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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

US News & World Report: Learn Russian!

This appeared in the Dec 18 issue of USN&WR:

"Why not get ahead of the geopolitical curve and study Russian? Though it has never been a top foreign language among American students, Russian did grow in popularity during the Cold War. And the wealth of Russian history and literature has always made learning the tongue rewarding enough for many. Now, a resurgent and more nationalistic (though post-communist) Russia is again doing some muscle flexing, albeit much more modestly than in the past. American students currently rank Russian eighth on a list of foreign languages that interest them. But with Russia widely pegged as a re-emerging great powerâ??and taking a tough line against a range of American policiesâ??mastering the tongue of the Kremlin could well come to regain some cachet. And, if not, you still could read Dostoevski in the original form, not to mention order a vodka in Moscow with a certain grace."
September 17, 2014
Returning to Putorana
Returning to Putorana
By Ivan Kobilyakov

We asked Ivan Kobilyakov, whose story on filming wild wolves in Putorana appeared in the Sep/Oct 2014 issue of Russian Life, to give us an update on the project and how filming has gone this summer. He also supplied new photos.

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Tags: nature, siberia
September 15, 2014
A Soviet Leader in the US? Preposterous!
A Soviet Leader in the US? Preposterous!
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

When you're a Soviet dictator, it's rare that you get the chance to tour the US, visiting movie sets, meat freezers, and steel mills, being featured on TV, and laughing at angry farmers. Nikita Khrushchev got that chance 55 years ago. And he made the most of it.

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Tags: eisenhower, khrushchev, united states
September 1, 2014
For Better or Worse
For Better or Worse
By Paul E. Richardson

What with downed passenger airlines, war in Ukraine, trade embargos and rapidly worsening US-Russian relations, why in the world is there a picture of a giraffe on the cover of Russian Life magazine? 

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Tags: war, Ukraine, animals
September 1, 2014
The Many Days of September 1
The Many Days of September 1
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Did you know September 1 is more than just Labor Day? Read on to find out how Russians celebrate September 1, the Day of Knowledge, the first day of school.

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Tags: education, school, russia, holidays
August 14, 2014
1741: The Year Russia Discovered America
1741: The Year Russia Discovered America
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

You probably know that Alaska was bought from Russia well over 100 years ago. But do you know how Russia came to lay claim to the territory in the first place? Hint: they were after furs.

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Tags: russia, united states, alaska, colonization