Odessa Catacombs – Travel for PCON

Museum of Partisan Glory in Odessa, Ukraine: Tour of Odessa Catacombs Trip to Odessa from Kyiv, Ukraine Travel and excursion included in PCON program, Fall 2017 When I found out that our class was planning...

In Memory of the Warsaw Uprising

The Minute Warsaw Stood Still Marking the Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising Every August 1st at 5:00 PM Place: Any Busy Street in Warsaw Walking around Warsaw on a daily basis, I have not become...

The Allies in Siberia During the Russian Revolution

Despite its distance from the hotbed of Russian revolutionary violence, the city of Vladivostok and the Russian Far East experienced their own challenges and intrigue in the seldom recalled Allied intervention in Siberia, spanning from...

7 Facts about the April, 1991 Economic Crisis

The following text was written by Aleksei Rudevich and originally appeared in Russian on the website “Russian 7.” To read the original Russian, click here. This has been translated for the first time into English...

An Oral Account of Yurt Making in Kyzyl-Too, Kyrgyzstan

Text By: Gabrielle Randall, SRAS Graduate Russian as a Second Language, Bishkek, Fall 2012 NGO, Cultural Internship, Bishkek, Spring 2013 Information Translated By: Gabrielle Randall; Nurzat Beishembaeyva; and Elnura Kairbekova Pictures Taken By: Gabrielle Randall;...

Interview with Patriotic Music Professor in Bishkek

If you want to better understand a country’s government, study its culture. (Если хочешь ближе узнать историю государства, изучай его культурe.) In that spirit, I sat down with one of Kyrgyzstan’s top experts on the...

Chechen Journalist Calls Kyrgyzstan Her “Homeland”

Chechen Journalist Kamila Zhabrailova Talks about the Chechen-Kyrgyz Experience In Bishkek this past week, Chechen journalist Kamila Zhabrailova talked to SRAS students about the history and culture of Chechnya, the Chechen disapora in Kyrgyzstan, and...

Up Close and Personal with a Manaschi

A Performance and Interview with Nazarkyl Seydrakmanov This past week, SRAS students met with one of Kyrgyzstan’s most famous manaschis, Nazarkyl Seydrakmanov. Manaschis are Kyrgyz professional storytellers of the Manas epic poem, the longest epic...

Russian Election Protests: Irkutsk

Russian Election Protests  A view from Irkutsk  For several weeks up to the elections for State Duma, flyers and newsletters were handed out throughout Irkutsk by representatives from many different parties, primarily A Just Russia,...

Multi-cultural Schools in St. Petersburg

The number of children from different countries is increasing in St. Petersburg’s multi-cultural classrooms. Tensions were high at a September 29 parent-teacher meeting in a Moscow-area school. The reason:  in a sixth-grade class, children have...

Notes From the Field: Life in a Reindeer Collective

I first became aware of the Evenki reindeer-herding nomads of the Siberian Far East as an undergraduate pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology. Fascinated by the idea of an entire culture based on fur...