10 Differences Between Moscow and Saint Petersburg

“Moscow is the heart, and Saint Petersburg is the head” -This Russian saying was popularized in the time of Peter the Great and references Moscow’s place as the central upholder of Russian traditions while Saint...

Kok-Tobe, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Kok-Tobe (Көк-Төбе) Almaty, Kazakhstan My time spent in Kazakhstan was brief, only two or three days, but in those brief moments I spent in Almaty, I lived true. In that time I had dinner and...

The Do’s and Please Dont’s of Turkmenistan

Let’s face it everyone, Turkmenistan has a reputation that precedes it. The country has often been associated with the trope of the eccentric “hermit kingdom.” Characteristics such as extreme cults of personality surrounding their leaders,...

Weak in Language Acquisition? Don’t Worry!

Salutations reader! My name is Ian (Yan in Russia) and I’m currently studying Russian as a Second Language and Far Eastern Studies at Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service. I’m naturally weak in language...

TORFL Exam Experiences in Kyiv

Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) Exam Experiences in Kyiv www.sras.org/torfl While in Kiev this summer, I took advantage of the opportunity to take the TORFL exam as part of my Russian language courses...

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;...

Museum of the Strategic Rocket Forces in Pervomaysk

Museum of the Strategic Rocket Forces/ Музей Ракетных Войск Стратегического Назначения 10:00 to 17:00 daily 1025 hryvnias for full excursion through NovaMova (included in SRAS programs) www.rvsn.com.ua Sitting peacefully amidst the sunflower fields and apricot...

A Weekend at the Dacha

During my Russian studies at Indiana University over the past two years, the concept of a “dacha” or Soviet-era summer home always intrigued me. While my family has taken multiple vacations during which we stayed...

Statoil Presentation in St. Petersburg

Statoil Presentation at the Nevsky Palace Hotel / Statoil презентация в Невскoм Палас Отеле Nevsky Prospekt, 57/ Невский проспект, 57 The official company webite: www.statoil.com The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) not only stresses the...

The Salvation Army in St. Petersburg: A General Overview

The Salvation Army of St. Petersburg / Армия спасения в Санкт Петербурге Ул. Литейная, 44 http://pitersa.ru/ In the USA, humanitarian groups like the Salvation Army serve as highly visible, influential actors that champion for social...

Acclimating to Life in Kyiv, Ukraine

Today marks my third day in Kyiv, where I will spend the next couple of months studying Russian language at the NovaMova International Language School and interning at the Institute of World Policy.  Two of...

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...

Tengeri Shaman Center in Irkutsk

“Tengeri” Local Religious Organization of Shamans / «Тэнгэри» Местная Религиозная Организация Шаманов Ул. Седова 68 Hours by appointment Telephone: 99-81-54, 8-952-622-9185, Email: baltaev_va@mail.ru Shamanism is the common name for the traditional religions of a number...

Great Baikal Trail Weekly Meetings in Irkutsk

Great Baikal Trail Weekly Meeting / Болшая Байкальская Тропа, еженедельная встреча Лапина 43В Thursdays 18:30-20:00 www.greatbaikaltrail.org The Great Baikal Trail is one of the most successful NGOs in Russia; founded only 10 years ago in...

Translating Mandelstam in Vladivostok

Translating Mandelstam Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service One of the things that I enjoy about the Vladivostok State University of Economics and Service is how the Russian language department there is always trying...

Moscow State’s Student Cafeteria

Столовая МГУ / Dining Hall MGU    Meals for ~$4 The ominous facade of the MGU building provides, along with the other six Stalinist ‘sisters’, a fascinating example of Socialist Realist architecture and a physical manifestation...

The Cold War Bunker

By Hannah Chapman Hannah Chapman is majoring in Russian Studies at Stetson University. She spent spring semester, 2009 studying abroad with The School of Russian and Asian Studies in Moscow on the Translate Abroad Program. She hopes to...

Learning and Culture Shock in St. Petersburg

Studying Outside the Box: A brief guide to culture shock and the meaning of learning and “fluency.” I use my thumbnail to scratch a viewing patch out of the ice that has accumulated on the...