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The SRAS Newsletter
A Resource for Students, Educators, and Anyone Curious about Eurasia
Deadlines for Spring, 2016 Start October 15, 2015!

 Russia's entry into the Syrian war in support of Assad is likely to have major repercussions.

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We remind you that deadlines for Spring, 2016 are rapidly approaching this month! Check out our list of programs and make sure that you are on track to be where you want to be next semester!

This month, our newsletter brings you a new, informative intermediate Moya Rossiya Russian lesson on the rising levels of poverty in Russia. We also have a new MiniLesson covering the sanctions imposed on Russia. You'll also find updated guides below for traveling Russia and insights from our students currently abroad.

For those interested in Russia's recent entry to Syria, please see our Russian Foreign Affairs entry for this month. There is a lot of debate right now on what this will mean for Russia, the US, and the currently critical situation on the ground in Syria, but it seems everyone agrees that Russia's entry will change the situation – for better or worse – and should be followed closely. We have several interesting articles covering some of the major things to know.

Lastly, see our books section this month for a selection of works in English by Belarussian author Svetlana Alexievich, who just won the Nobel Prize for Literature.

If you have any questions about any issue affecting study abroad in Russia, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan, or Poland, please let us know! We hope to see you abroad soon!

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In this month's newsletter:

- Programs     - Koroche!
- Books     - Language and Travel     - Articles


Call for Papers: Vestnik - Deadline: Dec 15!
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 Dec 15, 2015.

– Programs –

Home and Abroad Scholarships - Expanded!
These scholarships now offer $5000 - 10,000 in a more flexible program offering more locations and more subjects. Now available in Moscow!

Security and Society in the Information Age
Study cybersecurity, the effects of information warfare, new media's role in modern democracy, and much more in Warsaw, Poland!

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

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

Siberian Studies
Head to Lake Baikal and Irkutsk to study history, the Russian language, and environmental science!

Russian Studies Abroad
Gain specific insight into political economy and business, Russian politics or culture, or many other subjects from the vantage of St. Petersburg or Moscow.

View ALL 12 Spring Semester Programs!
Funding for Study in Russia and Eurasia
Braver Grants
Service Learning Grants
Study German Business Law in Moscow

– Koroche! –

Top 5 Movies in Russia
Polish Public Radio Top 5
Russian Foreign Affairs
Poland in the News
How the News is Reported in Russia
Nashe Radio's Top 5

– Language and Travel –

Моя Россия: Poverty in Russia
"Моя Россия" is a new project from SRAS. Led by our new Moscow Coordinator, Roxana Burkhanova, this blog will provide insight into Russian culture and social issues with annotated Russian texts, cultural glossings, and grammar lessons.

MiniLesson: Sanctions on Russia
This month's MiniLesson focuses on understanding the varied and changing international sanctions placed on Russian individuals and businesses.

Guide to Post and Phones in Russia
This updated guide gives the basics of using postal and telephone services in Russia.

Guide to Irkutsk, Russia
This fully updated guide is written especially for students staying on long-term study abroad programs. It has everything you'll need to make Irkutsk your home for awhile!

Weekend Trip to Tallinn
SRAS Student Allie Sasek ventured to Estonia while on her study abroad program in St. Petersburg. Here, she lets you know how you can too!

Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Vladivostok
SRAS Student Jonathon Rainey attended Catholic mass in Vladivostok, Russia. Here's what he has to say about the experience.

10 Dishes to Fall in Love With Georgian Food
Belarussian Writer Wins Nobel Prize for Literature

– Articles –

Fewer Russians Willing to Join Protests than Eight Years Ago – Poll
In 2005, 23 percent of respondents were willing to take part in protests, whereas today that figure is 17 percent.

Military Might and Stability Putin's Main Achievements - Poll
Levada presents a list of fields where the Russian president has either succeeded or failed, according to the Russian people.

Most Russians See Food Embargo as "Appropriate"
A growing number of Russians have noticed a change in food store merchandise under the impact of the food embargo.

Few Jobs and Little Hope, but Rural Russia Sticks with Putin
In the 2012 presidential election, Putin won about 53 percent of the vote in the Kostroma region, with turnout at about 61 percent. On Sunday, most voters are likely to stay home.

Russians Don't Want Donetsk and Luhansk To Become Part Of Russia
Only 16 percent of Russians want their government to admit the eastern Ukrainian separatist republics into the Russian Federation.

Russia Plans $3.6 Billion Food Stamp Program as Poverty Rises
The Russian government may start a national food stamp program to support an estimated 15-16 million Russian citizens whose poverty has deepened amid an economic slump, the RIA Novosti news agency reported Thursday.

More Foreign Retailers Coming to Russia Despite Economic Crisis
In the three months from July to September, 14 new foreign retailers have set up shop in Russia.

Russian Options Narrow as Putin Looks to Exporters' Windfall
Under discussion is a proposal to raise levies on the oil industry, which may generate an additional 605 billion rubles ($9.1 billion) for next year’s budget, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said Tuesday. Other options for stabilizing government finances include spending cuts and changes in the pace of increases for state-regulated tariffs.

How Russia's Oil Companies Are Defying Sanctions and Low Oil Prices
Ranked according to cash flow, profit margins, and share prices, Russian giants Rosneft and Lukoil as well as smaller producers like Gazprom Neft and Bashneft are outperforming Royal Dutch Shell, BP, and Exxon Mobil.

A Loyal Governor Feels Putin's Wrath
Russia has never seen a corruption case like this. The successful governor of the Komi Republic, who was faultlessly loyal to President Vladimir Putin, has been accused of leading a criminal organization that allegedly included a number of his region's top officials.

Running for Office in Siberia
Step-by-step coverage of one woman's capaign for a seat on the Novosibirsk City Council - in English.

Moscow Makes the Case for School Reform
Five years into a process to consolidate and redistribute funding to schools, results are being seen, despite protests from parents and experts.

Corruption in the Caucasus
This issue of Caucasus Analytical Digest examines the effectiveness of anti-corruption policy in the South Caucasus countries.

Red Ambassador’s London Diaries: 1930s to WWII
Writings from the USSR's former ambassador to London are now available in English online.

Never Too Many Books!
Suddenly, a Criminal Voices from Chernobyl The Georgian Feast
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7 Rooms How Not to Become a Spy Soviet Voices from the Afghanistan War

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