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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Deadlines for spring programs: October 15!
Join us on Facebook!

  expo_fountain_VDNX
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!


SRAS  Means More!
offers these
Spring Programs


Kyrgyz Focus

Russian Studies

Internships

Sino-Russian Relations

Russian (RSL)

Siberian Studies 

The Russian Far East 

Deadline: Oct 15

-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!

The Library
Our Library update continues with two diversity-themed entries this month: Religion in Russia and Central Asia and the Caucasus.


There are more   programs  and funding than you think for study abroad in Russia!
Above: A student studying
The Arts in Russia!
 

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.

Media Monitoring

Russian TV Reporting
 
Russian Newspaper Reporting
 
Kyrgyz Newspaper Reporting

Ukrainian Newspaper Reporting
   
 
Russian Business


Language and Culture  ResourcesSRAS Projects
New section to more easily browse our free resources.

Drink Kvass!

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?


Primary Documents for  Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way
 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

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
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.

Karabakh Foundation
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.com
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.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. To subscribe to this free newsletter, send an email with "Subscribe SRAS" in the subject field to jwilson@sras.org.

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Deadlines for spring programs: October 15!
Join us on Facebook!

  expo_fountain_VDNX
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!

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
October 15: Deadline for spring programs!
Join us on Facebook - new contest!

  newsletter_october
Students on an excursion in rural Kyrgyzstan. Check
out Central Asian Studies and join the next one.

Translation and Central Asian Studies are two fields growing in importance. They also both lack sufficient numbers of professionals with the necessary skills and experience. This month, SRAS helps students help themselves to these careers.

With globalization, booming information flows, and more frequent government interactions, demand for readable and accurate translations is growing. This month, read four interviews with freelance translators or those studying translation. SRAS's Translate Abroad Program is now available in three locations and we've posted more material in our intern-driven Politics in Translation series.

Central Asia is home to significant oil reserves, natural gas, and raw materials - as well as pipelines and military bases. Islam and Christianity have co-existed here for centuries. Little-understood in the West, Central Asia is perhaps the perfect place to learn how to understand different cultures and work within them. SRAS's new Central Asian Studies Program offers intensive, hands-on, travel-based education for a new generation of smarter diplomats and international professionals.

What are you going to do with that degree? Go abroad and know the answer!

In this month's newsletter:

-  Feature: Translation as a Career!          -  Programs and Funding            -  Koroche!
     -  Language and Culture                    -  Primary Documents

Renee Stillings, SRAS Director
Renee Stillings, Director of SRAS, speaks about her experiences in Russia and Central Asia.

- SRAS has new a new full-color 12-page brochure on Russia and our programs!
- SRAS has a new Facebook contest. Win a Lada!
- Help save the Russian program at SUNY-Albany!


SRAS  Means More!
offers these
Spring Programs


Central Asian Studies

Russian Studies

Internships

Sino-Russian Relations

Russian (RSL)

Siberian Studies 

The Russian Far East 

Deadline: Oct 15

- Translation as a Career -
Real stories and work from professional translators
and those who aspire to become translators

Interview with Robert Chandler
Award-winning translator Robert Chandler talks with SRAS about breaking into translation and making a living at it.

Anne Fisher: Translation and Interpreting
Interview with Dr. Anne Fisher, translator and interpreter.

To Russia With a Very Big Stick
Interview with Stephanie Briggs, a disabled student entering a masters program in translation and who, despite mild cerebral palsy, travelled Russia in 2003.

United Russia in Translation
The platform of Russia's ruling party now in English.

Open Letter On Right Cause
An open letter posted by the Democrats criticizing the leadership of Right Cause, a political alliance they are part of.

- Nora Favrov, Professional Translator (from the SRAS Archives)
- SlavFile: A Newsletter of the American Translators Association

- I, Translator - NY Times on Internet Translation
- Learners Lost Without Translation
- "Found in Translation"


There are more   programs  and funding than you think for study abroad in Russia!
Above: A student studying
The Arts in Russia!
 

Central Asian Studies
This innovative program preparing students for international careers is based in the fascinating and historically significant region of Central Asia.

Translate Abroad
Translation Abroad is a practical academic program offering intensive Russian lessons and professional, hands-on translation experience.

Campus Life: London School of Bishkek
New, updated info on The London School in Bishkek including what's close to campus, university facilities, new campus pictures, and more!

City Life: Bishkek
Updated info on Bishkek, home to SRAS's new Central Asian Studies program!

- Translation in the Military
- International Education Week: celebrate education & exchange
- A new bill proposes $200 million for K-12 language study


 - 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.


Language and Culture  ResourcesPelmeni: A Tasty History
Пельмени (pelmeni) are one of the most ancient of traditional Russian foods. Learn their tasty history, origins of the name and try making them from scratch!

Деревенская жизнь - Village Life in Russia
Our latest Russian MiniLesson explains what life is like in Russian villages.

Library: Russian Language
An updated and prettier library entry to help you dive into Russian!

The Russian Word's Worth
This humorous and informative guide to the Russian language, culture and translation is written in the style of SRAS's MiniLessons!

- Far from Moscow: Music from Poland to the Pacific Coast!
- Bluer Rather Than Pinker
(Different concepts, lost in translation)


Primary Documents for  Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way
 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

List of National Identities
The official list of nationalities that people can claim to be on the 2010 Russian census. 1840 entries, 36 pages, 1.8 MB....

New Moscow
Fascinating soviet propaganda film featuring soviet architecture on Moscow streets - much of which was never actually built.

Tsoi Bootlegs
A collection of recordings on YouTube of Soviet rock legend Viktor Tsoi performing at "квартирники," informal clubs opened in apartments for people to listen to otherwise "dangerous" music.

Correspondence of Kennan and Lukacs
Late in 1952, John Lukacs, a young, then-unknown American historian who would become a respected professor and self-proclaimed reactionary, sent George Kennan, then U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, his own writings on Kennan's widely-debated argument of containment

Military Linguistics: Russian in the Red/Soviet Army
The development of military linguistics, a field similar to military anthropology or military history, would benefit the disciplines of linguistics and strategic studies.

China's Defense Strategy & Cooperation with Russia
(pdf, 6.5 MB)
An exploration of the principal aspects of China’s defense strategy in the post-Cold War era, presenting an overview of the Sino-Russian defense cooperation.

The Policy World Meets Academia
The essays that follow are not intended simply to shed light on different aspects of U.S. policy toward Russia. They were inspired by a desire to grapple directly with the problem raised by academia’s increasing distance from the policy world.


If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
October 15: Deadline for spring programs!
Join us on Facebook - new contest!

  newsletter_october
Students on an excursion in rural Kyrgyzstan. Check
out Central Asian Studies and join the next one.

Translation and Central Asian Studies are two fields growing in importance. They also both lack sufficient numbers of professionals with the necessary skills and experience. This month, SRAS helps students help themselves to these careers.

With globalization, booming information flows, and more frequent government interactions, demand for readable and accurate translations is growing. This month, read four interviews with freelance translators or those studying translation. SRAS's Translate Abroad Program is now available in three locations and we've posted more material in our intern-driven Politics in Translation series.

Central Asia is home to significant oil reserves, natural gas, and raw materials - as well as pipelines and military bases. Islam and Christianity have co-existed here for centuries. Little-understood in the West, Central Asia is perhaps the perfect place to learn how to understand different cultures and work within them. SRAS's new Central Asian Studies Program offers intensive, hands-on, travel-based education for a new generation of smarter diplomats and international professionals.

What are you going to do with that degree? Go abroad and know the answer!

- SRAS's new full-color 12-page brochure on Russia!
- SRAS has a new Facebook contest. Win a Lada!
- Help save the Russian program at SUNY-Albany!

Access this Month's Newsletter
or jump to an individual section:

-Feature: Translation as a Career!          -  Programs and Funding (Central Asia)
Koroche!
            Language and Culture             -  Primary Documents

Cover-Page-8 Welcome! Добро пожаловать!

VESTNIK was created by The School of Russian and Asian Studies in an effort to effectively encourage the study of Russia and those states formerly a part of the Soviet Union. VESTNIK is a scholarly journal which publishes the best in undergraduate and graduate research on any subject of relevance to that geographic region.

This, our eighth issue, sees Vestnik return after a nearly-three-year hiatus with another great issue! We have original archival research on "Collaboration and Resistance in Occupied Mogilevskaya Oblast" in Soviet Belarus during WWII. "Tolstoy's Peasant Schools at Yasnaya Polyana" explores the history and philosophy behind Leo Tolstoy's experimental school.

In literature, "Identity Fragmentation in Babel's 'Story of My Dovecote'" explores what it meant to be Jewish in Tsarist Russia through Isaac Babel's short story. Taking a more experimental approach, "Nabokov vs. Набоков: A Literary Investigation of Linguistic Relativity" explores the linguistic differences in Vladimir Nabokov's autobiographies by breaking his word choices down to "primitives."

This issue will also soon include discussions on environmental organizations and psychology of environmentalism in Irkutsk, Russia. A paper applying lessons from iconography to Gogol's "The Portrait" will also be added. Keep an eye out for our November newsletter, where both papers, the pdf version, and the winner of our first ever two-hundred-dollar Jury Award will be announced!

Find out more about the Vestnik Editorial Board and Process
Want to contribute to Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies? Click here!

Full PDF Version, Issue 8 (Click to download)
     (Note: for easier navigation of the PDF version, try clicking "bookmarks" in Acrobat Reader.) 

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Articles also available individually in HTML below

2010-11-10 - Environmental Policy and Politics of Lake Baikal

2010-10-19 - Nabokov vs. Набоков: A Literary Investigation of Linguistic Relativity

2010-10-18 - Tolstoy's Peasant Schools at Yasnaya Polyana

2010-10-18 - Identity Fragmentation in Babel’s "Story of My Dovecote"

2010-10-18 - Collaboration and Resistance in Occupied Mogilevskaya Oblast

2010-11-02
- Gogol's "The Portrait" and Russian Orthodox Iconography

Each contribution © by its author
Printed in the United States of America
ISSN 1930-286X
All rights reserved

 

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Central Asian Studies, Spring Semester, Apply by November 30!
Join us on Facebook - new contest!

  Hamlet's-dreams
A production of Hamlet at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, where SRAS is now offering a summer acting program!

 

This month SRAS has lots to announce!

We have a new acting program and a new museum studies program that will start in St. Petersburg this summer!

We have updated our popular faculty-led tour article, launched new research travel packages, and new educational tourism packages.  

We finished our latest issue of Vestnik, released the PDF, awarded our $200 Jury Prize, and put out our next call for papers.

You'll also, of course, still find our news roundups, list of popular songs and movies, language resources, and other fun, informative stuff!

 

In this month's newsletter:

-  Feature: Travel to Russia          -  Programs and Funding            -  Koroche!
Vestnik            -  Language and Culture             -  Primary Documents

"Living and Working in Russia"
On Tuesday, November 2, SRAS hosted its "Living and Working in Russia" seminar at Guriya, a Georgian restaurant in Moscow. The seminar includes a light dinner of delicious traditional Georgian dishes and focuses on issues affecting those hoping to return to Russia long-term for work or to perform research.

- Open Letter to SUNY-Albany
- SRAS's E Decker to Serve Language Corps


SRAS  Means More!
offers these
Summer Programs


Central Asian Studies

Russian Studies

Acting in Russia

Museums Studies


The Arts in Russia

Translation Abroad

Russian (RSL)

And MORE!!

Deadline: March 1 
for most programs  

- Travel -
New and updated services from SRAS,
experts in Russian travel and education.

SRAS Research Travel Services
SRAS's many years of experience in travel, research, and education are now at the disposal of those hoping to perform research in Russia. Let us help you with visas, accommodations, archival work, and more!

Faculty-Led Travel
How best to excite students about your subject? Show it to them first hand! This article outlines how to effectively organize a faculty-led tour to Russia.

SRAS Educational Tours
Tourism focused on showing you the real Russia and sending you home with a better understanding of Russia and it's people!

- Moscow Ditches Kiosks and Shopping Centers
-
Aeroflot Goes Budget?
- TSA New Rules Please No One  
- Russia Shuts Currency Exchanges

- Moscow-Houston Daily Flights Now Available


There are more   programs  and funding than you think for study abroad in Russia!
Above: A student studying
The Arts in Russia!
 

Central Asian Studies
This innovative program preparing students for international careers is based in the fascinating and historically significant region of Central Asia.

Museums and Art Restoration in Russia (MARR)
A three-week venue-based program to explore the collections and learn about the care and management of Russia's museums!

Acting in Russia
A six-week summer program to study acting in St. Petersrgburg, Russia.

- Senate Hearing on Language Learning
- Startalk Educator Resources
- Time to Look at U.S. Linguistic Preparedness 


- Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies -

Call for Papers: $200 Jury Award Offered
We invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates. Research on any subject is accepted - politics, literature, art, history, linguistics, etc. If you have written solid research in the last year, send it to jwilson@sras.org by December 15, 2010!

Jury Award Goes to Luke Rodeheffer!
Vestnik seeks to encourage the study of any subject related to the countries of the former Soviet Union. Vestnik also encourages students to develop original ideas and to back those ideas with solid arguments and evidence drawn from original research.

Vestnik, Issue 9, Available Online
The full pdf version of Issue 9 is now available! The last two articles are now online as well. "Environmental Policy and Politics of Lake Baikal" discusses environmental organizations and the psychology of environmentalism in Irkutsk, Russia. "Gogol's 'The Portrait' and Russian Orthodox Iconography" examines the historical influences of the great schism on Gogol's short story.


- 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.


Language and Culture  ResourcesRussian Names
A radio show (in Russian) dedicated to discussion of the meaning of Russian names.

Interview with Michele Berdy
Michele Berdy has been publishing weekly articles on language in The Moscow Times for the last eight years.

Деревенская жизнь - Village Life in Russia
Second part of our latest Russian MiniLesson explains what life is like in Russian villages.

Moscow: History and Current State
Moscow is a city layered in complexity and mass that can be surprising and even shocking at times. 


Primary Documents for  Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

Foreign Service Videos
Official videos produced by the U.S. Department of State. Videos include remarks by Secretary Clinton and candid interviews with U.S. diplomats.

Q&A: Sacked Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov
Luzhkov told CNN that "we are losing democracy inside the country," and refuted rumors that he was planning to leave the country.

Russian Analytical Digest: Police Reform
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest discusses police reform in Russia.

Official YouTube Channel for Orthodox Church
The Russian Orthodox Church has launched its own YouTube channel. How's that for modernization?

"Current Political Situation in Russia"
A talk by Boris Nemtsov at the Harriman Institute in New York focusing on the death of Sergei Magnitsky.

Tour of the Lenin Library
Informative and very thorough tour of Moscow State Lenin library (in Russian).

Director Mikhalkov's Political Manifesto
"Law and Truth. A Manifesto of Enlightened Conservatism." (in Russian).

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Central Asian Studies, Spring Semester, Apply by November 30!
Join us on Facebook - new contest!

  Hamlet's-dreams
A production of Hamlet at the St. Petersburg State Theatre Arts Academy, where SRAS is now offering a summer acting program!

This month SRAS has lots to announce!

We have a new acting program and a new museum studies program that will start in St. Petersburg this summer!

We have updated our popular faculty-led tour article, launched new research travel packages, and new educational tourism packages. 

We finished our latest issue of Vestnik, released the PDF, awarded our $200 Jury Prize, and put out our next call for papers.

You'll also, of course, still find our news roundups, list of popular songs and movies, language resources, and other fun, informative stuff!

Click here for the full newsletter!
-  Feature: Travel to Russia
Programs and Funding
Koroche!
Vestnik 
Language and Culture 
Primary Documents


"Living and Working in Russia"

On Tuesday, November 2, SRAS hosted its "Living and Working in Russia" seminar at Guriya, a Georgian restaurant in Moscow. The seminar includes a light dinner of delicious traditional Georgian dishes and focuses on issues affecting those hoping to return to Russia long-term for work or to perform research.

- Open Letter to SUNY-Albany (SRAS helps collect more than 13,000 signatures!)
- SRAS's E Decker to Serve Language Corps

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Baikal Environmental Studies this summer - apply by February 20!
Join us on Facebook - win a Russian calendar!

  Novyi-God-1958
A vintage Russian New Year's postcard from 1958. If you like vintage cards, check out olga s or mazaika.com. If you are interested in
Russian culture, you are strongly encouraged
to check out our new venue-based study
abroad program "The Russians."

SRAS sends holiday greetings from Russia!

This month, we bring you, as is our tradition now, an updated list of Russian holidays with the corresponding dates and days off for next year! We also have a new recipe and history for Olivier Salad, essential for any Russian New Year table. We also have our twice-yearly list of recently-released books for lovers of Russian history. Perfect for anyone looking for some Christmas-break reading!

This New Year, we are also ringing in a cornucopia of new programs. Interested in environmental causes? Acting? Art or museum studies? Looking for a better way to study Russian culture or Russian politics? We have something for you! Need more financial help? We've also introduced a list of matching scholarships, alumni discounts, military  scholarships, and many other ways that you can make study abroad more accessible for you! Check out this month's newsletter or go straight to our program search engine.

In this month's newsletter:

-  Feature: Happy Holidays!          -  Programs and Funding            -  Koroche!
Vestnik            -  Language and Culture             -  Primary Documents

Join Us on Facebook - Win a Russian Calendar!
Join us on Facebook for great contests, interesting news, scholarship info, and the best of Russia online!

Call for Papers: Vestnik!
Our next deadline is May 15, 2011! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, was on hiatus for more than two years. However, its editorial staff has again assembled to continue this fascinating and much-needed work. We welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates.


SRAS  Means More!
offers
Summer Programs


Baikal Environment

The Russians

Central Asian Studies


Russian Studies

Acting in Russia

Art in Russia

And Much MORE!!

Deadline: March 1 
for most programs  

- Happy Holidays! -
Celebrate the holidays in Russian style with SRAS!

Russian Holidays
Our list of Russian holidays, updated with new dates, information, and official days off for 2011.

Olivier Salad
The salad made Olivier's elite establishment one of the Russian capital's most talked about and frequented establishments.

7 Books For Winter Reading
Fiction, personal histories, the Caucasus, and more! Perfect for last-minute gifts or for keeping yourself entertained over the long winter break!

Ded Moroz's Official Site
Learn more about Ded Moroz, his history, residence, traditions and more in this Russian-only "official" site for kids. (Scroll down for the main menu.)


There are more programs and funding than you think for study abroad in Russia!
Above: A student studying
The Arts in Russia!
 

Baikal Environmental Studies
Combine language and history with a hands-on experience in partnership with Tahoe-Baikal Institute! Study the Baikal watershed and learn how to advance environmental initiatives through government, NGOs, and academic institutions.

Art in Russia
An excursion-based two-week summer program to teach you art history through the famed collections of St. Petersburg's museums!

The Russians
The Russians: A Developmental History of a National Psyche is an innovative cultural immersion using venues and experiences to teach the cultural history that forms the world view of today's Russians.

Alumni Awards, Student Incentives
SRAS introduces matching scholarships (Boren, Gilman, FLAS, others), returning alumni discounts, a referal program, military scholarships, group incentives, and talent sharing to make study abroad even more affordable to qualified, enterprising students!

Scholarships for Russia
Scholarships and funding available for Russia and Eurasia related study for students and educators.

- Russia's Top 50 Schools
- Support New Language Legislation!
- Teaching Heritage Speakers

- MLA Enrolment Survey for 2009 


- 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.


Language and cultureДеревенская жизнь - Village Life in Russia
Third part of our latest Russian MiniLesson explains what life is like in Russian villages.

Simplified Russian News Webcasts
Russian Webcasts are news in simplified, standard Russian with a slightly slower rate of speech and textual redundancy.

Center for the Art of Translation
The Center broadens cultural understanding through international literature and translation, with programs in publishing, teaching, and public events. Especially if you are in the San Francisco area and interested in translation - check these guys out!


Primary Documents for  Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

Russian in the Red/Soviet Army
Examining linguistic studies of Russian in the army, war films and fiction, this article uses sociolinguistics to determine the nature of communication in the Red Army and Soviet Army from the Russian Civil War to the late-Soviet period.

Post Soviet Armies Newsletter
The newsletter comprises a database which tends to assemble the maximum of references of works, books and journal articles on post-Soviet militaries and power institutions.

Leaked Memos from Moscow Embassy
One of WikiLeak's mirror sites now offers a search by location feature.

Laws on Volunteering Around The World
A quarterly review of NGO legal trends around the world (including in Russia).

A Beating on My Beat 
Oleg Kashin, the reporter recently beaten nearly to death in Moscow, has published an article in the New York Times about his ordeal.

L. Parfenov on Freedom of Speech 
The man in this video is Leonid Parfenov, he is accepting the Vladislav Listyev Award for journalism. The remarks are being read on air live and have made considerable waves on the Russian Internet and among Russian journalists. An English translation can be read on SRAS's facebook page.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Baikal Environmental Studies this summer - apply by February 20!
Join us on Facebook - win a Russian calendar!

  Novyi-God-1958
A vintage Russian New Year's postcard from 1958. If you like vintage cards, check out olga s or mazaika.com. If you are interested in
Russian culture, you are strongly encouraged
to check out our new venue-based study
abroad program "The Russians."

SRAS sends holiday greetings from Russia!

This month, we bring you, as is our tradition now, an updated list of Russian holidays with the corresponding dates and days off for next year! We also have a new recipes and history for Olivier Salad, essential for any Russian New Year table. We also have our twice-yearly list of recently-released books for lovers of Russian history. Perfect for anyone looking for some Christmas-break reading!

This New Year, we are also ringing in a cornucopia of new programs. Interested in environmental causes? Acting? Art or museum studies? Looking for a better way to study Russian culture or Russian politics? We have something for you! We've also introduced a list of matching scholarships, alumni discounts, military  scholarships, and many other ways that you can make study abroad more accessible for you! Check out this month's newsletter or go straight to our program search engine.

Read the full newsletter here
or jump to what interests you most!

-  Feature: Happy Holidays!          -  Programs and Funding            -  Koroche!
Vestnik            -  Language and Culture             -  Primary Documents

Join Us on Facebook - Win a Russian Calendar!
Join us on Facebook for great contests, interesting news, scholarship info, and the best of Russia online!

Call for Papers: Vestnik!
Our next deadline is May 15, 2011! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, was on hiatus for more than two years. However, its editorial staff has again assembled to continue this fascinating and much-needed work. We welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates.

 SRAS_RadioС Новым годом and Happy Holidays!
 
This year, SRAS has gathered new energies, assembled exciting new programs, a new Facebook page, and launched its new site! We have also just launched a radio station called РУСfm! It currently hosts a very eclectic collection of Russian-language pop music from 2000-2010. We hope that this will be just one more offering that will help excite you (and/or your students) about learning Russian and experiencing Eurasia!
 
If you haven’t visited us in a while – we invite you to glance through our new program search engine and our new projects page – now with all our free resources and publications in one place! And of course, we list all the financial aid we know of for study abroad to Russia in one easy place.
 

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We’ve come a long way as an organization this year. But of course, we couldn’t have done it without the students, professors, who have given us constant support and – more importantly – feedback regarding our programs, resources, and activities. We are also grateful to our partners in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine who help make our programs great! To all of you around the globe who have contacted us and worked with us over the last year, we would like to say a big “Thank you!” To any of you who have not contacted us yet – we would like to encourage you to take a look at our site and let us know how it might be of more use to you – whether in providing classroom material, study aids, or, of course, help in choosing a study abroad program from SRAS.
 
We at SRAS wish each of you, your colleagues, students, and loved ones a very Happy Holiday Season and a successful New Year!
   

~ Renee, Josh, Lisa, and the rest of the SRAS Team

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Baikal Environmental Studies this summer - apply by February 20!
Join us on Facebook - win a Russian calendar!

  SRAS_Radio
SRAS's latest free resource is RusFM, a radio station on Live365! Check us out today!
The station focuses on the 2000's, but we are
set to greatly increase our lineup soon!
Interested in Russian culture? Check out
our new program "The Russians."

SRAS wishes a very merry Christmas to all our Russian Orthodox friends today!

This month we give special focus to our "Koroche" section on Russian news and pop culture and our monthly listing of the best primary documents and research sources.

There are also lots of opportunities to study abroad in Russia and Eurasia this year – and opportunities to fund your study abroad! See our newsletter for details!

Keep an eye out at the turn of the month for our next big back-to-school issue, stuffed full of original articles and interviews!

In this month's newsletter:

-  Feature: Programs and Funding!            -  Koroche!
  -  Language and Culture             -  Primary Documents & Research

Call for Papers: Vestnik!
Our next deadline is May 15, 2011! Vestnik, is the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia. We welcome papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates.


SRAS  Means More!
offers
Summer Programs


Baikal Environment

The Russians

Central Asian Studies


Russian Studies

Acting in Russia

Art in Russia

And Much MORE!!

Deadline: March 1 
for most programs  

- Programs and Funding -
There are lots of opportunities for study abroad!

$1295 Off Two Programs in St. Petersburg!
Sign up for both Art in Russia and Museums and Art Restoration in Russia for five weeks of art-packed education, tours, and events in St. Petersburg this summer - and save $1295!

Baikal Environmental Studies
Combine language and history with a hands-on experience in partnership with Tahoe-Baikal Institute! Study the Baikal watershed and learn how to advance environmental initiatives through government, NGOs, and academic institutions.

Baikal Eco Tour
SRAS partners Tahoe-Baikal Institute are offering a two-week eco-tour of Lake Baikal this summer!

Acting in Russia
Join an intensive summer course of Russian-style actor training for English-speaking actors. Scholarships available!

- All Programs on the SRAS Program Search Engine!
- Scholarships for Russia

- PA Language Offerings Expand
- US Gov't Report: Feds Need Russian Speakers

 
Listen to More
Russian Music!

Click Yulia Savicheva, a long time place holder on Russia's pop charts for more info on Russian music!

- 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.


Language and culture

New! SRAS Radio
Join us on Live365 and enjoy our new radio station called RusFM. Currently features hits from the 2000s - but we are set to soon greatly expand our offerings!

Russian Mini Lessons
View our full archive of MiniLessons, covering five years and several subjects worth of material!

SRAS Free Resources 
All our resources listed on one page - we have something free for all interests!

- Blog: Russian Word of the Day


Primary Documents for  Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

Google's Ngrams
When you enter phrases into the Google Books Ngram Viewer, it displays a graph showing how those phrases have occurred in a corpus of books over the selected years. English and Russian searches are available.

Talk Show on Belarus
Russian and Belarussian pundits debate the recent elections and unrest in Belarus.

Russian Prisons 
A fairly concise view of Russia's prisons from the US Embassy.

US Ambassador Interviewed on Russian TV
Russia and America started this year with a breakthrough agreement on the New START treaty. But the two countries are yet to ratify it. Can the rising opposition to Obama derail this biggest achievement of his "reset" policy with Russia?

The Major Foreign Policy Events of 2010
Russia's foreign ministry lists its top events for 2010.

Most Russians Don't Trust, Believe in Right to Deceive 
A very interesting poll was recently conducted by the Levada Center in Russia. It goes a long way to showing why corruption is still high and rule of law still weak.

Interview: Applebaum Discusses Gulag Film, The Way Back
Journalist and writer Anne Applebaum, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning book Gulag: A History, served as a consultant on the project and shared her thoughts about the film.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Baikal Environmental Studies this summer - apply by February 20!
Join us on Facebook - win a Russian calendar!

  SRAS_Radio
SRAS's latest free resource is RusFM, a radio station on Live365! Check us out today!
The station focuses on the 2000's, but we are
set to greatly increase our lineup soon!
Interested in Russian culture? Check out
our new program "The Russians."

 

SRAS wishes a very merry Christmas to all our Russian Orthodox friends today!

This month we give special focus to our "Koroche" section on Russian news and pop culture and our monthly listing of the best primary documents and research sources.

There are also lots of opportunities to study abroad in Russia and Eurasia this year – and opportunities to fund your study abroad! See our newsletter for details!

Keep an eye out at the turn of the month for our next big back-to-school issue, stuffed full of original articles and interviews!

Read the full newsletter here 
or jump to what interests you most!

-  Feature: Programs and Funding!            -  Koroche!
  -  Language and Culture             -  Primary Documents & Research

Call for Papers: Vestnik!
Our next deadline is May 15, 2011! Vestnik, is the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia. We welcome papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates.

 SRAS student enjoys sledding in Siberia!   

The SRAS Newsletter
Study Abroad, Study at Home, Study with Us!

Dear educators,

We were very pleased to have met so many of you at AATSEEL and ASEEES. We were honestly surprised at the amount of positive feedback we received on our newsletter and website – and were also surprised how much of that feedback was followed with: "so what does SRAS do exactly?"

Well, for example, we have just teamed up with the Tahoe-Baikal Institute to combine our resources and offer a few extra slots on the Russian leg of their exclusive summer environmental exchange. Tell your students that the deadline is February 20th!

We are also partnering with Russia's oldest acting school to offer a summer program of Russian-style actor training. We have also just teamed up with VGUES, a highly progressive university in Vladivostok, to expand our offering of locations to study Russian, politics, history, and other subjects abroad.

SRAS is an entirely self-funded, independent organization. We collaborate with great institutions to offer innovative study abroad, internships, travel assistance, and educator services with unparalleled on-the-ground and logistical support. We are also dedicated to providing free material to excite, inform, and empower students at home.

We are now looking to partner directly with you and your university to provide your students with even more study and funding opportunities. See below for details!

P.S. This newsletter is in a rough format that we are experimenting with to update our regular newsletter – what do you think?


 
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Summer Programs


Translation, Art, Culture, Business, History, Central Asia, Adventure
  
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Deadline: March 1 
for most programs
   

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New Programs in Siberia & the Far East

  • Baikal Environmental Studies is a unique opportunity to join the Russian leg of an elite environmental study project. Apply by February 20th
  • One of Russia's most progressive universities, VGUES, is now an SRAS partner. Study abroad in Vladivostock, where the energy power house of Russia meets the manufacturing powerhouse of Asia. Choose to live with a Russian roommate or another foreigner!
  • SRAS has also posted its culture lab for Vladivostok. It's included with all regular SRAS programs there.

For Educators, Innovative Services

Arts & Culture Opportunities


Regular Features from SRAS

Eurasian Cookbook:
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Web Sources for Academia

SRAS is ecstatic to announce it's new partnership with one of Russia's most progressive universities! Study abroad where the energy power house of Russia meets the manufacturing powerhouse of Asia! The culture here is amazing

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Baikal Environmental Studies this summer - apply by February 20!

  Baikal_love A couple on the frozen shores of Lake Baikal. Dive in this summer wtih an environmental internship that will place you working with locals, NGOs from Russia and the US, and local government to help preserve this, one of the world's most unique ecosystems!
Photo from SRAS student Andrew Williams.

We have a new partner and a revamped program in Russia's Far East! See our newsletter for more information on how you can explore Moscow's relationship with Japan, China, the Koreas and its own distant far eastern lands! Our new partner will even let you choose whether you will live with a Russian or another foreigner. We also have a fascinating new article on the history and current state of this developing and important Russian region.

We also have some great new interviews about people getting out in Russia and achieving real goals! From bicycling across the world's largest frozen lake, to learning more about the use of the Internet in Russia and Central Asia, to shooting for the stars, Mars, and beyond!

You'll also find our regular features - including a new MiniLesson (Banya!), popular music and movies in Russia, and lots more!

In this month's newsletter:

-  Feature: Russian Far East!      - Feature: Extreme Interviews           -  Koroche!       
-
Programs and Funding!       -  Language and Culture     -  Primary Documents

Statement on Recent Moscow Events
Our programs in Moscow, including all trips, classes, and seminars, are continuing as planned. We continue to monitor the situation daily.


 Russian-Far-East-Banner

 
SRAS  Means More!
offers
Summer Programs


Translation, Art, Culture, Business, History, Central Asia, Adventure
  
Click Here Now!

Deadline: March 1 
for most programs
   

Study Russia's Far East!
The Russian Far East is a course on foreign policy, economics, and history that places you at the confluence of China's manufacturing power, the technology of Japan, the ingenuity of South Korea, Russia's energy, and the North Korean wild card.

Gateway to Asia
Home to major natural resource deposits and essential to maintaining increasingly valuable Asian trade routes, the Far East Federal District is a strategically important asset for Russia - and has always been problematic. This new article takes you inside the region!

New SRAS Partner: VGUES
A new location to study Russian and about Russia's Far East relations. Choose to live with a Russian roommate or another foreigner at this location!

Vladivostok Cultural Program
SRAS cultural programs are designed to give you a wide introduction to your city and to Russia as part of your SRAS program.

Facebook Contest: Russian Far East
Join us on Facebook, test your knowledge of Russia's relations with its Eastern neighbors, and you could win great prizes!


interviews On getting out, giving back, and just doing it!

A Frozen Lake, A Bike, A Dream
Chris Pike rides a bike around the circumference of a frozen Lake Baikal in temperatures of -70F. Seriously. And we interviewed him!

EducationUSA in Russia
Since graduating with a degree in Russian, Bradley Gorski has been working as the Russia Country Coordinator for EducationUSA, an organization sponsored by the US Secretary of State.

Techy Russian
Shoshana Bella Billik is a former SRAS student who has worked for NASA and now helps encourage scholarship in and of the former Soviet republics.

NASA in Russia
Mark Bowman is the Manager of the Moscow Technical Liaison Office, the Deputy Director of the Human Space Flight Program-Russia, and an attache with the US Embassy.

 
Listen to More
Russian Music!

Click Yulia Savicheva, a long time place holder on Russia's pop charts for more info on Russian music!

- 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.


There are more programs and funding than you think for study abroad in Russia!
Study Baikal this summer on an innovative and hands-on summer Internship!

Baikal Environmental Studies
Combine language and history with a hands-on experience in partnership with Tahoe-Baikal Institute! Study the Baikal watershed and learn how to advance environmental initiatives through government, NGOs, and academic institutions.

Baikal Eco Tour
SRAS partners Tahoe-Baikal Institute are offering a two-week eco-tour of Lake Baikal this summer!

Acting in Russia
Join an intensive summer course of Russian-style actor training for English-speaking actors. Scholarships available!

$1295 Off Two Programs in St. Petersburg!
Sign up for both Art in Russia and Museums and Art Restoration in Russia for five weeks of art-packed education, tours, and events in St. Petersburg this summer - and save $1295!

- All Programs on the SRAS Program Search Engine!
- Scholarships for Russia


Language and cultureRusFM
Hear more classic Russian rock on our Internet radio station - now with two times the music! 

Soviet Skiing in Siberia
Sheregesh is Siberia's most developed downhill skiing resort. As with much of Siberia, the surrounding area is rich with traces of its fascinatingly tortured past.

Russian Mini Lessons
This month our mini-lesson explores another Russian cultural icon: the Banya.

 


Primary Documents for  Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

The Russian Middle Class as Policy Objective
(PDF, 484kb) Looking at various ways Russian researchers define the Russian middle class.

The Melnikov House
The family feuding and legal wrangles over the revolutionary architect Konstantin Melnikov's Moscow house may at last be coming to an end.

Reactions to Bombings 
Translations of some of the comments left on several popular Russian-language websites.

Medvedev Interviewed by Bloomberg 
President Dmitry Medvedev on the investment climate in Russia, paths for modernizing the economy and the chances the country has to manufacture products that can compete on world markets.

The Moscow Attack and Airport Security
Excellent article discussing the recent bombing in Moscow in the context of global airport security.

If Russia Were My Home 
This new site lets you compare other country's stats with America's.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Baikal Environmental Studies this summer - apply by February 20!

  Baikal_love A couple on the frozen shores of Lake Baikal. Dive in this summer wtih an environmental internship that will place you working with locals, NGOs from Russia and the US, and local government to help preserve this, one of the world's most unique ecosystems!
Photo from SRAS student Andrew Williams.

We have a new partner and a revamped program in Russia's Far East! See our newsletter for more information on how you can explore Moscow's relationship with Japan, China, the Koreas and its own distant far eastern lands! Our new partner will even let you choose whether you will live with a Russian or another foreigner. We also have a fascinating new article on the history and current state of this developing and important Russian region.

We have some great new interviews about people getting out in Russia and achieving real goals! From bicycling across the world's largest frozen lake, to learning more about the use of the Internet in Russia and Central Asia, to shooting for the stars, Mars, and beyond!

You'll also find our regular features - including a new MiniLesson (Banya!), popular music and movies in Russia, and lots more!

Click here to read the full newsletter
or jump to what interests you most!

In this month's edition:

-  Feature: Russian Far East!      - Feature: Extreme Interviews           -  Koroche!       
-
Programs and Funding!       -  Language and Culture     -  Primary Documents

Statement on Recent Moscow Events
Our programs in Moscow, including all trips, classes, and seminars, are continuing as planned. We continue to monitor the situation daily.

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Russian Studies Abroad - apply by March 15!

  ArchivesJoin SRAS in Moscow for a crash tour of how you can access Russia's largest and most important archives - we can also help you find housing, visa, and logistical arrangements for long-term research!

SRAS has two new programs! Join us in Moscow this summer for a week-long crash course in how to access Russian archives. Russian Archive Access will give you the tools you need to start your dissertation or article research.

You can also join us in Irkutsk for Siberian Summer Adventure. This new program combines five weeks of language and environmental study with two weeks of hands-on environmental work in the Siberian wilderness.

Cheap Eats is our new project for this semester – our two interns will search out full, hearty, and relatively cheap meals in Moscow and St. Petersburg (not an easy task!) and report back to you on their findings. See the language and culture section of this newsletter to read the first installments.

In this month's newsletter:

-  Feature: New Programs Abroad!      -  Koroche!
Language and Culture     -  Primary Documents


There are more programs and funding than you think for study abroad in Russia!Siberian Summer Adventure!

Russian Archive Access
SRAS offers a one-week, crash course into Russian archives.

Siberian Summer Adventure 
We have partnered with the Great Baikal Trail to provide any interested volunteer with a well-rounded educational experience and unforgettable summer adventure in Siberia.

Russian Studies
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.

More Summer Programs!
Central Asian Studies, Russian Studies, The Russian Psyche, Art in Russia, Museums and Art Restoration in Russia, Kyrgyz Summer Adventure, and funding available for most programs! 

 - Scholarships for Russia  


- 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.


Language and cultureCheap Eats Moscow
In an effort to build a small database of student eateries in St. Petersburg and Russia, SRAS has created two mini-internships. In exchange for a small stipend, two SRAS students will, once a week, seek out a location where they can find a full meal, which must include vegetables, protein, and carbohydrate, for no more than about 300 rubles in St. Petersburg and no more than 350 rubles in Moscow.

 

Cheap Eats St. Petersburg
This month, Rikki shows us the secrets of cheap Georgian, where to get inexpensive Russian pies and salads, and where to find a good pelmeni dive. 

The Russian Bath House - Баня
Part II of our Russian Mini-Lesson on the Russian bath house - on safety and mythology!

- SRAS Russian Radio!
- Borovsk: Refuge in the Forest
- Two Languages = Buff Brain


Primary Documents for  Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

Russia's Rich List
Published annually by Russia's Finans Magazine - a ranking of Russia's wealthiest tycoons.

Half of Yabloko Nominees Banned
United Russia has successfully nominated a total of 20,300 candidates. The Communist and A Just Russia parties boast about 3,700 candidates each, the Liberal Democrats have 3,300, and the other parties have less than 1,000 nominees each. There are also more than 20,000 independents.

Neo-Feudalism Explained
A long but fascinating analysis of Russia's system of governance and its future prospects.

State Dept. on Students Abroad
Safety advice and information from the US State Dept. for study abroad students.

Seven Guidelines for U.S. Central Asia Policy
The US must do more, focus more, and focus on its unique advantages to win in Central Asia.

Khodorkovskiy Judge Manipulated?
(facebook only) Many are praising this woman for speaking out - but many more, including many Khodorkovsky supporters, are questioning why she doesn't have more hard evidence for her claims…

New American Plays for Russia
We are happy to announce that the second major stage in the New American Plays for Russia project is complete.

Medvedev's Personal Photography
Medvedev's site for displaying his photography of locations around Russia and abroad.

Central Asian Lobbyists
Which Central Asian countries are lobbying your congressman?

US-Russia Bilateral Commission
President Obama and President Medvedev created the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission (BPC) in July 2009 to improve coordination between our countries, to identify areas of cooperation and pursue joint projects and actions that strengthen strategic stability, international security, economic well-being, and the development of ties between the Russian and American people.

Japanese Right Scuttled Island Deal with Russia
An interview with an expert on Russian diplomacy and military on Russia's heated spat with Japan over a few small islands.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Russian Studies Abroad - apply by March 15!

  ArchivesJoin SRAS in Moscow for a crash tour of how you can access Russia's archives!

SRAS has two new programs! Join us in Moscow this summer for a week-long crash course in how to access Russian archives. Russian Archival Access will give you the tools you need to start your dissertation or article research.

You can also join us in Irkutsk for Siberian Summer Adventure. This new program combines five weeks of language and environmental study with two weeks of hands-on environmental work in the Siberian wilderness.

Cheap Eats is our new project for this semester – our two interns will search out full, hearty, and relatively cheap meals in Moscow and St. Petersburg (not an easy task!) and report back to you on their findings. See the language and culture section of this newsletter to read the first installments.

Click here to read the full newsletter
or jump to what interests you most!

-  Feature: New Programs Abroad!      -  Koroche!
Language and Culture     -  Primary Documents

Acting in Russia
Join an intensive summer course of Russian-style actor training for English-speaking actors. Scholarships available!

$1295 Off Two Programs in St. Petersburg!
Sign up for both Art in Russia and Museums and Art Restoration in Russia for five weeks of art-packed education, tours, and events in St. Petersburg this summer - and save $1295!

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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Art in Russia - apply by April 15!

  Yuri-GagarinFifty years ago today, Yuri Gagarin became the first man to enter outer space! See some great photos from his personal life, learn surprising facts about his flight, and check out the official "space
victories"
Russian-languge archival site!
   

Fifty years ago today, Yuri Gagarin opened the universe to mankind, becoming the first person to leave Earth for outer space. On this momentous occasion, we encourage you to consider boldly going where relatively few Americans have gone before – to the birth place of the first successful human space program – Russia!

This month's newsletter brings you lots of great language material, including a new recipe for Manti and a MiniLesson on earthquakes and tsunamis. You'll also find information on the fast-approaching late summer and fall deadlines for our many unique programs across Ukraine, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan!

P.S. - You might also check out this great blog from one of our students in St. Petersburg!

In this month's newsletter:

Koroche!   - Programs and Funding
- Language & Culture  - Primary Documents


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Russia Country Coordinator
A great job for recent graduates of Russian or Russian Studies programs!

Petition for the University of Alabama
Over the years, the University of Alabama has greatly scaled back its Russian program in the Modern Languages and Classics Department.

Russia Reforms Registration
The three-day rule is now the seven-day rule.

SRAS on FB
What didn't fit in this newsletter is on our FB page! Information on Russia's film industry and wealth distribution, a new American, Siberian-inspired album… and much more. Join us!


Manti

This is Russia 
An amusing animation on Russian culture and business.

MiniLesson: Earthquakes
Russian vocabulary for discussing earthquakes and tsunamis.

Eurasian Cookbook: Manti
 Manti are steamed dumplings and a good way to learn a bit more Russian!

- Forvo: How to Pronouce Russian Words
- Documentary: Pushkin is Our Everything
- Documentary: My Perestroika

 
SRAS  Means More!
offers
Fall Programs


Translation, Culture, Business, History, Central Asia, Environmentalism
  
Click Here Now!

Deadline: May 13
for most programs
   

- Kороче -


matrioshka
All programs in this section are open summer programs!

Art in Russia
Art in Russia is a venue-based program for students, educators, and anyone interested in art.

Russian Archive Access
SRAS offers a one-week, crash course into Russian archives.

Museum Studies and Art Restoration
Meet the people and know the stories behind Russia's great museums!

Acting in Russia
Acting in Russia is an intensive summer course of Russian-style actor training for English-speaking actors.

Russian as a Second Language
Late summer sessions still open in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.

Featured University: SPbGU 
For students interested in the arts or literature, studying at St. Petersburg State University (SPbGU) is an easy choice.

- Scholarships for Russia
- UT Plan Saves Russian Language Major
- Albany "Preserves" Russian Program 


Primary Documents for  Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

Питание в армии
This blog documents everything your average Russian soldier might eat in week.

Communists Mine Hollywood
A Hollywood hits mashup on why a Communist should be president in 2012.

Medvedev on Libya
Medvedev's official remarks on the conflict and security council vote. See also Putin's official remarks.

On the Russian Roads
The drive from Moscow to Vladivostok, recorded and online.

Digital Russian Posters
This collection consists of 75 Russian posters, documenting almost 60 years of Communist political advertising.

Population Decline Accelerates
According to the preliminary results of the latest census.

Results of Russia's Regional Elections
United Russia lost ground in most regions.

Time Travel in Moscow
Set the date range and the interactive map will show you pictures within that range.

Joe Biden at MGU
Full video of the vice president's foreign policy speech at MGU.

Sergey Ivanov at Council on Foreign Relations
Russian deputy prime minister Sergey B. Ivanov discusses recent advances in U.S.-Russia relations, including the bilateral presidential commission.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us.

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Art in Russia - apply by April 15!

  Yuri-Gagarin Fifty years ago today, Yuri Gagarin became the first man to enter outer space! See some great photos from his personal life, learn surprising facts about his flight, and check out the official "space
victories" Russian-languge archival site
!

Fifty years ago today, Yuri Gagarin opened the universe to mankind, becoming the first person to leave Earth for outer space. On this momentous occasion, we encourage you to consider boldly going where relatively few Americans have gone before – to the birth place of the first successful human space program – Russia!

This month's newsletter brings you lots of great language material, including a new recipe for Manti and a MiniLesson on earthquakes and tsunamis. You'll also find information on the fast-approaching late summer and fall deadlines for our many unique programs across Ukraine, Russia, and Kyrgyzstan!

P.S. - You might also check out this great blog from one of our students in St. Petersburg!

In this month's newsletter:

Koroche!        - Programs and Funding! 
- Language and Culture   -  Primary Documents


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Russia Country Coordinator
A great job for recent graduates of Russian or Russian Studies programs!

Petition for the University of Alabama
Over the years, the University of Alabama has greatly scaled back its Russian program in the Modern Languages and Classics Department.

Russia Reforms Registration
The three-day rule is now the seven-day rule.

SRAS on FB
What didn't fit in this newsletter is on our FB page! Information on Russia's film industry and wealth distribution, a new American, Siberian-inspired album… and much more. Join us!


Manti

This is Russia 
An amusing animation on Russian culture and business.

MiniLesson: Earthquakes
Russian vocabulary for discussing earthquakes and tsunamis.

Eurasian Cookbook: Manti
 Manti are steamed dumplings and a good way to learn a bit more Russian!

- Forvo: How to Pronouce Russian Words
- Documentary: Pushkin is Our Everything
- Documentary: My Perestroika

 
SRAS  Means More!
offers
Fall Programs


Translation, Culture, Business, History, Central Asia, Environmentalism
  
Click Here Now!

Deadline: May 13
for most programs
   

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matrioshka
All programs in this section are open summer programs!

Art in Russia
Art in Russia is a venue-based program for students, educators, and anyone interested in art.

Russian Archive Access
SRAS offers a one-week, crash course into Russian archives.

Museum Studies and Art Restoration
Meet the people and know the stories behind Russia's great museums!

Acting in Russia
Acting in Russia is an intensive summer course of Russian-style actor training for English-speaking actors.

Russian as a Second Language
Late summer sessions still open in Ukraine and Kyrgyzstan.

Featured University: SPbGU 
For students interested in the arts or literature, studying at St. Petersburg State University (SPbGU) is an easy choice.

- Scholarships for Russia
- UT Plan Saves Russian Language Major
- Albany "Preserves" Russian Program 


Primary Documents for  Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

Питание в армии
This blog documents everything your average Russian soldier might eat in week.

Communists Mine Hollywood
A Hollywood hits mashup on why a Communist should be president in 2012.

Medvedev on Libya
Medvedev's official remarks on the conflict and security council vote. See also Putin's official remarks.

On the Russian Roads
The drive from Moscow to Vladivostok, recorded and online.

Digital Russian Posters
This collection consists of 75 Russian posters, documenting almost 60 years of Communist political advertising.

Population Decline Accelerates
According to the preliminary results of the latest census.

Results of Russia's Regional Elections
United Russia lost ground in most regions.

Time Travel in Moscow
Set the date range and the interactive map will show you pictures within that range.

Joe Biden at MGU
Full video of the vice president's foreign policy speech at MGU.

Sergey Ivanov at Council on Foreign Relations
Russian deputy prime minister Sergey B. Ivanov discusses recent advances in U.S.-Russia relations, including the bilateral presidential commission.

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Dear readers, we usually try to avoid specialized mailings like this - but felt this one was worth it. If interested, please start your application today! If you know someone who might be interested, forward this on. Applications are due by May 13 (as are all applications for most fall programs).

Also, several of you have noted difficulties in opening certain links in our newsletters since we adopted the new newsletter style. We have found a workaround for this and hope the issue will now be resolved for you. All feedback is appreciated!

Best,

Josh Wilson
Asst. Director,
The School of Russian and Asian Studies


The SRAS Home and Abroad Program
a scholarship program for future translators, academics, and adventurers!


This Program is Available in:
  
Irkutsk
Recently restored church in downtown Irkutsk.Irkutsk State Linguistic University
 
Vladivostok
Far Eastern National University is located in Vladivostok, a major military and naval baseVladivostok State University of Economics and Service

The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship may be applied to any SRAS program held in Irkutsk or Vladivostok lasting a full academic year. A rigorous internship component will be included with the program.

The Internship
Students begin their internship from home. Under the guidance of SRAS staff, students will translate texts ranging in subject matter from business to politics to culture. These projects will widen students' Russian vocabularies while helping them develop a marketable skill in a much-needed profession. Students will continue translating once in Russia and will also take on tasks that will encourage them to get out, explore, and be active. Students will write restaurant and cultural event reviews for the SRAS website, as well as update our online city guide and our student university guide. Students additionally will research and write three three-page articles and complete one major translation project (usually a political platform) during the course of their program. Most of the student's work will be published online on SRAS.org and/or our partners' sites, creating a solid professional portfolio. 

The Program
Eligible programs for this scholarship include full-year sessions of Russian as a Second Language (RSL), The Russian Far East (RFE), and Siberian Studies (SS). If the student selects RFE or SS, the internship listed for the second semester will be with SRAS but will include additional tasks related to Siberia or the Russian Far East.

The Student
Applicants will have advanced Russian skills and strong writing and research skills. The student will be well-organized, motivated, have his/her own laptop, and be able check email once per day. Most translation projects will be expected to be completed 72 hours after they are assigned. The student will be able to work independently and creatively. The student will be adventurous and eager to explore their chosen Russian city independently.

Program Dates
Applications Due: May 13, 2010!
Internship from Home Begins: June 1
Program Abroad Begins: September 5

The Application
Students will apply according to SRAS's regular application procedure, indicating which city and program they are interested in and listing "Home and Abroad Program" as an additional program of choice. In addition, students must submit two academic papers longer than 10 pages. Students will submit additionally one paragraph explaining why they want to participate in this program as well as a letter of recommendation from a former (current) employer and a former (current) professor. All of these additional materials should be emailed to Josh Wilson, SRAS Assistant Director, at jwilson@sras.org. All questions about the Home and Abroad program may be addressed to Josh Wilson.

Start Your Application!



The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) represents universities and educational programs across Russia and Eurasia. Through our partnerships with these organizations, we offer a wide range of educational and travel programs designed to meet the needs of foreign students. We also offer services to assist students in performing and publishing research abroad and at home. These services range from interviews with local personalities to an academic journal designed for students. See our site for more information. Contact us (via a reply email) with any questions.

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Art in Russia - apply by April 15!

  Soviet propaganda marking end of WWII and Great Patriotic War A Soviet propaganda poster marking the end of the both The Great Patriotic War and WWII. The poster credits the USSR, America, Britain, France, and China for the victory. Later, every nation wrote histories of WWII to emphasize their contributions and often left out those of others, particularly any others on the opposite side of the Iron Curtain.

День Победы!
С наступающим!

May 9th will mark the 66th anniversary of the end of The Great Patriotic War. On this day we remember the bravery and sacrifices of the soldiers and citizens caught in the Eastern Front of WWII, where the largest and bloodiest battles ever fought by man occurred. Спасибо за победу!

May 13th also marks the deadline to apply for fall semester study abroad in Russia! Jump in now to study culture in St. Petersburg, politics and history in Moscow, the Russian Far East in Vladivostok, environment in Irkutsk, and Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan. We'll also begin, on May 13th, the process of deciding who will get our $10,000 Home and Abroad Scholarship. Get your applications in now!

This month, our newsletter brings you full-length subtitled Soviet movies on YouTube, a newly updated and expanded resource on Russian politics and diplomacy (elections are soon!), a new installment of our "7 Books" series, new material on Vladivostok, and more. Check it out!

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles       -  Koroche!        - Programs and Funding! 
- Language and Culture   -  Primary Documents

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

$10,000 Home and Abroad Scholarship
The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship may be applied to any SRAS program held in Irkutsk or Vladivostok lasting a full academic year. A rigorous internship component will be included with the program.


Politics-Adat home and abroad!
 

From Petersburg to Moscow
Each semester, SRAS arranges trips to St. Petersburg for its students in Moscow and trips to Moscow for its students in St. Petersburg. This allows students in both cities to get a taste for the other major Russian city and to take advantage of other SRAS services.

7 Books
A handful of books to add to your summer reading list!

The Library: Russian Politics, Diplomacy
Everything you ever wanted to know about Russian politics, but didn't know where to begin asking.

Vladivostok: Fort No 7
Vladivostok, along with dozens of other cities, was a closed city from 1958 to 1992. It was completely closed to foreigners as it was Russia’s major Eastern naval base and the headquarters of the Soviet Fleet. Enjoy Lisa Horner's tour of the city and its story.

Vladivostok: Student Guide
An updated guide for students studying abroad in Vladivostok! Everything you need to stay awhile!

SRAS on FB
What didn't fit in this newsletter is on our FB page! Karl Marx's birthday, Tom-Waits-Bulgakov mash-up, free museums in Moscow, and the CinnaBlin! Join us!


Mosfilm_logo

Exporting Raymond
New documentary released about adapting "Everyone Loves Raymond" for Russian audiences.

MosFilm Now on YouTube
Soviet classics, in their entirety, with English subtitles, now available on YouTube from the copyright holder.

 MiniLesson: Гостиницы в России
Russian vocabulary on Russian (and Soviet) hotels.

- Why Russians Don't Smile
- Battleship Potemkin Remastered, Released
- Festival of Russian Language in DC!
- Moscow Gay Pride Parade Goes Forward

 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Kороче -


Home and Abroad Scholarship
The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship may be applied to any SRAS program held in Irkutsk or Vladivostok lasting a full academic year. A rigorous internship component will be included with the program.

Featured University: Irkutsk State Linguistic University
Irkutsk offers a fuller language and cultural immersion than many other locations, and yet still offers a thriving intellectual cultural scene, surrounded by outdoor ecological adventure. Irkutsk has a small-town close-knit feel, and yet still seems at times cosmopolitan.

SRAS Fall Study Abroad
Application deadlines for most of our courses, from culture in St. Petersburg to politics in Moscow, to Central Asia and the Russian Far East, is coming up May 13!

- Help Save International Education Programs
- Scholarships for Russia
- Junior Scholars Training Seminar 


Primary Documents for  Russia

SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

The Russian Far East and China
Although China’s recent economic and military policies have stimulated arguments about a potential clash with the U.S., this essay contends that China’s most lasting and tangible gains have come at Russia’s expense, both in the Russian Far East and in Central Asia.

Fairytale Map of Russia
A project aimed at collection of interesting sites, cultural events and extraordinary museums devoted to fairytale characters representing the country's diverse folklore traditions.

Digital Kremlin
The Russian government is seeking to fragment the web to extract from it a Russian component, facilitating the establishment of subtle state regulation. This "russification" of the web ties the private sector closely to state initiatives, and will be something to watch carefully in the run-up to presidential elections in 2012.

Gagarin's Flight
A real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering first orbit, shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

Trouble viewing this email? Click here.

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Home and Abroad Translation: $10,000 - apply by May 13!

 
Soviet propaganda marking end of WWII and Great Patriotic War A Soviet propaganda poster marking the end of both The Great Patriotic War and WWII. The poster credits the USSR, America, Britain, France, and China for the victory. Later, every nation wrote histories of WWII to emphasize their contributions and often left out those of others, particularly any others on the opposite side of the Iron Curtain.

День Победы!
С наступающим!

May 9th will mark the 66th anniversary of the end of The Great Patriotic War. On this day we remember the bravery and sacrifices of the soldiers and citizens caught in the Eastern Front of WWII, where the largest and bloodiest battles ever fought by man occurred. Спасибо за победу!

May 13th also marks the deadline to apply for fall semester study abroad in Russia! Jump in now to study culture in St. Petersburg, politics and history in Moscow, the Russian Far East in Vladivostok, environment in Irkutsk, and Central Asia in Kyrgyzstan. We'll also begin, on May 13th, the process of deciding who will get our $10,000 Home and Abroad Scholarship. Get your applications in now!

This month, our newsletter brings you full-length subtitled Soviet movies on YouTube, a newly updated and expanded resource on Russian politics and diplomacy (elections are soon!), a new installment of our "7 Books" series, new material on Vladivostok, and more. Check it out!

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles       -  Koroche!        - Programs and Funding! 
- Language and Culture   -  Primary Documents

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

$10,000 Home and Abroad Scholarship
The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship may be applied to any SRAS program held in Irkutsk or Vladivostok lasting a full academic year. A rigorous internship component will be included with the program.


Politics-Adat home and abroad!
 

 

From Petersburg to Moscow
Each semester, SRAS arranges trips to St. Petersburg for its students in Moscow and trips to Moscow for its students in St. Petersburg. Read about the adventures one student had this year!

7 Books
A handful of books to add to your summer reading list!

The Library: Russian Politics, Diplomacy
Everything you ever wanted to know about Russian politics, but didn't know where to begin asking.

Vladivostok: Fort No 7
Vladivostok, along with dozens of other cities, was a closed city from 1958 to 1992. It was completely closed to foreigners as it was Russia’s major Eastern naval base and the headquarters of the Soviet Fleet. Enjoy Lisa Horner's tour of the city and its story.

Vladivostok: Student Guide
An updated guide for students studying abroad in Vladivostok! Everything you need to stay awhile!

SRAS on FB
What didn't fit in this newsletter is on our FB page! Karl Marx's birthday, Tom-Waits-Bulgakov mash-up, free museums in Moscow, and the CinnaBlin! Join us!


Mosfilm_logo

Exporting Raymond
New documentary released about adapting "Everyone Loves Raymond" for Russian audiences.

MosFilm Now on YouTube
Soviet classics, in their entirety, with English subtitles, now available on YouTube from the copyright holder.

MiniLesson: Гостиницы в России
Russian vocabulary on Russian (and Soviet) hotels.

- Why Russians Don't Smile
- Battleship Potemkin Remastered, Released
- Festival of Russian Language in DC!
- Moscow Gay Pride Parade Goes Forward

 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Kороче -


Home and Abroad Scholarship
The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship may be applied to any SRAS program held in Irkutsk or Vladivostok lasting a full academic year. A rigorous internship component will be included with the program.

Featured University: Irkutsk State Linguistic University
Irkutsk offers a fuller language and cultural immersion than many other locations, and yet still offers a thriving intellectual cultural scene, surrounded by outdoor ecological adventure. Irkutsk has a small-town close-knit feel, and yet still seems at times cosmopolitan.

SRAS Fall Study Abroad
Application deadlines for most of our courses, from culture in St. Petersburg to politics in Moscow, to Central Asia and the Russian Far East, is coming up May 13!

- Help Save International Education Programs
- Scholarships for Russia
- Junior Scholars Training Seminar 


Primary Documents for  Russia

SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

The Russian Far East and China
Although China’s recent economic and military policies have stimulated arguments about a potential clash with the U.S., this essay contends that China’s most lasting and tangible gains have come at Russia’s expense, both in the Russian Far East and in Central Asia.

Fairytale Map of Russia
A project aimed at collection of interesting sites, cultural events and extraordinary museums devoted to fairytale characters representing the country's diverse folklore traditions.

Digital Kremlin
The Russian government is seeking to fragment the web to extract from it a Russian component, facilitating the establishment of subtle state regulation. This "russification" of the web ties the private sector closely to state initiatives, and will be something to watch carefully in the run-up to presidential elections in 2012.

Gagarin's Flight
A real time recreation of Yuri Gagarin's pioneering first orbit, shot entirely in space from on board the International Space Station.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Join us on Facebook for contests, news, and more!

  Kiev-Cover Discover Kiev with SRAS!

This month, we bring you a double issue. Our latest newsletter with regular features and updated information about our programs in Kiev.

In addition, our ninth issue of Vestnik, dedicated to showcasing the best in student research, maintains its established traditions - but with a new twist. In history, we offer "The Soviet Union in Angola: Soviet and African Perspectives on the Failed Socialist Transformation," a fascinating look at the foreign policy and activities of the USSR in Africa. In art, we have "The Conscript and the Commander: The Pictorial Tradition in Sokurov’s Confession," which examines an early post-Soviet military documentary and the painting techniques that helped inspire it.

As a twist, this issue also features several personal reflections rather than focusing strictly on academic writing. Leading these entries is "Once Upon a Time in Eastern Europe: Memoirs of a Soviet Child." This primary source document is the personal memoirs of Katya Hansen, who emigrated from Ukraine shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. We have also published three essays from American students studying in St. Petersburg on what has impressed them about Russian culture.

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles       -  Koroche!        - Programs and Funding! 
- Language and Culture   -  Primary Documents

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

7 Books By Michael McFaul
Many are praising the selection of Mr. McFaul as Ambassador to Russia because of his deep knowledge of the country and closeness to President Obama. Others are concerned, however, that McFaul has been an ideologically charged and vocal critic of Russia, that he has little experience in diplomacy, and point out that these two issues may complicate if not harm relations. McFaul, as a Russian scholar, has written quite prolifically on Russia (and his opinions) - these books can illustrate what those opinions are and give some insight into where America's relations with Russia will go next.

Obama to Name McFaul as Ambassador to Russia
President Obama’s pick for the next U.S. ambassador to Moscow is a trusted adviser who helped engineer the “reset” in U.S.-Russia relations three years ago, while also frequently chiding Kremlin leaders for backsliding on democratic reforms.


Vestnik
The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies




Art, Africa
and Memoirs!





Issue 9         Spring, 2011

 

Pictorial Tradition in Sokurov’s Confession
Marked by Sokurov’s distinctive use of painterly cinematography, Confession’s visual qualities distinguish it from typical examples of documentary film. Recipient of the $200 Jury Award!

The Soviet Union in Angola
Africa’s drive for independence came to a head by the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War.

Memoirs of a Soviet Child
In 1990, I was a six-year old girl living in the Ukrainian SSR, in a country called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

- Essay: Russian Cultural Values
- Essay: Government and Human Rights in the Russian Mindset
- Essay: My Assessment of Russian Culture


LangCultJune2011

"Super Putin"
A new, tounge-in-cheek Internet comic about Putin and "Nano-person" Medevdev. There is now an English translation on the same website!

Что такое оппозиция?
An official Kremlin site puts the opposition into very simple terms for school kids.

 Grammatica 
Grammatica helps you analyze grammar, displays stress marks and turns any Russian text into learning material.

- Zinio - Electronic Russian-Language Magazines


- Programs in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, And Ukraine -

SRAS Spring Study Abroad
Sign up now to claim your spot on one of our innovative spring study abroad programs! (Deadline: October 14, 2011.)

 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

Featured Location: NovoMova (Kiev)
With an extensive selection of Russian language programs from beginner to advanced levels, NovoMova also boasts some of the most creative social programs of all the language schools in Ukraine.

Cultural Program: Kiev
We begin our excursion near the newly renovated Golden Gate site which for many centuries served as the main entrance to Kiev.

- Scholarships for Russia
- Killing Fulbright-Hays
- Schools Cut Foreign Languages
- Colleges Add Language Immersion
- Rating of Russian Universities


- Kороче -


Primary Documents for  Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the  entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document  research!

Interview with MGU Journalism Head on Media Freedom
How Russia’s top journalism school is revamping its curriculum to create a new culture of press freedom.

Search for Old Believers
Many of the Old Believers fled from the Tsar’s rule, settling in various places: in this deep forest in the Suwalszczyzna; in the area south of it near Belarus; and on the shores of Lake Peipus in Estonia, then ruled by Sweden. They have been in these remote regions ever since. But finding them can be a bit of a problem.

Interview with Arkady Dvokovitch on Russia's Investment Climate
Akardy Dvorkovich is one of the faces of Russia’s liberal reform program and, as special economic advisor to President Dmitry Medvedev, he is in a position to make a difference.

Russian Policy Options in the Arctic
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest examines Russia’s Arctic policy. The three authors consider different aspects of this policy and approach to the Arctic.

Joint Report by the Coordinators of the U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission
The primary focus of the Presidential Commission’s work in its second year has been dedicated to expanding our common agenda and to developing new opportunities for partnership between the United States and Russia.

Putin Interviewed by Outdoor Life Magazine
A great deal of your popularity, both in Russia and in the United States, stems from your involvement and enjoyment in the outdoors. At what point in your life did you first become interested in the outdoors?

Lenin's Jewish Roots Declassified
Among dozens of newly released documents on display at the State History Museum is a letter written by Lenin's eldest sister, Anna Ulyanova, saying that their maternal grandfather was a Ukrainian Jew who converted to Christianity to escape the Pale of Settlement and gain access to higher education.

Survey Shows Details of Urban Life
While the report claims there are "more similarities between Moscow and, say, London than between Moscow and Novosibirsk," and that Muscovites' annual retail spending, at 7,619 euros ($10,667), is more than twice as high as that of the average Russian (3,571 euros), it notes that Muscovites' retail spending is greater than that of the average German (5,600 euros) or Briton (5,760 euros).

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Join us on Facebook for contests, news, and more!

  Kiev-Cover Discover Kiev with SRAS!

This month, we bring you a double issue. Our latest newsletter with regular features and updated information about our programs in Kiev.

In addition, our ninth issue of Vestnik, dedicated to showcasing the best in student research, maintains its established traditions - but with a new twist. In history, we offer "The Soviet Union in Angola: Soviet and African Perspectives on the Failed Socialist Transformation," a fascinating look at the foreign policy and activities of the USSR in Africa. In art, we have "The Conscript and the Commander: The Pictorial Tradition in Sokurov’s Confession," which examines an early post-Soviet military documentary and the painting techniques that helped inspire it.

As a twist, this issue also features several personal reflections rather than focusing strictly on academic writing. Leading these entries is "Once Upon a Time in Eastern Europe: Memoirs of a Soviet Child." This primary source document is the personal memoirs of Katya Hansen, who emigrated from Ukraine shortly after the fall of the Soviet Union. We have also published three essays from American students studying in St. Petersburg on what has impressed them about Russian culture.

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles       -  Koroche!        - Programs and Funding! 
- Language and Culture   -  Primary Documents

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

7 Books By Michael McFaul
Many are praising the selection of Mr. McFaul as Ambassador to Russia because of his deep knowledge of the country and closeness to President Obama. Others are concerned, however, that McFaul has been an ideologically charged and vocal critic of Russia, that he has little experience in diplomacy, and point out that these two issues may complicate if not harm relations. McFaul, as a Russian scholar, has written quite prolifically on Russia (and his opinions) - the books below can illustrate what those opinions are and give some insight into where America's relations with Russia will go next.

Obama to Name McFaul as Ambassador to Russia
President Obama’s pick for the next U.S. ambassador to Moscow is a trusted adviser who helped engineer the “reset” in U.S.-Russia relations three years ago, while also frequently chiding Kremlin leaders for backsliding on democratic reforms.


Vestnik
The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies




Art, Africa
and Memoirs!





Issue 9         Spring, 2011

 

Pictorial Tradition in Sokurov’s Confession
Marked by Sokurov’s distinctive use of painterly cinematography, Confession’s visual qualities distinguish it from typical examples of documentary film. Recipient of the $200 Jury Award!

The Soviet Union in Angola
Africa’s drive for independence came to a head by the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War.

Memoirs of a Soviet Child
In 1990, I was a six-year old girl living in the Ukrainian SSR, in a country called the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

- Essay: Russian Cultural Values
- Essay: Government and Human Rights in the Russian Mindset
- Essay: My Assessment of Russian Culture


LangCultJune2011

"Super Putin"
A new, tounge-in-cheek Internet comic about Putin and "Nano-person" Medevdev. There is now an English translation on the same website!

Что такое оппозиция?
An official Kremlin site puts the opposition into very simple terms for school kids.

 Grammatica 
Grammatica helps you analyze grammar, displays stress marks and turns any Russian text into learning material.

- Zinio - Electronic Russian-Language Magazines


- Programs in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, And Ukraine -

SRAS Spring Study Abroad
Sign up now to claim your spot on one of our innovative Spring study abroad programs! (Deadline: October 14, 2011.)

 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

Featured Location: NovoMova (Kiev)
With an extensive selection of Russian language programs from beginner to advanced levels, NovoMova also boasts some of the most creative social programs of all the language schools in Ukraine.

Cultural Program: Kiev
We begin our excursion near the newly renovated Golden Gate site which for many centuries served as the main entrance to Kiev.

- Scholarships for Russia
- Killing Fulbright-Hays
- Schools Cut Foreign Languages
- Colleges Add Language Immersion
- Rating of Russian Universities


- Kороче -


Primary Documents for Russia

 
Planning on
Researching
Abroad?
 
SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services - Russia Your Way

 
SRAS Guide to Primary Doc. Websites and Russian Archives
Click the entrence to RGASPI for more about Russian archives and primary document research!

Interview with MGU Journalism Head on Media Freedom
How Russia’s top journalism school is revamping its curriculum to create a new culture of press freedom.

Search for Old Believers
Many of the Old Believers fled from the Tsar’s rule, settling in various places: in this deep forest in the Suwalszczyzna; in the area south of it near Belarus; and on the shores of Lake Peipus in Estonia, then ruled by Sweden. They have been in these remote regions ever since. But finding them can be a bit of a problem.

Interview with Arkady Dvokovitch on Russia's Investment Climate
Akardy Dvorkovich is one of the faces of Russia’s liberal reform program and, as special economic advisor to President Dmitry Medvedev, he is in a position to make a difference.

Russian Policy Options in the Arctic
This issue of the Russian Analytical Digest examines Russia’s Arctic policy. The three authors consider different aspects of this policy and approach to the Arctic.

Joint Report by the Coordinators of the U.S.-Russia Presidential Commission
The primary focus of the Presidential Commission’s work in its second year has been dedicated to expanding our common agenda and to developing new opportunities for partnership between the United States and Russia.

Putin Interviewed by Outdoor Life Magazine
A great deal of your popularity, both in Russia and in the United States, stems from your involvement and enjoyment in the outdoors. At what point in your life did you first become interested in the outdoors?

Lenin's Jewish Roots Declassified
Among dozens of newly released documents on display at the State History Museum is a letter written by Lenin's eldest sister, Anna Ulyanova, saying that their maternal grandfather was a Ukrainian Jew who converted to Christianity to escape the Pale of Settlement and gain access to higher education.

Survey Shows Details of Urban Life
While the report claims there are "more similarities between Moscow and, say, London than between Moscow and Novosibirsk," and that Muscovites' annual retail spending, at 7,619 euros ($10,667), is more than twice as high as that of the average Russian (3,571 euros), it notes that Muscovites' retail spending is greater than that of the average German (5,600 euros) or Briton (5,760 euros).

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia 

  facebook-basilJoin SRAS on FaceBook for more news, resources, great Internet sites, and even contests with real Russia-related prizes!

This will be our last SRAS Newsletter... for the summer. We'll be back to our regular schedule with our big Back-to-School issue due out in early September. Until then, join us on Facebook to be notified when new Koroche! material (on Russian songs, journalism, movies, and more) comes out. We'll also keep you posted of interesting news, cultural facts, Russia-related jobs, occasional contests, and more!

We are also glad to announce several very promising changes emerging in Russia's visa regime with the US and EU. The EU is set to get 5-year professional visas, while the US will get tourist and business visas valid for three years and which don't require an invitation. Depending on how these are implemented, this could simplify life for many investing in Russia and boost Russian tourism. Of course, the details are still being worked out, and one detail, a new online visa application, is actually causing major problems and even some canceled trips. We do not anticipate that this will affect our students' ability to get their visas on time. As always, your SRAS consultant will be in touch if you need to do anything concerning your visa to attend your SRAS program. We are also overall hopeful that the end result of these changes will be very positive.

Below, you'll find some great blogs by our students, as well as find out how to make your own Tarkhun, the best place to watch Soviet cartoons, as well our regular updates on scholarships and more!

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles       -  Koroche!        - Programs and Funding! 
- Language and Culture   -  Primary Documents

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.


Student Blogs and Social Media!

On the Volga
A great blog from our student in Nizhny Novgorod.

Acting Adventures in Russia
A blog from one of our acting students in St. Pete.

An American Actor in Russia
Pics, insights, and a great description of our new program in St. Pete from one of its first students!

SRAS on FB
Everything cool about Russia - including news, job offers, contests, internships, upcoming events - that isn't in this newsletter is on our Facebook page!


Mosfilm_logo

"American Seasons" in Russia
U.S. Embassy in Moscow has announced a unique year-long American arts and culture festival in Russia.

Tarkhun, Russia's "Spicy" Drink
History, recipes, and some great videos all about the refreshing Georgian soda made from tarragon!

Politics in Translation: People's Front 
Vladimir Putin announced the creation of an "All-Russia People's Front" at a regional congress of the United Russia party in Volgograd on Friday, May 6, 2011.

 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Kороче -


SRAS Spring Study Abroad
Sign up now to claim your spot on one of our innovative Spring study abroad programs! (Deadline: October 14, 2011.).

Featured Location: The London School in Bishkek
Students wishing to combine serious language, history, and cultural studies with crafts lessons, village home stays, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming are especially drawn to The London School.

Odessa Culture Lab
SRAS cultural programs are designed to give you a wide introduction to your city and to your host country as a whole. These structured experiences are laid-back, educational, and an opportunity for students to get to know each other.

Translating Success
One of the most diverse foreign language programs in the country is at a community college in New Jersey.

 - Scholarships for Russia
- Core Fulbright Scholarship - Apply! 


Primary Documents for  Russia

SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Interview with Alexei Kudrin
Russia's Finance Minister speaks out on investment and international education.

My Perestroika
Watch the full documentary that everyone is raving about for free on PBS.org.

YouTube - Кинозал
YouTube's Movies Project's Russian version (Kinozal) has several new and older Russian-language films for free online.

Medvedev's Economic Speech
The President gave an assessment of the current state of Russia’s economy and outlined the main modernization priorities. Investors raved about it…

Soyuzmultfilm on YouTube
Hours of classic Russian cartoons, all for free!

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia 

  facebook-basilJoin SRAS on FaceBook for more news, resources, great Internet sites, and even contests with real Russia-related prizes!

This will be our last SRAS Newsletter... for the summer. We'll be back to our regular schedule with our big Back-to-School issue due out in early September. Until then, join us on Facebook to be notified when new Koroche! material (on Russian songs, journalism, movies, and more) comes out. We'll also keep you posted of interesting news, cultural facts, Russia-related jobs, occasional contests, and more!

We are also glad to announce several very promising changes emerging in Russia's visa regime with the US and EU. The EU is set to get 5-year professional visas, while the US will get tourist and business visas valid for three years and which don't require an invitation. Depending on how these are implemented, this could simplify life for many investing in Russia and boost Russian tourism. Of course, the details are still being worked out, and one detail, a new online visa application, is actually causing major problems and even some canceled trips. We do not anticipate that this will affect our students' ability to get their visas on time. As always, your SRAS consultant will be in touch if you need to do anything concerning your visa to attend your SRAS program. We are also overall hopeful that the end result of these changes will be very positive.

Below, you'll find some great blogs by our students, as well as find out how to make your own Tarkhun, the best place to watch Soviet cartoons, as well our regular updates on scholarships and more!

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles       -  Koroche!        - Programs and Funding! 
- Language and Culture   -  Primary Documents

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.


Student Blogs and Social Media!

On the Volga
A great blog from our student in Nizhny Novgorod.

Acting Adventures in Russia
A blog from one of our acting students in St. Petersburg.

An American Actor in Russia
Pics, insights, and a great discription of our new program in St. Pete from one of its first students!

SRAS on FB
Everything cool about Russia - including news, job offers, contests, internships, upcoming events - that isn't in this newsletter is on our Facebook page!


Mosfilm_logo

"American Seasons" in Russia
U.S. Embassy in Moscow has announced a unique year-long American arts and culture festival in Russia.

Tarkhun, Russia's "Spicy" Drink
History, recipes, and some great videos all about the refreshing Georgian soda made from tarragon!

Politics in Translation: People's Front 
Vladimir Putin announced the creation of an "All-Russia People's Front" at a regional congress of the United Russia party in Volgograd on Friday, May 6, 2011.

 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Kороче -


SRAS Spring Study Abroad
Sign up now to claim your spot on one of our innovative Spring study abroad programs! (Deadline: October 14, 2011.).

Featured Location: The London School in Bishkek
Students wishing to combine serious language, history, and cultural studies with crafts lessons, village home stays, hiking, horseback riding, and swimming are especially drawn to The London School.

Odessa Culture Lab
SRAS cultural programs are designed to give you a wide introduction to your city and to your host country as a whole. These structured experiences are laid-back, educational, and an opportunity for students to get to know each other.

Translating Success
One of the most diverse foreign language programs in the country is at a community college in New Jersey.

 - Scholarships for Russia
- Core Fulbright Scholarship - Apply! 


Primary Documents for  Russia

SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Interview with Alexei Kudrin
Russia's Finance Minister speaks out on investment and international education.

My Perestroika
Watch the full documentary that everyone is raving about for free on PBS.org.

YouTube - Кинозал
YouTube's Movies Project's Russian version (Kinozal) has several new and older Russian-language films for free online.

Medvedev's Economic Speech
The President gave an assessment of the current state of Russia’s economy and outlined the main modernization priorities. Investors raved about it…

Soyuzmultfilm on YouTube
Hours of classic Russian cartoons, all for free!

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia 

  0006943w Flowers at the US Embassy in Moscow - Sept 13, 2001. Photo from the personal blog of Ambassador Beyrle.

Добро пожаловать!

As you get settled into the day-to-day work of another semester, it is important not to lose sight of the greater importance of education. While Congress looks to slash the deficit, education is finding itself on the chopping block. Meanwhile, US Secretaries of State former and current, the Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, and even business leaders are increasingly complaining that there are not enough Americans proficient in foreign language to keep the American government, military, security agencies, and business moving forward in an increasingly globalized world.

Deadlines for next semester's study abroad programs are coming up October 15. Take the chance to move ahead, the chance to expand your perceptions and your knowledge of the world, and the chance to better prepare yourself for the future.

This month's back-to-school edition of the SRAS newsletter offers lots of information on these programs, on the unmet demand for foreign languages in the US, and lots and lots on Russian culture, language, politics, and more!

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles       -  Koroche!        - Programs and Funding! 
- Books         - Language and Culture       -  Primary Documents

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.


Feature_9_2011

All Moscow's Bribes
Bribery occurs in maternity clinics, kindergartens, grade and high schools, colleges and universities, passport offices, hospitals, military conscription boards, police departments, courts, and even cemeteries.

Russian Literature in Kyrgyzstan
Everything you ever wanted to know about modern Russian-language literature in Kyrgyzstan.

Politics in Translation: How to Become a Communist
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) is generally acknowledged as being the successor to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), which had ruled the USSR until 1991.

- Speech of the Party Leader at the Congress of Right Cause
- Translate Abroad Internships


Lang-Culture

Russian Studies Abroad
Russian Studies Abroad provides a broad educational foundation for students planning a professional career with ties to Russia.

Journey through Russian Folk Belief & Song
Professor David J. Galloway Hobart of William Smith Colleges heads to Russia's frozen north to record the culture there.

St. Basil's Cathedral:  Virtual Tour! 
The Cathedral of the Intercession of Our Lady on the Moat (its original name) was erected in 1555-1561 on the order of Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible near Spassky Gate of the Kremlin.

MiniLesson: Гостиницы в России, part 2
Some basic phrases for checking in and staying in a hotel in Russia.

MiniLesson: Bribes - Взятки
Bribery and corruption is often cited as one of biggest impediments to doing business in Russia. However, bribery can be a part of everyday life for  Russian citizens and migrants to Russia as well.

 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russians_St_Pete

- SRAS Student Blogs Odessa
- Russian Unis More Attractive to Foreign Students

- Old Rus' Medieval Fair (video)
- Energy Sucking Aliens Invade Moscow! (video)
- Why Do Russians Hate Ice?
- American Kids Immersed in Chinese, Asian Education
- Record-breaking Lasers for Moscow Day (video)


- Kороче -


- Featured Programs and Locations -

Moscow Students' Guide
Everything to know about staying awhile.

SRAS's New Posters Published
SRAS is pleased to announce the publication of three new posters on why and how you can study abroad in Russia, Central Asia, or Ukraine!

NGO and Cultural Internships
Russian NGOs, museums, and theaters can offer students fantastic internship opportunities.

Report from Abroad Internships
Report from Abroad is for journalism students looking to jumpstart their careers.

Central Asian Studies
You'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on geopolitics and foreign relations for your future in government, business, or academia.

- Alumni Rewards and Student Initiatives
- Why It's Smart to Be Bilingual
- DOD: Language Training Critical to U.S. Interests
- Language Boot Camp Draws High Schoolers to North Georgia
- Eurasia Program Fellowships
- Language Cuts Endanger U.S.


 Never Too Many Books!
97172403New English-language
tales from Solzhenitsyn
400000000000000345917_s4Central Asia: A pivot
for world history
51nAq0OFKzL._SL500_AA300_Made in Russia:
Soviet Design

Primary Documents for  Russia

SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

The МВД Tube
Russia's Interior Ministry - which runs Russia's police force and is probably Russia's least trusted and least liked Ministry - has launched a YouTube channel as part of a PR campaign to boost their image.

USSR - 20 years later
It's two decades since the USSR broke up. But what happened to those Soviet countries?

A Metro of the Future
A map of the extensive development awaiting Moscow's subway in the near future.

Moscow to Grow to 2.5x its Current Size
This map, only in Russian, shows Moscow's growth from a tiny military outpost in the 14th century to its soon-to-be-completed massive expansion that will add another Moscow-and-a-half to its territory.

Bolshoi Theatre Archives Reveal Lives of Musicians
The death of a tyrant, abduction by the secret police and insight into the minds of some of the greatest composers in history are all part of the details that Russia's Bolshoi Theatre have discovered in the margins of the centuries-old sheet music in its archives.

Medvedev's Address to the Global Policy Forum
This forum, like all other forums of this kind, is first and foremost an attempt to better hear one another, to understand one another. And our forum is another manifestation of diversity in our thinking. That is precisely why humanity has new opportunities. In any case, I am convinced of this.

Poll: Putin Presidential Front-Runner Among Russian Liberals
"Friend" us on Facebook to read this fascinating article!

Unearthing a Lost Russian city
Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of a lost Russian city in the countryside near Tula.

Then and Now: Purchasing Power
While some yearn for a return to the times of cheap foodstuffs and fixed wages, a new study shows Russians are much better off materially now than 20 years ago.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

Flowers at the US Embassy in Moscow - Sept 13, 2001

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia 

  0006943w Flowers at the US Embassy in Moscow - Sept 13, 2001. Photo from the blog of Ambassador Beyrle.

 

Добро пожаловать!

As you get settled into the day-to-day work of another semester, it is important not to lose sight of the greater importance of education. While Congress looks to slash the deficit, education is finding itself on the chopping block. Meanwhile, US Secretaries of State current and former, the Secretary of Defense, Director of the CIA, and even business leaders are increasingly complaining that there are not enough Americans proficient in foreign language to keep the American government, military, security agencies, and business moving forward in an increasingly globalized world.

Deadlines for next semester's study abroad programs are coming up October 15. Take the chance to move ahead, the chance to expand your perceptions and your knowledge of the world, and the chance to better prepare yourself for the future.

This month's back-to-school edition of the SRAS newsletter offers lots of information on these programs, on the unmet demand for foreign languages in the US, and lots and lots on Russian culture, language, politics, and more!

 

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles       -  Koroche!        - Programs and Funding!
- Books             - Language and Culture   -  Primary Documents

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.


Feature_9_2011

All Moscow's Bribes
Bribery occurs in maternity clinics, kindergartens, grade and high schools, colleges and universities, passport offices, hospitals, military conscription boards, police departments, courts, and even cemeteries.

Russian Literature in Kyrgyzstan
Everything you ever wanted to know about modern Russian-language literature in Kyrgyzstan.

Politics in Translation: How to Become a Communist
The Communist Party of the Russian Federation (CPRF) is generally acknowledged as being the successor to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), which had ruled the USSR until 1991.

- Speech of the Party Leader at the Congress of Right Cause
- Translate Abroad Internships


Lang-Culture

Russian Studies Abroad
Russian Studies Abroad provides a broad educational foundation for students planning a professional career with ties to Russia.

Journey through Russian Folk Belief & Song
Professor David J. Galloway Hobart of William Smith Colleges heads to Russia's frozen north to record the culture there.

St. Basil's Cathedral:  Virtual Tour! 
The Cathedral of the Intercession of Our Lady on the Moat (its original name) was erected in 1555-1561 on the order of Tsar Ivan IV the Terrible near Spassky Gate of the Kremlin.

MiniLesson: Гостиницы в России, part 2
Some basic phrases for checking in and staying in a hotel in Russia.

MiniLesson: Bribes - Взятки
Bribery and corruption is often cited as one of biggest impediments to doing business in Russia. However, bribery can be a part of everyday life for Russian citizens and migrants to Russia as well.

 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russians_St_Pete

- SRAS Student Blogs Odessa
- Russian Unis More Attractive to Foreign Students

- Old Rus' Medieval Fair (video)
- Energy Sucking Aliens Invade Moscow! (video)
- Why Do Russians Hate Ice?
- American Kids Immersed in Chinese, Asian Education
- Record-breaking Lasers for Moscow Day (video)


- Kороче -


- Featured Programs and Locations -

Moscow Students' Guide
Everything to know about staying awhile.

SRAS's New Posters Published
SRAS is pleased to announce the publication of three new posters on why and how you can study abroad in Russia, Central Asia, or Ukraine!

NGO and Cultural Internships
Russian NGOs, museums, and theaters can offer students fantastic internship opportunities.

Report from Abroad Internships
Report from Abroad is for journalism students looking to jumpstart their careers.

Central Asian Studies
You'll gain a wider, fuller, first-hand perspective on geopolitics and foreign relations for your future in government, business, or academia.

- Alumni Rewards and Student Initiatives
- Why It's Smart to Be Bilingual
- DOD: Language Training Critical to U.S. Interests
- Language Boot Camp Draws High Schoolers to North Georgia
- Eurasia Program Fellowships
 - Language Cuts Endanger U.S.


 Never Too Many Books!
97172403New English-language
tales from Solzhenitsyn
400000000000000345917_s4Central Asia: A pivot
for world history
51nAq0OFKzL._SL500_AA300_Made in Russia:
Soviet Design

Primary Documents for  Russia

SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

The МВД Tube
Russia's Interior Ministry - which runs Russia's police force and is probably Russia's least trusted and least liked Ministry - has launched a YouTube channel as part of a PR campaign to boost their image.

USSR - 20 years later
It's two decades since the USSR broke up. But what happened to those Soviet countries?

A Metro of the Future
A map of the extensive development awaiting Moscow's subway in the near future.

Moscow to Grow to 2.5x its Current Size
This map, only in Russian, shows Moscow's growth from a tiny military outpost in the 14th century to its soon-to-be-completed massive expansion that will add another Moscow-and-a-half to its territory.

Bolshoi Theatre Archives Reveal Lives of Musicians
The death of a tyrant, abduction by the secret police and insight into the minds of some of the greatest composers in history are all part of the details that Russia's Bolshoi Theatre have discovered in the margins of the centuries-old sheet music in its archives.

Medvedev's Address to the Global Policy Forum
This forum, like all other forums of this kind, is first and foremost an attempt to better hear one another, to understand one another. And our forum is another manifestation of diversity in our thinking. That is precisely why humanity has new opportunities. In any case, I am convinced of this.

Poll: Putin Presidential Front-Runner Among Russian Liberals
"Friend" us on Facebook to read this fascinating article!

Unearthing a Lost Russian city
Archaeologists have unearthed evidence of a lost Russian city in the countryside near Tula.

Then and Now: Purchasing Power
While some yearn for a return to the times of cheap foodstuffs and fixed wages, a new study shows Russians are much better off materially now than 20 years ago.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

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Dear readers, we usually try to avoid specialized mailings like this - but felt this one was worth it. If interested, please start your application today! If you know someone who might be interested, forward this on. Applications are due by Oct 15 (as are all applications for most spring programs). Scroll down this email for more info!

We've also recently published two new posters that are now available for free to professors, departments, and clubs. Find out more below!

Best,

Josh Wilson
Asst. Director,
The School of Russian and Asian Studies
SRAS.org
Facebook.com/SRASfb


 

WhyRussia11x17[e]"Why Russia" - a detail of
the full 11x17" poster.

New Posters Published 

SRAS is pleased to announce the publication of two new posters!

The first, "Why Russia," (pdf, 350kb), contains a number of thought-provoking facts and visually striking photos to convince readers that the Russian language and study abroad can open doors to intriguing opportunities.

The second, our "All Programs" poster (pdf, 600kb) highlights the range of subjects you can explore in locations across Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. It is, essentially, our program search engine in print form which can be posted in your department, Russian club, or classroom. On the back all dates, costs, and other information for all of our programs are listed on one convenient sheet.

Both posters cover a massive amount of information and are thus on large, 11x17" paper.

Those who regularly already receive materials from SRAS through the mail can expect one copy of each to arrive shortly. Those not already on our lists but who would like to receive copies for their classroom, office, or Russian club or those on the list who would like extra copies can contact us to receive them for free!


 

Home and Abroad: Creative
9 Months Immersed in Russian Art

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This Program is Available in:
  
St. Petersburg
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Hosted in part at:
 
The Hermitage
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and St. Petersburg
State University

St.-Petersburg
 
Frequently Asked Questions

About SRAS Programs; Housing; AirfareVisas; Safety in Russia; SRAS; Financial Aid; Credit Xfer; Applying; Budget; Other.
 
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The SRAS Program Home and Abroad: Creative offers $7,000 to students who want to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad. The scholarship applies to a specific academic program from SRAS lasting approximately nine months with a rigorous internship component included.

The Internship
Students begin their internship from home beginning November 1, 2011. Under the guidance of SRAS staff, students will research and write short, accessible articles and other materials related to Russian art for a general audience. These will be published and featured on SRAS.org as well its partner sites. Students will continue researching and writing once in Russia and will also take on tasks that will encourage them to get out, explore, and be active. Students will write restaurant and cultural event reviews, as well as update SRAS's online city guide and our student university guide. 

The Program and Scholarship
The related study abroad program will include a $3000 scholarship which may be applied to the Spring, 2012 semester of Russian as a Second Language (RSL) or The Russians, both as offered in St. Petersburg. The student will then be invited to stay on and attend our summer Art and Museums in Russia program and no additional cost, including housing. The total value of the scholarship is thus worth slightly more than $7,000.

The Student
Applicants must have had at least two semesters of study in art history, studio art, or museum science. Previous Russian study is desirable, but not required for eligibility. Applicants must possess native or near-native English skills and strong writing and research skills. The student will be well-organized, motivated, have his/her own laptop, and be able check email once per day. The student must be able to work independently and creatively. The student will be adventurous and eager to explore Russia and its art and to excite others about these two subjects.

Program Dates
Applications Due: Oct 15, 2011!
Final Decisions Made: Before Oct 25
Internship from Home Begins: Nov 1
Program Abroad Begins: Feb 6

The Application
Students will apply according to SRAS's regular application procedure, indicating which base program (RSL or The Russians) they are interested in. Students should list the "Home and Abroad: Creative" as an additional program of choice. In addition, students must submit:

  • Two academic papers longer than 10 pages.
  • Students will submit additionally one paragraph explaining why they want to participate in this program as well as a letter of recommendation from a former (current) employer and a former (current) professor.
  • Students will write two submissions of at least one paragraph and no more than a half page describing 1) their favorite painting and 2) their favorite restaurant or café.

All of these additional materials should be emailed to Josh Wilson, SRAS Assistant Director. Students indicating interest in Home and Abroad Program are not required to pay the $250 deposit until after acceptance. The deposit will be due on November 1, 2011, or before. All questions about the Home and Abroad program may be addressed to Josh Wilson.

The Selection Process
Once students have completed the application process for Home and Abroad: Creative and related programs, they may be asked to revise or edit their writing submissions to test how well they work with an editor over email. A telephone interview may also be arranged. Based on the outcome of this process, students will be informed if they will remain in consideration for the scholarship. Final decisions will be made before October 25th.

Start Your Application!

Program F.A.Q.

What if I am not currently a student anywhere?
Not a problem. For more on eligibility issues, please see our main FAQ page.

How does this program work?
Home and Abroad: Creative is a scholarship applicable to a specific program package described above: one semester of of Russian as a Second Language (RSL) or The Russians, both as offered in St. Petersburg, our summer program Art and Museums in Russia (students will have additional Russian study and housing in the weeks between these two programs), plus an intensive internship. $3000 is discounted from the first semester and after that, all fees and costs are waived for regular tuition and housing.

What are my odds of getting the scholarship?
This is the first year SRAS has offered this program, so we don't know how many applications we will receive. However, we have just one scholarship placement to fill. Students not accepted for the program may still attend the their chosen program without the Home and Abroad: Creative scholarship and internship or may change their application to another SRAS program of their choosing.

I have not had work experience - what do I do about the recommendation?
Students who do not have a past employer to request a recommendation from may submit a recommendation from anyone who can comment on the student's ability to work hard, work creatively, and work independently. This may be someone who oversaw the student's participation in volunteer work, community projects, campus activism, student government, Russian (or other) clubs, or even a (second) professor who can comment on these issues.

What form should the recommendations take?
The recommendation from the professor should be completed according to our online form (part of the application process). The second should be a free-form letter but should cover three topics: the student's ability to work hard, work creatively, and work independently.

Do the papers need to be about Russia-related topics?
We prefer papers on Russia-related topics. However, we will accept any examples that the student considers to be outstanding examples of his/her writing.

What if I am not a US citizen?
Not a problem so long as you have native or near-native English skills. For more on eligibility issues, please see our main FAQ page.

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia 

  Lentulov New Jerusalem Do you like Russian art? Would you like to spend several months researching, writing about, and actually exploring art in Russia? Would you like a scholarship to do so? Great. Click here.

Добро пожаловать!

Spring is in the air! Ok, not really – but it is time to be thinking about spring semester already. SRAS has a wide range of programs across Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. We also have a full range of funding opportunities listed for you on our site. Take a look – but move fast, the deadline is October 15th!

This month our newsletter brings you a mass of information. From the fabulously fun (a Russian-themed Halloween film suggestion and Vodka-infused Gummy Bears for those 21 and over) to the seriously scholarly (a new batch of Russian political platforms in full translation and a great source of customizable graphs on Russian economic stats) to the somewhere-in-between (watch the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II and listen to Leo Tolstoy read his own poetry) – this one has it all! 

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles     -  Koroche! 
-
Programs and Funding! 
- Books                    -  Primary Documents
- Language and Culture

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

Facebook Contest: Russian Universities!
Join us on Facebook to test your knowledge of Russia's universities and win great prizes!


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Programs and Funding! -

$7000 Scholarship to Study Russian Art
SRAS's Home and Abroad: Creative offers $7,000 to students who want to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad.

Apply Now to Study Abroad this Spring!
Study ecology in Irkutsk, Russian politics in Moscow, culture in St. Pete, international relations and regional studies in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) or Vladivostok (Russia and the Far East) or, of course, Russian in locations across Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan!

SRAS Posters Available
One poster vividly shows why you should study abroad in Russia and the other shows you how to do it.

Russian Student Census
Those of you who teach or administrate, please submit your census numbers. Those of you who study, please encourage your professors and departments to submit. This is a great project that is helping arm professors and students to advocate for Russian programs. 

- All Open Funding Cycles for Study Abroad in Russia
- Blog - Adventures of an SRAS Student in St. Pete
- Boren Awards Can Get You $30K to Study Abroad! 
- New NY Center for Russian Study
- The True Value of Interning Abroad
- Senate Budget Would Preserve Pell
- Tennessee Schools Develop Bilingual Kids


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

translation_sidebar2

- Feature: Russian Politics on the Eve of Elections -

Communist Platform
While history is usually written by the victors, as the saying goes, the Communists are still a political force in Russia and have written their own version of the dramatic events of the late eighties and early nineties. 

Yabloko's "New" Political Course
Yabloko is the last functioning liberal democratic party from the 1990s.

LDPR Anti-Crisis Platform
The party mixes nostalgia for the USSR (and an open desire to recreate it) with a strong anti-immigration stance and a stated resolve to answer "The Russian Question"

Patriots of Russia Political Platform
The Patriots of Russia is Russia's smallest officially-registered political party.

A Just Russia Manifesto
A Just Russia is a relatively new politically party and the smallest faction represented in the Duma. They may not hold onto that representation after this year's elections.

- Medvedev Endorses Putin for President
- Kudrin Resigns as Finance Minister
- Prokhorov Sought Street Protests
- Obama's Russia Ambassador Nominated
- Politics in Translation (More Platforms and Texts!)


- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia: Russian comic gets pregnant
MTV's Top 5: Ё-ё-ё
Nashe Radio's Top 5
: Modern folk tops the chart
Russian TV Reporting:
Plane crash kills hockey team

Cheap Eats Moscow:
Soviet-era blini & Chinese buffet

Cheap Eats St. Petersburg:
Zhili Bili; Lady Killers


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russians_St_Pete

- Language and Culture -

MiniLesson: Detskyi Sad - Kindergarten
This the first in a new series of Russian MiniLessons devoted to early education in Russia.

Russian Halloween Film: Вий
Halloween is just around the bend - celebrate it with the best-known Russian horror film of all time! It's free on YouTube and has English subtitles!

The Living Voice of Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy made some the first audio recordings in Russia. You can listen to these digitized recordings of him speaking Russian (and English!). 

My Family’s Experiment in Extreme Schooling
What happens when you take three American kids and throw them in a Russian grade school where they can’t speak the language?

Architecture and the Russian Avant-garde
A brief, free lecture on Russia's Avant-garde movement.

- Anna Karenina Film in Production
- Vodka-Infused Gummi Bears

- Your Favorite Stars as Russian Military Generals

- American to Join the Bolshoi
- Russian Film Festival - London
- The American Balalaika Symphony Orchestra
- Russian Film Week NYC 2011


 Never Too Many Books or Movies!
Exporting Raymond on DVD Everybody Loves Raymond
er... Vova!
soviet fates lost alternatives Post-Soviet history understanding russian politics A great new book!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russian Studies

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Антикоррупционный комитет им. И. В. Сталина
This new project by Russia's Communists aims to stamp out corruption in Russia.

Трудности перевода кино
For those with advanced Russian, this article on the translations of movie titles through history is very interesting. For those with intermediate skills, you can get the basic jest from the movie posters pictured in English and Russian.

USSR Photos
This is a collection of photos from the archives of ITAR-TASS, a news agency once run by the USSR and now run by the Russian Federation.

Tsar Nicholas II Coronation
The coronation of Tsar Nicholas II is now on YouTube. It's one of the first films ever shot in Russia and one of the oldest known surviving films today.

TRANSAERO
Transaero doesn't show up in most search engines like Travelocity. However, they have recently expanded their international offerings to include NY and Houston and have rates considerably less than Aeroflot or Delta.

Russian Economic Stats
This site provides a range of customizable economic charts for various indicators for Russia.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

Trouble viewing this email? Click here.

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia 

  Lentulov New Jerusalem Do you like Russian art? Would you like to spend several months researching, writing about, and actually exploring art in Russia? Would you like a scholarship to do so? Great. Click here.

Добро пожаловать!

Spring is in the air! Ok, not really – but it is time to be thinking about spring semester already. SRAS has a wide range of programs across Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. We also have a full range of funding opportunities listed for you on our site. Take a look – but move fast, the deadline is October 15th!

This month our newsletter brings you a mass of information. From the fabulously fun (a Russian-themed Halloween film suggestion and Vodka-infused Gummy Bears for those 21 and over) to the seriously scholarly (a new batch of Russian political platforms in full translation and a great source of customizable graphs on Russian economic stats) to the somewhere-in-between (watch the Coronation of Tsar Nicholas II and listen to Leo Tolstoy read his own poetry) – this one has it all! 

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles     -  Koroche! 
-
Programs and Funding! 
- Books                    -  Primary Documents
- Language and Culture

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

Facebook Contest: Russian Universities!
Join us on Facebook to test your knowledge of Russia's universities and win great prizes!


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Programs and Funding! -

$7000 Scholarship to Study Russian Art
SRAS's Home and Abroad: Creative offers $7,000 to students who want to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad.

Apply Now to Study Abroad this Spring!
Study ecology in Irkutsk, Russian politics in Moscow, culture in St. Pete, international relations and regional studies in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia) or Vladivostok (Russia and the Far East) or, of course, Russian in locations across Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan!

SRAS Posters Available
One poster vividly shows why you should study abroad in Russia and the other shows you how to do it.

Russian Student Census
Those of you who teach or administrate, please submit your census numbers. Those of you who study, please encourage your professors and departments to submit. This is a great project that is helping arm professors and students to advocate for Russian programs. 

- All Open Funding Cycles for Study Abroad in Russia
- Blog - Adventures of an SRAS Student in St. Pete
- Boren Awards Can Get You $30K to Study Abroad! 
- New NY Center for Russian Study
- The True Value of Interning Abroad
- Senate Budget Would Preserve Pell
- Tennessee Schools Develop Bilingual Kids


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

translation_sidebar2

- Feature: Russian Politics on the Eve of Elections -

Communist Platform
While history is usually written by the victors, as the saying goes, the Communists are still a political force in Russia and have written their own version of the dramatic events of the late eighties and early nineties. 

Yabloko's "New" Political Course
Yabloko is the last functioning liberal democratic party from the 1990s.

LDPR Anti-Crisis Platform
The party mixes nostalgia for the USSR (and an open desire to recreate it) with a strong anti-immigration stance and a stated resolve to answer "The Russian Question"

Patriots of Russia Political Platform
The Patriots of Russia is Russia's smallest officially-registered political party.

A Just Russia Manifesto
A Just Russia is a releatively new politically party and the smallest faction represented in the Duma. They may not hold onto that representation after this year's elections.

- Medvedev Endorses Putin for President
- Kudrin Resigns as Finance Minister
- Prokhorov Sought Street Protests
- Obama's Russia Ambassador Nominated
- Politics in Translation (More Platforms and Texts!)


- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia: Russian comic gets pregnant
MTV's Top 5: Ё-ё-ё
Nashe Radio's Top 5
: Modern folk tops the chart
Russian TV Reporting:
Plane crash kills hockey team

Cheap Eats Moscow:
Soviet-era blini & Chinese buffet

Cheap Eats St. Petersburg:
Zhili Bili; Lady Killers


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russians_St_Pete

- Language and Culture -

MiniLesson: Detskyi Sad - Kindergarten
This the first in a new series of Russian MiniLessons devoted to early education in Russia.

Russian Halloween Film: Вий
Halloween is just around the bend - celebrate it with the best-known Russian horror film of all time! It's free on YouTube and has English subtitles!

The Living Voice of Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy made some the first audio recordings in Russia. You can listen to these digitized recordings of him speaking Russian (and English!). 

My Family’s Experiment in Extreme Schooling
What happens when you take three American kids and throw them in a Russian grade school where they can’t speak the language?

Architecture and the Russian Avant-garde
A brief, free lecture on Russia's Avant-garde movement.

- Anna Karenina Film in Production
- Vodka-Infused Gummi Bears

- Your Favorite Stars as Russian Military Generals

- American to Join the Bolshoi
- Russian Film Festival - London
- The American Balalaika Symphony Orchestra
- Russian Film Week NYC 2011


 Never Too Many Books or Movies!
Exporting Raymond on DVD Everybody Loves Raymond
er... Vova!
soviet fates lost alternatives Post-Soviet history understanding russian politics A great new book!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russian Studies

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Антикоррупционный комитет им. И. В. Сталина
This new project by Russia's Communists aims to stamp out corruption in Russia.

Трудности перевода кино
For those with advanced Russian, this article on the translations of movie titles through history is very interesting. For those with intermediate skills, you can get the basic jest from the movie posters pictured in English and Russian.

USSR Photos
This is a collection of photos from the archives of ITAR-TASS, a news agency once run by the USSR and now run by the Russian Federation.

Tsar Nicholas II Coronation
The coronation of Tsar Nicholas II is now on YouTube. It's one of the first films ever shot in Russia and one of the oldest known surviving films today.

TRANSAERO
Transaero doesn't show up in most search engines like Travelocity. However, they have recently expanded their international offerings to include NY and Houston and have rates considerably less than Aeroflot or Delta.

Russian Economic Stats
This site provides a range of customizable economic charts for various indicators for Russia.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia 

  Goncharova_Peasants SRAS has launched a brand new site! Find out more about Art in Russia with ArtinRussia.org.

Добро пожаловать!

SRAS has begun a new site devoted to Russian art! ArtinRussia.org is a new student-powered site that will seek to empower and excite students interested in Russian art. It will be edited by Elizabeth Rogers, who will be participating in our Home and Abroad Creative Program in St. Petersburg.

Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, Issue 10 is also now out! Listed below are all the new articles. Their topics range from youth crime under perestroika, the most recent Kyrygz revolutions, a comparison of Nietzsche and Dostoevsky, and a look at Russian pronouns.

Interested in Vladivostok or Irkutsk? We are also pleased to announce the launch of A Student's Irkutsk and A Student's Vladivostok, two new projects that will seek to inform current and prospective students where to find student grub and entertainment in these far-flung Russian cities.

Also in this month's newsletter you'll find a new student translation of Right Cause's political platform for the upcoming Russian elections. You'll find news about information about Russian pop music, scholarships for study abroad, and much more!

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles     -  Koroche!      - Programs and Funding! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

translation_sidebar2

Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies
- Issue 10 -

Чьи эти прилагательные?
Possessive adjectives are quite the curious creature. Although they are not as common in modern Russian, their legacy lives on in Russian surnames. Examples from literature show that possessive adjectives have long been a unique feature of Russian (and Slavic) grammar. 

Youth Crime Under Perestroika
The early 1990s in Russia were years of significant social and economic upheaval. It is during times of great social change that generational conflicts are often most obvious, and the extreme situation in post-Soviet Russia sharpened that conflict to a murderous point.

Redemption for Dostoevsky and Nietzsche 
Nietzsche once described Dostoevsky as “the only person who has ever taught me anything about psychology.”

Recurring Themes in the Kyrgyz Revolutions
While corruption and authoritarianism did help to motivate the 2005 and 2010 revolutions, Kyrgyzstan’s poverty, ethnic issues, and clan politics engendered greater popular support for revolutions in Kyrgyzstan and allowed foreign powers to have greater influence in affecting Kyrgyzstan’s stability.

Russian Literature in Kyrgyzstan at the Beginning of the 21st Century
The older writers, who made their debut back in the Soviet era, bemoan a lack of new talent, publishing opportunities, and readership. The younger writers, on the other hand, light up when they talk about the future of literature in Kyrgyzstan.

Call for Papers - the Next Issue of Vestnik!
Deadline is January 31, 2012. Publish your work!

- Past Issues of Vestnik 


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russians_St_Pete

- Language and Culture -

Art in Russia - A New Site From SRAS!
Art in Russia is a student-powered project dedicated to educating English-speakers about achievements in the arts made in Russia and countries of the former USSR. Art in Russia facilitates and encourages students to study art at home and abroad as part of a study abroad program.

MiniLesson: Detskyi Sad - Kindergarten, Part 2
The state frequently недофинансирует (underfunds) детские сады, and the заведующая (principal) собирает деньги с родителей (collects money from parents) на добровольно-принудительной основе (on a mandatory basis which is made to appear voluntary).

A Student's Irkutsk
This new project from SRAS will let folks know where the good student grub is and where to go for entertainment in Irkutsk!

A Student's Vladivostok
This new project from SRAS will let folks know where the good student grub is and where to go for entertainment in Vladivostok!  

- The Art of Diplomatic Translation 
- Vodka: The Miracle Drug?
- A History of Valenki
 


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Russian TV Reporting

Cheap Eats Moscow

Cheap Eats St. Petersburg


- Programs and Funding! -

The Russian Far East
The Russian Far East is for adventurous students looking to understand a vital part of Russia that few understand – or even know about.

The Russian National Psyche
This is an innovative cultural immersion designed to teach student to understand Russian culture from the inside out.

American Friends of Russian Folklore
American Friends of Russian Folklore are accepting applications for their next round of folklore expeditions to rural Russia!

- Fulbright Presses Forward
- The Largest Middle School Russian Program in the US
- US Business Performs Better With More Languages
- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles 


 Never Too Many Books!
caucasus-introduction-thomas-de-waal-hardcover-cover-art The Caucasus:
An Introduction
The Geopolitics of Energy The Geopolitics of Energy
in the Caspian Sea
Region
spectacular-state-culture-national-identity-in-uzbekistan-laura-adams-paperback-cover-art The Spectacular State:
Culture and National
Identity in Uzbekistan

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russian Studies

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Russian Peasants, 1911
Photos of Russian peasants shot with an eye towards capturing their culture ca. 1911.

Boehner on Reasserting American Exceptionalism in the U.S.-Russia Relationship
The Republican leadership's view of where to take US-Russia relations.

Russia and Georgia Strike WTO Deal
Georgian officials said they had accepted a Swiss compromise that would allow Russia to join the World Trade Organization in December.

Russia Will Bar Some U.S. Citizens in Retaliatory Move
Russia's spokesman: “This is not our choice. We want an honest and respectful dialogue and stronger interaction in all areas, including the visa field. It would be unacceptable if political games involving blacklists of Russians cancels out the positive dynamism that has lately existed in Russian-U.S. relations.”

Disco and Atomic War - Trailer
This is a trailer for a documentary that details the role that pop culture, human ingenuity, and people's natural craving for information had in bringing down the Soviet Union. It also helps illuminate at some reasons why Estonia was always the most unwilling Soviet Republic.

20 Years After the End of the Soviet Union
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Stephen Hadley, Brent Scowcroft, and Lawrence Summers on the fall of the Soviet Union and what came afterward.

Article By Putin on Establishing a Eurasian Union
This article, written by Vladimir Putin, appeared in Izvestia, a Russian newspaper. It is provided here in English exclusively for our Facebook subscribers!

Dispatch: The Significance of the Caucasus
A good video on why the Caucasus region is so important today (and has been historically) as a geopolitical hotspot.

Living Voice of Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy made some the first audio recordings in Russia. Here, you can hear him speaking in English and Russia

Obama, Putin top Forbes list of world’s most powerful people
Vladimir Putin is #2 on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people. Barrack Obama is #1 while Chinese president Hu Jintao is #3.

Russia Ready to Offer Europe $10 Billion in Aid
Russia is prepared to help Europe cope with its debt crisis by making a “few billion dollars” available via the International Monetary Fund, said Arkady Dvorkovich, the Kremlin’s top economic adviser.

Ukraine inks trade deal – but not with EU
Eight Former Soviet states sign a mutual agreement on trade. This could be the first step to Vladimir Putin's "Eurasian Union."

Ukraine’s European Dreams Recede as Tymoshenko Gets Jail Time
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was found guilty of abuse of office and has been sentenced to seven years in jail, bringing to a close one of the most publicized trials in Ukraine’s short history. As expected, the verdict has left Ukraine’s European ambitions in a shambles, and while a way out might still be in sight, the end game is far from predictable.

Russia to Finalize Visa Deal with US in November
"Within the next few days we will complete all the technicalities concerning simplification of the visa regime [with the United States].”

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

Trouble viewing this email? Click here.

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia 

  Goncharova_Peasants SRAS has launched a brand new site! Find out more about Art in Russia with ArtinRussia.org.

Добро пожаловать!

SRAS has begun a new site devoted to Russian art! ArtinRussia.org is a new student-powered site that will seek to empower and excite students interested in Russian art. It will be edited by Elizabeth Rogers, who will be participating in our Home and Abroad Creative Program in St. Petersburg.

Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, Issue 10 is also now out! Listed below are all the new articles. Their topics range from youth crime under perestroika, the most recent Kyrygz revolutions, a comparison of Nietzsche and Dostoevsky, and a look at Russian pronouns.

Interested in Vladivostok or Irkutsk? We are also pleased to announce the launch of A Student's Irkutsk and A Student's Vladivostok, two new projects that will seek to inform current and prospective students where to find student grub and entertainment in these far-flung Russian cities.

Also in this month's newsletter you'll find a new student translation of Right Cause's political platform for the upcoming Russian elections. You'll find news about information about Russian pop music, scholarships for study abroad, and much more!

In this month's newsletter:

- Featured Articles     -  Koroche!      - Programs and Funding! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

translation_sidebar2

Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies
- Issue 10 -

Чьи эти прилагательные?
Possessive adjectives are quite the curious creature. Although they are not as common in modern Russian, their legacy lives on in Russian surnames. Examples from literature show that possessive adjectives have long been a unique feature of Russian (and Slavic) grammar. 

Youth Crime Under Perestroika
The early 1990s in Russia were years of significant social and economic upheaval. It is during times of great social change that generational conflicts are often most obvious, and the extreme situation in post-Soviet Russia sharpened that conflict to a murderous point.

Redemption for Dostoevsky and Nietzsche 
Nietzsche once described Dostoevsky as “the only person who has ever taught me anything about psychology.”

Recurring Themes in the Kyrgyz Revolutions
While corruption and authoritarianism did help to motivate the 2005 and 2010 revolutions, Kyrgyzstan’s poverty, ethnic issues, and clan politics engendered greater popular support for revolutions in Kyrgyzstan and allowed foreign powers to have greater influence in affecting Kyrgyzstan’s stability.

Russian Literature in Kyrgyzstan at the Beginning of the 21st Century
The older writers, who made their debut back in the Soviet era, bemoan a lack of new talent, publishing opportunities, and readership. The younger writers, on the other hand, light up when they talk about the future of literature in Kyrgyzstan.

Call for Papers - the Next Issue of Vestnik!
Deadline is January 31, 2012. Publish your work!

- Past Issues of Vestnik 


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russians_St_Pete

- Language and Culture -

Art in Russia - A New Site From SRAS!
Art in Russia is a student-powered project dedicated to educating English-speakers about achievements in the arts made in Russia and countries of the former USSR. Art in Russia facilitates and encourages students to study art at home and abroad as part of a study abroad program.

MiniLesson: Detskyi Sad - Kindergarten, Part 2
The state frequently недофинансирует (underfunds) детские сады, and the заведующая (principal) собирает деньги с родителей (collects money from parents) на добровольно-принудительной основе (on a mandatory basis which is made to appear voluntary).

A Student's Irkutsk
This new project from SRAS will let folks know where the good student grub is and where to go for entertainment in Irkutsk!

A Student's Vladivostok
This new project from SRAS will let folks know where the good student grub is and where to go for entertainment in Vladivostok!  

- The Art of Diplomatic Translation 
- Vodka: The Miracle Drug?
- A History of Valenki
 

 


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Russian TV Reporting

Cheap Eats Moscow

Cheap Eats St. Petersburg


- Programs and Funding! -

The Russian Far East
The Russian Far East is for adventurous students looking to understand a vital part of Russia that few understand – or even know about.

The Russian National Psyche
This is an innovative cultural immersion designed to teach student to understand Russian culture from the inside out.

American Friends of Russian Folklore
American Friends of Russian Folklore are accepting applications for their next round of folklore expeditions to rural Russia!

- Fulbright Presses Forward
- The Largest Middle School Russian Program in the US
- US Business Performs Better With More Languages
- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles 


 Never Too Many Books!
caucasus-introduction-thomas-de-waal-hardcover-cover-art The Caucasus:
An Introduction
The Geopolitics of Energy The Geopolitics of Energy
in the Caspian Sea
Region
spectacular-state-culture-national-identity-in-uzbekistan-laura-adams-paperback-cover-art The Spectacular State:
Culture and National
Identity in Uzbekistan

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russian Studies

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Russian Peasants, 1911
Photos of Russian peasants shot with an eye towards capturing their culture ca. 1911.

Boehner on Reasserting American Exceptionalism in the U.S.-Russia Relationship
The Republican leadership's view of where to take US-Russia relations.

Russia and Georgia Strike WTO Deal
Georgian officials said they had accepted a Swiss compromise that would allow Russia to join the World Trade Organization in December.

Russia Will Bar Some U.S. Citizens in Retaliatory Move
Russia's spokesman: “This is not our choice. We want an honest and respectful dialogue and stronger interaction in all areas, including the visa field. It would be unacceptable if political games involving blacklists of Russians cancels out the positive dynamism that has lately existed in Russian-U.S. relations.”

Disco and Atomic War - Trailer
This is a trailer for a documentary that details the role that pop culture, human ingenuity, and people's natural craving for information had in bringing down the Soviet Union. It also helps illuminate at some reasons why Estonia was always the most unwilling Soviet Republic.

20 Years After the End of the Soviet Union
Zbigniew Brzezinski, Stephen Hadley, Brent Scowcroft, and Lawrence Summers on the fall of the Soviet Union and what came afterward.

Article By Putin on Establishing a Eurasian Union
This article, written by Vladimir Putin, appeared in Izvestia, a Russian newspaper. It is provided here in English exclusively for our Facebook subscribers!

Dispatch: The Significance of the Caucasus
A good video on why the Caucasus region is so important today (and has been historically) as a geopolitical hotspot.

Living Voice of Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy made some the first audio recordings in Russia. Here, you can hear him speaking in English and Russia

Obama, Putin top Forbes list of world’s most powerful people
Vladimir Putin is #2 on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people. Barrack Obama is #1 while Chinese president Hu Jintao is #3.

Russia Ready to Offer Europe $10 Billion in Aid
Russia is prepared to help Europe cope with its debt crisis by making a “few billion dollars” available via the International Monetary Fund, said Arkady Dvorkovich, the Kremlin’s top economic adviser.

Ukraine inks trade deal – but not with EU
Eight Former Soviet states sign a mutual agreement on trade. This could be the first step to Vladimir Putin's "Eurasian Union."

Ukraine’s European Dreams Recede as Tymoshenko Gets Jail Time
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was found guilty of abuse of office and has been sentenced to seven years in jail, bringing to a close one of the most publicized trials in Ukraine’s short history. As expected, the verdict has left Ukraine’s European ambitions in a shambles, and while a way out might still be in sight, the end game is far from predictable.

Russia to Finalize Visa Deal with US in November
"Within the next few days we will complete all the technicalities concerning simplification of the visa regime [with the United States].”

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  383669_408463499955_2380148The crowds of protesters in central Moscow were estimated at between 25,000 and 100,000.

Добро пожаловать!

The events of the last few days here in Moscow have been extraordinary to say the least. That they have passed as peaceably as they have is simply another reason to step back and marvel at the sudden changes in course that history can sometimes take.

When the Arab Spring began, Russia watchers immediately asked if such events could happen in Moscow. The verdict was nearly unanimous – that Russians were apathetic, they didn't care about politics or rights, and that any change that might be expected was on a far distant horizon. However, two days after the elections, having watched dozens of videos uploaded by private citizens from their smartphones showing voting irregularities, 8000 Russians appeared on Chistyi Prudi to protest. As word got out that so many were willing to stand up, more did, and today, on December 10, 2011, tens of thousands of Russians gathered on Bolotnaya Ploshad in Moscow and in some 80 cities across Russia including St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, and Vladivostok. They demand the dismissal of the current Central Elections Chief and that a new round of elections be held.

While no real political change has yet been made, the shift in the Russian mindset – and how Russia watchers must now think of Russian citizens – has been quick. Where we go from here is anyone's guess, but the fact that events have passed peaceably so far is a reason for great hope.

At SRAS, we are gearing up for the New Year and our summer course offerings. Be sure to check out Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections, Baikal Environmental Studies, and Art and Museums in Russia.

In the newsletter below, you'll find an extensive obzor of the events of the last week as well as more political platforms in translation (Yabloko, Nashi, and United Russia), a new minilesson on vote fraud and, as always, much more! С наступающим Новым Годом!

In this month's newsletter:

- Обзор: The Russian Election     -  Koroche!      - Programs and Funding! 
- Politics in Translation     - Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

$200 Jury Award Goes to Genevieve Gunow!
The School of Russian and Asian Studies congratulates Genevieve Gunow as the recipient of the $200 Jury Prize from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies for our 10th issue. Our next call for papers is currently in progress.

SRAS on Facebook!
Join us for a new contest, real-time updates on Russia, programs, funding and more!


 Study Abroad
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Summer-Seminar-Elections

Обзор: The Russian Election  

Full Results of Russian Elections by Region
Statistics in Russian.

Russian Expats Vote Yabloko
The liberal Yabloko party, which scored just 3.3% of the vote inside Russia, beat the remaining six other parties in the expat vote.

OSCE Report on the Russian Elections
This report is being quoted by most Western media outlets reporting on the Russian elections. Read it for yourself in full by clicking the link above. You can also see alternative opinions by other election observers here.

Thousands Protest Election Results
Several thousand protesters took to the streets on Monday to demand an end to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule after voters cut his party's parliamentary majority in an election that was condemned as unfair by European monitors.

Copwatch: Police Actions at the Protest Meetings
Chronicle of events of the December 5th protests at Chistiye Prudy (in Russian)

Interior Troops Move Into Moscow After Protest Rally
Columns of  trucks carrying fresh Interior Troops rolled into Moscow on Tuesday, the day after a record protest rally ended in clashes with police.

Little Partying for Opposition, But Plenty of Work
Post-election commentary from four of Russia's opposition parties. For more analysis of how the election may change the Russian political landscape, see this blog from RFERL.

Social Media Makes Anti-Putin Protests "Snowball"
Russians are using social media, smart phones, and the Internet to expose corruption and organize protests in a movement that is rapidly sweeping the country. For a map of all protests advertised on the Russian social network vkontakte, for instance, see this map created by the Russian search engine Yandex.

The Decembrists
An in-depth analysis of the protests looking at why people are coming out, what they are coming out for, and what the future of the movement might be.

Grappling With Vote Protests, Putin Seeks to Blame Clinton
Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin accused Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday of inciting unrest in Russia with her statements to the OSCE. The Secretary's full remarks may be read here.

At least 25,000 Assemble to Denounce Elections, Putin
Estimates of how many people attended the December 10 meeting ranged from 25,000 to 100,000.


Politics in Translation

Yabloko: Platform of the Liberals
Yabloko is the last of the liberal political parties formed in the 1990s still functioning in Russia today.

Right Cause: New Platform, New Leadership
Most analysts now predict that the party has few chances of making it into the Duma, although it may still make a showing at some local and regional elections.

 Study Abroad
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Art-and-Museums

Nashi: Russian Youth Movement
As thousands of Russians have taken to the streets to protest the voting results, thousand of young Nashi activists have also held rallies to support the results and the ruling government. SRAS's Politics in Translation project now presents Nashi's manifesto in English for the first time.

United Russia's Program Address
United Russia's election program as used for the 2011 elections. 


- Language and Culture -

Громозека (2011)
Three ex-classmates, former members of popular school band "Gromozeka", are now all grown up, each with their own set of problems. At class reunion they meet again to play hits of the 80s... 

MiniLesson: Rigging Elections
A brand-new Russian Mini-Lesson on rigging elections.

10 Days that Shook the World
Sergei Eisenstien's 1928 film about the 1917 Revolution is now in English and available for free on YouTube.

ArtinRussia.Org: Russian Art Abroad
Check out this growing number of museum profiles for Russia-themed museums in the US!

- Leo Tolstoy is Quitting Facebook
- Stalin's daughter lived in Wisconsin quietly
- St. Petersburg in a 3-Minute Video

 


 

 Study Abroad
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- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Russian TV Reporting

Cheap Eats Moscow

Cheap Eats St. Petersburg
A Student's Irkutsk
A Student's Vladivostok
 


- Programs and Funding! -

Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections
This intensive four-week course will detail the social forces shaping Russia's political scene and how politics may impact Russian society after the elections of 2011 and 2012.

Baikal Environmental Studies
Get your application in early for this incredible experience working with state agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs to advance environmental initiatives. Deadline: February 18, 2012!

- Direct Alaska-Russian Far East Flights Resumed
- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles

 


 Never Too Many Books!
Medvedevs-Media-Affairs Medvedev's Media
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george-f-kennan-american-life George F. Kennan:
An American Life
catherine-great-portrait-woman-robert-k-massie Catherine the Great:
Portrait of a Woman

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- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
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Has South Ossetian Leader Outfoxed Moscow?
Tensions are rising in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia following a clumsy attempt by de facto President Eduard Kokoity to thwart Moscow's attempt to install its preferred candidate to succeed him and simultaneously prolong his term in office by having the republic's Supreme Court annul the outcome of the November 27 presidential election runoff.

As Asia Rises and Europe Declines, Russia Invests Its Hopes in Its Far East
Vladivostok, a Pacific port city long in decline, is being revitalized by Moscow. But the city's slow integration with China, Japan, and South Korea is clashing with its long-Slavic identity. Can a city be both European and Asian?

WTO at Last
Russia’s negotiations with the WTO are completed.

US Gives $150M to Kyrgyzstan for Manas
A breakdown of the US expenses for using Manas Airforce Base in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz President-elect Almazbek Atambayev has told the United States to give up its use of the airbase in 2014 when the current contract expires.

Territorial Changes in Russia over the Centuries
See Russia's expansion (and contractions) through the ages - pretty sleek little resource offered by news agency RIAN.

CIA Presidential Briefing Videos about the USSR
Watch the videos the CIA made to tell Ronald Reagan about the Soviets.

Obama Says U.S., China, Russia Are United Against Iranian Nuke
President Barack Obama says China, Russia, and the United States are united in the goal of ensuring that Iran does not use its nuclear program to make atomic weapons.

Russia: Rebuilding an Empire While It Can
U.S.-Russian relations seem to have been relatively quiet recently, as there are numerous contradictory views in Washington about the true nature of Russia’s current foreign policy.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

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Baikal Environmental Studies: Apply by February 18!

  383669_408463499955_2380148The crowds of protesters in central Moscow were estimated at between 25,000 and 100,000.

Добро пожаловать!

The events of the last few days here in Moscow have been extraordinary to say the least. That they have passed as peaceably as they have is simply another reason to step back and marvel at the sudden changes in course that history can sometimes take.

When the Arab Spring began, Russia watchers immediately asked if such events could happen in Moscow. The verdict was nearly unanimous – that Russians were apathetic, they didn't care about politics or rights, and that any change that might be expected was on a far distant horizon. However, two days after the elections, having watched dozens of videos uploaded by private citizens from their smartphones showing voting irregularities, 8000 Russians appeared on Chistyi Prudi to protest. As word got out that so many were willing to stand up, more did, and today, on December 10, 2011, tens of thousands of Russians gathered on Bolotnaya Ploshad in Moscow and in some 80 cities across Russia including St. Petersburg, Ekaterinburg, and Valdivostok. They demand the dismissal of the current Central Elections Chief and that a new round of elections be held.

While no real political change has yet been made, the shift in the Russian mindset – and how Russia watchers must now think of Russian citizens – has been quick. Where we go from here is anyone's guess, but the fact that events have passed peaceably so far is a reason for great hope.

At SRAS, we are gearing up for the New Year and our summer course offerings. Be sure to check out Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections, Baikal Environmental Studies, and Art and Museums in Russia.

In the newsletter below, you'll find an extensive obzor of the events of the last week as well as more political platforms in translation (Yabloko, Nashi, and United Russia), a new minilesson on vote fraud and, as always, much more! С наступающим Новым Годом!

In this month's newsletter:

- Обзор: The Russian Election     -  Koroche!      - Programs and Funding! 
- Politics in Translation     - Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

$200 Jury Award Goes to Genevieve Gunow!
The School of Russian and Asian Studies congratulates Genevieve Gunow as the recipient of the $200 Jury Prize from Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies for our 10th issue. Our next call for papers is currently in progress.

SRAS on Facebook!
Join us for a new contest, real-time updates on Russia, programs, funding and more!


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Summer-Seminar-Elections

Обзор: The Russian Election  

Full Results of Russian Elections by Region
Statistics in Russian.

Russian Expats Vote Yabloko
The liberal Yabloko party, which scored just 3.3% of the vote inside Russia, beat the remaining six other parties in the expat vote.

OSCE Report on the Russian Elections
This report is being quoted by most Western media outlets reporting on the Russian elections. Read it for yourself in full by clicking the link above. You can also see alternative opinions by other election observers here.

Thousands Protest Election Results
Several thousand protesters took to the streets on Monday to demand an end to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin's 12-year rule after voters cut his party's parliamentary majority in an election that was condemned as unfair by European monitors.

Copwatch: Police Actions at the Protest Meetings
Chronicle of events of the December 5th protests at Chistiye Prudy (in Russian)

Interior Troops Move Into Moscow After Protest Rally
Columns of  trucks carrying fresh Interior Troops rolled into Moscow on Tuesday, the day after a record protest rally ended in clashes with police.

Little Partying for Opposition, But Plenty of Work
Post-election commentary from four of Russia's opposition parties. For more analysis of how the election may change the Russian political landscape, see this blog from RFERL.

Social Media Makes Anti-Putin Protests "Snowball"
Russians are using social media, smart phones, and the Internet to expose corruption and organize protests in a movement that is rapidly sweeping the country. For a map of all protests advetised on the Russian social network vkontakte, for instance, see this map created by the Russian search engine Yandex.

The Decembrists
An in-depth analysis of the protests looking at why people are coming out, what they are coming out for, and what the future of the movement might be.

Grappling With Vote Protests, Putin Seeks to Blame Clinton
Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin accused Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Thursday of inciting unrest in Russia with her statements to the OSCE. The Secretary's full remarks may be read here.

At least 25,000 Assemble to Denounce Elections, Putin
Estimates of how many people attended the December 10 meeting ranged from 25,000 to 100,000.


Politics in Translation

Yabloko: Platform of the Liberals
Yabloko is the last of the liberal political parties formed in the 1990s still functioning in Russia today.

Right Cause: New Platform, New Leadership
Most analysts now predict that the party has few chances of making it into the Duma, although it may still make a showing at some local and regional elections.

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Art-and-Museums

Nashi: Russian Youth Movement
As thousands of Russians have taken to the streets to protest the voting results, thousand of young Nashi activists have also held rallies to support the results and the ruling government. SRAS's Politics in Translation project now presents Nashi's manifesto in English for the first time.

United Russia's Program Address
United Russia's election program as used for the 2011 elections. 


- Language and Culture -

Громозека (2011)
Three ex-classmates, former members of popular school band "Gromozeka", are now all grown up, each with their own set of problems. At class reunion they meet again to play hits of the 80s... 

MiniLesson: Rigging Elections
A brand-new Russian Mini-Lesson on rigging elections.

10 Days that Shook the World
Sergei Eisenstien's 1928 film about the 1917 Revolution is now in English and available for free on YouTube.

ArtinRussia.Org: Russian Art Abroad
Check out this growing number of museum profiles for Russia-themed museums in the US!

- Leo Tolstoy is Quitting Facebook
- Stalin's daughter lived in Wisconsin quietly
- St. Petersburg in a 3-Minute Video

 


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Russian TV Reporting

Cheap Eats Moscow

Cheap Eats St. Petersburg
A Student's Irkutsk
A Student's Vladivostok
 


- Programs and Funding! -

Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections
This intensive four-week course will detail the social forces shaping Russia's political scene and how politics may impact Russian society after the elections of 2011 and 2012.

Baikal Environmental Studies
Get your application in early for this incredible experience working with work with state agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs to advance environmental initiatives. Deadline: February 18, 2012!

- Direct Alaska-Russian Far East Flights Resumed
- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles

 


 Never Too Many Books!
Medvedevs-Media-Affairs Medvedev's Media
Affairs
george-f-kennan-american-life George F. Kennan:
An American Life
catherine-great-portrait-woman-robert-k-massie Catherine the Great:
Portrait of a Woman

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

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- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Has South Ossetian Leader Outfoxed Moscow?
Tensions are rising in the breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia following a clumsy attempt by de facto President Eduard Kokoity to thwart Moscow's attempt to install its preferred candidate to succeed him and simultaneously prolong his term in office by having the republic's Supreme Court annul the outcome of the November 27 presidential election runoff.

As Asia Rises and Europe Declines, Russia Invests Its Hopes in Its Far East
Vladivostok, a Pacific port city long in decline, is being revitalized by Moscow. But the city's slow integration with China, Japan, and South Korea is clashing with its long-Slavic identity. Can a city be both European and Asian?

WTO at Last
Russia’s negotiations with the WTO are completed.

US Gives $150M to Kyrgyzstan for Manas
A breakdown of the US expenses for using Manas Airforce Base in Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyz President-elect Almazbek Atambayev has told the United States to give up its use of the airbase in 2014 when the current contract expires.

Territorial Changes in Russia over the Centuries
See Russia's expansion (and contractions) through the ages - pretty sleek little resource offered by news agency RIAN.

CIA Presidential Briefing Videos about the USSR
Watch the videos the CIA made to tell Ronald Reagan about the Soviets.

Obama Says U.S., China, Russia Are United Against Iranian Nuke
President Barack Obama says China, Russia, and the United States are united in the goal of ensuring that Iran does not use its nuclear program to make atomic weapons.

Russia: Rebuilding an Empire While It Can
U.S.-Russian relations seem to have been relatively quiet recently, as there are numerous contradictory views in Washington about the true nature of Russia’s current foreign policy.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

С Новым годом and Happy Holidays!

SRAS has seen hard work pay off this year. Our Facebook page, started late last year, now has 1160 fans and counting. Our radio station now has over 600 monthly listeners. Most importantly, we've seen enrolment in our study abroad programs grow substantially. Given the record numbers of visitors who have stopped by our site to browse our free resources and publications, as well as our growing number of study abroad programs, travel services, and faculty-led tour services – we have every reason to believe that interest in Russia will only continue to grow!
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Of course, we couldn’t have done all this without the students, professors, and travelers who have given us constant support and – more importantly – feedback regarding our programs, resources, and activities. We are also grateful to our partners in Russia, Kyrgyzstan, and Ukraine who help make our programs great! To all of you around the globe who have contacted us and worked with us over the last year, we would like to say a big “Thank you!” To any of you who have not contacted us yet – we would like to encourage you to take a look at our site and let us know how it might be of more use to you – whether in providing classroom material, study aids, or, of course, help in choosing a study abroad program with SRAS.
 
We at SRAS wish each of you, your colleagues, students, and loved ones a very Happy Holiday Season and a successful New Year!
   

~ Renee, Josh, Lisa, and the rest of the SRAS Team

The SRAS Newsletter
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Baikal Environmental Studies: Apply by February 18!

  Sakharov_Dec_24 The protest on Sakharov Prospect was even larger than the previous one, held on Bolotnaya Square. The next protest is scheduled for February 4th.

Добро пожаловать!

This month, we've modified the structure of our newsletter to bring you the widest possible overview of the fascinating political events that have taken place in Russia over the last month and those political issues that will be important throughout 2012.

In addition to our new center-piece article (modeled on our popular Library structure), you'll find politics-related language lessons and political videos that provide clear, interesting spoken Russian. We also have lots of primary source documents and scholarly research about Russian history, politics, culture, and more.

Our two new summer programs are also must-sees. Mass Movements will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest. The Russian Elections will detail specifically the interactions between social and political forces in Russia today. Also make sure to check out Baikal Environmental Studies (with its early deadline!) and the rest of our great summer line-up of study abroad programs.  

There is a new, exciting year ahead of us! Да здравствует Новый 2012-й год!

In this month's newsletter:

- 10 Issues to Watch     -  Koroche!      - Programs and Funding!
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Submit by January 31st! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

The Moscow Protest: My Experience
Alexandra Spurlock studied Russian as a Foreign Language in St Petersburg with SRAS over the 2011-2012 academic year. As part of that experience, she traveled to spend a weekend in Moscow. Read her eye-witness account of one of the protests that took place on December 10, 2011.


- Programs and Funding! -

Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections
This intensive four-week course will detail the social forces shaping Russia's political scene and how politics may impact Russian society after the elections of 2011 and 2012.

Baikal Environmental Studies
Get your application in early for this incredible experience working with state agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs to advance environmental initiatives. Deadline: February 18, 2012!

Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution is a unique summer seminar that will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest.

Russian Folklore Expedition
New from SRAS - work a fully-immersive expedition to the Russian countryside into your study abroad program!

- Learning a Language May Come Down to Gestures
- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles


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10 Issues to Watch in Russian Politics for 2012  

1. Continued Protests
Russia's opposition has vowed to maintain large-scale protests on a regular, through infrequent basis. The next rally is tentatively scheduled for February 4. The opposition does, however, remain continuously active online and the next rally is likely to draw tens of thousands again.

2. The "Return" of the Communists
The biggest "winners" from the current discontent in Russia have been the Communists. Many liberal voters voted for them because the Communists are seen as the party best able to oppose Putin; the party gained second place in the Duma with nearly 20% of all seats. Until another politician and/or party can offer a strong challenge, the Communists are likely to continue to draw support from unlikely sources.

3. The "Fall" of Putin
Current polls show Putin with just 36% support, down from the 71% he received when he last ran for president. However, his closest competitors have only single-digit support. While the coming political season will be his most difficult, and he may win only after a run-off election is held, he almost certainly has enough public support to win. However, his campaign so far has been seen by many as clumsy, from his candidacy announcement, to his initial crude response to the protests, to his new political program that some have said amounts to an ironic promise to fight his own legacy, to his recent pledge to not participate in debates because he is "too busy." All of these moves have become more fuel for his opponents rather than placating Russia's protesters.

4. The Politicization of the Orthodox Church
The church sided with Russia's discontented soon after the first protests. Most recently, Patriarch Kirill's Christmas sermon urged dialogue between society and the authorities. Many commentators have speculated that Kirill, who is politically adept and very well connected, is looking to improve his position with both society and the authorities by becoming a mediator between them. 

5. Relations with the West
Putin's United Russia lost its legislative supermajority and parties that oppose improved relations with the West have gained seats. Thus, Russia, after being accepted to the WTO after 18 years of negotiations, may not actually accept the invitation. The relaxed visa regimes negotiated with the US and Europe may face a similar fate. Changes in US-Russia relations may come from the US as well. Michael McFaul, America's new ambassador to Russia, has promised to renew efforts to integrate Russia with the West. However, Republican contenders for president in the US, including front runner Mitt Romney, have indicated they would be more confrontational with Russia.

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6. The Return of Rogozin and Advances for Nationalism
Dmitry Rogozin is a nationalist politician who was appointed NATO ambassador after his popular party, Rodina, was found guilty of "inciting ethnic hatred." He has now returned to domestic politics as Deputy Prime Minister responsible for the defense industry. He has created a new Rodina as a "social organization" affiliated with Putin's People's Front. Some see this as an official effort to reign in Russia's nationalists, who rioted in Moscow in December, 2010. It may have the added effect of helping to weaken The Fair Russia Party, which absorbed the original Rodina and many of its members but which has distanced itself from nationalist ideology. Nationalism may also have a new, powerful supporter in the opposition. The rising star of the protest movement, Alexei Navalny, sees himself as a Nationalist Democrat (see below for more on Navalny). The current protests are also an odd mix of liberals, nationalists, and communists, meaning that if the protests gain more political voice, it is likely that these groups will as well.

7. Prokhorov and Kudrin
Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire, and Alexei Kudrin, a former Finance Minister, have both pledged to enter politics and represent Russia's middle class and business interests. Prokhorov is registering to run for president and Kudrin has pledged to form a political party that may (or may not) eventually support Prokhorov. However, despite (or perhaps because of) Kudrin's political weight and Prokhorov's billions, the two would-be politicians do not have wide support among the electorate and are unlikely to be serious political forces in time for the next presidential vote.

8. Possible Reforms
The Medvedev Administration has moved fairly quickly to propose reforms that reflect some of the protestor's demands. This includes simplifying the registration procedure for political parties (the number of which have shrunk substantially over the last decade), returning gubernatorial elections (abolished under Putin), allowing the regions more autonomy by allowing them to keep more of certain locally collected taxes (including those on cigarettes, alcohol, and gasoline). Whether these will be passed and how they will be enacted will be a major issue to watch in 2012.

9. The Kremlin Shuffles
Several high-level personnel changes in Russia have been alternately read as either 1) preparing for Putin's return to the presidency or 2) made in response to the recent protests. Boris Gryzlov, who once famously said the Duma is "no place for discussion" has been replaced as Duma Speaker by Sergei Narushkyn, who is better known for statesmanship and compromise. Additionally, Vladislav Surkov, known as the architect of "managed democracy," has been dismissed as Deputy Chief of Staff and appointed Deputy Prime Minister. Whether this will be a demotion or promotion is yet to be seen as his Deputy PM position was modified before his arrival to include a vast array of social responsibilities ranging from health care, communications, education, and modernization. Narushkyn's former position as Head of the Presidential Administration is now occupied by Sergei Ivanov, a long-time member of Putin's inner circle. More shifting in government staff is likely as the presidential election approaches and after it passes.

10. Navaly's Rising Star
While the protests have been largely organized by members of the Solidarity movement, the true star of the protests has become Alexei Navalny. A lawyer and who made a name for himself as an anticorruption blogger targeting firms such as Transneft and Gazprom, his current popularity can be credited to his charismatic and forceful public speaking at the protests. Some say that, given time, he could be a political force to challenge Putin. Others say that his public support comes from being a non-politician and entering politics would be difficult. Navalny considers himself a "Democratic Nationalist" and has previously participated in the Russian March, an annual nationalist demonstration. He has advocated potentially violent means of taking power if a dialogue fails with the Kremlin. While other protest participants have also been receiving attention of late (such as Gregory Yavlinsky of Yabloko who looks to be making something of a comeback in national politics and Ksenia Sobchak, a pop icon that has turned political over the past several months), it is Navalny who is the main protestor to watch – not only for his wide popularity, but also for his curious mix of politics.

 


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Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Russian TV Reporting

Cheap Eats Moscow

Cheap Eats St. Petersburg
A Student's Irkutsk
A Student's Vladivostok


- Language and Culture -

MiniLesson: Акции протеста в России - Protests in Russia
A brand-new Russian Mini-Lesson on rigging elections.

Moscow Theaters on YouTube
This is a new YouTube page will feature full-length performances of some of Moscow's best theatrical productions.

Russian Holidays
Our Russian holidays page is fully updated for 2012!

- Обращение Михаила Прохорова: Я хочу работать на Вас 
- Предвыборный ролик КПРФ: "Хочу в СССР!"

- Interactive Panoroma of St. Petersburg

- The 11 Best Russian Films of the Year
- Moscow in Time-lapse Photography
- Odin Biron, American Star of Russian Stage, TV


 Never Too Many Books!
babelnomore The Most Extraordinary
Language Learners
george-f-kennan-american-life George F. Kennan:
An American Life
51S5ydAc9rL._SS500_ Reform of Russia's
Convential Forces

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Medvedev's Address to the Federal Assembly
Dmitry Medvedev proposed a number of initiatives to further develop the country's political system. In addition, the President outlined his position on the main directions of domestic and foreign policy, economic modernization and social development, defense and security.

Election Fraud Galvanizes Communists
An incrediby insightful interview with Russian scholar Stephen Cohen - covers lots of bases of Russia's current political reality.

News in Photos: 20 Years After the USSR Break-Up
December 25, 2011 marked 20 years since Michael Gorbachov resigned from his position as the president of the USSR and announced disintegration of the Soviet Union. 44 pictures represent few turbulent months of 1991.

«НТВшники» «Что дальше?»
NTV has long been a very pro-Kremlin channel. However, here, they feature Presidential candidate M. Prokhorov surrounded by celebrities that say they will or will consider voting for him. Prokhorov expresses solidarity with the Bolotnaya protestors (though he does not call for new elections).

August 1991. Moscow and Muscovites
A set of portraits done of average Muscovites from August, 1991 - the month the Communists tried to retake power via a military putsch and failed in large part due to average people taking to the street to make their voices heard.

Swearing-in for Ambassador-designate to Russia
Michael McFaul's swearing-in as ambassador to Russia can be seen online. Hear his and Secretary Clinton's thoughts on the future of US-Russia relations.

North Korean Labor Camps
This documentary is not politically correct - both in its language and on its emphasis on negative (but still quite real) Russian stereotypes. However, it does give a fascinating look at the use of North Korean labor in the Russian Far East - an important contributor to the economies of both the RFE and North Korea.

25 Russians to Watch
From investment bankers to internet entrepreneurs, the FT’s Moscow correspondents offer an insiders’ guide to the country’s movers and shakers.

The Mathematics of Russian Election Fraud
Whatever problems Russia may have, a lack of highly skilled mathematicians, statisticians and programmers certainly isn’t one of them.

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  Sakharov_Dec_24 The protest on Sakharov Prospect was even larger than the previous one, held on Bolotnaya Square. The next protest is scheduled for February 4th.

Добро пожаловать!

This month, we've modified the structure of our newsletter to bring you the widest possible overview of the fascinating political events that have taken place in Russia over the last month and those political issues that will be important throughout 2012.

In addition to our new center-piece article (modeled on our popular Library structure), you'll find politics-related language lessons and political videos that provide clear, interesting spoken Russian. We also have lots of primary source documents and scholarly research about Russian history, politics, culture, and more.

Our two new summer programs are also must-sees. Mass Movements will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest. The Russian Elections will detail specifically the interactions between social and political forces in Russia today. Also make sure to check out Baikal Environmental Studies (with its early deadline!) and the rest of our great summer line-up of study abroad programs.  

There is a new, exciting year ahead of us! Да здравствует Новый 2012-й год!

In this month's newsletter:

- 10 Issues to Watch     -  Koroche!      - Programs and Funding!
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

$200 Jury Award for Your Research!
Submit by January 31st! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

The Moscow Protest: My Experience
Alexandra Spurlock studied Russian as a Foreign Language in St Petersburg with SRAS over the 2011-2012 academic year. As part of that experience, she traveled to spend a weekend in Moscow. Read her eye-witness account of one of the protests that took place on December 10, 2011.


- Programs and Funding! -

Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections
This intensive four-week course will detail the social forces shaping Russia's political scene and how politics may impact Russian society after the elections of 2011 and 2012.

Baikal Environmental Studies
Get your application in early for this incredible experience working with state agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs to advance environmental initiatives. Deadline: February 18, 2012!

Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution is a unique summer seminar that will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest.

Russian Folklore Expedition
New from SRAS - work a fully-immersive expedition to the Russian countryside into your study abroad program!

- Learning a Language May Come Down to Gestures
- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles


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10 Issues to Watch in Russian Politics for 2012  

1. Continued Protests
Russia's opposition has vowed to maintain large-scale protests on a regular, through infrequent basis. The next rally is tentatively scheduled for February 4. The opposition does, however, remain continuously active online and the next rally is likely to draw tens of thousands again.

2. The "Return" of the Communists
The biggest "winners" from the current discontent in Russia have been the Communists. Many liberal voters voted for them because the Communists are seen as the party best able to oppose Putin; the party gained second place in the Duma with nearly 20% of all seats. Until another politician and/or party can offer a strong challenge, the Communists are likely to continue to draw support from unlikely sources.

3. The "Fall" of Putin
Current polls show Putin with just 36% support, down from the 71% he received when he last ran for president. However, his closest competitors have only single-digit support. While the coming political season will be his most difficult, and he may win only after a run-off election is held, he almost certainly has enough public support to win. However, his campaign so far has been seen by many as clumsy, from his candidacy announcement, to his initial crude response to the protests, to his new political program that some have said amounts to an ironic promise to fight his own legacy, to his recent pledge to not participate in debates because he is "too busy." All of these moves have become more fuel for his opponents rather than placating Russia's protesters.

4. The Politicization of the Orthodox Church
The church sided with Russia's discontented soon after the first protests. Most recently, Patriarch Kirill's Christmas sermon urged dialogue between society and the authorities. Many commentators have speculated that Kirill, who is politically adept and very well connected, is looking to improve his position with both society and the authorities by becoming a mediator between them. 

5. Relations with the West
Putin's United Russia lost its legislative supermajority and parties that oppose improved relations with the West have gained seats. Thus, Russia, after being accepted to the WTO after 18 years of negotiations, may not actually accept the invitation. The relaxed visa regimes negotiated with the US and Europe may face a similar fate. Changes in US-Russia relations may come from the US as well. Michael McFaul, America's new ambassador to Russia, has promised to renew efforts to integrate Russia with the West. However, Republican contenders for president in the US, including front runner Mitt Romney, have indicated they would be more confrontational with Russia.

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6. The Return of Rogozin and Advances for Nationalism
Dmitry Rogozin is a nationalist politician who was appointed NATO ambassador after his popular party, Rodina, was found guilty of "inciting ethnic hatred." He has now returned to domestic politics as Deputy Prime Minister responsible for the defense industry. He has created a new Rodina as a "social organization" affiliated with Putin's People's Front. Some see this as an official effort to reign in Russia's nationalists, who rioted in Moscow in December, 2010. It may have the added effect of helping to weaken The Fair Russia Party, which absorbed the original Rodina and many of its members but which has distanced itself from nationalist ideology. Nationalism may also have a new, powerful supporter in the opposition as well. The rising star of the protest movement, Alexei Navalny, sees himself as a Nationalist Democrat (see below for more on Navalny). The current protests are also an odd mix of liberals, nationalists, and communists, meaning that if the protests gain more political voice, it is likely that these groups will as well.

7. Prokhorov and Kudrin
Mikhail Prokhorov, a Russian billionaire, and Alexei Kudrin, a former Finance Minister, have both pledged to enter politics and represent Russia's middle class and business interests. Prokhorov is registering to run for president and Kudrin has pledged to form a political party that may (or may not) eventually support Prokhorov. However, despite (or perhaps because of) Kudrin's political weight and Prokhorov's billions, the two would-be politicians do not have wide support among the electorate and are unlikely to be serious political forces in time for the next presidential vote.

8. Possible Reforms
The Medvedev Administration has moved fairly quickly to propose reforms that that reflect some of the protestor's demands. This includes simplifying the registration procedure for political parties (the number of which have shrunk substantially over the last decade), returning gubernatorial elections (abolished under Putin), allowing the regions more autonomy by allowing them to keep more of certain locally collected taxes (including those on cigarettes, alcohol, and gasoline). Whether these will be passed and how they will be enacted will be a major issue to watch in 2012.

9. The Kremlin Shuffles
Several high-level personnel changes in Russia have been alternately read as either 1) preparing for Putin's return to the presidency or 2) made in response to the recent protests. Boris Gryzlov, who once famously said the Duma is "no place for discussion" has been replaced as Duma Speaker by Sergei Narushkyn, who is better known for statesmanship and compromise. Additionally, Vladislav Surkov, known as the architect of "managed democracy," has been dismissed as Deputy Chief of Staff and appointed Deputy Prime Minister. Whether this will be a demotion or promotion is yet to be seen as his Deputy PM position was modified before his arrival to include a vast array of social responsibilities ranging from health care, communications, education, and modernization. Narushkyn's former position as Head of the Presidential Administration is now occupied by Sergei Ivanov, a long-time member of Putin's inner circle. More shifting in government staff is likely as the presidential election approaches and after it passes.

10. Navaly's Rising Star
While the protests have been largely organized by members of the Solidarity movement, the true star of the protests has become Alexei Navalny. A lawyer and who made a name for himself as an anticorruption blogger targeting firms such as Transneft and Gazprom, his current popularity can be credited to his charismatic and forceful public speaking at the protests. Some say that, given time, he could be a political force to challenge Putin. Others say that his public support comes from being a non-politician and entering politics would be difficult. Navalny considers himself a "Democratic Nationalist" and has previously participated in the Russian March, an annual nationalist demonstration. He has advocated potentially violent means of taking power if a dialogue fails with the Kremlin. While other protest participants have also been receiving attention of late (such as Gregory Yavlinsky of Yabloko who looks to be making something of a comeback in national politics and Ksenia Sobchak, a pop icon that has turned political over the past several months), it is Navalny who is the main protestor to watch – not only for his wide popularity, but also for his curious mix of politics.


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- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Russian TV Reporting

Cheap Eats Moscow

Cheap Eats St. Petersburg
A Student's Irkutsk
A Student's Vladivostok


- Language and Culture -

MiniLesson: Акции протеста в России - Protests in Russia
A brand-new Russian Mini-Lesson on rigging elections.

Moscow Theaters on YouTube
This is a new YouTube page will feature full-length performances of some of Moscow's best theatrical productions.

Russian Holidays
Our Russian holidays page is fully updated for 2012!

- Обращение Михаила Прохорова: Я хочу работать на Вас 
- Предвыборный ролик КПРФ: "Хочу в СССР!"

- Interactive Panaroma of St. Petersburg

- The 11 Best Russian Films of the Year
- Moscow in Time-lapse Photography
- Odin Biron, American Star of Russian Stage, TV


 Never Too Many Books!
babelnomore The Most Extraordinary
Language Learners
george-f-kennan-american-life George F. Kennan:
An American Life
51S5ydAc9rL._SS500_ Reform of Russia's
Conventional Forces

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Art-and-Museums

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Medvedev's Address to the Federal Assembly
Dmitry Medvedev proposed a number of initiatives to further develop the country's political system. In addition, the President outlined his position on the main directions of domestic and foreign policy, economic modernisation and social development, defence and security.

Election Fraud Galvanizes Communists
An insightful interview with Russian scholar Stephen Cohen - covers lots of bases of Russia's current political reality.

News in Photos: 20 Years After the USSR Break-Up
December 25, 2011 marked 20 years since Michael Gorbachev resigned from his position as the president of the USSR and announced the disintegration of the Soviet Union. 44 pictures represent a few turbulent months of 1991.

«НТВшники» «Что дальше?»
NTV has long been a very pro-Kremlin channel. However, here, they feature Presidential candidate M. Prokhorov surrounded by celebrities that say they will or will consider voting for him. Prokhorov expresses solidarity with the Bolotnaya protestors (though he does not call for new elections).

August 1991. Moscow and Moscovites
A set of portraits done of average Muscovites from August, 1991 - the month the Communists tried to retake power via a military putsch and failed in large part due to average people taking to the street to make their voices heard.

Swearing-in for Ambassador-designate to Russia
Michael McFaul's swearing-in as ambassador to Russia can be seen online. Hear his and Secretary Clinton's thoughts on the future of US-Russia relations.

North Korean Labor Camps
This documentary is not politically correct - both in its language and on its emphasis on negative (but still quite real) Russian stereotypes. However, it does give a fascinating look at the use of North Korean labor in the Russian Far East - an important contributor to the economies of both the RFE and North Korea.

25 Russians to Watch
From investment bankers to internet entrepreneurs, the FT’s Moscow correspondents offer an insiders’ guide to the country’s movers and shakers.

The Mathematics of Russian Election Fraud
Whatever problems Russia may have, a lack of highly skilled mathematicians, statisticians and programmers certainly isn’t one of them.

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

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A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Baikal Environmental Studies: Apply by February 22!

  pelmeni Come experience the foods and cultures of Eurasia this summer with a new program from SRAS: Eurasian Culinary Adventure!

Добро пожаловать!

This month, treat yourself with new recipes from the SRAS Eurasian Cookbook: delicious honey-drenched chak-chak, savory Central Asian lagman, and all those Russian pickled products you've been missing. This summer, treat yourself to a true food adventure in Ukraine and Georgia. Learn Russian and explore the cuisines of Georgia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Russia and more!

Being so close to the March elections, we also have another healthy dose of politics in this issue. You'll find both Prokhorov's and Putin's presidential platforms in English, compliments of our intrepid student translators and our Politics in Translation program.

We hope you enjoy this issue and hope to see you in Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan this summer!

 Study Abroad
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Summer-Seminar-Elections

In this month's newsletter:

- Food      - Politics     -  Koroche!      - Programs
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture


- Programs and Funding! -

Eurasian Culinary Adventure
Eurasian Culinary Adventure is designed to open all of your senses to the rich Russian language and the cultures and cuisines of Eurasia.

Baikal Environmental Studies
Get your application in now for this incredible experience working with state agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs to advance environmental initiatives. Deadline: February 22, 2012!

University of Montana Now SRAS Partner
The University of Montana is now an SRAS partner for our programs in Kyrgyzstan! Students studying Central Asian Studies or RSL in Bishkek can now receive UofM credit!

Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution is a unique summer seminar that will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest.

- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles
- Why Russia is a Great Place to Build a Career (Lower Competition)
- Loss of Funding Halts Language Assessments
- Rosetta Stone for Credit?
- Outsource Your Kid
- Funding for Faculty Led Tours
- State Department Jobs for Students!
- US Embassy Policy Specialist Program
- Funding for Foreign Languages Cut


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in Russia!

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- Feature - Food -  

Chak-Chak
Чак-чак (chak-chak) is a dessert food made from deep-fried dough drenched in a hot honey syrup.

Lagman
Лагман (lagman) is a dish common in Central Asia. This simple and filling dish usually consists of noodles floating in broth with various other components laid out for each to add according to their individual tastes.

Russian Pickling
The process of соление (pickling) is well-known in Russia, and any traveler visiting Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus will undoubtedly come across several traditional pickled dishes that seem strange and exotic.

- Kvass (from our archives!)
- What Foods Could Be Considered "Russia Brand?"
- Eurasian Cookbook - lots more recipes!


- Politics -

Putin's Presidential Platform
Putin is attempting to reconnect with voters through this new political platform. Now in English from SRAS's Politics in Translation program!

Prokhorov's Presidential Plaform
New from SRAS's Politics in Translation program - the program of Putin's billionaire challenger now in English!

Michael McFaul Online
America's new ambassador to Russia is blogging on Russia's most popular platform. He's also on Twitter  and Facebook.  He's already struck controversy with them.

STRATFOR on Russia
Stratfor has been releasing several Russia-related analyses of late. See their multi-part series on Russian politics and its "near abroad" policy,  as well as this article on US-Russian relations and a video on the Russian economy.


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Russian TV Reporting


Note: Our student blogging projects such as "Cheap Eats" are currently migrating to a new site to be launched by SRAS! Check back next month for an update! 


- Language and Culture -

Cody White, A Touch of Engineering in Russia
Cody White is an engineering student currently attending Russian Studies Abroad with SRAS. He has used his ability to gain friends in any culture to have some truly remarkable experiences abroad.

MiniLesson: Dentistry - Стоматология
This month's minilesson looks at what you could expect from a dentist in Russia!

What Business Wants: Language Needs in the 21st Century
Over one hundred business leaders were asked to identify the role and value of languages and cultural skills to business’ bottom line.

Why Americans Need Foreign Languages
This is a series of essays by experts written for the New York Times in response to a former president of Harvard arguing that English’s emergence as the global language makes the investment in other languages less essential.

The World of Art
The World of Art wasn’t just an artistic movement. It was a collection of art critics, painters, sculptors, thespians and clothing designers. It had feet in haute-couture, architecture and book design. See more from ArtInRussia.org - a project of SRAS!

- Discover Your Inner Syllabus
- Russian Elvis Gets American Visa (Video)
- Grammatica - a complete reference for any Russian word!


 Never Too Many Books!
Molokhovets Banned in the USSR! The Food and Cooking of Russia The Basics of
Russian Cooking
Food in Russian History A History of the
Russian Diet

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Art-and-Museums

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Post Soviet Post
This project from Stanford University aims to broaden the mainstream Western public discourse on current issues in the countries of the former Soviet Union by providing unique material previously unavailable in English.

Putin's Unruly Children
A wide-ranging and extensive view of the political views held by today's Russian youths.

World Wide Threat Assessment
James R. Clapper, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, gave these remarks to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on January 31, 2012 regarding the annual "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community."

Guide to Russia/USSR Archives in the US
This guide to manuscripts and archival material pertaining to Russia and the USSR is the fruit of four years of work by a team of Research Associates of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Россия в фотографиях (Russia in Photos)
Фотографии-победители конкурса "The Best Of Russia 2008-2011 г." These have been judged to be the best pictures taken in Russia over the last three years!

 

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A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Baikal Environmental Studies: Apply by February 22!

  pelmeni Come experience the foods and cultures of Eurasia this summer with a new program from SRAS: Eurasian Culinary Adventure!

Добро пожаловать!

This month, treat yourself with new recipes from the SRAS Eurasian Cookbook: delicious honey-drenched chak-chak, savory Central Asian lagman, and all those Russian pickled products you've been missing. This summer, treat yourself to a true food adventure in Ukraine and Georgia. Learn Russian and explore the cuisines of Georgia, Ukraine, Central Asia, Russia and more!

Being so close to the March elections, we also have a healthy dose of politics in this issue. You'll find both Prokhorov's and Putin's presidential platforms in English, compliments of our intrepid student translators and our Politics in Translation program.

We hope you enjoy this issue and hope to see you in Russia, Ukraine, or Kyrgyzstan this summer!


In this month's newsletter:

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Summer-Seminar-Elections

- Food      - Politics     -  Koroche!     - Programs
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture


- Programs and Funding! -

Eurasian Culinary Adventure
Eurasian Culinary Adventure is designed to open all of your senses to the rich Russian language and the cultures and cuisines of Eurasia.

Baikal Environmental Studies
Get your application in now for this incredible experience working with state agencies, academic institutions, and NGOs to advance environmental initiatives. Deadline: February 22, 2012!

University of Montana Now SRAS Partner
The University of Montana is now an SRAS partner for our programs in Kyrgyzstan! Students studying Central Asian Studies or RSL in Bishkek can now receive UofM credit!

Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution is a unique summer seminar that will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest.

- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles
- Why Build a Career in Russia? (Lower Competition)
- Loss of Funding Halts Language Assessments
- Rosetta Stone for Credit?
- Outsource Your Kid
- Funding for Faculty Led Tours
- State Department Jobs for Students!
- US Embassy Policy Specialist Program
- Funding for Foreign Languages Cut


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

culinary-adventure2

Feature - Eurasian Cuisines

Chak-Chak
Чак-чак (chak-chak) is a dessert food made from deep-fried dough drenched in a hot honey syrup.

Lagman
Лагман (lagman) is a dish common in Central Asia. This simple and filling dish usually consists of noodles floating in broth with various other components laid out for each to add according to their individual tastes.

Russian Pickling
The process of соление (pickling) is well-known in Russia, and any traveler visiting Russia, Ukraine, or Belarus will undoubtedly come across several traditional pickled dishes that seem strange and exotic.

- Kvass (from our archives!)
- What Foods Could Be Considered "Russia Brand?"
- Eurasian Cookbook - lots more recipes!


Politics

Putin's Presidential Platform
Putin is attempting to reconnect with voters through this new political platform. Now in English from SRAS's Politics in Translation program!

Prokhorov's Presidential Plaform
New from SRAS's Politics in Translation program - the program of Putin's billionaire challenger now in English!

Michael McFaul Online
America's new ambassador to Russia is blogging on Russia's most popular platform. He's also on Twitter  and Facebook.  He's already struck controversy with them.

STRATFOR on Russia
Stratfor has been releasing several Russia-related analyses of late. See their multi-part series on Russian politics and its "near abroad" policy,  as well as this article on US-Russian relations and a video on the Russian economy.


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Russian TV Reporting


Note: Our student blogging projects such as "Cheap Eats" are currently migrating to a new site to be launched by SRAS! Check back next month for an update! 


- Language and Culture -

Cody White, A Touch of Engineering in Russia
Cody White is an engineering student currently attending Russian Studies Abroad with SRAS. He has used his ability to gain friends in any culture to have some truly remarkable experiences abroad.

MiniLesson: Dentistry - Стоматология
This month's minilesson looks at what you could expect from a dentist in Russia!

What Business Wants: Language Needs in the 21st Century
Over one hundred business leaders were asked to identify the role and value of languages and cultural skills to business’ bottom line.

Why Americans Need Foreign Languages
This is a series of essays by experts written for the New York Times in response to a former president of Harvard arguing that English’s emergence as the global language makes the investment in other languages less essential.

The World of Art
The World of Art wasn’t just an artistic movement. It was a collection of art critics, painters, sculptors, thespians and clothing designers. It had feet in haute-couture, architecture and book design. See more from ArtInRussia.org - a project of SRAS!

- Discover Your Inner Syllabus
- Russian Elvis Gets American Visa (Video)
- Grammatica - a complete reference for any Russian word!


 Never Too Many Books!
Molokhovets Banned in the USSR! The Food and Cooking of Russia The Basics of
Russian Cooking
Food in Russian History A History of the
Russian Diet

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Art-and-Museums

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Post Soviet Post
This project from Stanford University aims to broaden the mainstream Western public discourse on current issues in the countries of the former Soviet Union by providing unique material previously unavailable in English.

Putin's Unruly Children
A wide-ranging and extensive view of the political views held by today's Russian youths.

World Wide Threat Assessment
James R. Clapper, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, gave these remarks to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on January 31, 2012 regarding the annual "Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community."

Guide to Russia/USSR Archives in the US
This guide to manuscripts and archival material pertaining to Russia and the USSR is the fruit of four years of work by a team of Research Associates of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies.

Россия в фотографиях (Russia in Photos)
Фотографии-победители конкурса "The Best Of Russia 2008-2011 г." These have been judged to be the best pictures taken in Russia over the last three years!

 

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Summer Programs Abroad: Apply ASAP!

  Peterhof_summer See what awaits you this summer from SRAS! Check out our full list of summer programs! From the Russian elections to the Russian environment and from art to acting to international relations - the choice is yours!

Добро пожаловать!

What are you doing this summer? How are you going to fund it?

This issue of the SRAS newsletter is geared to help you answer both of these questions! We start with a wide listing of financial aid available for our programs and for study abroad to Russia and Eurasia in general. Then, we offer a few suggestions of innovative programs available this summer such: a summer seminar on the Russian elections; horseback trekking in Kyrgyzstan; and studying art in St. Petersburg. This summer, there is something for everyone – no matter what your specific interests are or how much Russian you currently speak.

The newsletter also, as always, offers a wide selection of this month's best online material for understanding Russian language, culture, politics, and more! До скорого!

In this month's newsletter:

- Funding      - Programs     -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

 


- New International Program from SRAS! -

All Levels – beginning to advanced

Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia and will discuss the conflicts in these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.

Available: Fall, Spring

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- Funding for Study Abroad -  

Alumni Rewards and Student Initiatives
SRAS offers matching scholarships, group discounts, alumni scholarships, and more! Enrol with a friend and you can get special deals on group discounts this summer!

Charles Braver Language Exploration Grants
The Language Exploration Grant offers one award of $500 each for summer, fall, and spring sessions on any regular SRAS program. Apply by March 25th!

Reset Grant (Translation)
SRAS offers one $500 grant each semester to help young translators go abroad to study their craft. Apply by March 25th!

Stanislavsky Scholarship (Acting!)
As part of its Acting in Russia program, SRAS offers three $750 scholarships each summer for actors to study their art in St. Petersburg, Russia. Apply by April 30th!

Home and Abroad
$10,000 to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. Apply by May 10th!

Financial Aid for Study Abroad
The following is a list of every scholarship, aid, and grant program that we know of that can help fund study abroad to Russia (including those listed above!).

- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles
- Home and Abroad Internship Program
- SRAS Research Grants
- NGO Scholarship Program
- Dissertation Prize


- Your Plans for This Summer! -

SRAS Summer Programs
Below is a PARTIAL LIST of just some of the unique opportunities that await you abroad this summer. To see a full list, which includes more on international relations, environmental studies, acting, Russian folklore, several internships, and more, click here! Deadlines for the following partial list of summer programs are listed! 

Featured Summer Programs: (click here for full list!) 

Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

This intensive four-week course will detail the social forces shaping Russia's political scene and how politics may impact Russian society after the elections of 2011 and 2012.

 Apply by: March 20th!
Russian as a Second Language (RSL)
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

Twenty hours per week of Russian language training. Individualized Russian Tutoring and Intensive Russian also available in most locations.

 Apply by: Early/Full Summer: March 25th!
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

What causes revolution? When does a mass movement become mass protest? When does protest evolve into revolution? Were Russia's revolutions inevitable? Find out this summer with SRAS!

 Apply by: March 25th!
Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

The Kyrgyz Summer Adventure Program combines three weeks of intensive language study in Bishkek and one week of horse-trekking through rugged Central Asian mountains!

 Apply by: March 31th!
Central Asian Studies
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

Intensive language study, courses on regional history and hands-on learning of the countries and cultures. Home stay, cultural program and educational travel included.

 Apply by: March 31th!
Art and Museums in Russia
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

An excursion-based three-week program to teach you art history, studio art, and/or museum studies through the famed collections of St. Petersburg's museums!

 Apply by: April 15th!
Acting in Russia
One year acting experience required; all courses in English

An intensive six-week summer course of Russian-style actor training for English-speaking actors.

 Apply by: April 30th!
Eurasian Culinary Adventure

Eurasian Culinary Adventure is designed to open all of your senses to the rich Russian language and the cultures and cuisines of Eurasia.

  Apply by: May 1st!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1


- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Russian TV Reporting


Note: Our student blogging projects such as "Cheap Eats" are currently migrating to a new site to be launched by SRAS! Check back next month for an update! 


- Language and Culture -

SRAS Student Blogging for RBTH
Russia Behind the Headlines is now featuring SRAS student Cody White as a regular blogger!

Walking Tour of Bishkek!
Our very own Peter Bourgelais takes you along on a photo tour of Bishkek! All students on our Bishkek study abroad programs are treated to this walking tour shortly after they arrive.

MiniLesson: Orthodontics - Ортодонтия
This month's minilesson take you to the Russian orthodontist!

Жил Был Пёс
This was recently named the best Russian-language cartoon of all time a group at the 17th Open Animation Festival in Suzdal, Russia. "Hedgehog in the Fog" came in second in this competition.

Выборы в США: праймериз
A video done by the US State Department to explain the primaries to Russians. Lots of good vocabulary in here!

 - How to Become Fluent in 11 Languages
- Beginner Russian - Free Resources

 - Grammatica - a complete reference for any Russian word!
- To Learn A New Language, You've Got to Move More Than Your Mouth!
- Colleges Are Urged to Try New Approaches to Diversify Study Abroad


 Never Too Many Books!
TheStrongman The Strongman:
Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia
RussianForeignPolicy Russian Foreign Policy:
The Return of Great Power Politics
UnderstandingRussianPolitics   Understanding Russian Politics

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Art-and-Museums

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Putin's Article on Foreign Policy
In the run-up to Russia’s presidential elections, prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has published his seventh article in which he defined Russia’s niche in a “changing world.”

The Great Famine
An hour-long PBS documentary on the story of the American effort to relieve starvation in 1921 Soviet Russia.

How Powerful is Russia?
What does this election mean for Russia’s relations with the United States? Indeed, how powerful is Russia, beyond its vote on the United Nations Security Council?

History of Presidential Elections in Russia
Interactive infographics from RIA Novosti.

OSCE Statement on the Russian Elections
This is the official press release from the OSCE on their official observation of Russian election fairness. Quoted in lots of Western news sources - you can read the full original here.

Portrait of the Young Vladimir Putin
The story of the once and future ruler of Russia.

Stanislavski Studies Journal
Stanislavski Studies is a unique English/Russian, peer-reviewed eJournal, presenting world-class scholarship on subjects related to the work of Konstantin Stanislavski.

Bolshoi Gorod on Election Violations
Bolshoi Gorod, one of Moscow's premier liberal newspapers, offers reports in English from observers who manned the polling stations in Russia. There are several articles - use the square icons at the bottom of the page to navigate.

How Gogol Explains the Post-Soviet World
This article attempts to examine politics in post-Soviet states through the lens of classic Russian literature.

America's Failed (Bi-Partisan) Russia Policy
This failure of our own democratic process -- particularly of our political and media establishments -- is in sharp contrast to fierce debates over Russia policy that took place in Congress, the national media, academia, think tanks and even at grassroots levels in the 1970s and 1980s.

Presidential Election 2012
Several interactive resources on the Russian presidential elections.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

Trouble viewing this email? Click here.

 The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Summer Programs Abroad: Apply ASAP!

  Peterhof_summer See what awaits you this summer from SRAS! Check out our full list of summer programs! From the Russian elections to the Russian environment and from art to acting to international relations - the choice is yours!

Добро пожаловать!

What are you doing this summer? How are you going to fund it?

This issue of the SRAS newsletter is geared to help you answer both of these questions! We start with a wide listing of financial aid available for our programs and for study abroad to Russia and Eurasia in general. Then, we offer a few suggestions of innovative programs available this summer such: a summer seminar on the Russian elections; horseback trekking in Kyrgyzstan; and studying art in St. Petersburg. This summer, there is something for everyone – no matter what your specific interests are or how much Russian you currently speak.

The newsletter also, as always, offers a wide selection of this month's best online material for understanding Russian language, culture, politics, and more! До скорого!

In this month's newsletter:

- Funding      - Programs     -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

 


- New International Program from SRAS! -

All Levels – beginning to advanced

Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia and will discuss the conflicts in these states, both past and present, with local students, teachers, and experts.

Available: Fall, Spring

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

culinary-adventure2

- Funding for Study Abroad -  

Alumni Rewards and Student Initiatives
SRAS offers matching scholarships, group discounts, alumni scholarships, and more! Enrol with a friend and you can get special deals on group discounts this summer!

Charles Braver Language Exploration Grants
The Language Exploration Grant offers one award of $500 each for summer, fall, and spring sessions on any regular SRAS program. Apply by March 25th!

Reset Grant (Translation)
SRAS offers one $500 grant each semester to help young translators go abroad to study their craft. Apply by March 25th!

Stanislavsky Scholarship (Acting!)
As part of its Acting in Russia program, SRAS offers three $750 scholarships each summer for actors to study their art in St. Petersburg, Russia. Apply by April 30th!

Home and Abroad
$10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad. Apply by May 10th!

Financial Aid for Study Abroad
The following is a list of every scholarship, aid, and grant program that we know of that can help fund study abroad to Russia (including those listed above!).

- Currently Open Grant and Scholarship Cycles
- Home and Abroad Internship Program
- SRAS Research Grants
- NGO Scholarship Program
- Dissertation Prize


- Your Plans for This Summer! -

SRAS Summer Programs
Below is a PARTIAL LIST of just some of the unique opportunities that await you abroad this summer. To see a full list, which includes more on international relations, environmental studies, acting, Russian folklore, several internships, and more, click here! Deadlines for the following partial list of summer programs are listed! 

Featured Summer Programs: (click here for full list!) 

Russian Studies Seminar: The Russian Elections
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

This intensive four-week course will detail the social forces shaping Russia's political scene and how politics may impact Russian society after the elections of 2011 and 2012.

 Apply by: March 20th!
Russian as a Second Language (RSL)
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

Twenty hours per week of Russian language training. Individualized Russian Tutoring and Intensive Russian also available in most locations.

 Apply by: Early/Full Summer: March 25th!
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

What causes revolution? When does a mass movement become mass protest? When does protest evolve into revolution? Were Russia's revolutions inevitable? Find out this summer with SRAS!

 Apply by: March 25th!
Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

The Kyrgyz Summer Adventure Program combines three weeks of intensive language study in Bishkek and one week of horse-trekking through rugged Central Asian mountains!

 Apply by: March 31th!
Central Asian Studies
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

Intensive language study, courses on regional history and hands-on learning of the countries and cultures. Home stay, cultural program and educational travel included.

 Apply by: March 31th!
Art and Museums in Russia
All Levels - from beginning to advanced

An excursion-based three-week program to teach you art history, studio art, and/or museum studies through the famed collections of St. Petersburg's museums!

 Apply by: April 15th!
Acting in Russia
One year acting experience required; all courses in English

An intensive six-week summer course of Russian-style actor training for English-speaking actors.

 Apply by: April 30th!
Eurasian Culinary Adventure

Eurasian Culinary Adventure is designed to open all of your senses to the rich Russian language and the cultures and cuisines of Eurasia.

  Apply by: May 1st!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1


- Kороче -

Top Movies in Russia
MTV's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Russian TV Reporting


Note: Our student blogging projects such as "Cheap Eats" are currently migrating to a new site to be launched by SRAS! Check back next month for an update! 


- Language and Culture -

SRAS Student Blogging for RBTH
Russia Behind the Headlines is now featuring SRAS student Cody White as a regular blogger!

Walking Tour of Bishkek!
Our very own Peter Bourgelais takes you along on a photo tour of Bishkek! All students on our Bishkek study abroad programs are treated to this walking tour shortly after they arrive.

MiniLesson: Orthodontics - Ортодонтия
This month's minilesson take you to the Russian orthodontist!

Жил Был Пёс
This was recently named the best Russian-language cartoon of all time at the 17th Open Animation Festival in Suzdal, Russia. "Hedgehog in the Fog" came in second in this competition.

Выборы в США: праймериз
A video done by the US State Department to explain the primaries to Russians. Lots of good vocabulary in here!

 - How to Become Fluent in 11 Languages
- Beginner Russian - Free Resources

 - Grammatica - a complete reference for any Russian word!
- To Learn A New Language, You've Got to Move More Than Your Mouth!
- Colleges Are Urged to Try New Approaches to Diversify Study Abroad


 Never Too Many Books!
TheStrongman The Strongman:
Vladimir Putin and the Struggle for Russia
RussianForeignPolicy Russian Foreign Policy:
The Return of Great Power Politics
UnderstandingRussianPolitics   Understanding Russian Politics

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Art-and-Museums

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Putin's Article on Foreign Policy
In the run-up to Russia’s presidential elections, prime minister and presidential candidate Vladimir Putin has published his seventh article in which he defined Russia’s niche in a “changing world.”

The Great Famine
An hour-long PBS documentary on the story of the American effort to relieve starvation in 1921 Soviet Russia.

How Powerful is Russia?
What does this election mean for Russia’s relations with the United States? Indeed, how powerful is Russia, beyond its vote on the United Nations Security Council?

History of Presidential Elections in Russia
Interactive infographics from RIA Novosti.

OSCE Statement on the Russian Elections
This is the official press release from the OSCE on their official observation of Russian election fairness. Quoted in lots of Western news sources - you can read the full original here.

Portrait of the Young Vladimir Putin
The story of the once and future ruler of Russia.

Stanislavski Studies Journal
Stanislavski Studies is a unique English/Russian, peer-reviewed eJournal, presenting world-class scholarship on subjects related to the work of Konstantin Stanislavski.

Bolshoi Gorod on Election Violations
Bolshoi Gorod, one of Moscow's premier liberal newspapers, offers reports in English from observers who manned the polling stations in Russia. There are several articles - use the square icons at the bottom of the page to navigate.

How Gogol Explains the Post-Soviet World
This article attempts to examine politics in post-Soviet states through the lens of classic Russian literature.

America's Failed (Bi-Partisan) Russia Policy
This failure of our own democratic process -- particularly of our political and media establishments -- is in sharp contrast to fierce debates over Russia policy that took place in Congress, the national media, academia, think tanks and even at grassroots levels in the 1970s and 1980s.

Presidential Election 2012
Several interactive resources on the Russian presidential elections.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

 The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Late Summer Programs Abroad: Apply ASAP!

  7023688271_a31f3641a5_b An SRAS student meets American Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul at a town hall meeting held at the ambassador's residence. SRAS arranged for all students on SRAS Moscow-based programs to attend this event. What are you doing this summer?

Добро пожаловать!

Come explore Ukraine with us with a brand-new article on Kiev, an expanded and updated article on Ukraine, and articles on Lviv and Odessa, now reformatted with better pictures and more resources.

Then, tour a few places that don't exist. When the USSR fell, several breakaway states fought for and won de facto independence. However, these states did not win recognition and the conflicts they fought are now "frozen." This holds major repercussions not only locally, but for the wider international community as well.

We also have a new recipe for kulich especially for Orthodox Easter (coming up this Sunday). Cheap Eats returns in its own, more navigable, and broader-focused site. ArtinRussia.org has also now been redesigned and is growing with student contributions.

Oh, and you still have a short time to sign up for some late-summer study abroad programs in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

What are you waiting for? До скорого!

In this month's newsletter:

- Ukraine     - Programs     - Conflict    -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

SRAS Students Attend Ambassadorial Town Hall
Students participating in SRAS’s Moscow study abroad programs attended a town hall meeting featuring Michael McFaul, America's ambassador to Russia.


Study Abroad
in Ukraine!

RSL-Side-Bar1
 
 Study Abroad
in Ukraine!

culinary-adventure2
 
 Study Abroad
in Ukraine!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
 
Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS announces a new site run for students, by students! The site is currently in beta version.
 
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!
 

- Feature: Ukraine -  

Ukraine: Between Russia and Europe
Flat and highly fertile, Ukraine was historically a divided and occupied territory. Even after its independence, it remains a heterogeneous mix of often conflicting peoples, languages, politics, and foreign policy interests.

Kiev: At the Center of a Divided Nation
Kiev is an important modern center for industry, education, and culture for not only modern-day Ukraine, but all of Eastern Europe.

Odessa: A City Born Again and Again
As the third largest city in Ukraine, Odessa has a rich and eclectic history.

Lviv: A Turbulent Time Capsule
With a population that is 88% ethnically Ukrainian, Lviv is one of the strongholds of what can be considered Ukrainian culture.

- Ukrainian Traditional Folklore
- Ukrainian Museum Archives 
- Pysanky: The Ukrainian Easter Egg


    - Programs and Funding! -

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.

Eurasian Culinary Adventure
Eurasian Culinary Adventure is designed to open all of your senses to the rich Russian language and the cultures and cuisines of Eurasia.

Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution is a unique summer seminar that will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest.

Art and Museums in Russia
New from SRAS - work a fully-immersive expedition to the Russian countryside into your study abroad program!

Preparing Global Leaders Summit
SRAS will offer a $500 discount on certain SRAS programs in Moscow or St. Petersburg for students to apply towards attending this fascinating 7-day Summit in Moscow!

- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- SRAS's Home and Abroad Internship Program
- SRAS's Central Asian Studies Program
 - Professional Development for Teachers of Russian
- 4th VGIK International Summer School


- Post-Soviet Conflicts -  

Frozen and Forgotten Conflict
Download this free 178-page book on the subject of the post-Soviet frozen conflicts provided by the Center for Policy Studies.

Transdniestria
A four-part YouTube documentary on the history and background of the complicated case of Transdniestria. There are serious international repercussions to having an unrecognized state in Europe.

South Ossetia
Produced in 2008 just before the Russo-Georgian war, this four-part YouTube series provides a background of the South Ossetian conflict and a good idea of what life on the ground is like there.

Nagorno Karabakh
This four-part YouTube documentary on Nagorno Karabakh, the frozen war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, focuses on how the conflict has affected the local people. For more on the extensive geopolitical implications of this conflict, see this opinion piece by Stratfor.

Crimea
A 10-minute documentary on independence movements and international tensions over the Crimea in Ukraine.


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Tune in to Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad
   


- Language and Culture -

Kulich - Russian Easter Bread
Central to Easter celebrations in Orthodox Christian traditions, кулич is enjoyed in most countries in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. 

Google Art Adds The State Russian Museum
Take a virtual tour of the The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg with Google Art! Both this and the above Russian Museum have been recently added. You can also see the Hermitage, Pushkin, and Tretyakov through this service!

Masha and The Bear
This is a new slapstick cartoon and one of the best Russian animated series currently in production.

Один день из моей жизни
This LiveJournal page is devoted to documenting average days lived by ordinary folks. All are in Russian with lots of good pictures - and lots of good vocabulary! Check out this one by a director of a Russian McDonalds outlet!

- Languages Needed for Economy, National Security
- Survey for NATIVE Speakers of Russian
- AйDa Piroshki (in San Francisco!)
- If Bilingual is Good, Is Trilingual Better?

- Russian American Chamber Seeks Interns


 Never Too Many Books!
In-from-the-cold The Rise of
Russian Capitalism
Eurasia-Separatist-States Engaging Eurasia's
Separatist States
Asymmetric-Autonomy Settlement of
Ethnic Conflicts

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Art-and-Museums

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Secretary Clinton on Russia
Video of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a CNN interview speaking on US-Russia relations.

Four Russias
Natalia Zubarevich argues that, for a better understanding of Russia and where it is going, we need to think not geographically, but mathmatically.

World Bank Report on Russia
This new report looks at Russia's current economic status and prospects.

Bilateral Commission Annual Report
The 2012 report (PDF) on the many issues that the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission is working on.

Rose Gottemoeller on Arms Control at MGIMO
Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, gives remarks at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Moscow, Russia.

McFaul: Russia after the Elections
Michael A. McFaul, US Ambassador to Russia, spoke on the topic "Russia after the Presidential Election: What It Means for the United States" at the Peterson Institute on March 12, 2012. Full video of the event is online.

Мартовские рейтинги одобрения и доверия, голосование на выборах
An interesting poll by the Levada Center shows that if "Against All" had been an option on the presidential ballet, 24% of all Russians would have used their vote to support it.

Communism was the Happiest Time of my Life
Memoirs from a woman who grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Hungary.

Lost in Translation
This is by no means the first time that a company's branding has been lost in translation, so to speak.

Do You Know Anything about Russia?
A short, fairly challenging quiz on your knowledge of all things Russian.

The Not-So-Evil Empire
A recent poll shows that 61% of Americans think that Russia is a friend of the US.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

Trouble viewing this email? Click here.

 The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Late Summer Programs Abroad: Apply ASAP!

  7023688271_a31f3641a5_b An SRAS student meets American Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul at a town hall meeting held at the ambassador's residence. SRAS arranged for all students on SRAS Moscow-based programs to attend this event. What are you doing this summer?

Добро пожаловать!

Come explore Ukraine with us with a brand-new article on Kiev, an expanded and updated article on Ukraine, and articles on Lviv and Odessa, now reformatted with better pictures and more resources.

Then, tour a few places that don't exist. When the USSR fell, several breakaway states fought for and won de facto independence. However, these states did not win recognition and the conflicts they fought are now "frozen." This holds major repercussions not only locally, but for the wider international community as well.

We also have a new recipe for kulich especially for Orthodox Easter (coming up this Sunday). Cheap Eats returns in its own, more navigable, and broader-focused site. ArtinRussia.org has also now been redesigned and is growing with student contributions.

Oh, and you still have a short time to sign up for some late-summer study abroad programs in Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.

What are you waiting for? До скорого!

In this month's newsletter:

- Ukraine     - Programs     - Conflict    -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

SRAS Students Attend Ambassadorial Town Hall
Students participating in SRAS’s Moscow study abroad programs attended a town hall meeting featuring Michael McFaul, America's ambassador to Russia.


Study Abroad
in Ukraine!

RSL-Side-Bar1
 
 Study Abroad
in Ukraine!

culinary-adventure2
 
 Study Abroad
in Ukraine!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
 
Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS announces a new site run for students, by students! The site is currently in beta version.
 
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!
 

- Feature: Ukraine -  

Ukraine: Between Russia and Europe
Flat and highly fertile, Ukraine was historically a divided and occupied territory. Even after its independence, it remains a heterogeneous mix of often conflicting peoples, languages, politics, and foreign policy interests.

Kiev: At the Center of a Divided Nation
Kiev is an important modern center for industry, education, and culture for not only modern-day Ukraine, but all of Eastern Europe.

Odessa: A City Born Again and Again
As the third largest city in Ukraine, Odessa has a rich and eclectic history.

Lviv: A Turbulent Time Capsule
With a population that is 88% ethnically Ukrainian, Lviv is one of the strongholds of what can be considered Ukrainian culture.

- Ukrainian Traditional Folklore
- Ukrainian Museum Archives 
- Pysanky: The Ukrainian Easter Egg


    - Programs and Funding! -

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.

Eurasian Culinary Adventure
Eurasian Culinary Adventure is designed to open all of your senses to the rich Russian language and the cultures and cuisines of Eurasia.

Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution
Mass Movements: From Protest to Revolution is a unique summer seminar that will examine the Russian Revolution and the fall of Communism as case studies for understanding wider patterns of revolution and protest.

Art and Museums in Russia
This is a venue-based program in St. Petersburg for students, educators, curators, museum professionals, and anyone interested in art.

Preparing Global Leaders Summit
SRAS will offer a $500 discount on certain SRAS programs in Moscow or St. Petersburg for students to apply towards attending this fascinating 7-day Summit in Moscow!

- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- SRAS's Home and Abroad Internship Program
- SRAS's Central Asian Studies Program
- Professional Development for Teachers of Russian
- 4th VGIK International Summer School


- Post-Soviet Conflicts -  

Frozen and Forgotten Conflict
Download this free 178-page book on the subject of the post-Soviet frozen conflicts provided by the Center for Policy Studies.

Transdniestria
A four-part YouTube documentary on the history and background of the complicated case of Transdniestria. There are serious international repercussions to having an unrecognized state in Europe.

South Ossetia
Produced in 2008 just before the Russo-Georgian war, this four-part YouTube series provides a background of the South Ossetian conflict and a good idea of what life on the ground is like there.

Nagorno Karabakh
This four-part YouTube documentary on Nagorno Karabakh, the frozen war between Armenia and Azerbaijan, focuses on how the conflict has affected the local people. For more on the extensive geopolitical implications of this conflict, see this opinion piece by Stratfor.

Crimea
A 10-minute documentary on independence movements and international tensions over the Crimea in Ukraine.


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Tune in to Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad
   


- Language and Culture -

Kulich - Russian Easter Bread
Central to Easter celebrations in Orthodox Christian traditions, кулич is enjoyed in most countries in Eastern Europe and elsewhere. 

Google Art Adds The State Russian Museum
Take a virtual tour of the The State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg with Google Art! Both this and the above Russian Museum have been recently added. You can also see the Hermitage, Pushkin, and Tretyakov through this service!

Masha and The Bear
This is a new slapstick cartoon and one of the best Russian animated series currently in production.

Один день из моей жизни
This LiveJournal page is devoted to documenting average days lived by ordinary folks. All are in Russian with lots of good pictures - and lots of good vocabulary! Check out this one by a director of a Russian McDonalds outlet!

- Languages Needed for Economy, National Security
- Survey for NATIVE Speakers of Russian
- AйDa Piroshki (in San Francisco!)
- If Bilingual is Good, Is Trilingual Better?

- Russian American Chamber Seeks Interns


 Never Too Many Books!
In-from-the-cold The Rise of
Russian Capitalism
Eurasia-Separatist-States Engaging Eurasia's
Separatist States
Asymmetric-Autonomy Settlement of
Ethnic Conflicts

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Art-and-Museums

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Secretary Clinton on Russia
Video of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a CNN interview speaking on US-Russia relations.

Four Russias
Natalia Zubarevich argues that, for a better understanding of Russia and where it is going, we need to think not geographically, but mathematically.

World Bank Report on Russia
This new report looks at Russia's current economic status and prospects.

Bilateral Commission Annual Report
The 2012 report (PDF) on the many issues that the US-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission is working on.

Rose Gottemoeller on Arms Control at MGIMO
Rose Gottemoeller, Acting Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, gives remarks at Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) in Moscow, Russia.

McFaul: Russia after the Elections
Michael A. McFaul, US Ambassador to Russia, spoke on the topic "Russia after the Presidential Election: What It Means for the United States" at the Peterson Institute on March 12, 2012. Full video of the event is online.

Мартовские рейтинги одобрения и доверия, голосование на выборах
An interesting poll by the Levada Center shows that if "Against All" had been an option on the presidential ballet, 24% of all Russians would have used their vote to support it.

Communism was the Happiest Time of my Life
Memoirs from a woman who grew up behind the Iron Curtain in Hungary.

Lost in Translation
This is by no means the first time that a company's branding has been lost in translation, so to speak.

Do You Know Anything about Russia?
A short, fairly challenging quiz on your knowledge of all things Russian.

The Not-So-Evil Empire
A recent poll shows that 61% of Americans think that Russia is a friend of the US.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

 The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
FALL Programs Abroad: Apply This Week!

  flashcards_SRAS2 SRAS has launched the "Stop Russian" public service campaign to warn students how addictive Russian can be! To find out more about the ad series and print your own poster, click here.

C праздником!

As many of our readers are now preparing to depart for study abroad programs or for summer research trips abroad, this issue of the SRAS newsletter takes a small focus on travel to Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. We have several fully-updated city guides, new information on bringing your smart phone and computer to Russia, on recent changes to Russian airport security, and other helpful information travelers should know.  

While many are preparing for summer, deadlines for applying for fall programs are also fast approaching. May 15th is the last day for many programs! Late-session summer study abroad is still available for some locations. Contact SRAS for details.

Join us also in our campaign to "Stop Russian." SRAS has released a series of joke PSAs and a new poster that you can download to help prevent college students from being overtaken by a passion for learning Russian and learning about Russia. It's just in time for Victory Day - a great time to celebrate indomitable Russia!

In this month's newsletter:

- Travel            - Programs            -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1
 
 Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

translation_sidebar2
 
Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS announces a new site run for students, by students! The site is currently in beta version.
 
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!
 

Stop Russian!
Download and print our poster to post in your classroom, office, dorm room, favorite coffee shop, or to canvas your entire university – before one more college student falls victim to a passion for Russian!

$200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!
Submit by June 15! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.


- Feature: Travel -  

Research Travel Services
Find resources and services that can help you make your next "archive dive" to Russia a success. This resource has everything from visas to housing to translation assistance!

Bishkek City Guide
Our Bishkek city guide has been fully updated by our local intern Peter Bourgelais with even more helpful, up-to-date information than ever before! 

Vladivostok City Guide
Our Vladivostok city guide has been fully updated by our local intern Michael Smeltzer with even more helpful, up-to-date information than ever before! 

Irkutsk City Guide
Our Irkutsk city guide has been fully updated by our local intern Danya Spencer with even more helpful, up-to-date information than ever before! 

Numbeo: Cost of Living
Numbeo is a crowd-sourced cost of living site that gives information on relative food, rent, transportation, and other costs in major cities around the world.

- Packing List for Russia (and your Electronics)
- Internet, Post, & Phones in Russia
- Sky Team Launches "Go Russia Pass"
- Russia Relaxes Airport Security
- Google Street View Adds Kiev 


    - Programs and Funding! -

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.

SRAS's Home and Abroad Internship Program
 The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad.

Central Asian Studies
A month of home stay, an extensive cultural program and educational travel to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan compliment intensives course in history, culture, geopolitics, and language to give a deeper understanding of what locals think and how they live.

The Russians
The Russians is an innovative cultural immersion designed to teach more about Russia than can be achieved through traditional study. Through venues and experiences, students will see and discuss paintings and architecture, analyze books and films, see and discuss theatrical productions, experience the banya and the dacha, and meet Russians to discuss life in modern Russia.

Study Russian Abroad
Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program packages are designed for flexibility to suit almost any need or lifestyle. Study for a week or a year. Choose the bustling streets of Moscow or the rugged hills of Kyrgyzstan. Take advanced courses or start with the basics.

- More fall programs from SRAS!
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- Preparing Global Leaders Summit
- Startalk: Summer Russian Study in the US


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Tune in to Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad
   


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Old Age
This month, our Mini-Lesson brings you information on what can be a sensitive subject for Russians: aging. 

SPBTV: Russian TV on Your iPhone
This Apple app lets you watch Russian TV for free on your Apple products.

Staroe Kino: Russian Movies on Your iPhone
This Apple app lets you watch classic Soviet movies for free on your Apple products.

The Space Craze That Gripped Russia
Welcome to Russia in the 1920s.

- Being bilingual 'boosts brain power'
- Second Language Translates Into Clearer Thinking
- How I learned to Speak Four Languages


 Never Too Many Books!
Faith and Humor Protested by some
faithful - studied by
some clergy.
Doubt Doubt, Atheism, and the Nineteenth-Century
Russian Intelligentsia
Post-Imperium Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

EviroStudies1

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Down With the Veil!
An article on the liberation of Central Asian women in the U.S.S.R., 1919-1941.

Богатейшие бизнесмены России - 2012
A list of wealthiest businessmen in Russia-2012 according to Forbes.Ru.

Mapping the Gulag
This is the first attempt to map, systematically, the changing geography of Russia's penal institutions over an eighty-year period from the 1930s to the present day.

Transcript of Presidential Interview
English-language transcript of the live interview given by Dmitry Medvedev to Russian television networks Channel One, Rossiya, NTV, Dozhd, and REN TV.

Prime Minister Putin: 2011 Report to the State Duma
English-language transcript of Putin's report to the State Duma on government performance in 2011.

What Lies Beneath
The mission to secure and seal off Kazakhstan's vast nuclear material -- buried deep underground -- is one of the greatest nonproliferation stories never told.

Medvedev Confirmed as Prime Minister by Duma
Putin ordered Medvedev's appointment as prime minister minutes after the 299-144 vote.

Foreign Policy in Putin's Third Term
Stratfor gives an interesting assessment of President Putin's previous foreign policy paradigm and how it will likely need to be changed to suit a changing situation in the West. 

What a Eurasian Union Means for Washington
Two key events, the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Vladimir Putin’s impending return to the Kremlin, have reopened a long-standing debate in Russian foreign-policy circles about Moscow’s relations with its post-Soviet neighbors.

Russian Gov't Plans 'Far Eastern Republic'
A new development plan for Russia’s depressive eastern Siberia and the Far East will usher in a mega-corporation partially exempt from federal legislation and subordinate only to the president.

American Views of Russia
This new CNN poll shows how Americans view of other countries (including Russia) has changed over time.

Ideology and Electricity: The Soviet Experience in Afghanistan
Electricity cannot be delivered by war.

Job Trends: Russia
Figures on Russia's labor market and those of other developing countries from The World Bank.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

 The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
FALL Programs Abroad: Apply This Week!

  flashcards_SRAS2 SRAS has launched the "Stop Russian" public service campaign to warn students how addictive Russian can be! To find out more about the ad series and print your own poster, click here.

C праздником!

As many of our readers are now preparing to depart for study abroad programs or for summer research trips abroad, this issue of the SRAS newsletter takes a small focus on travel to Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. We have several fully-updated city guides, new information on bringing your smart phone and computer to Russia, on recent changes to Russian airport security, and other helpful information travelers should know.  

While many are preparing for summer, deadlines for applying for fall programs are also fast approaching. May 15th is the last day for many programs! Late-session summer study abroad is still available for some locations. Contact SRAS for details.

Join us also in our campaign to "Stop Russian." SRAS has released a series of joke PSAs and a new poster that you can download to help prevent college students from being overtaken by a passion for learning Russian and learning about Russia. It's just in time for Victory Day - a great time to celebrate indomitable Russia!

In this month's newsletter:

- Travel            - Programs            -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1
 
 Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

translation_sidebar2
 
Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS announces a new site run for students, by students! The site is currently in beta version.
 
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!
 

Stop Russian!
Download and print our poster to post in your classroom, office, dorm room, favorite coffee shop, or to canvas your entire university – before one more college student falls victim to a passion for Russian!

$200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!
Submit by June 15! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.


- Feature: Travel -  

Research Travel Services
Find resources and services that can help you make your next "archive dive" to Russia a success. This resource has everything from visas to housing to translation assistance!

Bishkek City Guide
Our Bishkek city guide has been fully updated by our local intern Peter Bourgelais with even more helpful, up-to-date information than ever before! 

Vladivostok City Guide
Our Vladivostok city guide has been fully updated by our local intern Michael Smeltzer with even more helpful, up-to-date information than ever before! 

Irkutsk City Guide
Our Irkutsk city guide has been fully updated by our local intern Danya Spencer with even more helpful, up-to-date information than ever before! 

Numbeo: Cost of Living
Numbeo is a crowd-sourced cost of living site that gives information on relative food, rent, transporation, and other costs in major cities around the world.

- Packing List for Russia (and your Electronics)
- Internet, Post, & Phones in Russia
- Sky Team Launches "Go Russia Pass"
- Russia Relaxes Airport Security
- Google Street View Adds Kiev 


    - Programs and Funding! -

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.

SRAS's Home and Abroad Internship Program
 The SRAS Home and Abroad Program offers $10,000 to students who want to build translation, writing, research, and language skills at home and abroad.

Central Asian Studies
A month of home stay, an extensive cultural program and educational travel to Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan compliment intensives course in history, culture, geopolitics, and language to give a deeper understanding of what locals think and how they live.

The Russians
The Russians is an innovative cultural immersion designed to teach more about Russia than can be achieved through traditional study. Through venues and experiences, students will see and discuss paintings and architecture, analyze books and films, see and discuss theatrical productions, experience the banya and the dacha, and meet Russians to discuss life in modern Russia.

Study Russian Abroad
Russian as a Second Language (RSL) program packages are designed for flexibility to suit almost any need or lifestyle. Study for a week or a year. Choose the bustling streets of Moscow or the rugged hills of Kyrgyzstan. Take advanced courses or start with the basics.

- More fall programs from SRAS!
- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- Preparing Global Leaders Summit
- Startalk: Summer Russian Study in the US


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Tune in to Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad
   


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Old Age
This month, our Mini-Lesson brings you information on what can be a sensitive subject for Russians: aging. 

SPBTV: Russian TV on Your iPhone
This Apple app lets you watch Russian TV for free on your Apple products.

Staroe Kino: Russian Movies on Your iPhone
This Apple app lets you watch classic Soviet movies for free on your Apple products.

The Space Craze That Gripped Russia
Welcome to Russia in the 1920s.

- Being bilingual 'boosts brain power'
- Second Language Translates Into Clearer Thinking
- How I learned to Speak Four Languages


 Never Too Many Books!
Faith and Humor Protested by some
faithful - studied by
some clergy.
Doubt Doubt, Atheism, and the Nineteenth-Century
Russian Intelligentsia
Post-Imperium Post-Imperium: A Eurasian Story

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

EviroStudies1

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Down With the Veil!
An article on the liberation of Central Asian women in the U.S.S.R., 1919-1941.

Богатейшие бизнесмены России - 2012
A list of wealthiest businessmen in Russia-2012 according to Forbes.Ru.

Mapping the Gulag
This is the first attempt to map, systematically, the changing geography of Russia's penal institutions over an eighty-year period from the 1930s to the present day.

Transcript of Presidential Interview
English-language transcript of the live interview given by Dmitry Medvedev to Russian television networks Channel One, Rossiya, NTV, Dozhd, and REN TV.

Prime Minister Putin: 2011 Report to the State Duma
English-language transcript of Putin's report to the State Duma on government performance in 2011.

What Lies Beneath
The mission to secure and seal off Kazakhstan's vast nuclear material -- buried deep underground -- is one of the greatest nonproliferation stories never told.

Medvedev Confirmed as Prime Minister by Duma
Putin ordered Medvedev's appointment as prime minister minutes after the 299-144 vote.

Foreign Policy in Putin's Third Term
Stratfor gives an interesting assesment of President Putin's previous foreign policy paradigm and how it will likely need to be changed to suit a changing situation in the West. 

What a Eurasian Union Means for Washington
Two key events, the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Vladimir Putin’s impending return to the Kremlin, have reopened a long-standing debate in Russian foreign-policy circles about Moscow’s relations with its post-Soviet neighbors.

Russian Gov't Plans 'Far Eastern Republic'
A new development plan for Russia’s depressive eastern Siberia and the Far East will usher in a mega-corporation partially exempt from federal legislation and subordinate only to the president.

American Views of Russia
This new CNN poll shows how Americans view of other countries (including Russia) has changed over time.

Ideology and Electricity: The Soviet Experience in Afghanistan
Electricity cannot be delivered by war.

Job Trends: Russia
Figures on Russia's labor market and those of other developing countries from The World Bank.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

 The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Spring Programs, 2013: Deadlines in Oct, 2012!

  Zhaba  Check out SRAS's Facebook page! Even when the newsletter takes a vacation, our Facebook page is active with language, news, contests, and more! 

Добро пожаловать!

It's amazing what students can accomplish.

Our latest issue of Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies is now complete. See below for what our student contributors have to say about such fascinating topics as the statistical relationship between income rates and suicide rates, the use of protest voting in Kyrgyzstan, and the contrasting economic structures of post-Soviet states.

For more phenomenal student writing, we've also included below several recent academic contributions to our partner site, ArtinRussia.org. Meet Vrubel's demons. Discover St. Petersburg's long and ongoing history of dissident art. Read up on how the USSR tried to reform women through graphic design.

You'll also find our usual batch of great language resources, scholarship and program information, books, and interesting primary documents. However, the real stars of this newsletter are students of Russia everywhere. Never underestimate someone willing to take on a challenge as big as Russia! Anyone who can think that big can accomplish just about anything.

Have a great summer! The newsletter will return next semester. If you can't live without regular Russia fixes until then - check out our Facebook page!

In this month's newsletter:

- Vestnik       - Art in Russia       - Programs        -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1
 
 Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

translation_sidebar2
 
Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS announces a new site run for students, by students! The site is currently in beta version.
 
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!
 

Living and Working in Russia: 2012
 On May 11, 2012, SRAS hosted another successful seminar on the ins and outs of living and working in Russia – and the practical and professional opportunities that a knowledge of Russian and international experience can offer. 

SRAS Students Interviewed in Vladivostok
Two SRAS students were interviewed in Vladivostok for the student magazine at Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service.


- Feature: Vestnik, Issue 11 -  

Capitalism Dichotomy in Post-Communist States
Thomas Luly, a recent graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, analyzes the economic models adopted by post-Soviet states.

How Does Income Affect Suicide Rates?
Megan Fitzpatrick, an economics major at Macalester College in the US, gives a fascinating examination of how income levels correspond to suicide rates across Russia's regions. 

Protest Voting in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan
Christine Jacobson, a senior in political science and Russian studies at Stetson University, takes a statistical look at protest voting patterns in the recent Kyrgyz elections and some of the variables causing them.

The Mutualism of Eurasian Reintegration
Ilya Zlatkin, a third-year law student at the University of Richmond, analyses the history of and prospects for Eurasian unions on political and economic levels.

United Russia: A House Divided
Christopher Johnson, majoring in political science and Russian studies at Stetson University, looks at the structure of Russia's ruling party: United Russia.


- Art in Russia: Student Contributions -

Architecture: The Marine Façade and Petersburg Myth
Sophia Kosar, a sophomore at The College of William and Mary, researched the Marine Façade urban development program in St. Petersburg. This included interviewing NGO activists, political leaders, the Chief Architect of St. Petersburg, and representatives of Gazprom.

Painting: Mikhail Vrubel’s Dueling Demons
Sara Elizabeth Hecker, an art history master's student at the Savannah College of Art and Design, explores Vrubel's Demons in art and life. 

Graphic Design: Soviet Depictions of Women in Anti-religious Posters
Kimberly St. Julian, who is finishing a BA in History at Swarthmore College, looks at how Soviet propaganda attempted to change the place of women in Soviet society.

Art History: The Legacy of Unofficial Art in St. Petersburg
Monika Bernotas graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in European Studies in 2011. Here she examines the history of dissident art in the USSR and Russia through a case study of a single art center in St. Petersburg.


    - Programs and Funding! -

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.

Internships: Report From Abroad
Report from Abroad is for journalism students looking to jumpstart their careers. This program combines a practical internship with intensive Russian lessons and focused journalism projects.

The Russian Far East
The Russian Far East places you at the conflux of powers rising and risen. Vladivostok is where Russia's energy meets the manufacturing power of China, the technology of Japan, the ingenuity of South Korea, and the North Korean wild card.

Siberian Studies
Siberian Studies looks at the unique environment and problems faced by Siberia today. Students will explore the region’s history from its first colonization to its Soviet industrialization, to its current transition to a market economy.

 - Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- Study Abroad = Impressed Employers!
- 20 Reasons Study Abroad Should Be Required Today


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Tune in to Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad
   


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Russian Star Wars
Learn a bit of Russian with Jabba and Leia!

Russia and the Mongols: Crash Course
A crash YouTube course on the history of Kievan Rus and the Mongol invasion.

Speak the Language
A very fun article from a State Department staffer on how to learn a new language.

Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears
Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears, the classic Soviet film, is now online, in its entirety, legally, and with English subtitles available.

The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food
The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food (Книга о вкусной и здоровой пище) was published in the USSR irregularly between 1939 and 1997 and featured stylized illustrations of mass-produced foods available under the USSR and their packaging.

- Learn Russian through Literature and Rock Music
- Study Russian Abroad!
- Barskoon Trip, Kyrgyzstan, Spring 2012


 Never Too Many Books!
Russian-English Translation Intro to Russian-
English Translation
is-that-fish-in-your-ear Translation and
the Meaning of Everything
Med-Dictionary-Phrasebook English-Russian 
Medical Dictionary

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

EviroStudies1

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Remarks by Obama and Putin
President Obama had his first face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart - President Vladimir Putin - since the other leader was inaugurated in May.

Joint Statement by Obama and Putin
"The United States of America and the Russian Federation confirm our commitment to strengthening close and cooperative relations for the benefit of the peoples of our countries, international peace, global prosperity, and security."

Free Russia Manifesto
The International Business Times provides a brief commentary on and a full English translation of the "Free Russia Manifesto," adopted on June 12 at a Moscow "March of Millions" protest and signed by most protest leaders.

Secretary of State on Russia Joining the WTO
"By making Moscow a normal trading partner, Congress would create American jobs and advance human rights."

The Billionaires List
Changes in the list, and the size and source of the fortunes, can provide a quick indicator of how well positioned emerging nations are to compete in the global economy.

Marat Guelman: “Things can work differently”
An interview with Marat Guelman, one of Russia’s most well-known gallery owners, curators, political consultants, and inveterate provocateurs.

Russia's Vegetarians Thrive, Despite Prejudice
The Big Soviet Encyclopedia said that “vegetarianism, which is based on false hypotheses and ideas, does not have followers in the Soviet Union.”

Executive Order on Measures to Implement Foreign Policy
Vladimir Putin signed the Executive Order On Measures to Implement the Russian Federation's Foreign Policy. 

Russian Ruble Hits Lowest Point in over 3 Years
Russia's currency, the ruble, dropped for eight straight days to reach its lowest level since April 2009 as it tracked the falling price of crude oil - a key source of revenue for the country.

List of New Russian Cabinet Members
Wikipedia has updated its information to show the latest Russian cabinet. You can also read interesting commentaries on the new members from The Guardian  or Foreign Policy Magazine.

Moscow's Vision for the Backyard
While Russia remains centrally important to most of the post-Soviet space, Moscow's direct influence across this region is far from assured.

Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization
From perestroika to Yeltsin, to Putin, and after, Demokratizatsiya is the indispensable international journal on post-Soviet democratization. It focuses on the end of the Soviet Union and the contemporary transformation of its successor states.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

 The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Spring Programs, 2013: Deadlines in Oct, 2012!

  Zhaba  Check out SRAS's Facebook page! Even when the newsletter takes a vacation, our Facebook page is active with language, news, contests, and more! 

Добро пожаловать!

It's amazing what students can accomplish.

Our latest issue of Vestnik, the Journal of Russian and Asian Studies is now complete. See below for what our student contributors have to say about such fascinating topics as the statistical relationship between income rates and suicide rates, the use of protest voting in Kyrgyzstan, and the contrasting economic structures of post-Soviet states.

For more phenomenal student writing, we've also included below several recent academic contributions to our partner site, ArtinRussia.org. Meet Vrubel's demons. Discover St. Petersburg's long and ongoing history of dissident art. Read up on how the USSR tried to reform women through graphic design.

You'll also find our usual batch of great language resources, scholarship and program information, books, and interesting primary documents. However, the real stars of this newsletter are students of Russia everywhere. Never underestimate someone willing to take on a challenge as big as Russia! Anyone who can think that big can accomplish just about anything.

Have a great summer! The newsletter will return next semester. If you can't live without regular Russia fixes until then - check out our Facebook page!

In this month's newsletter:

- Vestnik       - Art in Russia       - Programs        -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1
 
 Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

translation_sidebar2
 
Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS announces a new site run for students, by students! The site is currently in beta version.
 
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!
 

Living and Working in Russia: 2012
 On May 11, 2012, SRAS hosted another successful seminar on the ins and outs of living and working in Russia – and the practical and professional opportunities that a knowledge of Russian and international experience can offer. 

SRAS Students Interviewed in Vladivostok
Two SRAS students were interviewed in Vladivostok for the student magazine at Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service.


- Feature: Vestnik, Issue 11 -  

Capitalism Dichotomy in Post-Communist States
Thomas Luly, a recent graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, analyzes the economic models adopted by post-Soviet states.

How Does Income Affect Suicide Rates?
Megan Fitzpatrick, an economics major at Macalester College in the US, gives a fascinating examination of how income levels correspond to suicide rates across Russia's regions. 

Protest Voting in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan
Christine Jacobson, a senior in political science and Russian studies at Stetson University, takes a statistical look at protest voting patterns in the recent Kyrgyz elections and some of the variables causing them.

The Mutualism of Eurasian Reintegration
Ilya Zlatkin, a third-year law student at the University of Richmond, analyses the history of and prospects for Eurasian unions on political and economic levels.

United Russia: A House Divided
Christopher Johnson, majoring in political science and Russian studies at Stetson University, looks at the structure of Russia's ruling party: United Russia.


- Art in Russia: Student Contributions -

Architecture: The Marine Façade and Petersburg Myth
Sophia Kosar, a sophomore at The College of William and Mary, researched the Marine Façade urban development program in St. Petersburg. This included interviewing NGO activists, political leaders, the Chief Architect of St. Petersburg, and representatives of Gazprom.

Painting: Mikhail Vrubel’s Dueling Demons
Sara Elizabeth Hecker, seeking an MA in art history at the Savannah College of Art and Design, explores Vrubel's demons in art and life. 

Graphic Design: Soviet Depictions of Women in Anti-religious Posters
Kimberly St. Julian, who is finishing a BA in History at Swarthmore College, looks at how Soviet propaganda attempted to change the place of women in Soviet society.

Art History: The Legacy of Unofficial Art in St. Petersburg
Monika Bernotas graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in European studies in 2011. Here, she examines the history of dissident art in the USSR and Russia through a case study of a particular art center in St. Petersburg.


    - Programs and Funding! -

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.

Internships: Report From Abroad
Report from Abroad is for journalism students looking to jumpstart their careers. This program combines a practical internship with intensive Russian lessons and focused journalism projects.

The Russian Far East
The Russian Far East places you at the conflux of powers rising and risen. Vladivostok is where Russia's energy meets the manufacturing power of China, the technology of Japan, the ingenuity of South Korea, and the North Korean wild card.

Siberian Studies
Siberian Studies looks at the unique environment and problems faced by Siberia today. Students will explore the region’s history from its first colonization to its Soviet industrialization, to its current transition to a market economy.

 - Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- Study Abroad = Impressed Employers!
- 20 Reasons Study Abroad Should Be Required Today


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Tune in to Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad
   


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Russian Star Wars
Learn a bit of Russian with Jabba and Leia!

Russia and the Mongols: Crash Course
A crash YouTube course on the history of Kievan Rus and the Mongol invasion.

Speak the Language
A very fun article from a State Department staffer on how to learn a new language.

Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears
Moscow Doesn't Believe in Tears, the classic Soviet film, is now online, in its entirety, legally, and with English subtitles available.

The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food
The Book of Tasty and Healthy Food (Книга о вкусной и здоровой пище) was published in the USSR irregularly between 1939 and 1997 and featured stylized illustrations of mass-produced foods available under the USSR and their packaging.

- Learn Russian through Literature and Rock Music
- Study Russian Abroad!
- Barskoon Trip, Kyrgyzstan, Spring 2012


 Never Too Many Books!
Russian-English Translation Intro to Russian-
English Translation
is-that-fish-in-your-ear Translation and
the Meaning of Everything
Med-Dictionary-Phrasebook English-Russian 
Medical Dictionary

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

EviroStudies1

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Remarks by Obama and Putin
President Obama had his first face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart - President Vladimir Putin - since the other leader was inaugurated in May.

Joint Statement by Obama and Putin
"The United States of America and the Russian Federation confirm our commitment to strengthening close and cooperative relations for the benefit of the peoples of our countries, international peace, global prosperity, and security."

Free Russia Manifesto
The International Business Times provides a brief commentary on and a full English translation of the "Free Russia Manifesto," adopted on June 12 at a Moscow "March of Millions" protest and signed by most protest leaders.

Secretary of State on Russia Joining the WTO
"By making Moscow a normal trading partner, Congress would create American jobs and advance human rights."

The Billionaires List
Changes in the list, and the size and source of the fortunes, can provide a quick indicator of how well positioned emerging nations are to compete in the global economy.

Marat Guelman: “Things can work differently”
An interview with Marat Guelman, one of Russia’s most well-known gallery owners, curators, political consultants, and an inveterate provocateurs.

Russia's Vegetarians Thrive, Despite Prejudice
The Big Soviet Encyclopedia said that “vegetarianism, which is based on false hypotheses and ideas, does not have followers in the Soviet Union.”

Executive Order on Measures to Implement Foreign Policy
Vladimir Putin signed the Executive Order On Measures to Implement the Russian Federation's Foreign Policy. 

Russian Ruble Hits Lowest Point in over 3 Years
Russia's currency, the ruble, dropped for eight straight days to reach its lowest level since April 2009 as it tracked the falling price of crude oil - a key source of revenue for the country.

List of New Russian Cabinet Members
Wikipedia has updated its information to show the latest Russian cabinet. You can also read an interesting commentaries on the new members from The Guardian  or Foreign Policy Magazine.

Moscow's Vision for the Backyard
While Russia remains centrally important to most of the post-Soviet space, Moscow's direct influence across this region is far from assured.

Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization
From perestroika to Yeltsin, to Putin, and after, Demokratizatsiya is the indispensable international journal on post-Soviet democratization. It focuses on the end of the Soviet Union and the contemporary transformation of its successor states.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Spring Programs, 2013: Deadlines in Oct, 2012!

  Russia-Pluto Russia is bigger than you thought! Total surface area of Pluto: 6,430,000 sq mi. Total surface area of Russia: 6,592,800 sq mi. It's closer than you thought too! Check out our spring programs and financial aid.

Добро пожаловать!

The SRAS newsletter is back with another big, back-to-school edition of its newsletter.

We have new interviews with Americans who have turned their Russian-language skills into professions.

We have a hyperlinked summary of five major issues that will affect US-Russia relations over the course of this semester: Russia's new WTO membership; the new US-Russia visa regime; the US election; Syria; and Pussy Riot. These issues might be even more complicated than you think. Check out the article and be prepared the next time you debate a classmate (or your class).

We have new student-produced material about Moldova and its conflict with the breakaway republic of Transdnestria.

Of course, we also have lots of great programs to study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan!

We have new language material, our regular "koroche,"  books and other material. Check them out below! 

In this month's newsletter:

5 Issues to Watch This Semester
- People       - Conflict       - Programs        -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1
 
 Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

translation_sidebar2
 
Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS announces a new site run for students, by students! The site is currently in beta version.
 
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!
 

$200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!
Submit by December 20! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

SRAS Posters Published!
SRAS has published two updated posters to build Russian programs. Coming soon to a Russian professor near you!


- Five Issues to Watch -

The SRAS Newsletter has been on vacation for much of the summer. However, we've continued to follow the major issues surrounding Russia. To bring our publication up to date, our editor has chosen the five most important stories of the summer that will continue to develop and be important in US-Russia relations over the coming semester. Those interested in how these situations will continue to play out as it plays out are encouraged to follow SRAS on Facebook.

Full Article     New Visas        Syria
Russia Enters WTO     Pussy Riot
Election Year Politics


- Feature: People -  

Lara Peterson: US Forest Service
Lara Peterson is the Russia, Europe and Near Asia Program Coordinator for the US Forest Service International Programs.

Erin Decker: Translator, Analyst-Level Editor
Erin Decker holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies (Global Security) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing SRAS's Translate Abroad program in 2009, she went on to find employment as a translator and editor in Moscow.

Elizabeth Bagot: From Intern to Professional
Elizabeth Bagot holds a BA from Stanford University in International Relations with a minor in Russian Studies. She is now a professional editor and translator in Moscow, Russia. 

Kyra Gordon: US Army Contracts
Kyra Gordon is an International Program Management Specialist and Russian speaker working with US Army contacts to sell weapons systems to US allies.

- Kim Frankwick, SRAS Student Services Coordinator
- SRAS Art Shown at the Hermitage Youth Center
- SRAS End of the Summer Shashlik


- Conflict: Moldova -

Moldova: Divided on the Edge of Europe
Traditionally on the borders of larger states, Moldova has seen conflict for generations. Moldova today is once more (literally) fractured.

Transdnestria: A European Nowhere
Internationally considered part of Moldova, Transdnestria is a de facto state, having declared its independence in 1990 and successfully defended it in a brief war with Moldova in 1992.

Transdnestria
This video by Miles Atkinson, SRAS student and brave explorer, takes you to Transdnestria, a nation that doesn't exist.


    - Programs and Funding! -

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.

Home and Abroad: Creative program
SRAS's Home and Abroad: Creative offers $7,000 to students who want to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad.

The Russians: A Developmental History of a National Psyche
The Russians is an innovative course that explores the Russian mindset, historical experience, and world view through Russian culture.

The Russian Far East
The Russian Far East places you at the conflux of powers rising and risen. Vladivostok is where Russia's energy meets the manufacturing power of China, the technology of Japan, the ingenuity of South Korea, and the North Korean wild card.

- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- Student Budgets and Finances (updated!)

- Wilson Center Grants and Internships
- The Russian Far East: A Reader


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Tune in to Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad 
  


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Olympic Games
Олимпийские игры or Олимпиада (The Olympic Games) проходят раз в четыре года (occur every four years), and are held in various cities around the world. 

Russian Mini-Lesson: Dorm Rules
Students can request services with the дежурная, at any time during their stay, such as: Можно заменить лампочку? Она перегорела. (May I have this light bulb replaced? It burned out)

Ten Things Never to Say or Do in Russia
Sometimes, knowing what NOT to do is even more important if you want to fit in or at least produce a good impression. Read on to find out about ten Russian social taboos.

Top 12 Russian Sweets
Nearly everyone can identify traditional Russian dishes such as borshch and schi. What people don’t know is that this healthy diet of beetroot, buckwheat and cabbage is supplemented by a delicious array of traditional Russian sweets.

- What Research Tells Us About Immersion
- Can Speaking a Second Language Make You a Better Leader?
- In celebration of 200-years since Borodino!


 Never Too Many Books!
Nomonhan1939 Nomonhan, 1939 TheAbkhazians The Abkhazians:
A Handbook
Russia and the West Russia and the West
from Alexander to Putin

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

EviroStudies1

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Building a Better Bear
Can Russia reform its outmoded military without scaring the United States?

From Izhmash, With Love
Russia now sells as many AK-47s to individual American civilians than to the Russian army according to the NY Times.

Reflections on My First Six Months as U.S. Ambassador to Russia
Michael McFaul speaks about his first six months of his service in Russia.

Russian Billionaire Founds Physics Award to Rival Nobel Prize
Russian billionaire Yury Milner set up a record $3 million prize for theoretical physicists to reward them for their contribution to fundamental science.

PepsiCo's Donald M. Kendall Talks About Russia
David Speedie, director of the program on U.S. Global Engagement at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, interviewed former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Donald Kendall about his work in Russia and his hopes for the country’s future.

Russian Central Banker Outperforms US Fed’s Bernanke
The Chairman of Russia’s Central bank Sergey Igantiev beats US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke and the ECB head Mario Draghi in the World's Top Central Bankers 2012 rating, organized by Global Finance magazine.

Reviving Rural Russia
Russia must stop looking for grandiose causes and dramatic projects, and enable all of its citizens – including its rural inhabitants – to invest in themselves.

Crunching the Numbers to Find Out if a Crisis Will Give Russia a Democracy
What do the coming years hold for Russia's political system? Recent cross-country studies suggest that economic growth alone will not miraculously transform Russia into a democracy or protect it from becoming a dictatorship. Moreover, it appears that the economic crisis is a significant threat to the ruling regime.

Rosneft Aims for Global Reach
Rosneft’s bid to buy BP’s 50 percent stake in TNK-BP has the Russian oil giant’s head, Igor Sechin, poised not just for a comeback, but for a long-running plan to turn the state corporation into a global conglomerate.

Russia Leads World on Illegal Migration - OECD
Russia has the world’s largest number of illegal migrants, accounting for almost seven percent of the country’s working population, according to the 2012 International Migration Outlook issued on Thursday by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

What Ukraine's New Language Law Means for National Unity
The controversy over whether Russian should be recognized as an official language of Ukraine is so heated that it has compelled Ukrainian politicians to tear each other’s clothes, flip parliamentarians over bannisters, and recently provoked the speaker of parliament to tender his resignation.

Kremlin.ru: Meeting with Russian Ambassadors
Vladimir Putin addressed a meeting of Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives. The theme of the meeting was Russia in a Changing World: Stable Priorities and New Opportunities.

Romanovs' Fate Revealed
Ambitious exhibition at the Russian State Archives in Moscow "The Death of Tsar Nicholas II's Family: A One-Hundred Year Investigation" aims to clear away seven decades of misinformation and silence under the Soviet regime.

Congress Reviews Central Asia (Part One): Security Issues
Last week, the US Congress held one of its most comprehensive hearings in years regarding US policy toward Central Asia.

Korea Enters Great Game
South Korea has taken a very interesting step lately with its embrace of Emomali Rahmon’s regime in Tajikistan.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Spring Programs, 2013: Deadlines in Oct, 2012!

  Russia-Pluto Russia is bigger than you thought! Total surface area of Pluto: 6,430,000 sq mi. Total surface area of Russia: 6,592,800 sq mi. It's closer than you thought too! Check out our spring programs and financial aid.

Добро пожаловать!

The SRAS newsletter is back with another big, back-to-school edition of its newsletter.

We have new interviews with Americans who have turned their Russian-language skills into professions.

We have a hyperlinked summary of five major issues that will affect US-Russia relations over the course of this semester: Russia's new WTO membership; the new US-Russia visa regime; the US election; Syria; and Pussy Riot. These issues might be even more complicated than you think. Check out the article and be prepared the next time you debate a classmate (or your class).

We have new student-produced material about Moldova and its conflict with the breakaway republic of Transdnestria.

Of course, we also have lots of great programs to study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan!

We have new language material, our regular "koroche,"  books and other material. Check them out below!

In this month's newsletter:

5 Issues to Watch This Semester
- People       - Conflict       - Programs        -  Koroche! 
- Books      -  Primary Documents     - Language and Culture

Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1
 
 Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

translation_sidebar2
 
Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS announces a new site run for students, by students! The site is currently in beta version.
 
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!
 

$200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!
Submit by December 20! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

SRAS Posters Published!
SRAS has published two updated posters to build Russian programs. Coming soon to a Russian professor near you!


- Five Issues to Watch -

The SRAS Newsletter has been on vacation for much of the summer. However, we've continued to follow the major issues surrounding Russia. To bring our publication up to date, our editor has chosen the five most important stories of the summer that will continue to develop and be important in US-Russia relations over the coming semester. Those interested in how these situations will continue to play out as it plays out are encouraged to follow SRAS on Facebook.

Full Article     New Visas        Syria
Russia Enters WTO     Pussy Riot
Election Year Politics


- Feature: People -  

Lara Peterson: US Forest Service
Lara Peterson is the Russia, Europe and Near Asia Program Coordinator for the US Forest Service International Programs.

Erin Decker: Translator, Analyst-Level Editor
Erin Decker holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies (Global Security) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After completing SRAS's Translate Abroad program in 2009, she went on to find employment as a translator and editor in Moscow.

Elizabeth Bagot: From Intern to Professional
Elizabeth Bagot holds a BA from Stanford University in International Relations with a minor in Russian Studies. She is now a professional editor and translator in Moscow, Russia. 

Kyra Gordon: US Army Contracts
Kyra Gordon is an International Program Management Specialist and Russian speaker working with US Army contacts to sell weapons systems to US allies.

- Kim Frankwick, SRAS Student Services Coordinator
- SRAS Art Shown at the Hermitage Youth Center
- SRAS End of the Summer Shashlik


- Conflict: Moldova -

Moldova: Divided on the Edge of Europe
Traditionally on the borders of larger states, Moldova has seen conflict for generations. Moldova today is once more (literally) fractured.

Transdnestria: A European Nowhere
Internationally considered part of Moldova, Transdnestria is a de facto state, having declared its independence in 1990 and successfully defended it in a brief war with Moldova in 1992.

Transdnestria
This video by Miles Atkinson, SRAS student and brave explorer, takes you to Transdnestria, a nation that doesn't exist.


    - Programs and Funding! -

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space.

Home and Abroad: Creative program
SRAS's Home and Abroad: Creative offers $7,000 to students who want to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad.

The Russians: A Developmental History of a National Psyche
The Russians is an innovative course that explores the Russian mindset, historical experience, and world view through Russian culture.

The Russian Far East
The Russian Far East places you at the conflux of powers rising and risen. Vladivostok is where Russia's energy meets the manufacturing power of China, the technology of Japan, the ingenuity of South Korea, and the North Korean wild card.

- Financial Aid for Study Abroad
- Student Budgets and Finances (updated!)

- Wilson Center Grants and Internships
- The Russian Far East: A Reader


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5

Tune in to Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad 
  


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Olympic Games
Олимпийские игры or Олимпиада (The Olympic Games) проходят раз в четыре года (occur every four years), and are held in various cities around the world. 

Russian Mini-Lesson: Dorm Rules
Students can request services with the дежурная, at any time during their stay, such as: Можно заменить лампочку? Она перегорела. (May I have this light bulb replaced? It burned out)

Ten Things Never to Say or Do in Russia
Sometimes, knowing what NOT to do is even more important if you want to fit in or at least produce a good impression. Read on to find out about ten Russian social taboos.

Top 12 Russian Sweets
Nearly everyone can identify traditional Russian dishes such as borshch and schi. What people don’t know is that this healthy diet of beetroot, buckwheat and cabbage is supplemented by a delicious array of traditional Russian sweets.

- What Research Tells Us About Immersion
- Can Speaking a Second Language Make You a Better Leader?
- In celebration of 200-years since Borodino!


 Never Too Many Books!
Nomonhan1939 Nomonhan, 1939 TheAbkhazians The Abkhazians:
A Handbook
Russia and the West Russia and the West
from Alexander to Putin

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

EviroStudies1

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services -  Russia Your Way

Building a Better Bear
Can Russia reform its outmoded military without scaring the United States?

From Izhmash, With Love
Russia now sells as many AK-47s to individual American civilians than to the Russian army according to the NY Times.

Reflections on My First Six Months as U.S. Ambassador to Russia
Michael McFaul speaks about his first six months of his service in Russia.

Russian Billionaire Founds Physics Award to Rival Nobel Prize
Russian billionaire Yury Milner set up a record $3 million prize for theoretical physicists to reward them for their contribution to fundamental science.

PepsiCo's Donald M. Kendall Talks About Russia
David Speedie, director of the program on U.S. Global Engagement at Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, interviewed former chairman and CEO of PepsiCo Donald Kendall about his work in Russia and his hopes for the country’s future.

Russian Central Banker Outperforms US Fed’s Bernanke
The Chairman of Russia’s Central bank Sergey Igantiev beats US Federal Reserve chief Ben Bernanke and the ECB head Mario Draghi in the World's Top Central Bankers 2012 rating, organized by Global Finance magazine.

Reviving Rural Russia
Russia must stop looking for grandiose causes and dramatic projects, and enable all of its citizens – including its rural inhabitants – to invest in themselves.

Crunching the Numbers to Find Out if a Crisis Will Give Russia a Democracy
What do the coming years hold for Russia's political system? Recent cross-country studies suggest that economic growth alone will not miraculously transform Russia into a democracy or protect it from becoming a dictatorship. Moreover, it appears that the economic crisis is a significant threat to the ruling regime.

Rosneft Aims for Global Reach
Rosneft’s bid to buy BP’s 50 percent stake in TNK-BP has the Russian oil giant’s head, Igor Sechin, poised not just for a comeback, but for a long-running plan to turn the state corporation into a global conglomerate.

Russia Leads World on Illegal Migration - OECD
Russia has the world’s largest number of illegal migrants, accounting for almost seven percent of the country’s working population, according to the 2012 International Migration Outlook issued on Thursday by the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

What Ukraine's New Language Law Means for National Unity
The controversy over whether Russian should be recognized as an official language of Ukraine is so heated that it has compelled Ukrainian politicians to tear each other’s clothes, flip parliamentarians over bannisters, and recently provoked the speaker of parliament to tender his resignation.

Kremlin.ru: Meeting with Russian Ambassadors
Vladimir Putin addressed a meeting of Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives. The theme of the meeting was Russia in a Changing World: Stable Priorities and New Opportunities.

Romanovs' Fate Revealed
Ambitious exhibition at the Russian State Archives in Moscow "The Death of Tsar Nicholas II's Family: A One-Hundred Year Investigation" aims to clear away seven decades of misinformation and silence under the Soviet regime.

Congress Reviews Central Asia (Part One): Security Issues
Last week, the US Congress held one of its most comprehensive hearings in years regarding US policy toward Central Asia.

Korea Enters Great Game
South Korea has taken a very interesting step lately with its embrace of Emomali Rahmon’s regime in Tajikistan.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Spring Programs, 2013: Deadlines This Month!

  Moscow-Metro This is the new map of the rapidly-growing Moscow Metro. It's amazing how much this country has changed in just 10 years! Come see for yourself -  Check out our spring programs and financial aid.

Добро пожаловать!

Deadlines are this month for Spring, 2013.

Deadlines for most of our spring programs have been set for October 31. However, some, like our Home and Abroad: Creative program, which offers $7000 to students looking to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad, have an earlier deadline of October 15.

Financial aid is also available. For example, SRAS has just launched The Eurasia Grant - combine one semester of Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space with a fall or spring semester of Central Asian Studies and receive a $1000 international relations grant.

This month's newsletter focuses on some of our favorite Russia-related topics. Learn more about Russian food, art, and politics with new articles, translations, and resources provided by The School of Russian and Asian Studies.

We have new language lessons, the latest on Russian pop culture (in our regular "koroche" section), news about new books, and more. See below for details.

In this month's newsletter:

- Food       - Politics and Art       - Programs        -  Koroche!  
- Books      -  Primary Documents    - Language and Culture

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russian Far East
 
 Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

EviroStudies1
 
Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS sponsors this new site for students, by students!
 
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!
 

$200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!
Submit by December 20! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.


- Programs and Funding - 

The Eurasia Grant
Combine one semester of Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space with a fall or spring semester of Central Asian Studies and receive a $1000 international relations grant from SRAS.

Home and Abroad: Creative
SRAS's Home and Abroad: Creative offers $7,000 to students who want to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad.

Russian Far East Studies
The Russian Far East places you where Russia's energy meets the manufacturing power of China, the technology of Japan, the ingenuity of South Korea, and the North Korean wild card.

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

- SRAS Programs
- SRAS Guide to Funding for Study Abroad

- Eurasia Program Fellowships
- College Enrollment for Russian Language
- Study Abroad: One of the Best Things for Your Career


- Feature: Food -

The SRAS Guide to Fermented Milk
We've produced the following short but fairly comprehensive guide to the sometimes bewilderingly wide Russian fermented milk market.

Vinegret: The Russian Salad, Not the Dressing
In Russia and other countries of the former Soviet bloc, винегрет (vinegret) is itself a salad, composed traditionally of boiled, diced beets, potatoes, and carrots mixed with diced pickles, onions, and sour cabbage, all dressed in one of several oil-based toppings.

Pryanik: The Spice of Russian Cuisine
Пряник (pryanik), commonly described as "Russian gingerbread" or "Russian spice cookies," is a sweet bread or cookie flavored with spices and sometimes filled with jam, sweetened condensed milk, or caramelized milk. 

Okroshka - Everything But Your Kitchen Sink
Окрошка is enjoyed in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other former Soviet countries, usually in the hot summer months.

- American Cooking on Ukrainian TV
- The Eurasian Cookbook


- Feature: Politics and Art -

The Komsomol(s)
The new Komsomol continues the work of its predecessor: espousing and utilizing Marxist-Leninist ideology in working with young people, supporting the goals and programs of the Communist Party, and bolstering its membership.

The Eurasian Youth Union
Eurasianism finds expression in Russian foreign and domestic policy - but most in the West have never heard of this political philosophy.

Sergei Udaltsov and The Left Front
Sergei Udaltsov is often mentioned in Western reporting about the protests, particularly since Amnesty International named him a prisoner of conscience. But what does he and the people and organizations he leads actually stand for?

The Art of “War:” Voina and Protest Art in Russia
Voina has been described as a “street collective of actionist artists who engage in political protest art” but also as a “left-wing radical anarchist collective.”

Zurab Tsereteli
Zurab Tsereteli is perhaps Russia’s best politically connected artist. In addition to serving in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, he is the President of the Russian Academy of Art.

- Art in Russia
- Politics in Translation


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5
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SRAS Recap of Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Маршрутка - Shared Taxi
Everywhere in Russia,маршрутки are popular because they can маневрировать(maneuver) better in traffic and are thus faster than buses, trams, or trolleys.

Learn to Type in Russian
Keybr.com is a web–based software that runs directly in your browser and can teach you to type in Russian!

A Night of Art in the City of Secrets
This year in St. Petersburg, 77 museums, galleries, and libraries (not to mention the city zoo!) participated, remained open from 6pm-6am for Europe's "Night of the Museums."

What I Will (and Won't) Miss About Living in Moscow
A departing journalist reports on what she loved, hated, hated to love, and loved to hate while living and working in Russia.

- Language Resources for Students of Russian
- SRAS Online Language Tests
- Russian Mini Lessons


 Never Too Many Books!
The Russia Reader The Russia Reader:
History, Culture, Politics
Road To The Temple Roads to the Temple:
Truth, Memory, Ideas
and Ideals in the
Making of the Russian
Revolution, 1987-1991

Marooned In Moscow Marooned in Moscow

 


Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services - Russia Your Way

Upset: What's Next After Georgia's Election
Despite widespread fears of a deadlocked, disputed election and protests on the streets, Georgia is - so far - on the path toward a surprisingly orderly transfer of power following parliamentary elections of Monday, Oct. 1.

Rising Temperatures
A very informative article by an SRAS grad in the NY Times! The article is about the current race to lay territorial claims in the melting arctic - and how Russia is playing a prominent role in this important international issue.

Top Ten: What Foreign Policy Students Should Study
A Harvard professor of international relations writes about what those eager future diplomats and policy wonks should study in college.

Great Game in Motion: Kyrgyzstan
As the US and NATO prepare to leave Afghanistan, Washington, Brussels, Moscow, Beijing, New Delhi, Iran, Ankara, Tehran, and Islamabad are all competing to enhance their influence in Central Asia.

Former US Consul General: Russia Shouldn't Emulate the West
One of the many misconceptions that Americans had about Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union was that it would embrace Western democracy. We were wrong in our prediction. Russia has always been on her own trajectory, just as every nation fundamentally is.

Public Opinion Polls and Political Culture
This edition of Russian Analytical Digest focuses on popular attitudes about democracy in Russia.

Who Owns Russian Media
A mapping of media outlets by ownership in Russia.

Russia Reveals Shiny State Secret: It's Awash in Diamonds
'Trillions of carats' lie below a 35-million-year-old, 62-mile-diameter asteroid crater in eastern Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem. The Russians have known about the site since the 1970s.

March of Millions Steps to the Left
Russia’s opposition movement is leaning left with social demands brought to the agenda for the first time since the tens of thousands of people joined it in December 2012.

Russian Opposition Figure Cool on Anti-Putin Movement
Vladimir Milov, chairman of the opposition party Democratic Choice, questions the goals and tactics of the recent demonstration against the Russian president.

Religion in Russia: Politicization and Disengagement
This past summer in Russia has been marked by flare-ups of religious tension. These tensions reflect conflict within, rather than between, the major religions in Russia.

In a First, Muslim Leaders Attacked in Tatarstan
In the first major attack against religious leaders outside the North Caucasus, Tatarstan’s top Muslim leader miraculously survived three bomb blasts that destroyed his car in Kazan on Thursday just minutes after gunmen killed his former aide.

Moscow Again Moves to Rein in Kadyrov
Presidential envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District Aleksandr Khloponin has intervened to put a halt to the escalating war of words between Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov and his Ingushetian counterpart, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, over the disputed border between their respective Russian republics.

Meeting with State Duma Party Faction Leaders
Transcript in English of Vladimir Putin's meeting with the leaders of the four State Duma party factions: United Russia, Communist Party, A Just Russia, and LDPR.

Banner of Lenin Flies Over Would-be Russian Farm Boom
It is emblematic of a Russian agriculture industry that is trying to establish itself as a force on world markets. With the world's fourth largest acreage of arable land and few constraints on fresh water supplies, Russia wants to use its natural wealth to spur the economy.

 

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Spring Programs, 2013: Deadlines This Month!

  Moscow-Metro This is the new map of the rapidly-growing Moscow Metro. It's amazing how much this country has changed in just 10 years! Come see for yourself -  Check out our spring programs and financial aid.

Добро пожаловать!

Deadlines are this month for Spring, 2013.

Deadlines for most of our spring programs have been set for October 31. However, some, like our Home and Abroad: Creative program, which offers $7000 to students looking to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad, have an earlier deadline of October 15.

Financial aid is also available. For example, SRAS has just launched The Eurasia Grant - combine one semester of Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space with a fall or spring semester of Central Asian Studies and receive a $1000 international relations grant.

This month's newsletter focuses on some of our favorite Russia-related topics. Learn more about Russian food, art, and politics with new articles, translations, and resources provided by The School of Russian and Asian Studies.

We have new language lessons, the latest on Russian pop culture (in our regular "koroche" section), news about new books, and more. See below for details.

In this month's newsletter:

- Food       - Politics and Art       - Programs        -  Koroche!  
- Books      -  Primary Documents    - Language and Culture

$200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!
Submit by December 20! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.


- Programs and Funding - 

The Eurasia Grant
Combine one semester of Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space with a fall or spring semester of Central Asian Studies and receive a $1000 international relations grant from SRAS.

Home and Abroad: Creative
SRAS's Home and Abroad: Creative offers $7,000 to students who want to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad.

Russian Far East Studies
The Russian Far East places you where Russia's energy meets the manufacturing power of China, the technology of Japan, the ingenuity of South Korea, and the North Korean wild card.

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

- SRAS Programs
- SRAS Guide to Funding for Study Abroad

- Eurasia Program Fellowships
- College Enrollment for Russian Language
- Study Abroad: One of the Best Things for Your Career


- Feature: Food -

The SRAS Guide to Fermented Milk
We've produced the following short but fairly comprehensive guide to the sometimes bewilderingly wide Russian fermented milk market.

Vinegret: The Russian Salad, Not the Dressing
In Russia and other countries of the former Soviet bloc, винегрет (vinegret) is itself a salad, composed traditionally of boiled, diced beets, potatoes, and carrots mixed with diced pickles, onions, and sour cabbage, all dressed in one of several oil-based toppings.

Pryanik: The Spice of Russian Cuisine
Пряник (pryanik), commonly described as "Russian gingerbread" or "Russian spice cookies," is a sweet bread or cookie flavored with spices and sometimes filled with jam, sweetened condensed milk, or caramelized milk. 

Okroshka - Everything But Your Kitchen Sink
Окрошка is enjoyed in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and other former Soviet countries, usually in the hot summer months.

- American Cooking on Ukrainian TV
- The Eurasian Cookbook


- Feature: Politics and Art -

The Komsomol(s)
The new Komsomol continues the work of its predecessor: espousing and utilizing Marxist-Leninist ideology in working with young people, supporting the goals and programs of the Communist Party, and bolstering its membership.

The Eurasian Youth Union
Eurasianism finds expression in Russian foreign and domestic policy - but most in the West have never heard of this political philosophy.

Sergei Udaltsov and The Left Front
Sergei Udaltsov is often mentioned in Western reporting about the protests, particularly since Amnesty International named him a prisoner of conscience. But what does he and the people and organizations he leads actually stand for?

The Art of “War:” Voina and Protest Art in Russia
Voina has been described as a “street collective of actionist artists who engage in political protest art” but also as a “left-wing radical anarchist collective.”

Zurab Tsereteli
Zurab Tsereteli is perhaps Russia’s best politically connected artist. In addition to serving in the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, he is the President of the Russian Academy of Art.

- Art in Russia
- Politics in Translation


- Kороче -

Top 5 Movies in Russia
MTV Russia's Top 5
Nashe Radio's Top 5
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SRAS Recap of Russian TV News

SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Маршрутка - Shared Taxi
Everywhere in Russia,маршрутки are popular because they can маневрировать(maneuver) better in traffic and are thus faster than buses, trams, or trolleys.

Learn to Type in Russian
Keybr.com is a web–based software that runs directly in your browser and can teach you to type in Russian!

A Night of Art in the City of Secrets
This year in St. Petersburg, 77 museums, galleries, and libraries (not to mention the city zoo!) participated, remained open from 6pm-6am for Europe's "Night of the Museums."

What I Will (and Won't) Miss About Living in Moscow
A departing journalist reports on what she loved, hated, hated to love, and loved to hate while living and working in Russia.

- Language Resources for Students of Russian
- SRAS Online Language Tests
- Russian Mini Lessons


 Never Too Many Books!
The Russia Reader The Russia Reader:
History, Culture, Politics
Road To The Temple Roads to the Temple:
Truth, Memory, Ideas
and Ideals in the
Making of the Russian
Revolution, 1987-1991

Marooned In Moscow Marooned in Moscow

 


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Russian Far East

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services - Russia Your Way

Upset: What's Next After Georgia's Election
Despite widespread fears of a deadlocked, disputed election and protests on the streets, Georgia is - so far - on the path toward a surprisingly orderly transfer of power following parliamentary elections of Monday, Oct. 1.

Rising Temperatures
A very informative article by an SRAS grad in the NY Times! The article is about the current race to lay territorial claims in the melting arctic - and how Russia is playing a prominent role in this important international issue.

Top Ten: What Foreign Policy Students Should Study
A Harvard professor of international relations writes about what those eager future diplomats and policy wonks should study in college.

Great Game in Motion: Kyrgyzstan
As the US and NATO prepare to leave Afghanistan, Washington, Brussels, Moscow, Beijing, New Delhi, Iran, Ankara, Tehran, and Islamabad are all competing to enhance their influence in Central Asia.

Former US Consul General: Russia Shouldn't Emulate the West
One of the many misconceptions that Americans had about Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union was that it would embrace Western democracy. We were wrong in our prediction. Russia has always been on her own trajectory, just as every nation fundamentally is.

Public Opinion Polls and Political Culture
This edition of Russian Analytical Digest focuses on popular attitudes about democracy in Russia.

Who Owns Russian Media
A mapping of media outlets by ownership in Russia.

Russia Reveals Shiny State Secret: It's Awash in Diamonds
'Trillions of carats' lie below a 35-million-year-old, 62-mile-diameter asteroid crater in eastern Siberia known as Popigai Astroblem. The Russians have known about the site since the 1970s.

March of Millions Steps to the Left
Russia’s opposition movement is leaning left with social demands brought to the agenda for the first time since the tens of thousands of people joined it in December 2012.

Russian Opposition Figure Cool on Anti-Putin Movement
Vladimir Milov, chairman of the opposition party Democratic Choice, questions the goals and tactics of the recent demonstration against the Russian president.

Religion in Russia: Politicization and Disengagement
This past summer in Russia has been marked by flare-ups of religious tension. These tensions reflect conflict within, rather than between, the major religions in Russia.

In a First, Muslim Leaders Attacked in Tatarstan
In the first major attack against religious leaders outside the North Caucasus, Tatarstan’s top Muslim leader miraculously survived three bomb blasts that destroyed his car in Kazan on Thursday just minutes after gunmen killed his former aide.

Moscow Again Moves to Rein in Kadyrov
Presidential envoy to the North Caucasus Federal District Aleksandr Khloponin has intervened to put a halt to the escalating war of words between Chechen Republic head Ramzan Kadyrov and his Ingushetian counterpart, Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, over the disputed border between their respective Russian republics.

Meeting with State Duma Party Faction Leaders
Transcript in English of Vladimir Putin's meeting with the leaders of the four State Duma party factions: United Russia, Communist Party, A Just Russia, and LDPR.

Banner of Lenin Flies Over Would-be Russian Farm Boom
It is emblematic of a Russian agriculture industry that is trying to establish itself as a force on world markets. With the world's fourth largest acreage of arable land and few constraints on fresh water supplies, Russia wants to use its natural wealth to spur the economy.

 

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A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Deadlines Extended for Spring, 2013 Kiev and Bishkek!

  elections-2012 TV news in Russia has reported on Barack Obama's relection with mostly positive imagery while commenting that the election has shown the US society to be divided.
See First Channel's report here.

Добро пожаловать!

This month, SRAS announces a brand new Home and Abroad scholarship, a new issue of Vestnik, and an "обзор" on the recent elections in the US, Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine.

Home and Abroad: Report is the latest addition to our lineup of generous Home and Abroad scholarships and intensive internships. Based in Bishkek for spring and summer 2013, one recipient will receive $11,000 to help build research and reporting skills abroad. Applications are due November 30!

Our new issue of Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, showcases some of the best research that the upcoming generation of experts on Russia and the former USSR has to offer. With papers ranging from linguistic rights in Ukraine to public perceptions of environmental issues in Irkutsk to the practices of a modern Russian NGO, this new issue also shows the diversity of the important issues that the former USSR presents to scholars and policy makers.

Lastly, we have several articles covering the election results in the US, Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine. All of these countries have recently held elections that may have a significant effect on the future of those countries and their foreign and domestic policies.

All of this is in addition, of course, to our new language lessons, the latest on Russian pop culture (in our regular "koroche" section), news about new books, and more. See below for details.

 

In this month's newsletter:

 - Vestnik      - Elections       - Programs        -  Koroche!  
- Books      -  Primary Documents    - Language and Culture

 


 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Baikal-environmental-studie 
 
 Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
 
 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Sib-Summer-Adventure 
 
Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS sponsors this new site for students, by students!
 
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!
 


- Feature: Vestnik -

Cooperative Ventures of Russian Civil Society
Michael Zeller, a student at the University of Louisville, looks at how a Russian NGO cooperates (and competes) with other NGOs.

Lake Baikal in Space and Place
Ingrid Korsgard, a student at Macalester College in MN, performed original research in Irkutsk on how locals view environmental issues there.

Historical Context and Modern Demands
Eleanor Nurmi, studying at the University of Chicago, looks at linguistic rights in Ukraine. 

The Armenian Colonies in Ukraine
D. Garrison Golubock, a recent graduate from the University of Chicago, looks at the history of Armenian colonies in Ukraine.

Кем Быть: Whom Shall I Be?
Ruxi Zhang, a student at Macalester College in MN, analyzes early Soviet education policy in the context of broader Soviet domestic policies.

- Vestnik Home Page
- $200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!


- Programs and Funding - 

Home and Abroad: Report
This new program for Spring, 2013 offers $11,000 to students hoping to build writing, research, reporting, and language skills at home and abroad. Apply by November 30th!

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. Deadline extended to November 20th!

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space. Deadline extended to November 20th!

Russian as a Second Language
Study Russian abroad! Deadline for programs in Kiev and Bishkek extended to November 20th!

SRAS Summer Programs
Our summer programs application cycle is now open! Applications deadlines for most programs will fall in March, 2013.

- Funding for Study in Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan
- Language Makes Your Brain Grow

- SRAS Students at Roundtable in Vladivostok, Russia
- Fulbright's New Short-Term Grants
- Second Languages Boost Careers


- Feature: Elections -

Putin's United Russia Party Dominates Regional Elections
Russian President Vladimir Putin's party took nearly every regional seat in Sunday's elections, but most analysts say that the results were probably an accurate reflection of public sentiment.

The Managed Democracy: A How-to Manual from Putin's Russia
The Oct. 14 elections were the first gubernatorial vote Russia had seen in nine years, ever since President Vladimir Putin banned them as a menace to national security.

Yaroslavl: A Taste of the New Russian Politics
Though merely a blip on the country's political radar, the Yaroslavl vote offers a glimpse of how Russian politics could look after the Kremlin's dominance of the country's political life comes to its long-predicted end.

Opposition Debates to Determine Leadership
While ruling party candidates in Russian elections generally avoid the confrontational format, anti-Kremlin activists have revived it with a series of contests pitting hard-core nationalists against social democrats, political celebrities against local organizers.

Parliamentary Elections in Georgia
The Caucasus Analytical Digest has devoted a full issue to recent Georgian elections - which could have major regional repercussions. The elections took most by surprise.

Governing Party Claims Victory in Ukraine Elections
The governing party of President Viktor F. Yanukovich declared victory in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections on Sunday. Opposition parties also made strong gains, including a strong rise in support for an ultranationalist party with a leader who is known for anti-Semitic and racist views.

- US Academy of Sciences on Russian Election Fraud (PDF)
- Election Protests in Ukraine
- Russia Reacts to Obama's Reelection
- The US Election, Gridlock, and Foreign Policy


- 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


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Электричка - Commuter Train
Commuter trains have several names in Russian. The most common name for one is электричка (elektrichka).

International Relations at the Lenin Library
These memoirs of a Soviet librarian take you inside the life of a Soviet citizen charged with hosting a visiting foreigner.

 “Culture Fatigue” in Vladivostok
A great article on "culture fatigue" - written by an SRAS student currently in Vladivostok.

International Education Week - Nov 12-16
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

The Prayer of François Villon
Regina Spektor sings in Russian on her latest album. Check it out!

Russia Alright
The folks at Bears and Vodka now have a Jon-Stewart-like news program called "Russia Alright" covering recent events in Russia.

Michael Heim Speaks on Learning Languages
A Slavic Languages and Literatures professor tells us why practical necessity is a powerful motivator for learning languages.

- Way in Rye
- A Frenchman in NY on Russian Food
- Defense Language Institute Russian Lessons
- Images of Saint-Petersburg


 Never Too Many Books!
Frozen Art Frozen Dreams:
Contemporary Art in Russia
Tattoo Encyclopedia Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia

The Russians World The Russian's World:
Life and Language


Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services - Russia Your Way

A Just Russia Hit By Split
Two political parties, Rodina and the Pensioners’ Party, broke their long-term union with A Just Russia on Monday amid speculations of the Kremlin’s involvement in the split.

Putin Appoints New Defense Minister
Russia's controversial Defense Minister, rocked by a scandal potentially involving billions in misappropriated funds, is replaced by the highly respected Putin-ally, Sergei Shoigu.

World's Largest Jewish Centre Opens in Ukraine
The religious revival going on in the post-Soviet space is a remarkable but little-told tale. It is likely, however, to affect how politics develop in these regions and thus should be followed by anyone interested in diplomacy, law, and other related subjects.

BP, Rosneft Agreement Shakes Up Russian Energy
Russia has created a Gazprom of oil. The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Rosneft's politically powerful head, Igor Sechin, about the company's recent acquisitions.

Putin Creates Agency To Restore Russia's National Pride
The Kremlin is hoping to restore national pride in Russia with the creation of a new agency in charge of promoting patriotism.

US Manufacturers Investing in Russia
Expecting increased Russian demand following its WTO entry, International Paper Co, Caterpillar Inc, Deere & Co and others are stepping up investment in Russia by expanding distribution networks, boosting capacity, or making acquisitions.

Kyrgyzstan's Geographic Challenge
Stratfor explains how the resource-poor country attempts to leverage its strategic location with greater powers.

The End of Nunn-Lugar?
The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed a report that it does not intend to extend the umbrella agreement for Nunn-Lugar when it expires next year. Russia is now making moves to show that it has its facilities under control.

Traditional Law in Georgia
A look at traditional law / social traditions in Georgia - including modern forms of blood feud and bride kidnapping in that country.

Russian Civil Society Goes Online
A list of the five most efficient web-based social projects in Russia.

Putin Meets with Valdai International Discussion Club Participants
During his meeting with members of the Valdai International Discussion Club, Vladimir Putin talked about the current state of the Russian economy and scenarios for Russia’s economic development.

There May Be More To The Arctic Thaw Than Global Warming
Russia remains far more capable of operating in the High Arctic than any potential rivals.

 

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A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
Deadlines Extended for Spring, 2013 Kiev and Bishkek!

  elections-2012 TV news in Russia has reported on Barack Obama's relection with mostly positive imagery while commenting that the election has shown the US society to be divided.
See First Channel's report here.

Добро пожаловать!

This month, SRAS announces a brand new Home and Abroad scholarship, a new issue of Vestnik, and an "обзор" on the recent elections in the US, Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine.

Home and Abroad: Report is the latest addition to our lineup of generous Home and Abroad scholarships and intensive internships. Based in Bishkek for spring and summer 2013, one recipient will receive $11,000 to help build research and reporting skills abroad. Applications are due November 30!

Our new issue of Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies, showcases some of the best research that the upcoming generation of experts on Russia and the former USSR has to offer. With papers ranging from linguistic rights in Ukraine to public perceptions of environmental issues in Irkutsk to the practices of a modern Russian NGO, this new issue also shows the diversity of the important issues that the former USSR presents to scholars and policy makers.

Lastly, we have several articles covering the election results in the US, Russia, Georgia, and Ukraine. All of these countries have recently held elections that may have a significant effect on the future of those countries and their foreign and domestic policies.

All of this is in addition, of course, to our new language lessons, the latest on Russian pop culture (in our regular "koroche" section), news about new books, and more. See below for details.

 

In this month's newsletter:

 - Vestnik      - Elections       - Programs        -  Koroche!  
- Books      -  Primary Documents    - Language and Culture

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

Baikal-environmental-studie
  Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

Post-Soviet-Conflict-Banner
  Study Abroad
in Russia!

Sib-Summer-Adventure
 Cheap Eats
is back!

SA_logo_button SRAS sponsors this new site for students, by students!
Art-in-Russia-buttonSRAS's new site devoted
to Russian art
. It's now redesigned and growing!

 - Feature: Vestnik -

Cooperative Ventures of Russian Civil Society
Michael Zeller, a student at the University of Louisville, looks at how a Russian NGO cooperates (and competes) with other NGOs.

Lake Baikal in Space and Place
Ingrid Korsgard, a student at Macalester College in MN, performed original research in Irkutsk on how locals view environmental issues there.

Historical Context and Modern Demands
Eleanor Nurmi, studying at the University of Chicago, looks at linguistic rights in Ukraine. 

The Armenian Colonies in Ukraine
D. Garrison Golubock, a recent graduate from the University of Chicago, looks at the history of Armenian colonies in Ukraine.

Кем Быть: Whom Shall I Be?
Ruxi Zhang, a student at Macalester College in MN, analyzes early Soviet education policy in the context of broader Soviet domestic policies.

- Vestnik Home Page
- $200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!



- Programs and Funding - 

Home and Abroad: Report
This new program for Spring, 2013 offers $11,000 to students hoping to build writing, research, reporting, and language skills at home and abroad. Apply by November 30th!

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. Deadline extended to November 20th!

Policy and Conflict in the Post-Soviet Space
Students will visit Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, and Russia to discuss domestic and international conflicts with local students and experts and study Russian, an important language of diplomacy across the post-Soviet space. Deadline extended to November 20th!

Russian as a Second Language
Study Russian abroad! Deadline for programs in Kiev and Bishkek extended to November 20th!

SRAS Summer Programs
Our summer programs application cycle is now open! Applications deadlines for most programs will fall in March, 2013.

- Funding for Study in Russia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan
- Language Makes Your Brain Grow

- SRAS Students at Roundtable in Vladivostok, Russia
- Fulbright's New Short-Term Grants
- Second Languages Boost Careers



- Feature: Elections -

Putin's United Russia Party Dominates Regional Elections
Russian President Vladimir Putin's party took nearly every regional seat in Sunday's elections, but most analysts say that the results were probably an accurate reflection of public sentiment.

The Managed Democracy: A How-to Manual from Putin's Russia
The Oct. 14 elections were the first gubernatorial vote Russia had seen in nine years, ever since President Vladimir Putin banned them as a menace to national security.

Yaroslavl: A Taste of the New Russian Politics
Though merely a blip on the country's political radar, the Yaroslavl vote offers a glimpse of how Russian politics could look after the Kremlin's dominance of the country's political life comes to its long-predicted end.

Opposition Debates to Determine Leadership
While ruling party candidates in Russian elections generally avoid the confrontational format, anti-Kremlin activists have revived it with a series of contests pitting hard-core nationalists against social democrats, political celebrities against local organizers.

Parliamentary Elections in Georgia
The Caucasus Analytical Digest has devoted a full issue to recent Georgian elections - which could have major regional repercussions. The elections took most by surprise.

Governing Party Claims Victory in Ukraine Elections
The governing party of President Viktor F. Yanukovich declared victory in Ukraine’s parliamentary elections on Sunday. Opposition parties also made strong gains, including a strong rise in support for an ultranationalist party with a leader who is known for anti-Semitic and racist views.

- US Academy of Sciences on Russian Election Fraud (PDF)
- Election Protests in Ukraine
- Russia Reacts to Obama's Reelection
- The US Election, Gridlock, and Foreign Policy

 


- 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

- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Электричка - Commuter Train
Commuter trains have several names in Russian. The most common name for one is электричка (elektrichka).

“Culture Fatigue” in Vladivostok
A great article on "culture fatigue" - written by an SRAS student currently in Vladivostok.

International Education Week - Nov 12-16
International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide.

The Prayer of François Villon
Regina Spektor sings in Russian on her latest album. Check it out!

Russia Alright
The folks at Bears and Vodka now have a Jon-Stewart-like news program called "Russia Alright" covering recent events in Russia.

Michael Heim Speaks on Learning Languages
A Slavic Languages and Literatures professor tells us why practical necessity is a powerful motivator for learning languages.

- Way in Rye
- A Frenchman in NY on Russian Food
- Defense Language Institute Russian Lessons
- Images of Saint-Petersburg


 Never Too Many Books!
Frozen Art Frozen Dreams:
Contemporary Art in Russia
Tattoo Encyclopedia Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedia

The Russians World The Russian's World:
Life and Language


Study Abroad
in Russia!

RSL-Side-Bar1

- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -


SRAS Travel
Services for Scholars
SRAS Travel Services - Russia Your Way

A Just Russia Hit By Split
Two political parties, Rodina and the Pensioners’ Party, broke their long-term union with A Just Russia on Monday amid speculations of the Kremlin’s involvement in the split.

Putin Appoints New Defense Minister
Russia's controversial Defense Minister, rocked by a scandal potentially involving billions in misappropriated funds, is replaced by the highly respected Putin-ally, Sergei Shoigu.

World's Largest Jewish Centre Opens in Ukraine
The religious revival going on in the post-Soviet space is a remarkable but little-told tale. It is likely, however, to affect how politics develop in these regions and thus should be followed by anyone interested in diplomacy, law, and other related subjects.

BP, Rosneft Agreement Shakes Up Russian Energy
Russia has created a Gazprom of oil. The Wall Street Journal recently interviewed Rosneft's politically powerful head, Igor Sechin, about the company's recent acquisitions.

Putin Creates Agency To Restore Russia's National Pride
The Kremlin is hoping to restore national pride in Russia with the creation of a new agency in charge of promoting patriotism.

US Manufacturers Investing in Russia
Expecting increased Russian demand following its WTO entry, International Paper Co, Caterpillar Inc, Deere & Co and others are stepping up investment in Russia by expanding distribution networks, boosting capacity, or making acquisitions.

Kyrgyzstan's Geographic Challenge
Stratfor explains how the resource-poor country attempts to leverage its strategic location with greater powers.

The End of Nunn-Lugar?
The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed a report that it does not intend to extend the umbrella agreement for Nunn-Lugar when it expires next year. Russia is now making moves to show that it has its facilities under control.

Traditional Law in Georgia
A look at traditional law / social traditions in Georgia - including modern forms of blood feud and bride kidnapping in that country.

Russian Civil Society Goes Online
A list of the five most efficient web-based social projects in Russia.

Putin Meets with Valdai International Discussion Club Participants
During his meeting with members of the Valdai International Discussion Club, Vladimir Putin talked about the current state of the Russian economy and scenarios for Russia’s economic development.

There May Be More To The Arctic Thaw Than Global Warming
Russia remains far more capable of operating in the High Arctic than any potential rivals.

 

If you have views or material you would like to contribute to the newsletter, please contact us. Want the newsletter?

SRAS's Home and Abroad: Report has been continued and will now be a regular offering from The School of Russian and Asian Studies.

This internship-based scholarship program offers a $10,000 scholarship to one outstanding student who wants to build writing, research, reporting, and language skills. This scholarship is to be applied to a SRAS program lasting approximately one year and based partly in Kiev, Ukraine.

The program and internship are designed to require a very intensive writing schedule - one that should prepare a student of journalism well for their chosen profession. Students will report on current events in Eastern Europe, and the program includes homestay accomodation in Kiev and offers additional travel (not included in program cost) to Moldova, Russia, the Crimea, and Georgia.

Experience in journism is preferred. Previous Russian study is desirable, but not required for eligibility. Applicants must possess native or near-native English skills and strong writing and research skills.

Applications are due April 30th!
More info: http://www.sras.org/har

Please pass this information to students you think may be interested, and contact us with any questions.

 

Josh Wilson
Assistant Director
The School of Russian and Asian Studies
Editor in Chief
Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies
SRAS.org
jwilson@sras.org

The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Deadlines now updated for all 2013-2014 courses!

  Davaite-govoritSocial advertising in St. Petersburg (detail).
The full poster contains examples of English words recently adopted into Russian and admonishes readers to use more traditional words. The full picture has become one of our most popular Facebook posts ever, drawing many likes, shares, and a great conversation about the nature of language in general and the history of Russian in particular. Come join us!

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Share your student research with more than 10,000 students, professors, and other interested people. You might, in addition, win $200 for your hard work. Find out how students can contribute to Vestnik, The Journal of Russian and Asian Studies by the deadline – December 20th!

This month, SRAS is again celebrating great student work. From artwork to research to photography and experiences abroad, you’ll find lots of links to great student achievements in this month’s newsletter.

There have also been several major stories in US-Russia relations. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has also publically stated that she fears that Russia is trying to “re-Sovietize” the post-Soviet space. The US legislature has voted to grant Permanent Normal Trade Relations to Russia – and censure Russian officials for human rights abuses. Russia has prepared a similar response. We have coverage of all these events and more.

All of this is in addition, of course, to our new language lessons, the latest on Russian pop culture (in our regular "koroche" section), books, and more. See below for details.

As has become our tradition, the SRAS newsletter will be taking January off. You can join us on Facebook, however, for continued uninterupted coverage of all Eurasia-related things.

 

In this month's newsletter:

 - Students      - Relations       - Programs        -  Koroche!  
- Books      -  Primary Documents    - Language and Culture

 


 Study Abroad
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 Study Abroad
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- Feature: Students -

$200 Jury Award for Your Student Research!
Submit by December 20! Vestnik, the world's first online journal focused on showcasing student research on Eurasia, invites papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates on any subject related to Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union.

SRAS Publishes Catalogue of Student Art Work
Students on SRAS’s 2012 Art and Museums in Russia program banded together as a collective to make a catalogue of their accomplishments and experiences while abroad.

Grutas Park and the Fate of Soviet Statuary in Lithuania
Recent William and Mary graduate Monika Bernotas writes of Grutas Park. In the scenic town of Druskininkai, approximately fifty miles from Lithuania’s capital, Vilnius, the park has become something of a joke to both Lithuanians and foreigners.

SRAS 2013 Calendar (PDF, 5MB)
As a holiday tradition, SRAS prints a calendar featuring the best of our student's photography and study abroad stories. If you would like a copy for your Russian department, office, classroom, or Russian club, contact us to request a copy. Supplies are limited. We'll also be giving away a few copies to individuals via Facebook contests.

- SRAS Graduate Launches Politics Blog
- Student Taryn Jones Writes On Art Gallery Owner
- Elenor Nurmi Receives Vestnik Jury Award


- Programs and Funding - 

Art and Museums in Russia
This venue-based program for students, educators, curators, museum professionals, and anyone interested in art takes you into the collections and facilities of The Hermitage, The Russian Museum, and other famous museums of St. Petersburg. Learn about art in a way not possible in a classroom.

Kyrgyz Summer Adventure
Start with three intensive weeks of Kyrgyz and/or Russian language training and then explore the gorgeous countryside of Kyrgyzstan, while practicing the language you've studied!

Eurasian Culinary Studies
This summer course will take you to Georgia, Crimea, and Kiev to open all of your senses to the rich cultures of the Slavs and the peoples of Central Asia and the Caucasus. 

Siberian Summer Adventure
Start with intensive Russian and a course covering the specific environmental challenges facing Siberia. Then, put your language skills to use and gain first hand knowledge of the local environment when you join GBT on a trail building expedition!

- Students are Studying Foreign Language Longer
- World of Warcraft as a Learning Tool

- What Americans Don't Know About the World 
- Kathryn Davis Fellowships for Peace
- Growth in Study Abroad Approaches Standstill
- Intel Official: Language 'Central' to New Strategy


- Feature: Relations -

Clinton Fears Efforts to "Re-Sovietize" Eurasia
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Thursday about a new effort by oppressive governments to "re-Sovietize" much of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, taking particular aim at Russia for its crackdown on democracy and human rights groups just hours ahead of critical talks with that country's foreign minister.

Russian Officials Question "Поехали!" Textbook
Apparently the Russian State Duma is considering "reconsidering methods for teaching Russian to foreigners" (which likely means passing more regulations on this topic). They are offended by the image of Russia that they think the book promotes.

The Magnitsky Bill - Opinions
Since the passage of this bill is linked with the repeal of the Jackson-Vanik amendment, which will finally normalize US-Russia trade relations, a reluctant President Obama has no choice but to sign it into law. 

The Magnitsky Act is Wrong
The death of Magnitsky is a tragedy that demands justice, and he deserves a fitting tribute for his sacrifice and his devotion to the rule of law. But the Magnitsky Act achieves neither of these objectives.

Russian Assembly Set for Tough Response to U.S. Rights Bill
Russia's foreign minister urged parliament on Sunday to agree upon a tough response to a U.S. law punishing Russian human rights violators, increasing the risk of a chill in relations with Washington.

Global Trends: US on Way to Energy Independence
A rising global middle class and a drastic fall in energy prices may reshape the way the world operates.

IEA Report: US to be World's Top Oil Producer by 2020
The United States, with increased natural gas production ­ and energy efficiency, will overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's top oil producer by 2017 and become a net exporter by 2030.

- Will Russia Stop the Next START?
- Moscow Reopens Communication with Washington
- Russians Back Down from Leaked U.N. Internet Proposal


- 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


- Language and Culture -

Russian Mini-Lesson: Зимняя одежда – Winter clothes 
How does one survive the infamous Russian winter? Our latest mini-lesson outlines Russian secrets to staying warm!

Russian Holidays
Our list of Russian holidays, updated with new dates, information, and official days off for 2013.

A Young Doctor's Notebook
Mikhail Bulgakov's classic tale is being serialized by the BBC. Jon Hamm (Madmen) and Daniel Radcliffe (Harry Potter) are starring. Episode 1 is currently available on Vimeo.

Crime and Publishing: How Dostoevskii Changed the