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Summer Study Abroad: Update on Recent Diplomatic Events

SRAS Announces Special Moscow-St.Petersburg Summer RSL Program for 2018

Summer Study Abroad: Important Updates

The State of Study Abroad in Russia

Russian Studies Abroad (RSA) Splits Into Two Programs

Join SRAS at NAFSA and Forum

SRAS and SPBGIKIT Language Partnership: The Year in Review

SRAS Site Visit to Irkutsk

Summer Programs Abroad - 2018

Travel Alert for Russian Cities: May 25 - July 25, 2018

Scholarships Available!

Stetson University and SRAS Announce New Partnership

Call for Papers: Vestnik!


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!

 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!

$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
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 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!


- 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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