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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 nineteenth issue, Vestnik explores issues as diverse as psychology, economic reform, and foreign language pedagogy.

In "The History of Russian Language Instruction in the US", Anna Shur, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wyoming, gives a critical history of the materials and methods that have been used to teach the Russian language in America.

In "Snezhnevsky, Sluggish Schizophrenia and Soviet Political Abuse of Psychiatry" by Alexandra Shapiro, looks at the history of punitive psychiatry in the USSR and Russia, with a focus on the man who helped lead the development of a diagnosis that purported to give punitive psychiatry a scientific basis. 

Lastly, in "Four Reformers in Russia's Shock Therapy", Keunwon Song, a second year PhD student of public policy at George Mason University, looks at the economics and politics of the shock therapy reforms that were attempted in Russia in the 1990s.

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