U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program [Grants Available; application deadline Aug. 12, 2013]

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From: “US-Russia Dialogue, Moscow” <US-RussiaDialogue@state.gov> Subject: US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program To help foster greater contacts between Americans and Russians, the State Department is announcing the U.S.-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program, which will provide small grants to support collaboration, including meetings, virtual interactions, exchanges, and internships, between American and Russian organizations.   Applications from […]

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Facilitating Learning Russian

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Date: Sun, 21 Jul 2013 Subject: Facilitating Learning Russian From: Ron Pope <ron42.pope@gmail.com> The current (July 29) issue of Time magazine has an article entitled “The Power of the Bilingual Brain” that presents a powerful case for encouraging every child with a connection to Russia — the children of emigres and adopted Russians – -to learn what could have been […]

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Universities ignore economy’s demands; Russian institutions produce too many lawyers and economists, not enough IT specialists

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Lyudmila Nazdracheva, special to RBTH – July 22, 2013) Almost 6 percent of Russian university graduates register at the unemployment office immediately after graduating. Lawyers lead the way in this area. There is also an excess of economists, real estate agents, travel managers, civil engineers, bankers, teachers and psychologists. Russian universities are still […]

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Bureaucrats must not teach historians how textbooks should be written – Naryshkin

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(Interfax – KAZAN, July 16, 2013) Historians and history teachers, not bureaucrats, should decide how Russian history should be taught to Russian students, said Sergei Naryshkin, the Russian State Duma’s speaker and president of the Russian Historical Society. “Experts in history have wisely asked the Russian Historical Society to provide guidelines for teaching history as a subject, which will be […]

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Russia puts spending on guns ahead schools

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(Business New Europe – bne.eu – MOSCOW BLOG – July 9, 2013) The Russian government has just approved the next three-year budget that runs to 2016 that has cut spending on education and health in favour of boosting it on reequipping the armed forces. Relations between Russia and the west are probably at their lowest ebb since the fall of […]

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FLEX Students Return Energized and Inspired for Change

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jonathan Earle – June 28, 2013) Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series. For Ivan Chesnokov’s 18th birthday, his mother and stepfather redecorated his room in floor-to-ceiling posters of a fluttering American flag and the Manhattan skyline. On the wall, they hung a clock whose design was inspired by the Red Hot Chili […]

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Skolkovo Reality Becoming Less Virtual

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Guennadi Moukine – June 20, 2013) Hovercraft, bionic arms, space tourism and nuclear laptop batteries may all be products of the future to be created and brought to market by Skolkovo, the business education and technology center taking shape on the outskirts of Moscow. Despite a bumpy start that has included typical Russian corruption scandals, […]

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Guriev’s Exile Is a Huge Loss for Russia

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Michael Bohm, opinion page editor of The Moscow Times – June 14, 2013) When the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum opens next week, a traditional fixture of the event will be conspicuously absent: renowned economist Sergei Guriev. During the forum, Russian officials will undoubtedly repeat the usual lines about the country’s untapped potential, its attractiveness […]

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Dvorkovich Sees Possibility of Guriev Return

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Bratersky – June 13, 2013) Self-exiled economist Sergei Guriev met with the Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich on Wednesday in Paris ­ his first informal get together with a senior Russian official since he left the country last month, fearing pressure from law enforcement agencies. Guriev, who headed the liberal New Economic School until […]

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New Economic School never supported opposition politicians – Guriyev

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(Interfax – MOSCOW, June 11, 2013) The New Economic School (NES) has never helped opposition politicians, former NES head Sergei Guriyev said in an interview with Vedomosti newspaper, published on Tuesday. “The New Economic School has never supported (opposition activist Alexei) Navalny or other opposition politicians. I supported Navalny from personal funds only,” Guriyev said. Guriyev, who gave expert opinion […]

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Russian prominent economist Guriyev does not want to be political refugee in France

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(Interfax – June 11, 2013) Former head of the New Economic School (NES) Sergei Guriyev said that the reasons due to which he left Russia were personal and he did not intend to get the political refugee status in France. “I am not a political emigrant. I simply do not want to live in Russia. I repeat once again: [Russian […]

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Russian Scholars Wary After Top Economist Flees Country

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(Howard Amos, RIA Novosti, MOSCOW, June 6, 2013) ­ When investigators summoned prominent Russian economist Sergei Guriev for questioning in February, his first thought was that his professional work could be paralyzed if they confiscated his computers and documents. “With other experts, they took everything away so they could not function,” Guriev told RIA Novosti by telephone from Paris, where […]

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Almost Half of Russian Students Dream of Emigrating – Poll

Moscow State University

(RIA Novosti – MOSCOW, June 6, 2013) ­ Nearly half of Russian students (45 percent) and some 38 percent of businessmen would like to leave Russia, according to a survey by the Levada Center independent pollster published on Thursday. A total of 22 percent of all respondents in the poll want to emigrate from Russia to other countries, not including […]

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Head of Major College Reportedly Emigrates Under Pressure [re: Guriev]

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Bratersky – May 30, 2013) A minister said Wednesday that Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s Open Government would continue to work with prominent liberal economist Sergei Guriyev despite media reports that he resigned as head of a major college and left the country under pressure from authorities. Mikhail Abyzov, the Open Government liaison holding the […]

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Young people should know ‘true essence’ of Bolotnaya Square protests – Smolensk governor

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(Interfax – SMOLENSK, Russia, May 28, 2013) The governor of the Smolensk region has insisted on organizing discussions at local secondary schools and higher education institutions to tell students about the “true essence” of opposition rallies on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square, an Interfax correspondent reported from a regional conference. “Stories are being widely told about events on Bolotnaya Square, about protest […]

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Deputy Education Minister quits amid political tensions

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(Moscow News – themoscownews.com – Anna Arutunyan – May 28, 2013) Russia’s Deputy Education Minister Igor Fedyukin announced his resignation on Tuesday, citing growing political tensions. “I hope that my departure will at least partially lower the unprecedented tensions that are [escalating] around decisions made by the ministry,” Fedyukin was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying. He thanked Education Minister […]

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Students Favor State Firms as Employers

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Lena Smirnova – May 23, 2013) When it comes to Russian college students’ career aspirations, Gazprom’s gas fields might as well be described as the fields of dreams, according to an annual ranking released Thursday by the Universum consulting firm. The state-owned gas giant was rated the most attractive employer by business students, with Sberbank […]

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Debate Rages Over State History Textbooks

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Yekaterina Kravtsova – April 26, 2013) This is part of an occasional series. As part of his effort to promote patriotism among younger generations of Russians, President Vladimir Putin has proposed creating a single set of history textbooks for schoolchildren, arguing that there should be more consistency in what students are taught and that textbooks […]

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Training a post-Cold War generation of security experts – collaboratively

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Elena Bobrova, RBTH – April 16, 2013) Russian students from a prestigious world politics program get diverse American perspectives first-hand. A more intense spotlight shines on educational cooperation as Russia and the United States seek fresh perspectives on bilateral relations despite recent shadows cast on the reset. The Center for International and Security […]

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Russians in America: Chasing a dream or unemployment?

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – rbth.ru – Vladimir Chukov, Stepan Serdyukov, Anna Laletina, special to RBTH – April 15, 2013) RBTH continues its coverage of the U.S. Work & Travel program by asking three former participants about their experiences. The Summer Work and Travel program, created as a public diplomacy tool in 1963, allows foreign university students to work and […]

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‘Quality Issues’ Led to Work-and-Travel Visa Crunch

Artist's Rendition of U.S. Embassy, Moscow, with the Russian Foreign Ministry in the Background

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jonathan Earle – April 11, 2013) Concerns about participants’ safety, health and well-being are behind record visa refusal rates for Russian university students applying to work and travel in the United States this summer, a senior State Department official told an audience at the American Center in Moscow on Wednesday. Tara Sonenshine, the State Department’s […]

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U.S. Embassy Slams Door on Student Workers

Artist's Rendition of U.S. Embassy, Moscow, with the Russian Foreign Ministry in the Background

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jonathan Earle – April 5, 2013) Without warning or explanation, the U.S. Embassy in Moscow has rejected an unprecedented percentage of Russian university students applying for visas to take part in the State Department’s popular Summer Work and Travel program this year, dashing hopes and placing the program’s future in doubt. About 80-90 percent of […]

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Putin Borrows From Soviet Union on Social Justice

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jonathan Earle – April 1, 2013) President Vladimir Putin described the Soviet Union as a land of opportunity and called for two Soviet relics, mandatory school uniforms and the “Hero of Labor” award, to be dusted off in the name of social justice, during an informal meeting with supporters in Rostov-on-Don on Friday. The Soviet […]

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Russia Needs Standard Approach to Teaching History – Putin

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, March 29 (RIA Novosti) ­ President Vladimir Putin said Friday that Russia needs a unified, standard approach to teaching history. “I fully agree that there should be a canonical version of our history,” Putin said Friday while meeting with his campaigners from the All-Russia People’s Front. He acknowledged that there are different opinions concerning history textbooks in high schools, […]

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New history textbooks may promote conservative values in Russia

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – www.rbth.ru – Stanislav Kuvaldin, special to RBTH – March 22, 2013) A single textbook is being drafted in Russia, following Putin’s call for a single concept of Russian history. The Russian government has tasked scholars with preparing a single textbook of the history of Russia, to replace the host of Russian history manuals on the […]

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Russian schools could switch to single history textbook in a year – education minister

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(Interfax – March 17, 2013) Russian schools could switch to a single history textbook in a year, Education and Science Minister Dmitry Livanov said on Pozner program on Chainmen One. “A good history textbook, just one, will always give room for analysis, for assessing various theories of what actually happened, and for different historical concepts,” Livanov said. The history manual […]

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Accusations of Plagiarism Become a Political Weapon

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Natalya Krainova – March 13, 2013) Members of the political opposition often accuse state officials of grandiose misdeeds, such as falsifying election results, stealing millions from state coffers, or even ordering the killings of their adversaries. Lately, they have begun accusing pro-Kremlin officials of a far less sinister offense, one more often leveled at schoolchildren […]

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Five New Statistics about Russia That Say More Than a Glance Might Suggest

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(Window on Eurasia – Paul Goble – Staunton, March 1, 2013 – http://windowoneurasia2.blogspot.com/2013/03/window-on-eurasia-five-new-statistics.html) Five new statistics about Russia this past week ­ one about Muslims in the army, a second about the state of its roads, a third about the number of illegal migrants in the country, a fourth about Russian attitudes toward religious instruction in the schools, and a […]

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Giving all Children the Right to Learn

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines – www.rbth.ru – Svetlana Smetanina, special to RBTH – February 26, 2013) A new law on education soon to be passed in Russia will allow parents of children with special needs to demand that their children be educated in regular state schools. Moscow Technological High School 1540 has been teaching children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) […]

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ACADEMIC PROGRAMS: New Russia Policy & Society MSc and PhD Programmes at King’s College London, King’s Russia Institute

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From: “Samuel Greene” <samuel.greene@kcl.ac.uk> Subject: New Russia policy & society programmes in London Date: Tue, 12 Feb 2013 The King’s Russia Institute at King’s College London is now accepting applications for our MSc in Russian Politics & Society and our PhD in Russian & Eurasian Studies. Offering a unique, multi-disciplinary and globally integrated approach to the study of Russia’s most […]

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Medvedev Advises Students on Matters of the Heart

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – February 14, 2013) Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told students at the Siberian Federal University on Thursday that the key to success in love is persistence. When asked how to be successful in dating by a student, Medvedev immediately responded with, “That’s the spirit!” before revealing that he has “had many experiences, as any human being […]

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Urals students reap benefits of Russian-U.S. exchange

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(Russia Beyond the Headlines –  www.rbth.ru – Nadezhda Gavrilova, special to RBTH – February 11, 2013 – Nadezhda Gavrilova is a reporter for Rossiyskaya Gazeta) 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of educational exchange programs between the United States and the Urals. U.S. Consul General in Yekaterinburg, Michael Reinert, talks to Rossiyaskaya Gazeta’s Nadezhda Gavrilova about the direction that educational exchange […]

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Medvedev Backs Ph.D. Plagiarism Crackdown

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – February 7, 2013) Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that the “number of phony doctorates surpasses all possible limits,” and that he supported a crackdown on plagiarism in Ph.D. dissertations. Allegations of plagiarized dissertations have hit some of the state’s highest officials, including Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky and even President Vladimir Putin, who the Brookings […]

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The Doors I Closed When I Came to the US

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(Voice of America – Anna Malinovskaya – January 22, 2013) Perhaps all international students discover at some point that going to college in the States costs more than they pay in money terms. I have experienced personal costs that will impact my life long after my education here is done. Some I was prepared to encounter, and others caught me […]

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State Recommends Schoolchildren Watch 100 Films

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Alexander Bratersky – January 18,  2013) The culture and education ministers on Thursday presented a list of 100 Soviet and Russian films that schools will be advised to show students to strengthen their cultural values and to build bonds with their parents and teachers from older generations. “This is not a list of the best […]

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Call for Applications! 2013 Summer Research Laboratory at Illinois

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From: “REEEC <University of Illinois>” <reeec_resources@mx.uillinois.edu> Subject: Call for Applications! 2013 Summer Research Laboratory at Illinois Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2012 The Summer Research Laboratory (SRL) on Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia is open to all scholars with research interests in the Russian, East European and Eurasian region for eight weeks during the summer months from June 10 until August […]

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Russian-Language Textbooks Stir Controversy

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Patrick Reevell – December 26, 2012) A policeman says in Russian: “I work a lot, sometimes even too much. … Winter or summer, rain or shine, I go from a bank to a store, from a store to a restaurant, from a restaurant to a market, looking for where to take money.” What’s wrong with […]

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Moscow Students Invoke Putin for Protection in Rare Strike

MOSCOW, December 26 (Alexey Eremenko, RIA Novosti) ­ Moscow students on strike to protest the merger of their college plastered the premises with portraits of President Vladimir Putin in an attempt to repel possible police attacks, a strike organizer said on Wednesday. “Riot police are known to crack down on protesters who do not represent a threat, we hope this […]

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Russian Students Astonished by U.S. Holiday Cheer

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Jonathan Earle – December 21, 2012) Many travelers have pined for home during the holiday season. It’s the lucky exception who, finding himself in company of new friends, realizes that he’s found a home away from home. Kirov native Ivan Chesnokov, 17, was celebrating Thanksgiving Day in Gladewater, Texas, chowing down on turkey and chatting […]

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Russian Opposition Leaders Attend Student Protest

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MOSCOW, December 19 (RIA Novosti) – Leading opposition figures joined students protesting against the inclusion of their university on Russia’s notorious “list of inefficient colleges” on Tuesday evening. Leftist opposition figure Sergei Udaltsov and two State Duma lawmakers from the A Just Russia party, Ilya Ponomaryov and Dmitry Gudkov, visited students, who began their sit-in in a lecture hall of […]

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Diaspora Youths Sold on Russian, but not Russia

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(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – Lena Smirnova – Dec. 14, 2012) Members of the diaspora who gathered in Moscow on Thursday for the Forum of Russian Compatriots welcomed President Vladimir Putin’s recent edict to support remote Russian language-learning amid efforts in their home countries to limit the status of their mother tongue. However, attendees also voiced doubts that the language […]

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Corruption, corruption, corruption

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(Augusto Come – www.opendemocracy.net – Augusto Come is a student of the Paris School of International Affairs and  Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO). He is interested in issues of democracy and transition in the post-Soviet space – Nov. 29, 2012) Russia’s higher education institutions are popularly assumed to be among the most corrupt in the country. Augusto Come […]

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Medvedev confirms education development program through 2020

Russian Schoolchildren with U.S. Official

(Interfax – November 27, 2012) Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has confirmed the state program for the development of education for 2013-20, the government press service reported on Tuesday. “The goals set in the program are to make the quality of Russian education compliant with citizens’ changing demands and with the strategy of Russia’s social and economic development, and to enhance […]

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Lurkomorye online encyclopedia removed from list of banned Web sites

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(Interfax – November 13, 2012) The net culture online encyclopedia Lurkomorye has been removed from the communications, IT and mass media oversight service Roskomnadzor’s list of banned Web sites. “We have conducted a thorough check and removed the [Lurkomorye] links and IP-addresses from the list,” Roskomnadzor spokesman Vladimir Panin told Interfax on Tuesday. The ban was lifted after Lurkomorye’s owners […]

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Medvedev Pledges Education Spending to Match Defense

Moscow State University

MOSCOW, October 11 (RIA Novosti)-Russia will spend almost a trillion US dollars by 2020 to improve its educational standards and promote the country’s innovation-based development, matching what it will spend on defense, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday. “Russia’s planned consolidated budget spending on education will be about 8 trillion rubles [$258 billion] by 2015, and the spending forecast […]

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Teachers Reveling in Growing Technology

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Lena Smirnova – Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – October 5, 2012 Thousands of kilometers from the capital, a lone interactive whiteboard sits in a customs warehouse on Russia’s southern border. The device’s Turkish manufacturer, Vestel, is rushing to get the unit to its Moscow showroom and start selling the product to schools. But more than two months is expected to […]

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