The People's Friendship Fountain is a classic piece of Soviet Propaganda encouraging different people to live together peacefully. Photo by SRAS Student A. Sanders.
The People's Friendship Fountain, pictured right and one of the centerpieces of the VDNX exhibition park in Moscow, is a classic piece of Soviet propaganda encouraging tolerance among a diverse population.
Today, Russia is better known, at least in the Western press, for nationalism, separatist movements, and violence against minorities. What is the real situation on the ground in Russia?
This month, SRAS brings a special issue on Diversity in Russia. We've found three long-term foreign residents of Moscow, each from a different ethnic minority background. Each tells a very different story in new interviews on our site.
To complement this, we have a new article from a Chinese-American SRAS student who researched the massive Chinese immigrant population in Vladivostok. We also have updated entries on religion in Russia and on Central Asia and the Caucasus, from where most of Russia's extensive population of ethnic immigrants hail.
This being our big-back-to-school issue, you'll also find lots more - from kvass recipes to revamped business internships, a new online test and much more!
In this month's newsletter:
- Feature: Race in Russia! - Programs and Funding - Koroche!
- Language and Culture - Primary Documents
Lisa Horner to Visit New York
Lisa will be attending the innovative CLAC conference and meeting with Union College and Columbia University students and professors to discuss Russia and study abroad. Set up an appointment with Lisa!
-Race in Russia-
Real stories on minorities in Russia
Interview with Max Yacoub
Max Yacoub was born to a Russian mother and a Sudanese father. Most of his professional life has been spent in Russia and Ukraine working in finance and investments.
Interview with David Diamonon
Ethnically Filipino, David graduated with a degree in Russian from Middlebury College and went on to live and work in Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia.
Interview with Chet Bowling
Chet Bowling, from Guyana, co-founded Alinga Consulting Group in Moscow. He has lived in Russia for nearly nineteen years, where he is now married and raising a son.
The Chinese in Russia's Far East
Lee Chang completed SRAS's Bordertalk: Sino-Russian Relations Program in 2009, researching Vladivostock's large population of Chinese immigrants.
A School for Russians?
A report from a Russian newspaper on multi-ethnic classrooms in St. Petersburg. Sent in to SRAS by an American professor and translated by an SRAS intern!
Our Library update continues with two diversity-themed entries this month: Religion in Russia and Central Asia and the Caucasus.
New Program Search Engine
All our programs now in one searchable database!
Campus Life: Moscow State
New, updated info on Moscow State University including what's close to campus, university facilities, new campus pictures, and more!
Campus Life: GRINT
New, updated info on GRINT including what's close to campus, university facilities, new campus pictures, and more!
Russian Business Abroad
Intensive, business-focused Russian lessons, professional experience and a resume-building research project. Internships are individually placed based on current availability as well as the student's experience and goals.
Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to commonly asked questions about SRAS programs!
- Education Patron Program: RusLife
- 7 Signs of Successful Study Abroad Programs
- Kороче -
"Koroche" is designed to give you a wide look at modern life in Russia as well as Russian politics, economy, civil society, media, and more.
- Check out Top Movies in Russia for YouTube clips of popular films in Russian! Monster fishies can have Russian language?
- At the top of MTV's Top 5 this month is Yulia Savechevo doing a great Anna Chapman impersonation.
- On Nashe Radio's Top 5 is Russia's most political rapper and Internet sensation Petr Nalich.
New section to more easily browse our free resources.
Kvass is surprisingly easy to make in your own home. Check out this new article for a brief history, some fun vocabulary, and recipes!
SRAS Online Case Testing
The SRAS Online Testing Center has a new test up on Russian cases. Log in to our site to test your Russian skills!
- Learn a Language, Make a Blow Against Stupidity
- Does Your Language Shape How You Think?
PBN Policy Matters: Russia & Post-Crisis Financial Reform
The August issue of Policy Matters analyzes the potential consequences of international financial reform on Russia’s financial markets and on Moscow’s competitiveness as an emerging financial center.
New Police Law Debate
President Medvedev's bill on police reforms is undergoing unprecedented debate in the Russian parliament. The bill has been posted online here where readers have already posted 20,000 comments.
AbkhazWorld is a new English-language news site that aims to offer an accurate view of Abkhazians and their country, which remains virtually unknown to most of the rest of the world.
Deaths of Journalists in Russia
This database includes the violent, premature, or unexplained deaths of journalists in Russia recorded by the country's own media monitors since 1993. Each entry offers a narrative account of the journalist's work and death.
Founded and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the Karabakh Foundation strives to work with all scholars, academics, fellows, educators, teachers, students, museums and other relevant expert communities to enrich the knowledge and appreciation for the Azerbaijani culture, music, arts and history from the Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
Violence in Russia
An international team of researchers are developing a research project to analyze both the nature of violent acts in contemporary Russian society and their consequences in social and political practices. Their research is based on field interviews and in-depth analyses of sources within Russia.
Census Data on At-Home Language Use in US
This report provides information on the number and characteristics of people in the United States in 2007 who spoke a language other than English at home.
ModernRussia is an online forum that examines the economic and social modernization of Russia. It provides a space to both identify challenges and focus on the plans and steps underway to meet them. Visitors are encouraged to participate in the online forum and provide commentary and analysis.
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