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SRAS Site Visit to Irkutsk

Summer Programs Abroad - 2018

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Call for Papers: Vestnik!


The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Summer Programs, 2014: Apply by March 15, 2014!

  Teremok sponsored this half-ton blini cake for Maslenitsa. The cake was then given away to onlookers in central Moscow. Diversify your experience this summer with new seminars available with full-summer RSL!

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With the current crisis in Crimea, the world's media and Internet forums are awash in stories, reports, and opinions. We've kept this month's newsletter brief – offering a small reader of stories designed to help formulate class discussions, an original article looking at the Crimean crisis in terms of conflict resolution, and a brief overview of some of the domestic political moves in Ukraine taken after the EU-brokered agreement. The contributions to the current global discussions offered here are meant to be concise resources encouraging critical thought and informed debate.

For anyone interested in journalism, we also offer a new original resource which we believe is the Internet's largest single repository of freely available information in English on Russian journalism and the Russian media. You will also find a new Russian minilesson on the history of March 8, or International Women's Day. Lastly, this newsletter also contains several articles on the departure of the US ambassador to Russia and on the recently concluded Sochi games.

SRAS continues to closely monitor the situation on the ground and make program adjustments to ensure the welfare of our students. We are still accepting applications for study abroad programs this summer and fall. We will, as always, continue to work with students to make sure that they can safely fulfill their educational and professional goals.


In this month's newsletter:

- Koroche!        - Books
- Featured        - Programs
- Language and Culture        - Primary Documents, etc.


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: May 15!
Papers submitted for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by May 15, 2014.

 Study Abroad
in Eurasia!
 Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!


- Featured Articles -

Resolving the Crimean Crisis
If negotiations are held, what will Russia bring to the table?

Agreement in Ukraine: 12 Things You Should Know
An agreement was brokered by EU leaders between Ukraine's ruling party and the opposition. Here are twelve points you should know as the country goes forward.

Crimea Crisis Reader
This resource has been constructed for professors seeking to encourage classroom discussions on current events.

Media and Journalism in Russia
So far as we know, this is now the Internet's largest single repository of freely available information in English on Russian journalism and the Russian media.


- Programs - 

Summer Seminars & Russian as a Second Language!
NEW! Sign up for a full summer of Russian as a Second Language and choose from one of four specially priced seminars - in art, business, environment, or anthropology. Our RSL page has been revamped to make it more user-friendly. Let us know what you think!

International Business: Russia's Consumer Markets
Experience what goes into launching a new business in international markets. Develop a business plan, learn effective management styles, and create resonant marketing.

Art and Museums in Russia
Gain unique perspectives from Russia, whose art has survived war, censorship, revolutions, and several economic crises. Discover the creativity and ingenuity Russia has developed in how to create, display, and preserve art. Classes taught inside the Hermitage!

Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
Three intensive weeks of Russian language study followed by a one-week trek through the majestic mountains of Kyrgyzstan on horseback, practicing the language and learning about local culture. What better way to spend the summer?

Siberian Summer Adventure
Join SRAS and the Great Baikal Trail (GBT) for a summer of language learning and hands-on eco-tourism development in the Baikal wilderness.

- Russian Archive Access
- Funding for Study in Russia and other Former Soviet States
- The Charles Braver Language Exploration Grant


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Cultural Events in Canada/the US


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Int'l Women's Day - Международный женский день
The history and culture of one of the more popular Russian holidays.

Campaign Videos in Russian Politics
We dipped into the YouTube archives and found the most controversial campaign videos from the 1990s and 2000s.

Russia - from A to Я
This video, featuring the Russian alphabet, was showcased at the Olympics.

Stalingrad Released in English in the US, UK, Canada
This blockbuster was the first Russian film shot in full 3D and broke box office records for Russian films released in Russia.

- Teremok Blinis Coming to NY
- Art in Bishkek: Yesterday and Today

- $500 Dostoevsky Video Competition
- 7 Facts about the Kremlin Stars


 Never Too Many Books!

Crimean War History The Crimean War: A History

Tatars of Crimea The Tatars of Crimea: Return to the Homeland

2014 Guide to Ukraine 2014 Essential Guide to the Ukraine and the Crisis with Russia

Crimea Crimea: The Last Crusade 

Crimea Question The Crimea Question: Identity, Transition and Conflict

strategic_cooperation Strategic Cooperation: Overcoming the Barriers of Global Anarchy

 Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Research Travel

- Other Articles -

McFaul Leaves U.S. Ambassador Post Amid Ukraine Turmoil
Michael McFaul officially relinquished his position as U.S. ambassador to Russia on Wednesday morning, leaving one of the U.S.' most vital diplomatic posts empty amid political upheaval in neighboring Ukraine.

How to Succeed after McFaul
Foreign policy experts and former foreign service officers weigh in on what's needed in the next U.S. ambassador to Russia.

Ambassador McFaul: "We Never Set Out To Have A Good Relationship With Russia"
The outgoing ambassador talks to BuzzFeed days before he leaves Russia following a tense two years as Washington’s man in Moscow.

New Bill Equates Popular Bloggers to Mass Media
Russian lawmakers suggest that internet authors whose works attract 10,000 or more visitors a day should be accredited as journalists, receiving all rights and responsibilities commensurate with this status.

Ukraine Protestors Topple Hundreds of Lenin Statues
A stunning map shows all the Lenin statues that've been toppled in Ukraine.

Sochi Games Global Broadcast Output Dwarfs Vancouver
The global broadcast output for the Sochi Winter Olympics is almost double that of Vancouver four years ago in terms of hours and channels.

What Did Sochi Get for $51 Billion?
The $51 billion Sochi Olympics are already infamous for being the most expensive Games in history, and now 13,000 fellow journalists, including me, are here to see the results of all that spending.

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