Digest for 95-04-03


Dear Friends,

We wish to point out two special items in today's digest.  First, Andrey
and Masha Sebrant from Moscow provide a new production under "Family Chat
Corner" on the Russian dacha (wonderful story and beautifully
illustrated!).

Also, The U.S. White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is
conducting an informal survey to gather information regarding
telecommunications projects between the U.S. and Russia.  The resulting
on-line inventory list is to be used to "help foster increased cooperation
and promote further coordination of the Global Information Infrastructure,
benefiting both countries".  Please see Michael Lam's note (email message #1
below) and please respond with any information you have on US-Russian
telecommunications initiatives. Thanks!

                          Table of Contents

WHAT'S NEW . . .

#01-3 April 95  New "Family Chat Corner" section on Russian "dachas"

#02-3 April 95  United States - Russian Telecommunications Program

#03-3 April 95  New document by Dr. Piotr Johannevich van de Waal-Palms
                titled "Russia - The Beginning of the End - Of The Beginning"

#04-3 April 95  Internet Securities Database on Central and Eastern Europe
                and Russia


RECENT EMAIL . . .

#01-03 April 95  Sender:  Michael Lam  ( mlam@ostp.eop.gov )
                 Subject: United States - Russian Telecommunications Program

#02-03 April 95  Sender:  tmm2@postoffice.mail.cornell.edu
                 Subject: Re: Digest for 95-03-29

#03-03 April 95  Sender:  SSA95ISD14@mecn.mass.edu
                 Subject: aeroflot

#04-03 April 95  Sender:  Center for Civil Society International
                          ( ccsi@u.washington.edu )
                 Subject: Seeking info on city administration in NIS

#05-03 April 95  Sender:  B WANZECK ( B.Wanzeck@bradford.ac.uk )
                 Subject: The VORONEZH FLEET ANNIVERSARY! (fwd)

#06-03 April 95  Sender:  Hahn Loeser & Parks ( sanor@CLASS.ORG )
                 Subject: Seeking Russian Timber

#07-03 April 95  Sender:  cashel@eurasia.org
                 Subject: Save the Children NGO Competition

#08-03 April 95  Sender:  Brad Moore ( PRCBAM@langate.gsu.edu )
                 Subject: Electronic journalism training in Tblisi

#09-03 April 95  Sender:  maxim@geis.geis.com
                 Subject: INFO-RUSS: Request for Help

#10-03 April 95  Sender:  Dmitrii Lezine ( lezined@riscy.forsyth.tec.nc.us )
                 Subject: Looking for a business opportunity?


APPENDIX:        LISTSERV address & basic procedures

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WHAT'S NEW . . .

*  From Andrey and Masha Sebrant's March production of "Family Chat
   Corner - Moscow Life" . .

   "Dacha - what does it mean for a Russian?

   It's late March and the snow begins to melt in Central and North Russia.
   In the city, snow is already gone. Watching bright sunshine of coming
   spring and wet bare soil of the lawns, many dwellers of Russian cities
   and smaller towns begin to prepare for the new dacha season... "

   Please visit this wonderful illustrated story about the Russian dacha
   from the "Moscow Life" page.  Available from the "Life" section (and
   then choose "Family Chat Corner").

   Thanks to Andrey and Masha for their continuing contributions!

*  From our Telecommunications page, find out more information about the
   United States-Russian Telecommunications Program.  This is an informal
   survey to gather information regarding telecommunications projects
   between the U.S. and Russia which is being conducted by The White House
   Office of Science and Technology Policy.  (Please see Message 001.)

*  A new document from Dr. Piotr Johannevich van de Waal-Palms titled
   "Russia - The Beginning of the End - Of The Beginning" can be
   found from our Business Page.

*  The Internet Securities Database on Central and Eastern Europe and
   Russia provides financial, market and industry information on-line.
   There is a demonstration of this database service and then options for
   commercial subscription.  Available from the Business and Economics page.

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Sender:  Michael Lam  ( mlam@ostp.eop.gov )
Subject: United States - Russian Telecommunications Program


     United States - Russian Telecommunications Program

     At the Gore-Chyrnomyrdin Commission meeting in December 1994, the
     United States of America and the Russian Federation agreed on the
     importance of widening cooperation in order to accelerate the
     development of the information infrastructures of the two countries
     and the telecommunications links between them.

     The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is conducting
     an informal survey to gather information regarding telecommunications
     projects between the U.S. and Russia.  We are particularly interested
     in programs and initiatives involving educational institutions,
     non-profit organizations, small businesses and government.  If you are
     involved in such programs with Russia, please fax a single page, which
     describes your program by April 30, 1995 to Michael Lam (202-456-6140)
     or E-mail (mlam@ostp.eop.gov).  We hope to develop an on-line
     inventory list, where individuals can learn about these projects.
     This inventory list will help foster increased cooperation and
     promote further coordination of the Global Information Infrastructure,
     benefiting both countries."

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Sender:  tmm2@postoffice.mail.cornell.edu
Subject: Re: Digest for 95-03-29

hello -
        I am student at Cornell University.  I am visiting Sochi this
summer and I am looking for housing.  I am interested in knowing others'
experiences with spending extended amounts of time in Russia.  I know
hosting families are common, but I would not know how to find one or an
organization that handles them.  Furthermore, if anyone has any tips or
facts about Sochi, please respond to

 tmm2@postoffice.mail.cornell.edu

thank you,

-tanya

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Sender:  SSA95ISD14@mecn.mass.edu
Subject: aeroflot

        I would really appreciate any information regarding flying with
Aeroflot.In may I am planning to go to Russia and very exited about it.
But I am undecided what company I should use.
        If anybody have any advises or can tell some stories
please send message to:


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                *  ssa95isd14@mecn.mass.edu *
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Thanks everybody!
Best regards, Lena.  :)

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Sender:  Center for Civil Society International ( ccsi@u.washington.edu )
Subject: Seeking info on city administration in NIS

                                               x-posted from Info-Russ list

---------- Forwarded message ----------
)From: JExni@aol.com

I am trying to obtain information regarding city planning/administration  in
the Soviet Union  before Peristroika, and during the evolving process off the
past several years in the Russian Republic.  I am concerned with all aspects
of this subject: political power/budget-financial constraints/training of
planners/methods, etc. and all areas of planning  such as: sanitation, land
use, recreation, transportation, police, etc.

I would be thankful if any subscriber would be willing to share any of their
knowledge with me either by offering comments or accepting specific questions
in their area of expertise.

Thanks,   John A. Exnicios

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Sender:  B WANZECK ( B.Wanzeck@bradford.ac.uk )
Subject: The VORONEZH FLEET ANNIVERSARY! (fwd)

hi everybody!
just wanted to let you have this information for your perusal. if you can
be of any help the better.
kind regards
boris wanzeck
university of bradford, west yorkshire
england

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 95 15:49:23 +0300
)From: cswan ( cswan@ptc.voronezh.su )
To: B.Wanzeck@bradford.ac.uk
Subject: The VORONEZH FLEET ANNIVERSARY!

                       CONTACT VORONEZH
                    Komissarzhevskoi St., 7
                    Voronezh, Russia 394036
                      Tel. 7-0732-550-600
                 E-mail: cswan@PTC.Voronezh.SU
      By FAX thru Moscow: Dial 7-502-222-1517; long beep;
             punch in 112; short beep; push START

                                                  30 March 1995

Dear Boris,

     A more official communication this time, in case you want
to share it with someone.

     Eariler this month, Contact Voronezh received a letter and
visit from the head of the Committee to Celebrate the 300th
Anniversary of the Founding of the Russian Fleet [in Voronezh,
in 1696].  As you know, Voronezh is the city where Peter the
Great built his first fleet, which sailed down the Don River to
the Sea of Azov to do battle with the Turks.  Although Peter
managed to get control of the Sea of Azov, his failure to command
the Black Sea and defeat the Turks led to his turning north to
St. Petersburg.

     To build his navy, Peter brought to Voronezh many of the
people he had met in his travels to Holland, Germany, and
England.  He brought in naval architects from England and Venice,
sail makers, cannon makers, merchants from England, Holland and
Germany, and Danish sea captains (including Vitus Bering, who
commanded one of Peter's ships before sailing off to discover the
Bering Straits).  A Swiss, Franz Lefort, was made the Admiral of
the whole Russian fleet.  All these foreigners lived, as
foreigners lived in Moscow, too, in a "German Village" in
Voronezh, near the river bank where the fleet was built, blessed,
launched and outfitted.  Over a period of 5 or 6 years, Peter
visited Voronezh 11 times for a total of about 400 days.

     His project and visits provided the Voronezh area with iron
foundries (at Lipetzk) to make cannons, textile mills for sails
and uniforms, and brought in the prettiest girls in Russia to
attract the foreigners and Russians needed to build the fleet.
The businesses, the arts and the beauties still abound in the
region.  Another result of all thes shipbuilding labors was a
medal inscribed "The impossible is possible."

     As you and others know, Voronezh is still trying to make the
impossible possible.  Its manufacturing and agricultural
industries are trying to bring prosperity back to this once and
potentially rich area.  It is also an area rich in culture.

     The City's Anniversary Committee has asked Contact Voronezh
to help them locate the descendants of the foreigners who helped
Peter I build his first navy in Voronezh.  There is quite a list
of the European names which are still to be found in local
records.  They would like to invite a number of them to
participate in the 300th Anniversary celebrations.

     This letter is to ask you for some help in locating
descendants of the foreigners who worked in Voronezh on Peter's
fleet.  As a Swiss citizen, can you think of any way to locate
descendants of Franz Lefort?  Can you or your family or friends
in Switzerland contact a newspaper that would write an article
(we can provide them with historical material) on the subject and
invite descendants of Lefort to write to the Voronezh Committee?
OR contact a Swiss genealogical society that might be able to
track some down?

     As a resident of England and a student of a university which
presumably has ahistory department, can you find a way to
publicize the search for English descendants of the English
shipbuilders and merchants who worked on Peter's navy?  We can
supply you with quite a list of names, if you find someone
interested in the project.  Surely, someone in the history or
journalism departments would be thrilled to take on a project of
this nature!  (Or don't people get thrilled any more?)

     O.K., Boris.  You have enjoyed the culture and beauties of
Voronezh many a time.  Now it is time for you to return the
Voronezh favors and help them find the people they need to make
this once-in-a-century celebration a great and wonderful affair.
Please give it a good try.  Let me hear from you one of these
days in the not too distant future.

     I trust YOU are planning to be here.  I don't know the
schedule for the celebration.  I would assume it will cover some
months, but recently the City asked people from Charlotte, North
Carolina (Voronezh's Sister City in the U.S.A.) to plan to come
in September 1996.

     All the best to you.  Are exams fast approaching?  Good
luck.
                    Charles Swan
                    for Contact Voronezh - and for myself, too

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Sender:  Hahn Loeser & Parks ( sanor@CLASS.ORG )
Subject: Seeking Russian Timber

(Please excuse the cross-post, as I am sending this message to both
E-Europe and Friends & Partners)

A client of our law firm wishes to buy the following from a Russian
supplier (for shipping to Jamaica): a container load of siding boards
(6-8" wide, 1" thick and 8-12' long).

Please respond to me by email/fax/phone if you can guide me with respect
to any leads and/or appropriate mailing lists/UseNets/NewsGroups to which
I should send this inquiry and other such inquiries in the future.

Thank you!

Mark D. Sanor
Hahn Loeser & Parks
3300 BP America Building
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
216/621-0150 (tel)
216/241-2824 (fax)
sanor@class.org

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Sender:  cashel@eurasia.org
Subject: Save the Children NGO Competition

On March 24th Save the Children issued a request for
proposals for the "Linkage Grant" component of the "Russian
Civic Initiatives for Democratic and Economic Reform
Program".  The program will provide funds to American NGOs
with partner NGOs in Russia.  Proposals are due May 15th.

Application materials can be requested from

Nora Bazzy
Program Operations Director NIS&E
Russia Civic Initiatives Program
Save the Children
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880
203 221 3702
Fax 203 221-4210

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Sender:  Brad Moore ( PRCBAM@langate.gsu.edu )
Subject: Electronic journalism training in Tblisi

Dear Friends,

A participant in a recent US based media training program for Georgian
media officials is trying to source organizations that can provide financial
and training support for the start up of a privately owned radio station.

Does anyone know of programs (outside of RAMP, which will be
contacted) that provide financial/training assistance in Tblisi, Georgia,
Europe or the USA?  A broadcast license and site have been secured,
but station requires equipment, and training in the area of advertising
sales, public relations, broadcast journalism and probably some
education in the area of democracy/market economics.

Responses from donor agency personnel, NGO's or others who might
have information on present/future projects in this area would be most
welcome.  Thank you.

Brad Moore
Atlanta, GA
prcbam@langate.gsu.edu
Tel. 404 651 1907
Fax 404 651 3996

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Sender:   maxim@geis.geis.com
Subject:  Request for Help

(x-posted from INFO-RUSS)

This is a translation of the letter published in American edition of Russian
newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda", March 6-13 issue.
I have posted it in my office and have already prepared a couple of boxes to
be shipped. Yet, I decided to post it to the INFO-RUSS, too, understanding
that any extra help will not hurt these poor children.
===========================================

                            SOS !!!

Don't overlook my letter, please! My name is Larissa Alexandrova, I am 16
years old. My dad was from Kaluga, mom - from Ivano-Frankovsk. They both
graduated from the Institute of Petroleum and Gas and were assigned to work
in Chechnya. They lived on site for along time, then, my dad started graduate
studies and they moved into a one bedroom apartment in Grozny. There we were
born: I, Yulia (she is 11 years old), and Stasik, he is only 1 year and 8
months now. I have always been an A-student. I have graduated from the School
of Art, I studied ballet. Yulia is also an excellent pupil and also is a good
artist.

Our family has lived in joy and happiness, but everything was crossed by the
war. When bombing of our city started, we were very frightened, and ran into
the basement as we were, only Stasik was wrapped into a blanket. Daddy went
out to look for a car to get us out of there and he got killed just in the
next street. Our neighbor ran to help him, but it was to late.

When the neighbor whispered the news to our mom, she cried awfully and ran
to my dad. At that time, shelling increased ... so, we don't even know exactly
how our mom died. I was going to find her, but I was afraid to leave the
children. There were lots of people in the basement of our apartment building.

Next morning, our neighbor found a car somewhere and almost forced us to leave.
We could not get to our apartment, we only saw its blown away windows and the
fire inside. I don't even remember now how we got to Mozdok where we were
given a paper stating that we were refugees and we may travel to reach our
relatives free of charge.

It took us four days to reach our grandparents in Ivano-Frankovsk. All this
time, I had controlled my emotion, and broke out crying only in the arms of
my grandma.

It is almost 2 months that we live with our grandma. Her name, just like mine,
is Larissa. She is a philologist, has worked at school for 36 years and has
been decorated with a medal "For Excellence in Work". My grandpa is 70, he is
a WWII veteran, he worked as a driver after the war. They live in a cold and
moist "khrushchovka". Their pension is miserable which used to suffice just
to pay for their food and rent (even though they have 50% rent discount).
Their whole treasure are their books, but most of those had to be sold for
them to survive and to buy medicine. My grandpa is seriously ill.

And here the three of us came. Of course, they are very happy that we are
alive. But the children caught cold during the trip and the neighbors helped
to my grandma - they got us drugs. Here one can buy everything for U.S.
dollars. My grandparents' pension is $15 per month. The kind people gave us
potatoes, bacon, even honey, so the children were saved.

Our grandma tried to get us to go to school, but, without papers, even
"grandma's school" cannot take us, so we had to get textbooks, and I study at
home and teach Yulia. We don't almost leave home - we have no clothes. The
youngsters wear comfort shoes and I have my dad's coat which is very warm.
On the New Year we were lucky: I and grandma went downtown, to the Christmas
Tree. People drank and partied, so we collected 50 empty bottles.
We bought Stasik pants, a package of serial, and 10 eggs.

I intend to take tests to obtain high school diploma and will work days and
nights so as the children, grandma, and grandpa do not stay hungry.

Our neighbor gave us "Komsomolskaya Pravda" to read. We read about Chechnya
and cried. What a grief!

After long deliberations, I decided to write to you. May be, there are kind
people out there and they can give us any help. The children need clothes and
shoes, even worn ones. They have nothing to go out in, and new shoes for
children cost $20. May be, someone would send fabric and yarn. I can sew and
knit, and my grandma will knit. May be, someone would send any food to the
children - we are starving.

I have a strong desire. If I had paints and brushes, I would have painted that
pain and horror I've seen. May be, children of my age would want to write me.
I am so lonely.

For goodness sake, don't leave my letter unanswered! We have no other hope
except for kind people! I am pleading for your help!

                                      Larissa, Yulia, Stasik Alexanrovs.
                                      Alexander and Larissa Lukyanenko.

                                      Troleybusnaya Str. 19, ap. 63
                                      Ivano-Frankovsk, Ukraine, 284008.

========================================================================
There was a note of "Komsomolskaya Pravda" office in New York saying
that they are willing to forward any aid items to the Alexandrov's
family if mailed  to the oficces' address:
       Fromer & Associates, 35 Church Ave., S. 700 Brooklyn, NY 11218
========================================================================

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Sender: Dmitrii Lezine ( lezined@riscy.forsyth.tec.nc.us )
Subject: Looking for a business opportunity?

Hello, My name is Dmitrii Lezine. I have been living in North Carolina
for the past six month. I am a full-time student and also developing my
own networking business. My business is dramaticaly expending both
domesticaly and internationaly, spesifically in China.

If you are a pleasent person with good communication skills and
interested in creating a residual income, feel free to contact me for
more information.

phone (910) 760-4952
FAX   (910) 760-4952 (US night time)
e-mail lezined@riscy.forsyth.tec.nc.us

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