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Andrievskii Descent in Kyiv. Photo by SRAS graduate Rebecca Welch.
Join us in Ukraine for Spring Break!

January 2019

Spring Break is coming! This March, join SRAS for a grand introduction to modern Russia, its history, and its impressive culture. Or, join us to explore Ukraine, its history, culture, economy, and politics as well as its role within the European and International community today. Apply by January 20th!

Are you curious about archival research in Russia? See below for a new guide on navigating Russia's archives from home or abroad! You'll also find our usual plethora of resources. This month this includes several free Russian lessons, an overview of coffee in Russia, a ranking of Russia's top films from the last year, a new podcast on what makes Georgian food Georgian, and much more!. 

In This Issue

Spring Break and Summer Study Abroad

Spring Break application deadline: January 14th.
Summer application deadlines: Start March 15

Spring Break in Russia or Ukraine

Summer in most SRAS locations:

Summer in Poland:

Summer in Ukraine and/or Georgia:

Summer in Russia and/or Cuba:

Summer in Central Asia:

History and Current Events in Perspective

Russia on the Ground Eurasian Affairs TV News - Foreign Affairs

What do Russians think about issues that matter? What's life like on the ground in Russia? What's going on Eurasia? How does Russian TV report on the main issues of the day? These free monthly resources from are meant to keep you informed.

Guides to Russian Archives

GeoHistory is pleased to announce a new project and section of its site - an updated guide to major Russian archives and how to research there. See this general introduction as well as several individual guides to GARF, The Russian State Library, RGALI, and others!

Putin’s New Year Message to Russians in Translation

While Americans gather around TV screens to watch a ball drop on Times Square to bring in the New Year, Russians gather around to watch an annual address before watching the Kremlin clock tower ring in the New Year. This year, Putin’s speech focused on themes that many of his speeches and public statements have focused on over the past year: encouraging family values and self-reliance among Russians. The translation and transcript are both presented as published on

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Travel, Study, and Identity Abroad

Holidays in St Petersburg: A Foreigner’s Perspective

"Although I was in a foreign country, I felt no shortage of the Christmas Spirit". Learn more about how Russians celebrate winter holidays in a new article from SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Lucy Harnish!

Moscow to Riga – Weekend Trip

Moscow is a great place to explore, but sometimes getting out of the city is a must. Luckily Moscow is a centrally located travel hub connecting you to many great places for a weekend getaway, which can include not only different cities within Russia, but cheap and direct flights to cities such as Helsinki and Riga. The latter was recently explored by SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Lindsey Greytak.

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Folk Culture, Food, and Language

Моя Россия - Free Modern Russian Lessons

These free intermediate Russian lessons are hosted by Roxana Burkhanova, a recent graduate of Lomonosov Moscow State University. She discusses modern life, history, sociology, and politics with the purpose of teaching the Russian language: not only its grammar and vocabulary but also its cultural meanings.

Podcast: What Makes Georgian Food Georgian?

What makes Georgian food Georgian? How does the development of Georgian cuisine reflect historical events, geography, and politics? Where do you find the best food in Georgia? In this podcast, Dr. Michael Denner, professor of Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Stetson University, discusses traditional Georgian foodways, answering these questions and more.

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Nashe Radio Polish Pop Hits Russkoe Radio Top Russian Movies

Find out what local language hits are playing on local radio stations in Poland and Russia and on Russian silver screens with these free monthly resources from

Russia’s Top 8 Films From 2018

2018 was another record-breaking year for Russia’s film industry. With Olympic fever having taken over Russia early on in the year, only to be followed by FIFA fever a few months later, films about sports dominated Russia’s screens. But they were not the only ones!

Fyodor Bondarchuk

Fyodor Bondarchuk is one of Russia's best-known film industry professionals, known for his acting, directing, and producing. Anyone studying abroad in Russia for a semester is almost sure to see his face somewhere! 

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Museums, High Culture, and Public Spaces

The Hermitage State Museum

The Hermitage is synonymous with St. Petersburg. One of the city’s best-recognized landmarks, the museum lies directly in the city center, with the city center’s radial roads pointing towards it; even someone lost in St. Petersburg has a good chance of finding themselves at the doorstep of this world-renowned art collection.

Top 10 Bookstores in St Petersburg

Where can you find original Russian comic books in St. Petersburg? How about out of print books? Or maybe you'd like to find a poetry reading or public book discussion? SRAS Home and Abroad Scholar Lucy Harnish has you covered with this great guide!

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Books on Eurasia

New Releases!

The Kremlin Letters: Stalin's Wartime Correspondence with Churchill and Roosevelt

Edited and narrated by two of the world’s leading scholars on World War II diplomacy and based on a decade of research in British, American, and newly available Russian archives, this crucial addition to wartime scholarship illuminates an alliance that really worked while exposing its fractious limits and the issues and egos that set the stage for the Cold War that followed.

War with Russia? From Putin & Ukraine to Trump & Russiagate

In War With Russia? Stephen F. Cohen—the widely acclaimed historian of Soviet and post-Soviet Russia—gives readers a very different, dissenting narrative of this more dangerous new Cold War from its origins in the 1990s, the actual role of Vladimir Putin, and the 2014 Ukrainian crisis to Donald Trump’s election and today’s unprecedented Russiagate allegations.

Portraits without Frames

This book comprises fifty intimate, skillfully crafted accounts of meetings with important figures, ranging from poets Anna Akhmatova and Boris Pasternak, to prose writers Isaac Babel and Andrey Platonov, to artists and composers Vladimir Tatlin and Dmitry Shostakovich. It is both a testament to an extraordinary life and a perceptive mini-encyclopedia of Soviet culture. Composed in delicate, rhythmic free verse, Ozerov’s portraits are like nothing else.

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