Digest for 95-03-14

Dear Friends,

We are very pleased to announce today the creation of a brand new section of
Friends and Partners called "Family Chat Corner".  Andrey and Masha Sebrant
of Moscow have started this section as a means of fostering sharing and
exchange between our families about life in our countries.  Please see the
"What's New" message #01 below for more information and *please* visit this

new service available from the "Life" section of Friends and Partners.  Our
very special thanks to Andrey and Masha for the idea and for their work to
make it possible!

                          Table of Contents

WHAT'S NEW . . .

#01-14 March 95  New "Family Chat Corner" section of Friends and Partners

#02-14 March 95  Treasures of the Czars Museum Tour

#03-14 March 95  Latest Version of Netscape with Cyrillic Capabilities

#04-14 March 95  Russian Language Tutorial

#05-14 March 95  New Versions of The St. Petersburg Press and Prospects
                 Publications Available

#06-14 March 95  New Issue of RUSAG-L


#01-14 March 95  Sender:  "Stewart Jones"    sj@TSO.UC.EDU
                 Subject: Russian girl needing help (fwd)

#02-14 March 95  Sender:  Brent De Jong    BDEJONG@ucs.indiana.edu
                 Subject: American students studying in Moscow

#03-14 March 95  Sender:  Dave Wells    wellsd@elwha.evergreen.edu
                 Subject: Friend needs help in going to Russia

#04-14 March 95  Sender:  Yash Holbrook    jwholbro@ouray.cudenver.edu
                 Subject: Env. & Industrial Pollution Hazards

#05-14 March 95  Sender:  "Irina V. Alyoshina"    alyoshin@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu
                 Subject: internet and democracy

#06-14 March 95  Sender:  Eric Fenster    efenster@igc.apc.org
                 Subject: Moscow travel course

#07-14 March 95  Sender:  Brent McCunn    bmccunn@werple.mira.net.au
                 Subject: Bizarre Russian Tour

APPENDIX:        LISTSERV address & basic procedures


WHAT'S NEW . . .

*  In a brand new section of Friends and Partners called "Family Chat Corner",
   we invite our friends to publish information on day-to-day "life" in our
   countries. This can be anything from how we celebrate holidays, spend time
   with family and friends, etc.  Andrey and Masha Sebrant from Moscow are
   providing a monthly series on life in their family and community which
   is made available starting today.  From their first page,

   " Matreshka, vodka, Kremlin, banya, bears...

   This looks like a standard set of associations with the word "Russia".
   And of course all these things mostly have nothing to do with our
   everyday life (But I am not saying that I do not drink vodka or have
   never seen a bear!)

   Front page stories of major newspapers are hardly any better.
   Fortunately, the life is less sensational, violent, or political.

   This is why I will not show you Lenin's Tomb nor will discuss hot
   political gossips.

   There are smaller things and pleasures that make our life worth
   living. A new interesting exhibit in a local gallery. A cozy party
   with the friends. A wonderful choir singing at the hall across the
   street once a month. A new unbelievable sauce for pasta. A weekend
   spent outdoor.

   Perhaps you got the idea. I'm going to try to show you a few
   interesting pieces from the life of a Moscovite. I do not promise they
   all will be enjoyable but if you find at least some of them
   interesting, my efforts have not been wasted.

   I'm going to invite you to a new place once a month.

   We want to thank Andrey and Masha for this *wonderful* idea and for the
   monthly series they are providing.  Andrey's email address is:
   asebrant@glas.apc.org.  The "Family Chat Corner" page is available from the
   "Life" section and via URL http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/life/family/family.html

   We are so hopeful that others in our countries will be willing to
   provide similar material - and that this new section of Friends and
   Partners will become one of the most active and information rich sections
   of this server.  It was largely to support this sort of exchange between
   people in our countries that Friends and Partners was created.  Please
   contact Natasha or Greg if you might be willing to help us expand this new

*  In partnership with the Florida International Museum, The St. Petersburg
   (Florida) Times presents a virtual museum tour of Treasures of
   the Czars.  This site gives a very nice previous of the actual
   exhibit that includes 250+ artifacts representing 300 years of Russian
   history.  The Treasures of the Czars exhibition is featured at the new
   Florida International Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida until June 11,
   1995.  Links are available from the History page and the Art page.

*  With the latest version of Netscape for the Macintosh, it is
   now possible to view cyrillic text on the World Wide Web.  This new
   version (1.1b1), can be obtained from our Cyrillic page.

*  From our Language page, you can obtain Jacek Iwanski's Russian language
   tutorial program called Russian for Everyone.  The use of this
   Macintosh shareware program consists of 3 lessons which are split into
   two parts:  text and exercises.  This is a preliminary part in a series
   of interactive Russian language lessons for beginners and contains about
   70 words, several elementary phrases and some very basic grammar.  Be
   aware that this is a very large file (about 3M) but very interesting!

*  New versions of The St. Petersburg Press and the Prospects Publications
   are now available from the News Page.  The March 14-20, 1995 edition
   of The St. Petersburg Press is already online with some very good
   articles and graphics.

*  From our Science page you can read the March 10, 1995 issue of
   RUSAG-L's Current Events #52


Please continue to send your e-mail to friends@solar.rtd.utk.edu.

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Sender:  "Stewart Jones"    sj@TSO.UC.EDU
Subject: Russian girl needing help (fwd)

Fr.:    Dr. Belal Siddique
E-Mail: bsiddiqu@tso.uc.edu

Re:     Looking for a Sponsor for a Physically Handicapped Russian Girl.

Dear Kind Reader:

I am a businessman with a background of a chemical engineer and own a company
in Loveland, Ohio, USA.   I am also fluent in Russian.  I was trying to
promote some business with Russia (ex-USSR) and USA.

I was travelling in territories of ex-USSR in February, 1994 on business and
while in the heart of the Urals in the City of Chelyabinsk - I met Dr.
Alexander Kovyrov (an economist/banker) whose young beautiful daughter
Lena is paralysed (one half of her body) after a successful brain tumor
operation. Chelyabinsk city is the most radio active polluted city on
earth - a legacy of the cold war, which has taken serious toll on the
population in terms of tumor and cancer growths of all types.  She needs
post operative physiotherapy to stimulate her paralysed nerves, so once
again she can walk and move around like any normal person.  Present medical
system is in total chaos in Russia and there is no chance she can ever get
any help.

I was wondering if I could find somebody (Individual/Church/Rotary/Lion/Jacees
/kind Medical Persons) in USA who would be willing to sponsor LENA for
undergoing a phisiotherapy in US preferably in Cincinnati, Ohio Area
(so I could host her in our home and give the warmth of family) while her
treatment is done.  Although, I am new in business and not generating
significant income, I am willing to pay for LENA's entire travel (to and
from Russia) and lodging/food/pocket money etc. while in the USA.

If you are that SPONSOR or know some body who would be willing to sponsor
please do not hesitate to contact me. My E- Mail Address is
BSIDDIQU@TSO.UC.EDU in United States.



I post this message, which first appeared on our TriState Online Sister Cities
Forum, in the event that someone who has a Sister City in the vicinity of
Chelyabinsk might be interested.
Stew Jones

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Sender:  Brent De Jong    BDEJONG@ucs.indiana.edu
Subject: American students studying in Moscow

I"m going to be leaving for Moscow this June for a year's stay.  I'd like
to network with other studnets
who will be there studying.
Thank You.

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Sender:  Dave Wells    wellsd@elwha.evergreen.edu
Subject: Friend needs help in going to Russia

A college friend is wanting to make to go to Russia and wants to go
alone, but is a bit nervous about getting around and places to stay.
Since this is his first trip and he really has not found another means
compatible with his visiting style, I am not sure what to suggest.  Since
I have only been to SPB and made arrangements through friends there, I am
at a loss as to tell him how to proceed.  Getting a visa is something
that has been dependent on invitation or tour, and I don't know if there
are alternatives.  He is fluent in Russian and doesn't have many of the
usual things that would stand him out as American; and he is street
smart, so I think he probably would not encounter many problems.  Is it
possible for him to make arrangements with a university there to house
him?  Suggestions and ideas would be very welcome.

Dave Wells

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Sender:  Yash Holbrook    jwholbro@ouray.cudenver.edu
Subject: Env. & Industrial Pollution Hazards

Hello, FSU Environment Watchers!

I am doing some informal research for a group that will be going for
extended periods to ten different cities in the former Soviet Union. I
am trying to help them understand specific environmental and
industrial pollution hazards in those places.

The cities we are interested in learning about are:

        o       St. Petersburg, Russia
        o       Novosibirsk, Russia
        o       Tomsk, Russia
        o       Chernobyl (Chornobyl), Ukraine
        o       Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine
        o       Moscow, Russia
        o       Vladivostok, Russia
        o       Baku, Azerbaijan
        o       Almaty (formerly Alma Ata), Kazakhstan
        o       Vilnius, Lithuania

Some things are obvious.  Chernobyl, for instance has one specific
hazard associated with the effects of radioactive contamination
following the 1986 reactor explosion at the nuclear power plant there.

But there may be other problems in addition to better known ones.

Please help me find out more.  If you know of any off hand (say, Baku
coastal waters contaminated with petroleum) yet don't have
documentation, please just send a note anyway.  I'm just trying to
compile a list of possible environmental/industrial pollution hazards
at these locations.  Any information will help.

In addition, if you know of places I might look (preferably online), I
would appreciate any tips.

I speak Russian and French if that makes any difference, and would
especially like to hear from ecological groups within or with
experience in the FSU.

I very much thank you in advance.

You can reply here or to my email address:    jwholbro@ouray.cudenver.edu

or by phone/fax
        (303) 773 6900 (voice)
        (303) 770 3297 (fx)
Yash Holbrook

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Sender:  "Irina V. Alyoshina"    alyoshin@gwis2.circ.gwu.edu
Subject: internet and democracy

   I suppose, one of the basic reason of Russia's society technological,
economical, political, industrial underdevelopment - is the
underdevelopment of democracy. Democracy suppose information
   Do you know, that members of USA Congress have their own Internet
addresses and Americans can use this addresses directly for expressing of
public opinion - at all stages of political decision-making process?
   And what about Russian Parlament, Russian mass media?
   The development of wide access of people to Internet resources in Russia
- for Universities, mass-media, schools, can seriously influence the
process of Russia's international informational exchange. It can overcome
informational, cultural, intellectual, psychological isolation of
Russians. About 85% of Russians have never been abroad and have no idea -
how contemporary society, community, university, school can be organized.
                Irina Alyoshina.

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Sender:  Eric Fenster    efenster@igc.apc.org
Subject: Moscow travel course

There is still a chance to go on the travel course to Moscow from 27 May-27
June and study Russia's political, economic and social situation first-hand.

The course is open to all adults, but participants who are students and who
want university credit can do so.

Details and a sample daily schedule are available on request, and questions
are welcome, but participation has to be settled in the next week or so.


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Sender:  Brent McCunn    bmccunn@werple.mira.net.au
Subject: Bizarre Russian Tour

Bizarre Russian Tour
Our company specialises in unusual tours of Russia, Mongolia and North
Korea, and as such we get many proposals from companies in these
regions. The following Eastern Siberian military tour proposed by a
Khabarovsk-based company is definitely the strangest.

The 4 day tour is based around Khabarovsk and involves visiting the
army D5s Gornostaevo shooting range and the Bamburovo armoured vehicle
training ground.

Options and prices include:
1. Cruise on a warship, $600
2. Cruise on a diesel submarine, $600
3. Tour of a marine division, $600
4. Use of the Bamburovo training ground, $600
5. Use of the Gornostaevo training ground, $600
6. Use of the shooting gallery for 2 hours, $200
7. Helicopter ride for 1 hour, $960
8. T-55 tank driving for 1 hour, $400
9. Driving an armoured infantry carrier for 1 hour, $400
Weapon firing costs
9mm Makarov pistol, $18 per magazine
7.62mm Stechkin automatic pistol, $30 per magazine
Degtyaryov sniper rifle, $20 per magazine
Kalashnikov submachine gun 74, $45 per magazine
Light machine gun, $60 per magazine
Kalashnikov machine gun-47, $108 per belt
12.7 or 14mm large calibre machine gun, $24 per 10 rounds
Anti-tank grenade-7, $60 per round
Stationary automatic grenade launcher-17, $25 per round
100mm tank round, $120 per round
73mm armoured personnel carrier gun, $90 per round
Stationary anti-tank grenade launcher, $60 per round
Rifle grenade from a Kalashnikov-74 compound rifle, $25 per round
Anti-tank missile, $1440 per round.

Disclaimer: This information is sent for your interest, not because we are
proposing or endorsing this tour.

Red Bear Tours, 320 Glenferrie Rd, Malvern, Melbourne Victoria, Australia
Tel: (613) 824 7183, Fax: (613) 822 3956, Email: bmccunn@werple.mira.net.au


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