Digest for 95-06-16


                          Table of Contents
WHAT'S NEW . . .

#01-16 June 95   US Dept. of State Foreign Affairs Network (DOFSAN) Gopher

#02-16 June 95   Bucknell University Russian Program

#03-16 June 95   BISNIS Documents

#04-16 June 95   GNN Travel Center's World Travel Watch for Europe


RECENT EMAIL . . .

#01-16 June 95  Sender:  "James P. Rybak" ( jrybak@mesa5.Mesa.Colorado.EDU )
                Subject: A Memorable Trip to Russia

#02-16 June 95  Sender:  Yury@interport.net (Yury Avrutin)
                Subject: Re: Digest for 95-06-13

#03-16 June 95  Sender:  grisha@MIT.EDU
                Subject: Cyrillic OCR

#04-16 June 95  Sender: "Serge A. Winitzki"
                         ( swinitzk@diamond.tufts.edu )
                Subject: For Boston area only: Marina Tsvetaeva museum
                         event

#05-16 June 95  Sender:  Chuck Specht ( cspecht@ARMINCO.COM )
                Subject: Armenian Agriculture: Request for Advice
                         (x-post from RUSAG-L)

#06-16 June 95  Sender:  kedzie@rand.org (Chris Kedzie)
                Subject: Position in Uzbekistan


APPENDIX:        LISTSERV address & basic procedures

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WHAT'S NEW . . .

*  The State Department's Bureau of Public Affairs and the University of
   Illinois at Chicago (UIC) have established the Department of State
   Foreign Affairs Network (DOSFAN) on the Internet.  DOSFAN is a
   collaborative effort to present a broad range of up-to-date foreign
   policy information on the Internet.   The State Department provides
   all information for DOSFAN, determines the content, and provides
   updates to material to UIC.

   URL: gopher://dosfan.lib.uic.edu/

*  Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA has a wonderful new
   Russian Program WWW site.  This has indepth information on their
   Russian Studies program including information how to study Russian in
   Moscow or St. Petersburg through the their University and others.  You
   can visit from our Education page.

   URL: http://www.bucknell.edu/departments/russian/russian.html

* Four new BISNIS documents have been added to our archives which are
  accessible from our Economics page.  They are (including their URLs):

   - EBRD FINANCES AGRI-CENTER IN UKRAINE

http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/agri.center.ukra
ine.html

   - IMI: DEVELOPMENTS IN FRANCHISING IN RUSSIA

http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/franchising.russ
ia.html

   - ON THE SILK ROAD TO TASHKENT, 26-31 MAY 1995

http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/silk.road.tashke
nt.html

   - RUSSIA INTRODUCES NEW IMPORT TARIFFS

http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/russia.new.impor
t.tarriffs.html

*  Get current information on traveling in Europe from the GNN Travel
   Center's World Travel Watch for Europe which can be accessed from our
   Tourism and Travel Information page.

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E-MAIL POSTINGS . . .

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


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Sender:  "James P. Rybak" ( jrybak@mesa5.Mesa.Colorado.EDU )
Subject: A Memorable Trip to Russia

My wife and I just returned from a memorable two week trip to Russia.
This was our third trip to Russia and, by far, the best.  The first two
times we took "standard" tours.  This time we wanted to "get off the
beaten path" and find out what the Russian people in the small towns are
really like.  The trip was fantastic.  We stayed with Russian families in
their apartments and ate our meal with them.  We had our own personal
interpreter and driver.  The cost was less than a standard tour of
comparable length.

Our trip was planned and arranged totally by e-mail by an American who
now lives in Obninsk, near Moscow.  Prior to our arrival in Moscow, we
had never met this man in person.  In addition to arranging trips like
ours, his company offers English language instruction to Russians.  We
were completely pleased with the arrangements.  We did indeed get to find
out what the "real" Russia and Russians are like.  We very much liked
what we found.

The man who arranged our trip is Peter V. Wagener and his company is
"OAK" (Obninsk Amerika Kompany.)  Pete and his staff are people of the
highest integrity.  I recommend them without any reservation.  Pete can
be contacted by e-mail at:

        pete@oak.obninsk.su

I will be glad to answer any questions that people might have concerning
our experiences.

PLEASE NOTE:  I AM NOT IN ANY WAY INVOLVED FINANCIALLY EITHER WITH PETE
WAGENER OR WITH HIS COMPANY.  I AM MERELY A VERY SATISFIED CUSTOMER WHO
IS INTERESTED IN HELPING OTHERS EXPERIENCE THE "REAL" RUSSIA AS WE DID.

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Sender:  Yury@interport.net (Yury Avrutin)
Subject: Re: Digest for 95-06-13

)Sender:  crouch@maine.maine.edu (Terrell H. Crouch)
)Subject: Russian-language software documentation
)
)Dear Friends,
)        Does anyone know where I can obtain Russian-language software
)documentation?  I want them for terminology/glossary purposes as I am a
)translator.  I can be reached at this email return address.  Thanks!
)        Jane Crouch
)        Syntaxis Translations
)

Why not try (http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/cgi-bin/slovar) for an in-depth
Russian-English, English-Russian Dictionary and Thesaurus of Computer Terms?

It's pretty good if I say so myself.

Yury Avrutin
yury@interport.net

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Sender:  grisha@MIT.EDU
Subject: Cyrillic OCR

Hi, friends,

Does anybody know of a Cyrillic OCR (Optical Character Recognition)
software package? Please email grisha@mit.edu with the info.

Thanks in advance
-grisha
--------
"That is an impossibility.  Trying to forget anything as intriguing as
this would be an exercise in futility."
                        Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction

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Sender: "Serge A. Winitzki"  ( swinitzk@diamond.tufts.edu )
Subject: For Boston area only: Marina Tsvetaeva museum event

Hi!
 This is to announce the following events at the Marina Tsvetaeva museum:

Theater studija "Osobnyak" (St. Petersburg)
Director: Igor Larin

Wednesday, June 14, at 7 pm:

 Vecher odnoaktnyh mimicheskih baletov
 "Iskushenie Svyatogo Zheroma", po motivam kartin Boscha i Breigelya,
muzyka Shtokhausena
 "Petrushka", muzyka Shnitke

Friday, June 16, at 7 pm:

 "Son o Vishnevom sade", e'skiz po motivam p'esy A. Chehova
 "Omrachenie", variacija po romanu F. Dostoevskogo "Prestuplenie i
nakazanie".


Please call (617) 666-3142 for reservations ($10).
The Museum is located at"
50 Sawyer Ave., Somerville, MA: ("Davis Sq." T stop, Red line, off Curtis St.)

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Sender:  Chuck Specht ( cspecht@ARMINCO.COM )
Subject: Armenian Agriculture: Request for Advice (x-post from RUSAG-L)

Dear Rusag-L Readers,

I am a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer serving as an agricultural business advisor
in the Republic of Armenia.   I am preparing to write a proposal to USAID for
their support of a project to facilitate the development of an agricultural
market price information system (for outputs and/or inputs).  I am in search
of advice on how to begin the consideration of such a project.

In Armenia almost all internal agricultural price is information obtained via
second hand anecdote or first hand observation.  Their exists no market
information collection and dissemination service whatsoever.  And much worse
than the internal situation is the availability of price information for input
and output markets outside of Armenia. The country is quite small, about the
size of the U.S. state of Maryland.  One-third of its 3 million people live in
the capital city, Yerevan.  External trade routes overland are severely
restricted because of a blockade imposed by Turkey and Azerbaijan and internal
unrest in Georgia.  Traditional trade linkages within the former Soviet Union
have been largely severed and poor telecommunications infrastructure has
hampered the re-establishment of linkages which might still be economical
even under blockade conditions.  Therefore, Armenia has a chronic oversupply
of traditionally exported commodities - especially fresh fruits and
vegetables - and prices have risen dramatically for agricultural products
which are imported directly or have significant imported inputs.

Should the beginning emphasis be on external price information with an eye
towards facilitating commodity exports and input imports?  Would an internal
market information system make any sense at this time consider the exaggerated
oversupply of key outputs?

I would greatly appreciate any comments, references or personal contacts which
might be of use in studying this issue.

Sincerely,

Charles Specht
U.S. Peace Corps/Armenia
cspecht@arminco.com

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Sender:  kedzie@rand.org (Chris Kedzie)
Subject: Position in Uzbekistan

)
)American Non-Governmental Educational Organization Seeks Coordinator
)
)
)American Non-Governmental Educational Organization ACCELS Seeks an Alumni
)Support Center Coordinator to:
)-help organize follow-on activities (conferences, seminars, workshops,
) social gatherings); actively solicit alumni support and participation,
) contact necessary organizations, act as the Center manager;
)-help establish and serve as editor of alumni newsletter.
)
)Qualifications:
)-Language: Fluent English (both written and oral), Uzbek and Russian;
)-Hold at least a Bachelor's degree;
)-Working knowledge of computers, comfortable with word-processing and
) E-mail packages;
)-Strong interpersonal skills, highly communicable.
)
)Position: full-time
)Applications will be accepted until June 26th.
)Submit resume to: fax : 563539, E-mail: Accels@NETUZ.silk.glas.apc.org
)or leave in envelope for ACCELS with the guard at the address 16a Lahuti St.
)(Oybek metro-station).
)
)No telephone inquiries, please.

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