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SRAS Site Visit to Irkutsk

Summer Programs Abroad - 2018

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Call for Papers: Vestnik!


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  Study abroad in Batumi, Georgia - the latest addition to SRAS's location lineup.

Добро пожаловать!

SRAS now has a presence in Georgia! Late summer session applications are still being accepted for Batumi, a city on Georgia's Black Sea coast that can offer Russian language immersion, unique political perspectives, and, of course, fabulous Georgian food. See the newsletter below for details.

This month, as the Ukraine crisis continues to develop, I invite you to step back and attempt to see the situation as a local. Life on the ground is always more complicated than any news report can show and is certainly more nuanced than any politician will describe. Yet the individual lives of citizens are the most important considerations at stake in any political situation. Those citizens must be acknowledged if policies are to be made that will allow their lives to be peaceful and stable, and to be the basis upon which their country can prosper. This month's newsletter focuses on some of the best articles we've recently read that give voice to the people whose daily lives are being affected by current events. We hope you'll take a moment to browse them to gain a deeper understanding of the events in Ukraine – from their perspectives.

Also in this month's newsletter, as always, are articles on US-Russia relations, information on funding for study abroad, and free resources for learning more about Eurasia's languages, cultures, history, and current events.


In this month's newsletter:

- People         - Koroche!        - Books
- New Location! Batumi, Georgia
      - Programs           - Primary Documents, etc.


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: May 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 May 15, 2014.

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- Featured Articles -
Public Opinion

Six Things I Saw In Eastern Ukraine
Ari Shapiro spent two weeks traveling around Eastern Ukraine, speaking with locals and militants across the region.

An Easter Tale of Two Orthodox Babushkas in Ukraine
Two women view the Ukrainian conflict.

Ukraine Miners Don Camouflage as East Revolt Mimics West
If they can do it in Kiev, we can do it in Donetsk.

Ukraine's Soldiers at One Post Fight but Want to Go Home
Ukrainian soldiers appear as angry and frustrated with the Ukrainian government as they are with its opponents.

Moscow's War in Ukraine Relies on Local Assets
Moscow's decision not to fight this conflict through conventional means and with its own men may mean that it wins the war, but it will have a much harder time keeping the peace after that.

- Poll: Most Ukrainians Want a United Country 
- Most Ukrainians are Neither Loyal Russians nor Fascists

- What Drives the Hate in Eastern Ukraine
- View from Crimea: Residents Speak Out
- In a Former Mining Town, Nostalgia for Soviet Era
- Anti-separatist Propaganda in E. Ukraine


- New Location -

Summer RSL in Batumi!
Deadlines are still open for late summer sessions of Russian as a Second Language!

9 Reasons to Study in Batumi
Though less well known than the Georgian capital Tbilisi, Batumi is an awesome place to vacation or study abroad. Here is handy little list of 9 amazing things you can learn/experience in Batumi.


- Programs - 

Russian as a Second Language
Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program packages are designed for flexibility to suit almost any need or interest.

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
With a program core of intensive language study and cultural immersion, combined with courses covering subjects from culture and history to politics and economics, you'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on Russia for your future career in government, business, or academics.

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
Based in the fascinating and historically significant region of Central Asia, this program combines intensive language study with courses on regional history and the specific countries and major cultures of this diverse area.

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

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

- Save Fulbright

- 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: Banking Procedures - Банковские процедуры
Vocabulary and tips you will need for financial transactions in Russia - or to discuss the current banking sanctions.

Russia Has No Easter Bunny
So how do Russians prepare for Easter? This is a quick photo tour of Easter preparations as observed on 19 April, 2014 at a small church in southern Moscow.

How Learning An Additional Language Could Influence Your Business
To be successful, international businesses need to adapt to the needs of foreign clients as well as to communicate with foreign partners effectively.

All Russian World War I Documents Available Online
More than 300,000 documents from Russian military archives on World War I have been made available online.

- Poll: More Russians Willing to Keep Orthodox Great Lent
- The Eerie Beauty Of Crimea's Abandoned Soviet-Era Salt Mine

- Ukrainian Easter Eggs Come to New York
- Homegrown Films Beat Hollywood Imports in the Battle for Viewers

 Never Too Many Books!
Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A History Russian-Ottoman Borderlands: The Eastern Question Reconsidered The Story of the Trans-Siberian Express, the World’s Greatest Railroad
Revolutionary Russia Borderlands Siberian Railroad
The Making of Jewish Revolutionaries in the Pale of Settlement The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America Thinking Orthodox in Modern Russia: Culture, History, Context
Jewish Revolutionaries Colder War Thinking Orthodox

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -

Aftermath of Ukraine Photo Story Shows Need for More Caution
The Times’s influence demands that it be cautious, especially when deciding to publish what amounts to a government handout.

Xenophobic Chill Descends on Moscow
Editor's NOTE: This is the headline as it ran in the NYT. Note that the article itself describes a small uptick in anti-opposition politics, but emphasizes throughout that most Muscovites continue to enjoy American culture and desire to travel to America. Even when the article is even-handed, editors will sometimes add sensationalism to the headline.

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Ukraine's Invisible Election
Overshadowed by Moscow's annexation of Crimea and separatist brushfires on the eastern frontier with Russia, an eerie campaign twilight has settled over this country known for scrappy, mudslinging election cycles.

In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin
Even as the crisis in Ukraine continues to defy easy resolution, President Obama and his national security team are looking beyond the immediate conflict to forge a new long-term approach to Russia that applies an updated version of the Cold War strategy of containment.

Factbox: Ukraine's IMF Bailout Deal
The following bullet points some of the IMF's requirements for Ukraine to receive its $17 billion bailout.

Putin Eyes Ukrainian Arms Prize
The parts of Ukraine where separatists and loyalists face off in ever-more violent clashes are home to the most valuable assets of the nation's defense industry. More than 50 factories form an arms cluster that caters to Russia based on a trade accord from two decades ago, churning out air cargo transporters, helicopter engines, and other hardware.

International Criminal Court to Examine Ukraine Riots
The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague will begin a preliminary examination of the deadly anti-government riots in Ukraine that began in November.

Why Russia Isn't Afraid of US Gas Exports
During his recent speech in Brussels, U.S. President Barack Obama said the U.S. could soon become a major supplier of gas to Europe and allow countries that are currently "hostage" to gas imports from Russia to have an alternative supply source at a cheaper price.

We'd Invade Ukraine if We Knew Where it Was
Although two-thirds of Americans have reported following the situation at least “somewhat closely,” most Americans actually know very little about events on the ground — or even where the ground is.

Costs and Benefits from Russia's Annexation of Crimea
Russia is getting out its chequebook to bankroll the region of Crimea, newly incorporated into Russia following its rapid annexation last month.

Radiation at Chernobyl Leads to Evolution in Birds
At Chernobyl, studies of birds and other taxa including humans show that chronic exposure to radiation depletes antioxidants and increases oxidative damage.

Russia hands over warships left in Crimea to Ukraine
About 70 warships and vessels will be returned to Ukraine's Navy.

Water War With Ukraine to Devastate Crimean Harvest
Ukraine's near closure of the North Crimea Canal will devastate the region's agriculture and cost Crimean farmers up to 5 billion rubles ($140 million), according to Russia's Agriculture Ministry.

Announcement Of Additional Treasury Sanctions On Russian Government Officials And Entities
Sanctions Target Seven Russian Government Officials, Including Members of the Russian Leadership’s Inner Circle, and 17 Entities.


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