VESTNIK has been 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.
This first issue features diverse papers and writings from students and professionals. Many focus on Russian art and literature. “Blood Imagery in Crime and Punishment” and “Similarities between Crime and Punishment and Brothers Karamazov” provide insights into Dostoevsky’s literary classics. “Sancta” explores a series of paintings by Russian artist Nicholas Roerich. “The Government Inspector in Text and Presentation” presents a critical history of Gogol’s play while “Strange Enforcement” examines censorship organs of Soviet stage.
In addition, we have included an article addressing the political aspects of Russian journalism: “Russian Media and Democracy” and a sampling of the insightful Ukraine-centered creative writings of Suchorita Rudra-Vasquez.