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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Apply for Spring, 2015 by October 15, 2014!

Do something extraordinary next year! Sign up for spring, 2014 today. (Pictured: SRAS student Corinne Hughes meets locals in Central Asia.)

Добро пожаловать!

You still have time!

Deadlines for our spring, 2015 programs are coming up October 15th. This includes Home and Abroad: Art, which invites students to spend nine months immersed in Russian art while building writing and research skills and a professional resume with an intensive internship. SRAS also offers intensive Russian, internships, and innovative programs in the sciences and humanities in locations across Eurasia.

This month's newsletter shows you Eurasia up close through the eyes of our students. Writing and translating from Moscow, Bishkek, Vladivostok, and St. Petersburg, our contributors give you insights to history, culture, and even how to get by as a vegan while abroad.

You'll also find articles on current economic and political issues, a new mini-lesson on understanding Russian literature, a new contest for free enrollment in an online Russian course, and much more.

See you in Eurasia in the spring of 2015!

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!
Russian Studies Abroad Petersburg Russia
Research Abroad
in Eurasia!

Study Abroad
in Russia!


In this month's newsletter:

- Eurasia Up Close      - Programs      - Koroche!
- Books      - Language and Culture      - Articles

Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: December 30!
Students who submit papers for this edition of Vestnik will be eligible for a $200 Jury Award. Click here for details. Make your submissions by December 30, 2014

Free Russian Lessons!
Participate in our latest Facebook contest and win free enrollment to an online Russian pronunciation course.

– Eurasia Up Close –

Bulgakov’s Moscow
The real history and buildings behind Master and Margarita.

Vegan in Moscow: Anna Westby’s Story
I became vegan a month before leaving for Moscow. (Crazy, I know.)

Personal Experience: NGO Internship in St. Petersburg
Working with Deti Peterburga was working with people, just like me, who were struggling to become part of St. Petersburg society. They wanted to integrate, to participate, and to thrive in their new lives.

Moscow’s High-Rise Stars as You’ve Never Seen Them
There are perhaps only a few people who have had the chance to see the spires and five-meter stars of the Stalinist skyscrapers up close. We decided this wasn't fair.

Tokarevski Lighthouse in Vladivostok
A draft beer and plate of rice from the local open air food-stand set me back a mere $3.50 while thoroughly sating my vegan proclivities. The ocean practically lapping at your feet and the lightly salty breeze pleasantly blowing about are also included in the tab.

Travel to Belarus on a Russian Visa?
Walk Moscow Streets in 10 Minutes (Hyperlapse)
How the Kremlin Stars are Cleaned & Repaired

– Programs –

Central Asian Studies
Visit Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan while taking courses to understand this diverse and geopolitically important region.

Home and Abroad: Art
This specially-priced, resume-building art internship program is for students who want to build writing, research, art, and language skills at home and abroad. It offers total program savings of over $7000.

Russian as a Second Language
Intensive Russian courses for all levels in locations across Russia and Eurasia.

Russian Studies Abroad: St. Petersburg
Gain specific insight into political economy and business, as viewed from Russia's "window on Europe."

The Russian Far East
Russia shares borders with China, Japan, and the Korean Peninsula. If St. Petersburg is Russia's window to Europe, Vladivostok is its window to Asia.

Russian Studies Abroad: Moscow
Combine intensive language study, cultural immersion and courses covering subjects from culture and history to politics and economics!

View ALL 14 Spring Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Critical Language Scholarship Application Open
Alfa Fellowship Application Now Available

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5
SRAS Recap of Russian TV News
SRAS Students Abroad: Food and Culture
Russian Art in US - Upcoming Events

– Language and Culture –

Russian Mini-Lesson: Literature - Литература
This month's mini-lesson begins a series focused on Russian literature. This first installment covers literary genres and dramatic structure.

Guide to Radio in St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg's major radio stations - with ways to listen online as well.

7 Secrets of the Russian Alphabet
A brief history of the Russian alphabet's many historic shifts.

Telling Tales in Proto-Indo-European
In honor of the European Day of Languages, Archeology Magazine offers you two recorded stories told in Proto-Indo-European, the ca. 4,500-year-old language that was the common ancestor of English, French, Greek, and all the other Indo-European languages.

Over 50 Geoglyphs Discovered In Kazakhstan
Using Google Earth, researchers have discovered an archeological gem in northern Kazakhstan—more than 50 previously unknown geoglyphs of different geometric shapes and sizes sprawled across the landscape.

Learn the Russian Alphabet in 15 Minutes
Illustrated mnemonic tricks to help you remember the Russian letters.

St. Petersburg's Hermitage Ranked No. 1 in Europe
Russian Brewer Buys Pabst Blue Ribbon
Miss America is Russian
Doctor Zhivago Heads for Broadway
Russian Picture Dictionaries

  – Never Too Many Books! –
War! What Is It Good For? A Spy Amoung Friends Metro 2033
The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives Currency Wars

Study Abroad
in Eurasia!

Policy and Conflict Post Soviet

– Articles –

Who's Who of Ukrainian Politics
How has Ukraine's political field changed since Maidan? Our newly updated resource can fill you in.

Kremlin Closes FLEX
The Kremlin’s decision to cancel the US-funded exchange program for Russian high school students has raised concerns among US Embassy officials, students, leaders of educational exchanges and academics.

Dirty Secrets Behind the Space Race
Declassified documents describe a much messier, and sometimes quite frightening, story about what was arguably the most important international competition in human history.

Map of Russia's River Transport Systems
This map shows Russia's freight-bearing waterways - rivers (and canals) that are wide enough, deep enough, and navigable enough to handle inland water freight traffic.

World Nomad Games
The first video is of a flash mob of ordinary people dancing traditional dances in Bishkek to drum up awareness of the games. However, it's part of a playlist that you can watch through or click through to find out more about these "nomad olympics" for traditional games.

Give Diplomacy with Russia a Chance
Three former US Ambassadors to Russia say that diplomacy should be reinvigorated to aid Ukraine and negotiate with Russia.

Council on Foreign Relations: A Conversation With Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
Ukraine's Prime Minister discusses what he thinks are Ukraine's main challenges. Video in English.

Russia's Lavrov on US-Russia Relations
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attended the UN General Assembly in New York last week, where he commented on everything from the peace process in Ukraine to Iran's nuclear talks and U.S. air strikes in Syria.

Troubled Russian Aircraft Carrier Kuznetsov Returns to Sea
Russia's only aircraft carrier has returned to sea after going into port for maintenance.

15 Global Firms Hit by Russia's Law Limiting Foreign Ownership of Media
Interesting run-down of foreign investment in Russia's media industries.

General Assembly 2014: Obama's UN Speech
President Obama details what he thinks the world's main challenges are. These include ISIS, ebola, and Russia. Video.

Poland's New Premier Signals Shift in Ukraine Policy
Poland's new prime minister Wednesday signaled a coming shift in her government's foreign policy, saying Warsaw would assume a more hands-off approach to the separatist conflict in Ukraine and would focus on its own security rather than the fate of its eastern neighbor.

Judicial Backsliding in Russia
Although this reform will not extinguish all of the positive steps made in Russian rule of law and the improvement made to ordinary track cases, it is likely to reduce the pace of innovation and reform in the Russian judicial system overall.

Russia Oil Production Near Record
Russian oil output rose to near a post-Soviet record last month, a sign the biggest source of revenue for President Vladimir Putin’s government has yet to be eroded by U.S. and European sanctions.

Ukraine Economic Growth Halted Until 2016
Ukraine's military conflict with pro-Russian separatists in the industrial east will force the Kiev government to shelve hopes of resuming economic growth until 2016, the World Bank said on Thursday.

Living in Moscow is Cheaper than You Think
Rankings use luxury items to determine the benchmark price, which hardly seems appropriate since relatively few people regularly shop for luxuries. On more appropriate comparisons Moscow prices do not come out as bad as advertised.

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