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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Apply for Spring, 2016 by October 15, 2015!
Fall Semester Programs in Warsaw: Deadline Extended to June 25

  US Secretary of State met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi last month.

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This past month has been whirlwind of shifting news.

The main story was the meeting between John Kerry and Vladimir Putin which, while deciding nothing, marked the reestablishment of top-level, public diplomacy between the US and Russia. A flurry of articles have argued that Russia is reaching out, that America is reaching out, that this is bad, that this is good, that this is a return to Cold War status quos, and just about everything in between.

Relations remain strained. The US pledged to stand firm on sanctions (the WTO won't help Russia either) and Russia has pushed additional travel bans on EU officials. Russia's recent laws against "undesirable NGOs" and making peacetime military deaths a state secret have caused Western countries to protest.

Economic data has also shifted. Russia faces inflation and weak industrial production, but the economy has outperformed expectations and World Bank now predicts Russian economic growth in 2016 – based largely on recovered oil prices and Russia's near-record production levels.

News from Ukraine is mixed. The conflict in Donbas has devolved to a stalemate, but remains a crisis for the Ukrainian people and economy. Ukraine's leaders face escalating debt and falling poll numbers but continue to make bold and controversial decisions.

Lastly, a number of articles addressing freedom of thought and reforms to the field of Russian studies have appeared.

Welcoming a new, and remarkably large, group of students abroad in the midst of all this has been hectic and rewarding. It's great to see a new generation of Americans taking a deep and inquisitive interest in the economy and politics of Eurasia. Understanding events in this part of the world remains important, exciting, and vital to American interests. Welcome to Summer, 2015.

In this month's newsletter, you'll find more information on the above issues, a new recipe for Zurek, a fermented Polish soup, a language lesson on reclaiming lost luggage in Russia, and much more!

If you have any questions about any issue affecting study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, or Poland, please let us know! We hope to see you abroad soon!


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Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Internship in Russia

In this month's newsletter:

- Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Travel!     - Articles


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 15!
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 Dec 15, 2015.

Katie Bascom Receives Vestnik Jury Award
In her work entitled “The Hero of Cana: Alyosha’s Ode to Joy," Ms. Bascom provides an elegantly simple yet extraordinarily insightful look into Dostoevsky's classic The Brothers Karamazov.

– Programs –

Home and Abroad Scholarships - Expanded!
These scholarships now offer $5000 - 10,000 in a more flexible program offering more locations and more subjects. Now available in Moscow!

Security or Jewish Studies
Deadlines for fall extend to June 25! Study international security or Jewish history in Poland this fall, add Russian or Russian Studies in St. Petersburg for spring and your are eligible for a $3,500 scholarship!

Central Asian Studies
Visit Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan while taking courses to understand this diverse and geopolitically important region.

Russian as a Second Language
Intensive Russian courses for all levels in locations across Russia and Eurasia.

Gain experience in business, NGOs, translation, museums, and more!

Late Summer Programs
SRAS can still accept late applications for programs in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, or Ukraine. Contact us for details at

View ALL 12 Fall Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Braver Grants
Service Learning Grants
America's Lacking Language Skills

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Polish Public Radio Top 5
Poland in the News
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5

– Language and Travel! –

MiniLesson: Lost Luggage
Your luggage is lost in Russia! What do you do? And what language will you need to get it back?

Zurek: Polish Soup
If you eat any fermented soup this summer, let it be Zurek!

Svanetia: National Geographic Profile
In Svaneti, high in Georgia’s Caucasus Mountains, centuries-old defensive towers loom over remote villages.

Milk Bars: How to Survive in Warsaw
This is a quick introduction to both Warsaw’s milk bars, which are important cultural institutions as well as great places to eat, and to the Polish language needed to order in them.

Modern Polish Music
This new Library entry compiles the information we've gathered on popular Polish bands and singers so far. Thanks to the Angelo State University Russian Club for helping with this ongoing project!

Modern Polish Film
The following is meant to provide a glimpse into what's on Poland's silver screens today by giving an overview of recent, Polish-produced top-grossing films.

29 Things You Will Only Understand If You Studied Russian
SRAS Student Profiled by Zenit Basketball
Tostoy Studies: Back Issues Now Free!
Soviet Military Secret - Alaska’s Most Valuable Crop?



– Articles –

Recollections of Pre-War Donetsk
SRAS grad Miles Atkinson writes for the Huffington Post on his experience visiting now-war-torn Donetsk.

Putin’s Grudging Perestroika
There is no clear indication what the Kremlin is planning. Moscow’s overall policy has never been publicly discussed.

"Life Is Such a Simple, Yet Cruel Thing"
Vladimir Putin penned an article about his family's WWII experience.

Russian Businessman Buys Moscow Times and Vedomosti Newspapers
Finnish media group Sanoma said Thursday it would sell The Moscow Times to a Russian businessman, ending more than two decades of foreign ownership of the newspaper.

Russia and U.S. Find Common Cause in Arctic Pact
The agreement among the five countries is seen as a first step to a broader international accord to protect the open water until the fish stocks there, like Arctic cod, can be more fully studied.

How Russian and American Weapons Match Up
As tensions between the two states rise once more, here's how their weapons systems compare.

Perestroika: Lessons for the US and Russia
Thirty years since the start of the Soviet-era perestroika reforms, what lessons should Russia and the U.S. have learned from this unique period in bilateral relations?

Russia and Ukraine Trade Turnover Falls by Two-Thirds
Russian exports to Ukraine fell 63.5 percent, from $8.1 billion to $2.9 billion, while imports of Ukrainian goods fell 60 percent from $4 billion to 1.6 billion.

Russian Constitutional Court Says Election Monitor Not "Foreign Agent"
Golos was given 7,700 euros in November 2012 by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee, but sent the money back.

Russian Science Charity Shuttered
Dynasty, which promotes scientific education, is funded almost entirely by Russian communications tycoon Dmitry Zimin. Because he's using offshore accounts to do so, he's run afoul of Kremlin bureaucrats.

Russia is a Product of the Second World War, In Terms of Demography
Had the cataclysmic war with Germany not taken place, or had it not been so enormously costly, Russia would be a totally different country inhabited by many more (and very different) people than is actually the case.

Russia's Chief Intelligence Analyst Comes Out of the Shadows
A few weeks ago Colonel General Igor Sergun, the Head of the Main Military Intelligence Directorate (GRU) of the General Staff of the Russian armed forces, gave a brief interview in which he publicly linked the U.S. to jihadi terrorism.

One of Russia's Top US Experts Tries to Explain America
"America has a simple ideology – that there is only one truth in the world, that truth is held by God, and God created the United States to be an embodiment of that truth. So the Americans strive to bring this truth to the rest of the world and to make it happy."

"Hillary is the Worst Option"
How Moscow sees American politics.

Museum Director at Hermitage Hopes for Thaw in Relations With West
Mr. Piotrovsky has navigated one of the most complex periods in contemporary Russian history: The transition from the Soviet Union to the advent of democracy, the ’90s, the rise of Putin, and now the dramatic strain in Russia’s relations with the West.

  – Never Too Many Books! –
Corruption as a Last Resort Chasing the American Dream on Russia's Wild Frontier Russia's Wars in Chechnya
The Depths of Russia A Historical Atlas of Russia Empire, War and the End of Tsarist Russia

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