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Call for Papers: Vestnik!


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A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia  
Apply for Spring, 2015 by October 15, 2014!
Late Summer Session in Georgia Still Open!

Узнайте как готовить торт «Птичье молоко»! Learn how to make Bird's Milk Cake (a Soviet delicacy) in this month's newsletter!

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Don't stop learning this summer!

This month, we bring you language-rich lessons on Russia's midsummer celebrations and on the Soviet delicacy of Bird's Milk Cake. We have two free books up for grabs, on Russian folklore and on Central Asian geopolitics. We also have several of this month's most insightful articles on the situation(s) in Russia and Ukraine and how the US is responding to them. Make sure to take a look at the Koroche section this month as well – our coverage of Russian news is a particularly interesting peek into how Russia views itself and the world around it now.

And for the truly adventurous… catch a plane to Georgia this summer! There, you can study Russian and to learn about this gorgeous country with a deep and long history.

Make sure to plan for Spring, 2015 as well – deadlines for all our diverse programs – from Kiev to Vladivostok and from St. Petersburg to Bishkek, are coming up October 15th!



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in Eurasia!

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In this month's newsletter:

- Programs     - Koroche!        - Books
- Ukraine         - Russia         - United States


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: December 30!
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 December 30, 2014.

Free Books!
Participate in our latest Facebook contest and win a free copy of Russian Folk Belief or The Fight for Influence: Russia in Central Asia. Deadline: This Friday!


- Programs - 

Russian as a Second Language
Semester and special late summer courses availabe!

Russian Studies Abroad: St. Petersburg
Gain specific insight into political economy and business, as viewed from Russia's "window on Europe."

Russian Studies Abroad: Moscow
Combine intensive language study, cultural immersion and courses covering subjects from culture and history to politics and economics!

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss the conflicts in these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.

Central Asian Studies
Combine intensive language study with courses on regional history and on the specific countries and major cultures of this diverse and geopolitically important region.

The Russian Far East
You'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia and Asian geopolitics for your future in government, business, or academia.

- Funding for Study Abroad
- 12 Tips for Meeting Locals in St. Petersburg

- Studying, Working Abroad Makes Your Smarter
- Kazakhstan Drops Visas for 10 Countries


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Art in US - This July!


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Ivan Kupala Day - День Ивана Купала
День Ивана Купала (Ivan Kupala Day) or Иванов день (Ivan’s Day) is a народный праздник языческого происхождения (folk holiday with pagan origins) celebrated in connection with летнее солнцестояние (the summer solstice), although not necessarily on the same day.

Bird's Milk Cake
The cake’s fantastical name, connoting rare and wonderful luxury, is fitting: торт «Птичье молоко» developed under the USSR, attained popularity of mythical proportions among Soviet consumers despite being relatively hard to purchase.

10 Obscure Videos of Soviet Moscow
The organization British Pathé, a creator of newsreels of historical events, digitized their archive of 82,000 documentary videos and released it on YouTube. Here you can find 10 of the most interesting videos that capture Moscow during the Soviet years.

Multilinguals Have Multiple Personalities
Over a thousand bilinguals were asked whether they “feel like a different person" when they speak different langauges. Nearly two-thirds said they did.

Yes, You Can Learn a Foreign Language in Your Sleep
A team of Swiss psychologists say you can actually learn a foreign language in your sleep.

- Not All Passports Are Created Equal
- Does "Going Native" Pay?

- Foreign Languages Thrive in UK Schools

 Never Too Many Books!
Women in Contemporary Ukraine
The Fight for Influence: Russia in Central Asia - win this book from SRAS! Trotsky and His Critics (Revolutionary History)
Mapping_Difference The_Fight_For_Influence Trotsky_His_Critics
Russian Folk Belief  - win this book from SRAS! Fairy Tales of the Russians and Other Slavs Russian Magic:
Living Folk Traditions of an Enchanted Landscape
Russian_Folk_Belief Fairy_Tales_Russians_Other_Slavs Russian_Magic

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- Ukraine -

Fight Club, Donetsk: Meet Eastern Ukraine's Emerging Warlords
Are these commanders the backbone of an emerging independent East Ukraine, or are they burgeoning warlords staking out their turf for whatever comes next?

The Micro-Sociology of the Geopolitics in Lugansk
What is happening in Kyiv is fascinating but fairly understandable and densely covered. The situation in Lugansk and Donetsk, on the other hand, is less clear. I decided to do a little research of my own, which involved contacting people I know on a personal level.

10 Points on the People of Southeastern Ukraine
The people of South Eastern Ukraine largely view Russia positively, the rebels with suspicion, and the violence around them as being caused by Kyiv.

Ukraine's Refugees Are Now My Neighbors
They are the first refugees to appear in the Moscow region in many years. But this is nothing more than a symptom of the continuing disintegration of a country: a process that everyone had thought ended long ago.

Video: Ukrainian President Interviewed on CNN
New Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says peace is possible if Russian President Vladimir Putin is in the right mood.

- Caught in Crossfire in East Ukraine
- Poroshenko's Right-Hand Man Emerges
- Russia to Investigate Journalist's Death in Ukraine


- Russia -

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Research Travel

Russian Gas: How Much Is That?
One price does not fit all for Russia's European gas consumers.

Video: Beyond Navalny
Video seminar on Russia's opposition parties by professor Marlene Laruelle, Faculty of Humanities, University of Oslo, Norway.

Russia Pulls In More Than $500K in Fines From Rebel Smokers
Since January, more than half a million dollars (17.4 million rubles) in fines have been collected from smokers evading Russia's crackdown on cigarettes, the Federal Consumer Protection Service announced on Sunday.

Russia's "Gay Propaganda" Law One Year On
In the year that has passed since Russia adopted a law banning "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors," the country's LGBT community has witnessed the erosion of its rights and freedoms, human rights activists said.

Russian Troop Morale Reaches 17-Year High
Installing showers and distributing new socks have had good effects.

- 66% of Russians want Putin President after 2018
- (In Russian) 'Dozhd' Available Again on Russian Satelite TV
- 50% of Russians Think TV Most Reliable Info Source
- Russia has Largest Share of Female Top Managers


- United States -

Managing the New Cold War
No one should casually label the current confrontation between Russia and the West a "new Cold War." After all, the current crisis hardly matches the depth and scale of the contest that dominated the international system in the second half of the twentieth century.

Why Washington Must Try Harder to Understand the Kremlin
The chill in US-Russia relations is not just down to conflicting interests on Ukraine – it stems from a deeper lack of expertise of the Kremlin's logic and actions, says Alexander Gabuev.

What Should We Expect from the New US Ambassador to Russia?
We asked Russian and US experts to share their views on the appointment of John Tefft, a career diplomat with extensive – and sometimes controversial – ties to Russia and the former Soviet Union, as the next US Ambassador to Russia.

This Is What a New US-Russia Relationship Could Look Like
A new Russia policy is necessary not only because of the present tensions surrounding Russian-Ukrainian relations - important as they are - and because our adversarial relationship is hurting us in many ways, but also because our relations with Russia remains vital to our global interests.

- Anti-Americanism Bubbling up in Ukraine
- US Sanctions May Aid Russian Reform
- White House Wants $1 Billion War Funding to Help 'Friends' Like Ukraine

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