviet Union.”

Executive Order on Measures to Implement Foreign Policy
Vladimir Putin signed the Executive Order On Measures to Implement the Russian Federation's Foreign Policy. 

Russian Ruble Hits Lowest Point in over 3 Years
Russia's currency, the ruble, dropped for eight straight days to reach its lowest level since April 2009 as it tracked the falling price of crude oil - a key source of revenue for the country.

List of New Russian Cabinet Members
Wikipedia has updated its information to show the latest Russian cabinet. You can also read interesting commentaries on the new members from The Guardian  or Foreign Policy Magazine.

Moscow's Vision for the Backyard
While Russia remains centrally important to most of the post-Soviet space, Moscow's direct influence across this region is far from assured.

Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization
From perestroika to Yeltsin, to Putin, and after, Demokratizatsiya is the indispensable international journal on post-Soviet democratization. It focuses on the end of the Soviet Union and the contemporary transformation of its successor states.


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