Digest for 95-08-08


                          Table of Contents

WHAT'S NEW . . .

#01-08 August 95  Ukraine FAQ Plus

#01-08 August 95  Hotels in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

#02-08 August 95  Ecostan News

#03-08 August 95  Meetings and Conferences

#04-08 August 95  RUSAG-L Current Events #62

#05-08 August 95  13 New BISNIS Documents

RECENT EMAIL . . .

#01-08 August 95  Sender:  maria (maria@citzinfo.irkutsk.su)
                  Subject: counseling center in Irkutsk

#02-08 August 95  Sender:  TFouc@aol.com
                  Subject: Re: Petrosavdosk Connection

#03-08 August 95  Sender:  William Kerr (nstn0262@fox.nstn.ca)
                  Subject: Ulan Ude

#04-08 August 95  Sender:  Andrew Mich (a.mich@loki.trl.OZ.AU)
                  Subject:

#05-08 August 95  Sender:  turgenbaev timur (turgenba@uxa.cso.uiuc.edu)
                  Subject: From Eric Thompson; University of Illinois, USA

#06-08 August 95  Sender:  Center for Citizen Initiatives
                           (cciusa@IGC.APC.ORG)
                  Subject: keyboard stickers (x-post from RUSAG-L)

#07-08 August 95  Sender:  palbank@american_bank.eskimo.com
                  Subject: Re: Digest for 95-07-30

#08-08 August 95  Sender:  Alan Boyle (glasnews@eskimo.com)
                  Subject: (no subject)

#09-08 August 95  Sender:  "James P. Rybak" (jrybak@mesa5.mesa.colorado.edu)
                  Subject: Polish and Czech Republic Travel Offices

#10-08 August 95  Sender:  ANGELAKI@VAX.LSE.AC.UK
                  Subject: Russian language courses?

#11-08 August 95  Sender:  N_ROOSE@DEVEL.FANDM.EDU (Nan Roose)
                  Subject: Do you know a quilter?

#12-08 August 95  Sender:  Valery Eugene Fradkov (fradkv@rpi.edu)
                  Subject: INFO-RUSS: HIAS Info  (x-post)

#13-08 August 95  Sender:  "Robert J. Helmer" (kostya@primenet.com)
                  Subject: Req: Moscow Nights

#14-08 August 95  Sender:  KS Enterprises International (kse@via.net)
                  Subject: AT&T vs. Cyberlink

#15-08 August 95  Sender:  "KS Enterprises International" (kse@via.net)
                  Subject: Callback - Important Message

#16-08 August 95  Sender:  kedzie@rand.org (Chris Kedzie)
                  Subject: Banker Training Opportunities in Russia

#17-08 August 95  Sender:  Center for Citizen Initiatives (cciusa@IGC.APC.ORG)
                  Subject: extension trainers needed in Russia
                           (x-post from RUSAG-L)

#18-08 August 95  Sender:  bohdan@tryzub.com (Bohdan Peter Rekshynskyj)
                  Subject: Latest Ukrainian Weekly Preview now available
                           on Ukraine FAQ Plus!

#19-08 August 95  Sender:  Leningrad@aol.com
                  Subject: INFO-RUSS: o den'gah

APPENDIX:        LISTSERV address & basic procedures

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WHAT'S NEW . . .

*  The Ukranine FAQ Plus  project is sponsored by the Sabre Foundation and
   underwritten by a grant from the Eurasia Foundation,  with funding from
   the Agency for International Development.  This site provides all types
   of information on Ukraine including culture, business, current events
   (including The Ukrainian Weekly), and law.  This informative server can
   be accessed from our More Information Resources page. (See message 018.)

     http://world.std.com/~sabre/UKRAINE.html

*  If you are traveling to Tashkent, Uzbekistan be sure to visit our
   Tourism and Travel Page for information on the "first class" hotels
   there.

     http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
     hotels.tashkent.html

*  The August issue of Ecostan News is available from our Ecological
   Sciences section of our Science page.

     http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/science/ecostan/ecostan.3.8.html

*  We have posted information on two meetings in our Meetings and
   Conferences section which is accessible from our Funding and Exchange
   Opportunities page.  These meetings are:

     - Success in Russia, American Style

          http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
          chamber.of.commerce.html

     - Trade Exhibition in Yekateringburg

          http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
          trade.exhibition.html

*  RUSAG-L's Current Events #62 for August 5, 1995 is available from our
   Science Page.

*  We have added 13 documents to our BISNIS archives.  These can be
   accessed from our Economics page.

     UZBEKISTAN ECONOMIC UPDATE - JUNE 0995
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       economic.updates.june.html

     ECONOMIC AND TRADE OVERVIEW OF UZBEKISTAN - July
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       economic.update.0795.html

     IMI:  GOVERNMENT OF UZBEKISTAN ESTABLISHES A NEW DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN
     ECONOMIC RELATIONS
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       foreign.econ.relation.dept.html

     RESULTS OF THE FOURTH MEETING OF THE GCC SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       gore.chernomyrdin's.6.95.html

     BUYERS FROM CENTRAL RUSSIA SEEKING TIES WITH U.S. FOOD EXPORTERS
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       potential.food.importers.html

     DUMA FACES FULL SLATE OF ECONOMIC LEGISLATION BEFORE SUMMER BREAK
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       russian.duma.html

     TRADE LEAD IN VLADIVOSTOK
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       trade.lead.vladivostok.html

     TRADE EXHIBITION IN EKATERINGBURG
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       trade.exhibition.html

     U.S. TRADE AND INVESTMENT DAY IN SAMARA
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       us.trade.samara.html

     USEFUL CONTACTS AND ADDRESSES FOR UZBEKISTAN - July 1995
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       uzbek.useful.contacts.0795.html

     IMI: LEGAL INFORMATION SYSTEM "PRAVO"
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       legal.info.pravo.html

     IMI: USEFUL INFORMATION FOR U.S. BUSINESSES --"FIRST CLASS" HOTELS
     IN THE CAPITAL CITY OF TASHKENT
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       hotels.tashkent.html

     SUCCESS IN RUSSIA, AMERICAN STYLE" - Annual Conference of the
     Russian-American Chamber of Commerce
       http://solar.rtd.utk.edu/friends/economics/nis.fis.bus.docs/
       chamber of commerce.html

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E-MAIL POSTINGS . . .

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


** 001 **********************************************************************

Sender:  maria (maria@citzinfo.irkutsk.su)
Subject: We ARE Subscribed

Dear Friends,

There is an organization here of psychologists who would
like to open counseling center of the type we commonly
have in the US, but which don't exist in the Irkutsk
region of Russia at all. This would be for people who
are not mentally ill, but are in troubled situations:
maybe a family member is an alcoholic, or there is
an abuse situation, etc.

At any rate, if there are people who can advise this
group, or work with them, please contact us via:
Maria@citzinfo.irkutsk.su

Thanks very much,

Andrea Fisher

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Sender:  TFouc@aol.com
Subject: Re: Petrosavdosk Connection

Thanks for the information.  I would appreciate it if you would post my
request.  (original message below)

One of the students I would like to connect with is Oksana Adamovich St.
Mashezerskya.  25-14
I know she has an e-mail address but I am not sure of it at this time.  She
was with the group of students who visited our community in Minnesota for 6
weeks earlier this summer.  She will probably be my best connection to my
son.

Thanks again for your help.

Tom Foucault

Original Message:

I have a 16 year old son in Petrosavdosk for the next six weeks and wonder if
anyone can help me find an e-mail address there.  I have several teachers
names and can probably track down a contact if I can get an initial in.  My
son is with a school sponsored group and willl be attending several official
functions including Mayors, University visits etc.  Any Gov't offical fax #
or e-mail address would be appreciated.   I have phone # of my sons lodging
but due to time differences would like e-mail.

Thanks for any help you can provide.

Tom Foucault

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Sender:  William Kerr (nstn0262@fox.nstn.ca)
Subject: Ulan Ude

Could someone please advise if they know of any e-mail addresses
in Ulan Ude, especially educational institutes, computer club, etc., where I
might be able to write for some general correspondence and information about
the city.

Mozhno pisatj po-russki i zaranee blagodarju za pomoschj.

William Kerr
nstn0262@fox.nstn.ca
(Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada)

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Sender:  Andrew Mich (a.mich@loki.trl.OZ.AU)
Subject:

Dear Friends

does anyone know of a way of obtaining the post codes for towns in Russia?
Are they published in a directory? I am particularly interested in finding out
the postal code for Makhachkala, the capital city of Dagestan.

With thanks

Andrew Mich
a.mich@trl.oz.au

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Sender:  turgenbaev timur (turgenba@uxa.cso.uiuc.edu)
Subject: From Eric Thompson; University of Illinois, USA

I am a undergrad student here at the University in the Liberal Arts
program.  I noticed your program "Friends and Partners" on the netscape
server here at the university and was curious about weither you were
still involved with the teachings of Russian/English since the entry was
dated Feb. 1995?

I am studing Russian language for the first year and would like to meet
some Russian students from former CCCP.  I would like to have some
correspondance with some students who would also like to be aquainted
with Americans that are now living in Russia.

If you know of any such students whom would like to practice their
English skills by writing to me please forward my address to them.

ERIC THOMPSON
1203 MAPLEPARK DRIVE
CHAMPAIGN, IL. 61821-4615
U.S.A.

Or anyone may contact me via this e-mail address:

TURGENBA@UXA.USO.UIUC.EDU

I would be very happy to hear from someone from Russia and to learn from
them about Russia and it's customs. If you have some students who cannot
write in English well they may also write to me in Russian.  The practice
would also be helpful for me as well.

Thank-you for your time.

Sincerely,

Eric Thompson.

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Sender:  Center for Citizen Initiatives (cciusa@IGC.APC.ORG)
Subject: keyboard stickers (x-post from RUSAG-L)

To: Robert E. Schulke & other interested RUSAG subscribers
)From: Will Easton
RE: Cyrillic Keyboard stickers

Dear Robert,

Two American sources for Cyrillic keyboard stickers:

1. Access Russia, 1-800-639-4301.  Price: $14.  Colors: not
specified.

2. Casady & Greene, Salinas, CA, 1-408-484-9228.  Price: 10.00.
(I don't think they have colors.)

3. And although I know you're interested in US sources, others
on the list might be interested in Russian sources.  Mr. Vladimir
Pavlov, of the company "Plasma" in St. Petersburg, has cyrillic
keyboard stickers in nearly every color.  He can be contacted by
tel./fax at 812-296-0094.  His business address is Varshavskaya
ul. 29/3 in St. Petersburg.

Will Easton
Center for Citizen Initiatives

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Sender:  palbank@american_bank.eskimo.com
Subject: Re: Digest for 95-07-30

)** 011 ******************************************************
)
) Sender:  "Robert E. Schulke" ( rschulke@EDNET1.OSL.OR.GOV )
) Subject: cyrillic keyboard stickers (x-post from RUSAG-L)
)
) I'm looking for some cyrillic keyboard stickers for the keys
) of my notebook computer.  They need to be red, green, blue,
) or some other color (not black or white).
)
) Can you help me locate a distributor, manufacturer, software
) company, etc. where I can purchase them?
)
) Thank you for your help in advance!
)
) Robert
)
) P.S.  I am interested in sources in the U.S., please.
*******************************************************

They can be obtained in blue from DataCal Corporation 531 East Elliot Street
Chandler Az 85225-1152
Tel (602) 813-3100 Fax 545-8090

Russian Cryillic Character set DC20820
1 (800) 223- 223-0123
Legend: Student Keyboard

** 008 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Alan Boyle (glasnews@eskimo.com)
Subject: (no subject)

Hi, Friends:
    Does anyone have any information about or experience with an
organization called ACTR/ACCELS?
    If so, please drop me a line at glasnews@eskimo.com.
    Thanks, Alan Boyle

** 009
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Sender:  "James P. Rybak" (jrybak@mesa5.mesa.colorado.edu)
Subject: Polish and Czech Republic Travel Offices

Does anyone know if Poland and the Czech Republic maintain government
travel offices in the U.S. where one can obtain travel information
concerning those countries?  Also, who in the U.S. (or abroad) can help
arrange sightseeing trips to these countries in which you can get off the
beaten path, perhaps stay in smaller hotels or private homes, and NOT be
part of a regular, big tour group?  My wife and I have been to both
countries as part of tour groups and now would like to get to know the
countries better.

Jim Rybak

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Sender: ANGELAKI@VAX.LSE.AC.UK
Subject: Russian language courses?

        I am a MSc. student in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies.  I hope
to go on to a PhD. in the future.  However, the main barrier I am
facing (aside from funding) is language.  I have beginner level and need
to improve considerably if I am to do research for my PhD.
        I want to spend about 6 months in Russia studying the language
while living with a Russian family.
        Does anybody have any suggestions for programmes or contacts?

        Also, is anybody familiar with any of these programmes?  If so,
could you comment on them?

- Russian Language Teaching Centre at the St. Petersburg Technical University
organized through "Salpi Tourism Marketing and Consulting"

- Prestige Language Centre in Moscow.

- Russlang in St. Petersburg through the St. Petersburg Regional Institute
of Education.

- Liden and Denz language programme in St. Petersburg organized through the
University for Economics.

- Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkinsky Dom) in St. Petersburg in
conjuntion with the Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages, Boston
College and organized through Info Study/Info Travel, Inc.

        I would certainly appreciate any comments you may have.

Sincerely,
Tom Angelakis   (e-mail:  Angelaki@lse.ac.uk)

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Sender:  N_ROOSE@DEVEL.FANDM.EDU (Nan Roose)
Subject: Do you know a quilter?

I am making a tour to Moscow & St. Petersburg in February '96.  My friends
& I are quilters and would like to contact some quilters in either or both
of those cities.  Any ideas on how we could accomplish this?

Nan Roose
Alumni Programs, Franklin & Marshall College
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
Phone:  717-291-3848
FAX:    717-399-4416
E-Mail: N_ROOSE@Devel.FandM.edu

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Sender:  Valery Eugene Fradkov (fradkv@rpi.edu)
Subject: INFO-RUSS: HIAS Info  (x-post)

Important information for your relatives in the FSU
(from New American Newsletter, Albany, NY)

HIAS has advised all New Americans, whose relatives in the FSU were
interviewed more than six months ago, to urge these relatives to make
their travel plans as soon as possible, or by September 30, 1995.

As you know, the US government sets annual limits for the arrival
of refugees each year.  If this year's limit is not reached by
September 30, unused arrival numbers will be lost, and there is no
guarantee how many persons will be allowed entrance in the next
fiscal year.

You may want to pass this information to your relatives in the
FSU as soon as possible.

Valery Fradkov

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Sender:  "Robert J. Helmer" (kostya@primenet.com)
Subject: Req: Moscow Nights

        I am a student of Russian in Kansas, USA. I am looking for the
words and/or the sheet music to a song called "Moscow Nights." I have
also heard the song called "Moscow by Night." If you can help, please
E-MAIL me at the address below.
Thanks
Rob

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Robert J. Helmer
kostya@primenet.com

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Sender:  "KS Enterprises International" (kse@via.net)
Subject: AT&T vs. Cyberlink

The AT&T promotion sounds very good, unfortunately the 0.72 cents per minute
to russia is a promotional rate and will be valid only for 3 months.  After
the promotion ends, the cost of calls to Russia will be 1.14 off-peak and
1.64 peak.  Also, you have to keep in mind that Cyberlink rates are FLAT
(valid 24 hours a day without restrictions) and the calls are billed in 6
second intervals (perfect for fax transmissions) unlike AT&T.  Therefore you
do not have to worry about time when making call.

KS Enterprises International

 ------ From: owner-friends@solar.rtd.utk.edu, Sun, Jul 30, 1995 ------

)Sender:  David Zlotchenko ( zlotchen@solar.rtd.utk.edu )
)Subject: AT&T rates to Russia

)Hello, I just wanted to make a note about Cyberlink's advertisements.
)Algough I never used there service I do not think I ever would.  I use
)AT&T, pay $3/m for True World Savings, call Russia only befor 8 am on the
)morning EST and pay $.71 per minute.  I end up calling more then 18 min,
)I spend $.89 per minute averaging the $3 service charge.

     +=================================================+
     |           KS Enterprises International          |
     |     Tel.: (310)828-9404 - Fax: (310)453-3524    |
     |                E-Mail: kse@via.net              |
     |     WWW - http://www.via.net/~kse/Index.html    |
 +===+=================================================+===+
 | Inexpensive way to make International telephone calls   |
 | US --) Russia - 0.85 cents/min., Baltics - 0.85,        |
 | England - 0.35 cents/minute, etc.                       |
 | Russia --) US - 0.95 cents/min., Baltics --) US - 0.95, |
 | England --) US - 0.45 cents per minute, etc.            |
 |          Please contact us for more information         |
 +=========================================================+

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Sender:  KS Enterprises International (kse@via.net)
Subject: Callback - Important Message

ATTENTION NEW CUSTOMERS!!!

Sign-up for the Callback service and we will do the following:

1.  Save an extra 5.0 percent off our already low Callback rates (first
month's
    billing,)

2.  Pay NO sign-up fee.

Great way to try the service without any risk.  Please contact us at:

E-Mail -  kse@via.net
WWW -     http://www.via.net/~kse/Index.html
Phone -   310-828-9404
Fax -     310-453-3524
US Mail - 2118 Wilshire Boulevard
          Suite 1171
          Santa Monica, CA 90403-5784

Special promotion is valid for new orders submitted to processed between
August 1, 1995 through September 30, 1995.  Some restrictions may apply.

Sincerely,
KS Enterprises International


     +=================================================+
     |           KS Enterprises International          |
     |     Tel.: (310)828-9404 - Fax: (310)453-3524    |
     |                E-Mail: kse@via.net              |
     |     WWW - http://www.via.net/~kse/Index.html    |
 +===+=================================================+===+
 | Inexpensive way to make International telephone calls   |
 | US --) Russia - 0.85 cents/min., Baltics - 0.85,        |
 | England - 0.35 cents/minute, etc.                       |
 | Russia --) US - 0.95 cents/min., Baltics --) US - 0.95, |
 | England --) US - 0.45 cents per minute, etc.            |
 |          Please contact us for more information         |
 +=========================================================+

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Sender:  kedzie@rand.org (Chris Kedzie)
Subject: Banker Training Opportunities in Russia

)Date: Wed, 2 Aug 95 12:01:22 EDT
)From: "Al Decie" (fdd@igc.apc.org)
)Subject: Banker Training Opportunities in Russia

)
)EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES
)
)Director & Instructors for Banker Training/Russia
)
)     The Fund for Democracy and Development, a U.S.
)not-for-profit organization, is seeking candidates for
)a long-term director and short-term instructors for its
)banker training program. The director will manage the
)Fund's Moscow-based Russian commercial banker training and
)technical assistance program.  Instructors will lead seminars
)and help develop training materials.
)     Candidates for all of the positions should have commercial
)bank lending and professional training experience.  Small
)business experience and proficiency in Russian would be
)highly desirable.
)     Please mail, fax, or e-mail  your CV, salary history and
)list of references to: The Fund for Democracy and Development,
)1101 15th Street, N.W., Suite 1004, Washington, D.C. 20005, USA.
) Fax number:  202-296-5433. E-mail address: 5628502@mcimail.com.)
)
)                       *  *  *  *  *  *
)
)     The Fund for Democracy and Development, a not-for-profit
)organization, was founded in 1991 by leaders of the U.S. public
)and private sectors.  The Fund's purpose is to aid the
)economic and political transformation of the Newly Independent
)States of the former Soviet Union to democratic market economies.
)It is currently active in four areas:  humanitarian assistance,
)support for the development of the private sector, aiding the
)evolution of civil societies and the analysis of U.S. policy
)towards the NIS.
)
)     The Fund is headquartered in Washington, DC and has
)offices in Moscow and Novosibirsk, Russia; Yerevan, Armenia
)and Tbilisi, Georgia. Operations are supported by private
)sector donations and government contracts.

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Sender:  Center for Citizen Initiatives (cciusa@IGC.APC.ORG)
Subject: extension trainers needed in Russia (x-post from RUSAG-L)

Volunteer Consultants Needed
Agricultural Extension and Small-Scale
Agribusiness in Russia

The Center for Citizen Initiatives (CCI)
Economic Development Program/The Consulting Project & The
Agricultural Initiative

The Center for Citizen Initiatives (a non-profit organization
active in Russia since 1985) is seeking qualified volunteers to
work with CCI's Russian offices, agricultural clients and
Russian organizations to:

% Help Russian agricultural extension services improve the
effectiveness of their work and implement policies for
responding to information and consultation requests.
% Provide management expertise to help extension services
market and expand their service, as well as train the agents
to assist the farmers with marketing and business planning.
% Provide experience and advice on developing relations with
local governments, agricultural universities, potential and
actual funders.
% Advise on creation and management of small-scale
agricultural businesses; bring ideas and educational materials
for small-business development and value-added crop
processing (suitable for northern climates) to Russian
organizations for further distribution to farmers and
agricultural processors.

Three missions, of three to four weeks each, are currently
planned: two for extension service specialists in October and
November of 1995; and one for a small-business development
specialist in February of 1996.

CCI will cover all expenses including airfare, insurance,
lodgings in Russia and a modest stipend.

The ideal candidates will:
 - have at least five years experience in a leadership position
of a cooperative extension service; preferably from a northern
state;
 - have some experience with agricultural extension or small-
business development projects outside the United States;
 - have some experience with farm or agricultural business
management
 - share CCI's commitment to volunteer-based, "train-the-
trainers" programs
 - be in good health and able to travel during the time period
indicated.

Russian language capabilities or experience working in Russia
are not required but will be a plus.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and current resume
(detailing relevant experience) by August 28, 1995 to:

Will Easton
Director, Agricultural Initiative
Center for Citizen Initiatives
3268 Sacramento St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
fax 415-346-3731
email cciusa@igc.apc.org

For more information, call 415-346-1875.

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Sender:  bohdan@tryzub.com (Bohdan Peter Rekshynskyj)
Subject: Latest Ukrainian Weekly Preview now available on Ukraine FAQ Plus!

Greetings,

   The latest preview of the Ukrainian Weekly is now available
on the Ukraine FAQ Plus site!  This is an exclusive regular
feature each week.

The address of the Ukraine FAQ Plus Project is:

http://world.std.com/~sabre/UKRAINE.html

Either click the button labelled "Current Events" by the
Tryzub (Trident) graphic or scroll down and click the
"Current Events" section summary to access this latest
news.

As always, please feel free to email us at faq@tryzub.com
with comments.   We always are looking for contributions
as well.

                                Regards,

                Bohdan Peter Rekshynskyj

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Sender:  Leningrad@aol.com
Subject: INFO-RUSS: o den'gah

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Inserted text of INFO-RUSS owner/coordinator

Dear folks,
Inadvertently, I've opened a Pandora's box by broadcasting a couple
postings on money transfer to Russia. At this point I have a few new
postings on the subject (most of them carrying no information). I
decided to broadcast only the posting below, by (Leningrad@aol.com),
and only because it provides some first-hand, constructive information.
This will be the last IR-posting on the subject, at least for now.

In general, I am recently getting more and more requests for all kind
of information related to travel, business, money transfer, and other
needs in ex-USSR.  I perfectly understand these needs and am sympathetic
to them.  However, since this, info-russ list was developed by me
MOSTLY for the needs of EMIGRANTS who came to the West FROM the
ex-USSR, and NOT the other way around, it is not the best vehicle
for the requests on business/travel-in-the-ex-USSR info.

My recommendation to you is to send your request to "Friends and
Partners" mail-list, whose co-director, Greg Cole,
(gcole@solar.rtd.utk.edu), is one of your fellow  IR-subscribers
in good standing.  "Friends and Partners" was developed having exactly
this kind of info-needs in mind.

As to your needs to provide support for your friends and relatives
in ex-USSR, you can still use the old and well tried emigrant
chain-of-trust, from-hand-to-hand technique, which used to work so well
for so many years. And info-russ has always been greatly instrumental
for you to find somebody who goes to or from Russia, and can carry a
mail, or a small package with medicine, or a reasonable amount of
money. Of course, this self-help chain of friendly people is not suited
for business or travel-for-business needs, but it has never been a
purpose of info-russ to be part of business or commercial undertakings.
Sorry, folks, but I don't want this list to gradually become
travel/business-in-Russia list.

--Best,

--Alex Kaplan, INFO-RUSS owner/coordinator (sasha@super.ece.jhu.edu)
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Text of Leningrad@aol.com:


An additional note on getting money to Saint Petersburg or Moscow (or
anyplace there is an American Express Office) - if you have an Amex card.
 This may be the only legitimate reason to have an Amex card.

Step 1: Add the receipent to your Amex account here in the US.  Have a card
issued and sent to your US address.  Also add the receipent to your checking
account in your local bank.

Step 2: Have your receipent go to the Amex office and report that card lost.
 They will have a new card issued within two days.

Step 3:  Receipent goes to Amex with the card and the checks and exercises
"emergancy check cashing privledges" for cash.  This service carries a 1%
service charge.  As of one year ago Amex did not issue cash - only travellers
checks which then can be converted directly into roubles without a loss or
into US currency for a 2% fee.

All % are from my experience with this process, please reconfirm with Amex.
This works fine but a 3% fee is a 3% fee.

Also, please note: I do NOT recommend asking Amex to issue the card directly
in Russia.  I spent several months in Saint Petersburg trying to get them to
issue me my replacement card at my St. Petersburg address with no luck -
until I finally decided to say that I had received the card in the US and
lost it - a replacement was immed. available.  There appear to be
communication problems between Amex SU and Amex US.

If anyone comes up with better routes please continue to share them -
everything I've seen so far carries disadvantages or good sized fees.

Leningrad@aol.com

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