The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Russia
|| SRAS has launched a brand new site! Find out more about Art in Russia with ArtinRussia.org.
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
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
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- 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
- 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!
| The Caucasus:
| The Geopolitics of Energy
in the Caspian Sea
| The Spectacular State:
Culture and National
Identity in Uzbekistan
| Study Abroad
- Primary Docs and Other Cool Stuff -
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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