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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 "Trends in Cultural Education in Kyrgyzstan," Austen Dowell, a senior majoring in Russian/International Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, looks at how Kyrgyzstan has built and continues to build a national identity, in part, through its education system.
"Revolution, Civil War, and the Formation of Bolshevik Anti-Free Press Discourse, 1917-1922" by Rachel Margolis, a recent graduate of Brown University, looks at how "freedom of the press" turned from a battle cry to a mocking insult under the Bolsheviks.
"Sufi-Salafi Institutional Competition and Conflict in the Chechen Republic," by Bennett Clifford, a recent graduate of Wake Forest University, examines how competition between two forms of Islam affects society in Chechnya.
Lastly, in "Visual Propaganda of Personal Care during the Stalinist Cultural Revolution", Denis Petrina, who is seeking his MA in Social and Political Critique at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, explores how public service messages were used to cement socialist ideology and help create the "new Soviet man."
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