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This month, our newsletter concentrates on serious, practical, and professional applications for your knowledge of Russian and Russia. We offer several original articles on how to find a job related to Russia or even in Russia as well as updated information on packing for and living in Russia or the former USSR long-term. Still not sure what to do with that degree? Hopefully this will help!
С праздником! This weekend marks the end of Maslenitsa, a week-long Russian holiday marked by festivities and copious amounts of blini, or "Russian pancakes." You still have time to celebrate!
In more serious news, in the morning of Friday, February 15, a 10,000 ton meteorite traveling as fast as 68,000 miles an hour exploded above Chelyabinsk with a force of 20-30 nuclear warheads. Windows shattered, several million dollars of structural damage was sustained and 1200 people were injured. However, amazingly, no one was killed. Meteorites of this size fall to earth only about once every 100 years. Scientists hope that the rock can tell us about the origins of the solar system and more. Russian officials hope that it might help stir interest in Russia and tourism to the regions.
Also of major importance in current events, North Korea has declared the armistice that ended the Korean War invalid, citing war games held by the US and South Korea as a reason and threatening to use nuclear weapons against the US. South Korea is bracing for conflict and considering developing its own deterrent arsenal, a blow to the US policy of nuclear containment. Russia, which shares a border with North Korea and whose economy and food security partly rely on shipping routes and fishing from Vladivostok also has considerable stakes in the situation and has diplomatic sway to use in any attempt to diffuse it. Interested students are advised to see our Russian Far East Program.
In this month's newsletter:
- Professional Russian - Study, Intern Abroad - 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.
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Working in Russia: A Guide for American Graduates
This updated SRAS guide to working in Russia describes the legal and logistical issues as well as the opportunities available to those looking to work abroad. While getting there and finding a job may prove challenging, Russia's relatively healthy economic growth and still-developing market can offer opportunities that a more difficult US job market cannot.
Teaching English in Russia: The Complete Guide
While there are many pluses to teaching, there are also several questions to answer and issues to consider before diving into the market. This article from SRAS overviews these in a comprehensive fashion.
ABC School in Irkutsk
Our Home and Abroad Scholar in Irkutsk recounts his experience teaching English in one of SRAS's most popular locations!
What Does it Take To Get a Journalist Job in Russia?
Journalism is one of the most accessible jobs for native English speakers in Russia. To become a reporter does not require any special certification or degree, which means it is open to recent college graduates.
The Multilingual Dividend
"Hire more multilingual employees, because these employees can communicate better, have better intercultural sensitivity, are better at co-operating, negotiating, compromising. But they can also think more efficiently." PS - the link here goes to a Google news page for this article - use the link at the top. Financial Times will otherwise require you to register to access the article.
Historians of Russian and Soviet Art
This list of recommended literature from ArtInRussia.org also offers biographies of professionals who have turned documenting Russian and Soviet art into careers.
History, Fiction, and Something Inbetween
We talk to a criminal justice professor who has recently written a work of historical fiction based on Stalin's show trials. This page also includes free access to the first chapter of the book!
Interviews with Professionals
Read dozens of interviews with professionals who have successfully turned their knowledge of Russian and Russia into careers!
- Demand for Expats in Russia Grows
- E. Euro. Studies Junior Scholars' Seminar
- Free Workshops for Russian Teachers (WA)
- Free Workshops for Russian Teachers (CA)
- NATO Commander Extols Language Learning
- Study, Intern Abroad -
Build your resume in the former USSR!
Eurasian Culinary Studies
This program is designed to open all of your senses to the rich cultures of the Slavs and the peoples of Central Asia and the Caucasus. Study Russian, culinary arts, culinary anthropology, and archeology.
Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
Spend three intensive weeks studying Kyrgyz and/or Russian and then take a one-week trek of the gorgeous countryside of Kyrgyzstan on horseback, practicing the language.
Art and Museums in Russia
Explore the art collections of and facilities in St. Petersburg and learn about studio art, art history, art restoration/conservation, and/or museum studies in a way not possible in a normal classroom.
Russian as a Second Language
Sign up for late-summer programs to study Russian in one of six locations across Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine!
Grants and Scholarships for Russia
Our list of every scholarship and grant applicable to study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan is continually updated. There is more funding out there than you think!
- Updated Info on Packing for Russia (including Laptops)
- Updated Info on Phones and Post in Russia
- Six Mistakes in Study Abroad
- Kороче -
Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
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Russian Mini-Lesson: Тренажерный зал - The Gym
Our latest Russian Mini-Lesson looks at getting a gym membership in Russia and using it!
Kiev City Guide
SRAS presents a brand new city guide for those studying abroad in Kiev.
Sochi Winter Olympics, 2014
This brief run-down will describe getting tickets, volunteering, and some of the major news stories concerning Russia's preparations for the Olympics.
5 Ways Lanugage Affects How We Think
From our ability to save money to our perceptions of color and gender, the language we speak affects how we think.
Kyrgyzstan: On the Road (Video)
Experience the country's varied offerings, from drinking fermented horse milk in Central Asia's biggest market to enjoying local hospitality on a homestay near the Uzbekistan border.
- Yuri Gromov: Matryoshka Maker to the Stars
- Poster on Benefits of Language Learning
- Museum of Russian Poetry in Rockville, MD
- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -
Putin Signs Anti-Smoking Law to Curb Cigarette Demand
Effective June 1, the law bans smoking in public areas including workplaces, stairwells of apartment buildings and near schools and hospitals. It also sets minimum prices for cigarettes and allows for higher excise taxes. The ban on public smoking will be extended to restaurants, hotels and train stations from June 1, 2014, and sales will be banned in street kiosks not big enough for clients to enter.
Aeroflot to Enter Budget Market
A year after the failure of two low-cost airlines, Russia is preparing for the creation of a new budget carrier. This time around, the industry's flagship, Aeroflot, will nurture the new discount airline.
Number of Soviet System Supporters Grows in Russia
Poll results show that more than half of Russians (51 percent) support an economic model based on state planning (49 percent in 2012). Only 29 percent spoke in favor of private ownership and a free market system (36 percent in 2012).
How Russia And The United States Have Fared Since The Great Recession
"I always find it interesting to compare Russia’s actual economic performance (pretty decent) with how it is most commonly described (awful, worsening, incompetent, or catastrophic)."
Our National Myths Need to be Understood Rather than Mocked
People need to feel collectively good about themselves. But we should be wary of treating our own myths as the truth, while dismissing other people’s as self-delusion.
Who might be in line to succeed Putin? Those of you on Facebook can additionally read commentary from SRAS Assistant Director Josh Wilson here.
Would Democratic Change in Russia Transform its Foreign Policy?
Yes, though probably not in favor of the US or the West.
The 'Putin Doctrine' And The Real Reason For Russian-American Conflict
Certain policies, such as the reset, might be able to ameliorate this conflict and bring it within more reasonable bounds, but nothing will “fix” or “end” it.
Russian Diplomats Move in to the Real World
This article is a sort of Cliffs Notes for Russia's new foreign policy doctrine.
US Begins Push for New Arms Cuts
Pushkov dismissed the vision of a nuclear weapon-free world, supported by Obama, as a "propagandistic-romantic idea."
Adopted Toddler's Death in Texas Inflames Russia
A Kremlin ombudsman says that Russian 3-year-old Maxim Kuzmin was killed by his adoptive Texan mother last month. The accusation has stoked a new firestorm in Russia over US adoptions.
Russia Takes Over UN Security Council Presidency
The situation in Afghanistan will be a priority of Russia’s presidency as will Middle East issues, the settlement of the situation in Kosovo, and the Libyan sanctions regime, among other issues.
New Leader of China Plans a Visit to Moscow
"Mr. Xi will be working to ensure that China’s relationship with Moscow — a sometimes prickly affair in which the balance of power has tilted sharply in China lately — is in good shape before he meets with President Obama later in the year."
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