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VESTNIK was created by The School of Russian and Asian Studies in an effort to effectively encourage the study of Russia and those states formerly a part of the Soviet Union. VESTNIK is a scholarly journal which publishes the best in undergraduate and graduate research on any subject of relevance to that geographic region.
In this, its fourteenth issue, Vestnik brings you a articles on Soviet culture and the post-Soviet search for identity. Chris Dunnett, a recent graduate from Johns Hopkins University, compares the Russian nationalism of late-20th century novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn with that of the modern, influential political scientist Alexander Dugin in Nationalist Thought in Contemporary Russia. SRAS graduate Marin Ekstrom, a junior at the College of St. Scholastica, explores the rise and fall of Romanian Nationalism in Moldova from 1988-1994. Abigail Stowe-Thurston, a sophomore at Macalester College, writes of the ethical implications of the American adoption ban that some argue is, in part, another manifestation of Russia's resurgent nationalism in The Dima Yakovlev Law: Ethical Implications of the Russian Adoption Ban.
Articles focusing on Soviet culture include those by Ethan McKown, a senior at the University of Montana, who explains how Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and Heart of a Dog (1925) challenge the Stalinist desire to implement The Control of Semantic Space. Elizabeth Dacquisto, a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, shows how the The Paradoxes of Vladimir Mayakovsky have created a collective legacy that has been influenced by fact and fiction from various sources. Finally, SRAS graduate Rina Hay, now a graduate student at Oxford University, answers the question How and Why Did the Focus of Samizdat Shift how the samizdat movement changed throughout its history and what it can tell us about the wider context of Soviet society. Another SRAS graduate, Brian Horne, who is now an expert in samizdat at the University of Chicago, served as a guest editor for this peice.
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2013-09-09 - The Paradoxes of Vladimir Mayakovsky
2013-09-04 - Romanian Nationalism in Moldova from 1988-1994
2013-09-03 - Nationalist Thought in Contemporary Russia
2013-09-03 - The Control of Semantic Space: Bulgakov's Challenge of the Stalinist Vision
2013-09-01 - How and Why Did the Focus of Samizdat Shift
2013-09-01 - The Dima Yakovlev Law: Ethical Implications of the Russian Adoption Ban