Local SEELRC Resources

Russian Language Fonts



Language Materials

Online Dictionaries

Online Media and News

Online Videos - Language, Music and Culture

History and Culture

Government and Politics

Country Studies

Country Analyses

Travel Guides

Professional Organizations and Library Consortia

Universities, Centers of Study, Volunteer/Exchange Programs

Local SEELRC Resources

(These entries are also included later in the Language Resources section.)

Russian Reference Grammar The Russian Reference Grammar, by Edna Andrews, Duke University, is part of a set of SEELRC reference grammars designed for advanced-level language users and linguists to compare semantic categories across languages. Completed are comparative grammars in BCS, Czech, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, and Russian. Others are under development.

Grammatical Dictionary Project The Grammatical Dictionaries project is a set of comprehensive reference works for Slavic and East European languages. The SEELRC Grammatical Dictionaries are unique in that they provide full word paradigms, native pronunciation, and semantic linkage in a user-friendly, web-accessible format.

Language and Culture through Film Language and Culture Through Film is an interactive, multimedia course/course companion for advanced level users of Slavic and East European languages.

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Russian Language Fonts

Cyrillicize Windows Fonts archives provided by Slavic Department at The George Washington University. Above site is for Windows Vista and XP computers. See older version for Cyrillicizing Macintosh: Link Here.

Supplemental Keyboards from Joint Language University Best source for phonetic Russian keyboard downloads. Requires JLU account.

Yahoo Font Archive Because sites come and go on the Internet, a good resource for language fonts may be this Yahoo! Search "find it yourself" link.

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Russian Flag

National Anthem; Music and Lyrics; Video

Map of Russia and Quick Facts, More Serious Maps, "Zoom" Maps

Language Profile - Russian

Ethnologue - Languages of Russia

SEELRC Gallery - Virtual St. Petersburg, 160K+ Russian Images

Famous Russians - Just the Dead Ones; Name a Russian - Any Russian

Russian Cuisine, More, More

Russian Music, More, More, More (music videos)

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Google.com Search - Preset for Russian The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Russian language. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Russian fonts. (Also included in Language Materials links below.)

Search Engine Colossus - Russia Links to primary Russian and English language search engines and gateways. Truly colossal!

Russian and East European Network Information Center (REENIC) - Russia This link to the Russian and East European Network Information Center website at the University of Texas, Austin, has been preset to connect you directly to resources related to Belarus.

REESWeb - Search Russia Do a "search keyword" for "Russia" in the University of Pittsburgh's Center for Russian and East European Studies website database. Strong in links throughout Eastern and Central Europe as well as with the NIS.

Library of Congress Portals to the World - Russia Resources from regional studies experts at the Library of Congress.

British Library: Slavonic and East European Collections - Russian Internet Resources Finest Internet resource site for Slavonic studies in the UK. Many links to Russian resources. There are also links to the British Library's collections in other Slavonic languages from Belarusian to Ukrainian, as well as links to the Library's collections in non- Slavonic former Soviet republics and Communist Eastern European countries.

School of Slavonic and East European Studies University College, London -- Internet Resources on Russia Extensive list of links on topics ranging from Government to Libraries and Archives.

BUBL LINK - Russia BUBL LINK Catalogue is largest Internet portal in U. K.: Selected Internet resources covering all academic subject areas.

DMOZ Open Directory - Russia Useful resources page, includes links to Interactive Portals, Music and Art, Country/Regions, etc.

Yahoo -- Regional, Countries Links - Russia Excellent Yahoo search engine links for countries from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe.

Roy's Russian Resources Roy's site is filled with useful information and links, as well as commercial product links. The centerpiece of the site is a special section called Russian Aircraft Resources.

The List of Russian Web Servers A good link to websites in Russia. Everything from Arts and Humanities (some excellent Photography sites) to Magazines and Newspapers.

Best Russian Websites Webpage maintained by Professor Jim Becker, University of Northern Iowa.

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Language Materials

MERLOT - Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching - Russian This Peer Reviewed resource site with over 40 links is a good starting point for seeking online Russian learning and teaching materials.

Wikipedia - Russian Language Very rich and deep encyclopedia entry.

Wikipedia - Russian Edition The Russian language version of Wikipedia is huge - close to 500, 000 articles - growing daily.

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Beginning to Intermediate

Russian Writing System Basic introduction to Russian alphabet with addition information and language related links.

Robert Beard's Russian - An Interactive Online Reference Grammar Solid basic grammar, from Cyrillic Alphabet and Rules of Pronunciation to Verbal Word Formation.

NCLRC The Week's News in Simplified Broadcasts "The Week's News in Simplified Broadcasts" delivers a survey of the previous week's news in simplified standard Russian. Listeners of Voice of America's "Special English" broadcasts will recognize the slightly slower rate of speech and textual redundancy which characterize these webcasts. With exercises and scripts.

George Mitrevski's Homepage Includes: Learn to Read Russian: The Russian Alphabet with audio; Russian with NACHALO Syllabi and exercises for introductory level course based on the textbook Nachalo, Book 1; and Russian Web Tutor.

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Intermediate to Advanced

Rockin' Russian An intermediate to advanced language course that uses Russian music videos to teach language, culture and a lot more.  From the University of Texas.

Russian Language Mentor Site includes interactive courses for Developing Language Proficiency in Reading and Listening, a Russian cultural literacy course (in English), Intermediate Grammar Exercises, a massive Russian Listening/Reading Library, Virtual Slavic Club, Country Study ePortfolio template, and a lot more.

SEELRC Russian Reference Grammar The Russian Comparative Grammar, by Edna Andrews, Duke University, is part of a set of SEELRC Reference Grammar Network designed for advanced-level language users and linguists to compare semantic categories across languages. Completed are comparative grammars in BCS, Czech, Macedonian, Polish, Romanian, and Russian. Others are under development.

DLIFLC Language Resources Developed by the Defense Language Institute for military linguists, this website has some excellent sustainment materials on its Products Page; note in particular, Russian materials in GLOSS and Weekly Training Events sections.

Russian Language Workout - Reedline.com Developed and maintained by Wesley Reed, this website is worth exploring and using regularly. Be sure to check out the Russian Language Workout Archive - one man's archive is another man's newest discovery!

Russian Interactive Pages Video/audio-based reading/listening comprehension course consisting of 10 chapters produced at University of Pennsylvania. A lot of material!

Russian Language Learning Website This is the product of a joint project between two British institutions, the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Based on short prose works by Pushkin, Gogol and Tolstoy and a poem by Blok, this intermediate level course includes the Russian text, a Russian/English parallel text, an audio reading of a stressed version of the text, and related comprehension, vocabulary and grammar exercises. Included as well are related scholarly articles written in English and video interviews and discussions of materials with native speakers.

Google.com Search - Preset for Russian The Google search engine has been preset for you to search the Internet using the Russian language. Also ideal for target language lexical and contextual searches and other language-oriented uses. Requires Russian fonts.

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Gramota.ru This is one of the most extensive and helpful Russian language sites on the Internet. Links include Online Dictionaries, Reference Works, Online Classes, and the list goes on and on. Well worth exploring - something that can take days! (Also included in Online Dictionaries links below.)

Encyclopedia "Krugosvet" This Russian language encyclopedia is excellent and a wonderful tool for developing your language skills. Enter most any topic and you get a nice article written in perfect Russian.

Slovari/Sluzhba Russkogo Yazyka Another outstanding Russian language site hosted by the V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. Links to almost every available online dictionary. Also provides online assistance to grammar questions. Registration required for some resources. Take a serious look!! (Also included in Online Dictionaries links below.)

Philology.ru A Russian language portal dedicated to presenting theoretical and practical philological materials on the Internet. The focal point of the portal is the library of philological texts which includes articles and monographs.

Kulichinskaya Enciklopediya An unusual "encyclopedia" that includes both serious and esoteric links and articles, many back into the nooks and crannies of Kulichki.net itself.

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Online Dictionaries

Multitran - RussianEnglish Online Dictionary Simply the best online dictionary available.

Russian Abbreviations/Acronyms Online Dictionary From Sokr.ru, This Russian website advertises itself as the "largest Russian abbreviations dictionary in the world" and, with regular updates to its 100,000+ entries, it most definitely deserves this claim.

English- Russian-English Online Dictionary From Rambler.ru, the English-Russian version contains some 250,000 entries.

Google Dictionary The BETA version of the EnglishRussian dictionary is very solid. There is also a Russian dictionary available.

Google Translate Enter text or a webpage URL and get machine translation both RussianEnglish. A version of the EnglishRussian dictionary is very solid. There is also a Russian dictionary available.

Google Translated Search How does this work? 1. Search for St. Petersburg Restaurants in English. 2. We translate your query into Russian and find Russian web page results. 3. Finally, we translate the Russian web page results back into English for you.

YourDictionary.com - Russian Extensive list of online dictionaries, both general and specialized.

Gramota.ru This is one of the most extensive and helpful Russian language sites on the Internet. Links include Online Dictionaries, Reference Works, Online Classes, and the list goes on and on. Well worth exploring - something that can take days!

Slovari/Sluzhba Russkogo Yazyka Another outstanding Russian language site hosted by the V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences. Links to almost every available online dictionary. Also provides online assistance to grammar questions. Registration required for some resources. Take a serious look!

Vesna - Belarusian, Ukrainian, Polish, Russian, English Dictionary This online dictionary can be used in any of the above languages and will translate between the same languages.

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Online Media and News

Kidon Media-Link: Russia The selections of this Media-Link Megasite connect you with radio and television stations, newspapers and magazines. Huge!

OnlineNewspapers.com - Russia Great collection of online newspapers in Russian and English.

Johnson's Russia List In English, David Johnson's Russia List describes itself as "a daily e-mail newsletter with information and analysis about contemporary Russia from a wide range of sources." You can subscribe to the list or link to it on the Internet.

Russian Alliance Produced by RTV-1 in New York, daily segments from America, Russia and Israel.

Channel One Russia Official state television site. Provides video, audio and the corresponding text. To use this site users need to have downloaded Windows Media Player 2.

Voice of Russia Official state radio station with broadcasts in Russian and in most of the world's languages from Albanian to Vietnamese.

Voice of America - Russian Voice of America news broadcasting in target language.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty - Russian Service In Russian: News Texts Each Weekday, Daily on-demand Audio Broadcasts, Daily live Audio Broadcasts.

BBC Russian.com BBC news broadcasts in Russian.

Radio Canada International - Russian News A good source for audio. The corresponding texts for news broadcasts is also available.

Radio Station World - Russia About: " RadioStationWorld is an informational directory dealing with the radio broadcasters worldwide. We depend on many people around the world to help us keep the RadioStationWorld listings up to date. Some of the features you will find on our site include listings of local radio stations on the web, radio station that offer streaming webcast services, and in depth listings of local radio broadcast stat ions. Also featured are national and regional broadcast networks, short wave radio, satellite radio, hospital radio, cable radio, closed circuit/campus radio and radio service providers, as well as a growing list of links to sites that deal with the radio broadcasting industry."

Yahoo! News - Russia Latest news in English from a variety of news sources.

SCOLA - Global Foreign Language Portal SCOLA ia a leader in foreign language television news broadcasts. Schedule of broadcasts, insta-classes in some languages, and other useful information.

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Online Videos - Language and Culture

Some Recommended Favorites

Putin Raps - Kto mog by byt' prezidentom?

Vysotsky - Utrennyaya gimnastika

Soviet Anthem - Rock version (1991)

SP Babai - Zachem my pereshli na ty?

Video Searches

Russian Movies on YouTube Search for "Russian movie" on YouTube yields numerous clips and trailers.

Russian Documentaries on YouTube Search for "Russian documentary" on YouTube produced interesting selection.

Russian Music Videos on YouTube Search for "Russian Music Video" on YouTube produced wide variety of choices from traditional to rock.

Russian Commercials on YouTube Search for "Russian commercial" on YouTube yielded interesting results.

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History and Culture

Russian History

Wikipedia - History of Russia Excellent encyclopedia article with numerous links to additional resources. Also see Wikipedia Timeline of Russian History.

WWW-Virtual Library - Russian History Index Part of the World Wide Web Virtual Library European History Project at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy, this portal links to sites covering every aspect of Russian history.

Internet Resources for Russian Studies from the Archive of Michael B. Petrovich "This Internet site, which presents excerpts of lectures on Russian history by Professor Michael B. Petrovich, was created by the Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia (CREECA) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as part of its mission to serve as a resource to the university and greater community. " Multimedia lectures provide an overview of Russian history. There is a total of 46 recorded lectures with illustrations. Each lecture lasts about 8 minutes. History-417 will take you from 800 to 1800; History-418 from 1800 to 1917.

History of Russia: Primary Documents Part of EuroDocs project of online sources for European History at Brigham Young University.

Russian Biographic History In Russian, an excellent resource for students and teachers alike. Alphabetic index to just about everybody in the "who's who" of Russian history.

The Face of Russia This PBS series website based on James Billington's book of the same title contains an interactive timeline of Russian history and culture, references, and forums, as well as schedules for the series.

The Meeting of Frontiers From the Library of Congress. About the Project: "Meeting of Frontiers is a bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library that tells the story of the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. It is intended for use in US and Russian schools and libraries and by the general public in both countries. Scholars, particularly those who do not have ready access to major research libraries, also will benefit from the mass of primary material included in Meeting of Frontiers, much of which has never been published or is extremely rare."

Beyond the Pale - History of Jews in Russia Hosted by the Friends-Partners website: "This exhibition depicts the history of anti-Jewish attitudes -- and of anti-Semitism today, a form of intolerance that in our century caused the death of millions of people. The exhibition also portrays the history of Jews in Europe and in Russia to help understand their life, religion and culture. But above all, the exhibition wants to warn of the great dangers of prejudice and intolerance, particularly in times of political uncertainty and increased social tension."

The Empire that was Russia: The Prokudin-Gorskii Photographic Record Recreated Another site from the Library of Congress. From About: "The photographs of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) offer a vivid portrait of a lost world--the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I and the coming revolution. His subjects ranged from the medieval churches and monasteries of old Russia, to the railroads and factories of an emerging industrial power, to the daily life and work of Russia's diverse population."

Alexander Palace Time Machine - Everyday Life in a Romanov Palace "The site started out as a virtual tour of the home of the last Tsar and his family, evolving into a databank of information on the last years of Imperial Russia. Here you can browse from a wide range of options - from rare online books, to palaces, recipes, antique cars and travelogues."

History House - Rah, Rah, Rasputin No webliography of Russian Imperial History would be complete without at least one link to the life, times and death of Russia's greatest Mad Monk. Link from this article to other History House essays, including "Peter the Great: Peter as Frat-boy," "Catherine and Peter: The Odd Couple," and others.

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Soviet History

The Russian Revolution This website is maintained by David Barnsdale in the UK. It is basically a resource site with links to websites dealing with the Russian Revolution.

Wikipedia - History of Soviet Russia and Soviet Union (1917-1927); History of Soviet Union (1927- 1953), the Stalin Era;; History of the Soviet Union (1953-1985), from Destalinization to Perestroika; History of the Soviet Union (1985-1991), Solid Wikipedia articles covering the entire history of the Soviet Union.

Early Soviet History A website for those with serious interests in early Soviet history. With complete eTexts of John Reed's Ten Days that Shook the World, Leon Trotsky's History of the Russian Revolution, and other works.

GULAG Site presents a history of the Soviet GULAG prison system through a series of pictures and memoirs.

Memorial "Memorial is a movement which arose in the years of perestroika. Its main task was the awakening and preservation of the societal memory of the severe political persecution in the recent past of the Soviet Union." Available in English and Russian.

Revelations from Russian Archives From the Library of Congress: "Shortly after defeating the attempted coup of August 1991, a group from the victorious democratic resistance led by the chief archivist of Russia, Rudolph Pikhoia, took over the previously top secret archives of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and began the process of both consolidating democratic control over all archives in Russia and attempting to make them available for the first time for public study. This exhibit [is] the first public display of the hitherto highly secret internal record of Soviet Communist rule. The legendary secretiveness and general inaccessibility of the entire Soviet archival system was maintained throughout the Gorbachev era. The willingness of the new Russian Archival Committee under Pikhoya to cooperate in preparing this exhibit with the Library of Congress dramatizes the break that a newly democratic Russia is attempting to make with the entire Soviet past."

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Russian Culture - General

Russian Cultural Literacy - An Introduction Part of the Russian Language Mentor website. An interactive course based on 100 questions with Mentor Essay answers and hyperlinks to English and Russian versions of Wikipedia and other sites, covering "Everything you ever wanted to know about Russian geography, history, literature, religion, art and the like!"

Wikipedia - Russian Culture Wikipedia article with focus and supplemental links on Visual Arts, Performing Arts, web sites, Cuisine, and even Humor.

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Biblioteka Maksima Moshkova This huge Russian e-library/portal contains links to e-texts of just about everything - from histories, TV guides and cookbooks, to most of the world's classics and pulp fiction.

Poety na stikhii There simply is no better single source for Russian poetry than this site. Each entry has a chronology of works, critical and biographical information and, in many instances, the complete oeuvre. Professors who teach Russian poetry can finally tailor-make the perfect anthologies for their classes.

Conradish Each and every word in this website is "hotlinked" to a vocabulary translator and grammar. Includes most classics of Russian literature: War and Peace, Anna Karenina, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment, We, Quiet Flows the Don, Doctor Zhivago, Master and Margarita, just to name a few. Teachers may also create their own anthologies of Russian literary texts.

Public Electric Library The policy of this Russian language site is to provide works by authors where there are no copyright issues. The site is growing quickly. Currently you can go here for works by most of the major writers of the 19th century. Included as well are works by Bulgakov, Blok, Esenin and others.

From the Ends to the Beginning: A Bilingual Anthology of Russian Verse Produced by the Department Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University, this web anthology includes a selection of 250 works by Russia's leading poets from the 18th century to the present. Included as well are some 75 rare recordings of poetry readings by Akhmatova, Mayakovsky, Mandelshtam, Pasternak, et al.

Early 20th Century Russian Drama Also produced by the Slavic Department at Northwestern: "An overview of the directors, designers, artists and playwrights in Russia who shaped modern drama during the first two decades of the twentieth century. Web site is dedicated to the Russian theater of Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, Chekhov, Mayakovsky and Bulgakov, Malevich and Tatlin, Stravinsky and Shotakovich."

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An Overview of Russian Philosophy An essay by Professor Epstein of Emory University. Dr. Epstein also provides links to all important related websites.

Russian Philosophy Forum "An informal group of persons interested in Russian philosophy. Russians, Americans and West Europeans, our group includes both students and scholars. Our purpose is to expand transnational communication, education, research and publication in this field."

Russian Philosophy A historical survey of Russian philosophic thought from 18th century to post-Soviet era.

Wikipedia - List of Russian Philosophers An extensive list hyperlinked to main articles beginning with members of the 18th Century Russian Enlightenment through 20th Century Aestheticians like Mikhail Bakhtin.

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Science and Technology

WWW Virtual Guide to the History of Russian and Soviet Science and Technology The webmaster for this site is Slava Gerovich, a Dibner/Sloan postdoctoral researcher at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology at M.I.T.

Social History of Russian Science In Russian, an electronic archive and library.

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Russian Folklore Links This webpage of links is provided by Professor Andrew M. Drozd of the University of Alabama. It has links to folk tales, fairy tales, folk art, Slavic paganism and witch craft, to include vampires and werewolves.

Slavic and East European Folklore Association This professional academic website, hosted by the University of Virginia, provides eVersions of the SEEFA Journal with links to articles organized by countries/cultures.

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Russian Painting By Professor Alexander Boguslawski of Rollins College, provides illustrated essays on Russian paintings, artists and art movements from the early icons through the 20th century. Beautiful site!

The Institute of Modern Russian Culture - Russian Art Site Mega-site, produced at the University of Southern California, provides links to websites devoted to Russian Icons, Photography, Cartoons, Performing Arts - including Ballet and Music - and the Cinema.

Russian Art of the Avant Garde Website dedicated to the Russian Avant Garde movement of early 20th Century.

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Wikipedia - Russian Music Overview of Russian music with excellent links.

Russian Music Oldies on YouTube Excellent collection of links by a true and very knowledgeable fan.

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Women's Studies

Association for Women in Slavic Studies "The Association of Women in Slavic Studies is a networking resource for people concerned with the problems, status, and achievements of women in the profession. It also attempts to cover research and teaching in women's studies and questions of gender and family life in Central/Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union."

Russian Feminism Resources Bilingual English- Russian site offers a directory of resources and link for Russian women artists, writers, poets, musicians, scholars, as well as for women's studies and academic organizations in Russia and the US.

OWL - Open Women Line Primarily in Russian (some English), an online magazine, individual articles, chat groups and lots of other information and links for those interested in the Russian women's movement

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Russian Orthodox Church

Wikipedia - Russian Orthodox Church Detailed history and overview of the Russian Orthodox Church; note links at end of article for additional information.

Russian Orthodox Church - Official Website of Moscow Patriarchate Links to HIs Holiness the Patriarch, Church Structure, Faith and Life, Documents, Events.

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Government and Politics

Governments on the WWW - Russian Federation Includes most of the important links to National Institutions and Government sites including President and most Ministries; Embassies in foreign countries, Political Parties, etc.

Political Resources on the Net - Russian Federation Listings of political sites available on the Internet sorted by country, with links to Parties, Organizations, Governments, Media and more from all around the world.

CountryWatch.com - Russia "CountryWatch is a world leader in providing country specific geopolitical intelligence on each of the 192 countries of the world." Basic information is free; deeper resources require subscription.

Foreign and International Law - Russia From the Washburn University School of Law Library, links to country sites for Constitutional Law, Government and Politics, Law and Legislation, Legislative Bodies, etc.

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Country Studies

Russia - A Country Study Exceptionally detailed presentation from the Library of Congress. Includes sections on: Geography, Society, Economy, Government and Politics, Very Detailed History and Historical Development, Contemporary Trends, etc.

CIA World Factbook - Russia Good resource site for information on Geography, People, Government, Economy, Communications, Transportation, Military, and Transnational Issues.

BBC News Country Profiles - Russia Full profiles provide an instant guide to history, politics and economic background of countries; also biographic sketches of leaders, essay on media, and historic timelines. They also include audio and video clips from the BBC archives.

Russia - Wikipedia Excellent encyclopedia entry with many links to sub articles.

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Country Analyses

U.S. Department of State Background Notes - Russia Background Notes are updated/revised as they are received from regional bureaus and are added to the database of the Department of State web site. Categories include: Geography, People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Defense, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.

International Monetary Fund - Russian Federation Latest developments in Peace and Security, Economic Development, Humanitarian Aid/Refugees, Environment/Shelter, Human Rights, Women/Children/Population, Health/Poverty/Food Security, Culture/Education.

The World Bank Group - Russian Federation "The World Bank Group’s mission is to fight poverty and improve the living standards of people in the developing world. It is a development Bank which provides loans, policy advice, technical assistance and knowledge sharing services to low and middle income countries to reduce poverty."

The World Trade Organization "The World Trade Organization (WTO) is the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations. At its heart are the WTO agreements, negotiated and signed by the bulk of the world’s trading nations and ratified in their parliaments. The goal is to help producers of goods and services, exporters, and importers conduct their business." Includes detailed information on Members and Observers - Russia (Observer)

Energy Information Administration Country Analysis Briefs - Russia "The Energy Information Administration (EIA), created by Congress in 1977, the a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy. We provide policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making efficient markets and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and environment."

USAID - Russia The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) "is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States."

World Health Organization - Russia About WHO" "The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948. WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."

International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies - Russia The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies is the world's largest humanitarian organisation, with 178 member National Societies.

Amnesty International - Russian Federation Amnesty International is a champion defender of human rights worldwide. Familiarity with a given country's human rights issues can provide a unique insight into many other aspects of its culture and politics.

Human Rights Watch - Russia Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world.

International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights is a self-governing group of non-governmental, not-for-profit organizations that act to protect human rights throughout Europe, North America, and the Central Asian republics formed from the territories of the former Soviet Union. A primary specific goal is to monitor compliance with the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Final Act and its Follow-up Documents.

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Travel Guides

Lonely Planet Destinations - Russia The people at the offbeat Lonely Planet website are not your typical travel guides -- they're very bright and know what they're talking about. Their goal is not to "sell the country" to travelers. Instead, they tell it how it is. Typical headings include: "Warnings" (in case travel is not recommended - the "why's"); Facts for the Traveler, When to Go, Events, Money and Costs, Attractions, Off the Beaten Track, Activities, History, Culture, Environment, Getting There and Away, Getting Around, and Further Reading and Related Weblinks. Link here directly to LPD guides to Moscow and St. Petersburg.

Columbus Guides - Russia Just about everything you need to know: Survival Guide, Places to Go, Embassies and Visa, Lodging, Food, Money, etc.

Yahoo Travel Guide - Russia Includes links to history, basics, transportation, dining, shopping and climate.

Dangerous Places - Russia The URL for this website is "www.comebackalive.com" and it's a bit unusual: "The authors and publishers assume no liability nor do they encourage you to do, see, visit or try any of the activities or actions discussed in this site." Nonetheless, there is some very good, hard to find information here - whether you're a soldier of fortune or just an interested student of the country.

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Professional Organizations and Library Consortia

American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR) "American Councils is the worldwide leader in connecting people from the US, Russia, Eastern Europe and Eurasia to learning and to each other. How do we accomplish this? In many ways. We operate study-abroad programs for students, education professionals, independent travelers and local leaders. We perform research, publish books and develop Web sites. We serve an institutional role by holding conferences, administering standardized tests, managing information centers and acting as a consultant to governments. We run the professional society for Russian teachers. And, we develop and advocate policy on language education around the world."

American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL) From About: "The American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages (AATSEEL), founded in 1941, exists to advance the study and promote the teaching of Slavic and East European languages, literatures, and cultures on all educational levels, elementary through graduate school. While the largest proportion of its activities and members concentrate in the area of Russian, AATSEEL has from the beginning stressed that it embraces all Slavic and East European languages, literatures, linguistics and cultures."

American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) From About: "The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies (AAASS) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, scholarly society which is the leading private organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Russia, Central Eurasia, and Eastern and Central Europe."

Canadian Association of Slavists ~ Canadian Slavonic Papers "The Canadian Association of Slavists is an organization of teachers and scholars in the field of Slavic and related studies in Canada for the purpose of improving and advancing such studies."

British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies BASEES, according to its constitution, exists to "advance education for the public benefit in the United Kingdom in the humanities and the social sciences as they relate to the former Soviet Union and the countries of Eastern Europe".

East Coast Consortium of Slavic Library Collections "The East Coast Consortium of Slavic Library Collections was established in 1993 to better coordinate activities among major Eurasian area studies collections in the Eastern United States. The Consortium presently numbers ten member institutions: Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, The New York Public Library, New York University, Princeton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Yale."

Pacific Coast Slavic and East European Library Consortium (PACSLAV) "The Pacific Coast Slavic and East European Library Consortium (PACSLAV) was formed to promote the development of Slavic Studies resources in this region of the United States and Canada. The services provided by the Consortium are for the use an d benefit of the faculty, students, and staff of its member institutions."

Council for Slavonic and East European Library and Information Services "The most important function of COSEELIS is to represent the interests of UK libraries and other information organisations offering services in the field of Slavonic and East European studies."

Collaborative Collection Management Project for Russian and East European Studies "We offer: — For researchers in Russian and East European Studies, the only nationwide database on relevant library collections and journal holdings in the UK."

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Universities, Centers of Study, Volunteer/Exchange Programs

Russian Institutions and Universities From WWW Virtual Library, Russian History site, an extensive list of institutions and universities.

Russian Colleges and Universities Large list of links to major institutions of higher learning.

EuroEducation.net - Russia Description of Russian education system, K-12 and universities.

International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) IREX is the premier U.S. nonprofit organization specializing in higher education, independent media, Internet development, and civil society programs in the United States, Europe, Eurasia, the Near East, and Asia.

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