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Call for Papers: Vestnik!


The SRAS Newsletter
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.

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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!

 Study Abroad
in Multiple Locations!

 Study Abroad
in Russia!

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!


- 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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