Digest for 97-09-22

Digest for September 22, 1997

                          Table of Contents


01-22 September 97  Sender:  irene-a-hill@sol.co.u.k
                    Subject: from IRENE A. HILL

02-22 September 97  Sender:  rudy@buddhist.com
                    Subject: from Michal Rudvicus

03-22 September 97  Sender:  michael@rmci.net
                    Subject: from ABC Travel Center

04-22 September 97  Sender:  galina@smartt.com
                    Subject: from Aleksander Katusenko

05-22 September 97  Sender:  NAZ501@aol.com
                    Subject: from Ken Zubeck

06-22 September 97  Sender:  brucemcc@melbpc.org.au
                    Subject: from Bruce McCubbery


01-22 September 97  Sender:  Center for Civil Society International
                    Subject: Civil Society: USA, an introduction

02-22 September 97  Sender:  emueller@bruderhof.com
                    Subject: good books

03-22 September 97  Sender:  femmefetale@juno.com
                    Subject: pReViT!

04-22 September 97  Sender:  JohnS426@aol.com
                    Subject: Ukraine contacts

05-22 September 97  Sender:  "Paul E. Richardson"
                    Subject: Updating Russian Life

06-22 September 97  Sender:  Chris Kedzie 
                    Subject: Seminar for youth on leadership training methods

07-22 September 97  Sender:  Decristo46@aol.com
                    Subject: Inquiry

08-22 September 97  Sender:  sasha@super.ece.jhu.edu (Alexander Kaplan)
                    Subject: Re: INFO-RUSS:

09-22 September 97  Sender:  Bohdan Peter Rekshynskyj (Bohdan@TRYZUB.com)
                    Subject: The Ukrainian Weekly Preview September 14th,

10-22 September 97  Sender:  Bohdan Peter Rekshynskyj (Bohdan@TRYZUB.com)
                    Subject: SUCHASNIST' - the July/August issue now available

11-22 September 97  Sender:  YANKI PURSUN (fyp@usa.net)
                    Subject: German visa for consulate in Moscow

12-22 September 97  Sender:  Eric Fenster (efenster@igc.apc.org)
                    Subject: 1998 Moscow study trips

APPENDIX:        LISTSERV address & basic procedures


** 01 **********************************************************************

Sender:  irene-a-hill@sol.co.u.k
Subject: from IRENE A. HILL

What a fascinating site to come upon.  I would be interested to make
contact with anyone who has an interest in lace making or other crafts.  I
am from Scotland, have seen but never tried Russian Tape lace.

** 02 **********************************************************************

Sender:  rudy@buddhist.com
Subject: from Michal Rudvicus


I'm not Russian nor Ukrainian, however my family is of Lithuanian origin.
Now I live in another country, but I'm very much into the Russian and
generally CIS affairs.  I'm looking for nice people from the region who
would like to discuss life with me.


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Sender:  michael@rmci.net
Subject: from ABC Travel Center

A wonderful site!!  I have visited Russia only once, but have always
yearned to return.  The site is very informative and well laid out.  Please
feel free to visit me at ABC Travel Center.


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Sender:  galina@smartt.com
Subject: from Aleksander Katusenko

Hello future partners!

My name is Aleksander, I live in Vancouver, Canada for the last two years.
I am looking for companies, or people in Russia, who are interested in
doing business in North America.  If you have an offer, or an idea, you
think will work, please e-mail me in English or Russian language of your

Thank you,


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Sender:  NAZ501@aol.com
Subject: from Ken Zubeck

Greetings....any suggestions on how to trace my ancestry(Pushkin) via
www/net?  Also on how to get a friend to hook up to a free-net so that I
may contact her via that mode ?  Bolshaya Spacibo.....Bye.

** 06 **********************************************************************

Sender:  brucemcc@melbpc.org.au
Subject: from Bruce McCubbery

I am involved in the creation and growth of Virtual Moreland, here in
Melbourne, Australia.  Virtual Moreland began as a project mirroring the
physical City of Moreland, a suburb of Melbourne.

The Project Coordinator, Chris Anderson (below) can supply a full run
down on what Virtual Moreland is, but primarily it is an existence in
cyberspace to help the people of the City of Moreland.  It is a community
project.  In non-Internet talk, it is a place to go on the Internet to find
out all the stuff people want to know about - in their primary language.

Part of doing that is to put network computers in places where local people
gather - for free in some cases - or in homes or businesses for around $1,000.

However, there are lots of different migrant groups here.  Over 54,000 of the
133,000 (plus) people living in this City have a language other than English
as their first language.  Many need or want to use that first language to do
what they want.  That can usually be done by computer, if they are literate
in their language:  for e-mail;  for advice about government services;  and to
search out and read Internet sites in it.

The problem Virtual Moreland has is, in some ways, a simple one.

Any sites in other languages will be in other languages.  Surprising!

Until readers in each non-English language group search the Intenet IN
THAT LANGUAGE for us - well, we won't be able to provide a list of sites
in their language, for their people - particularly for those just starting

We have no-one doing anything in the search for sites in any language
other than English, Italian, Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Can you help either these groups or provide help in other languages?  Where
you can't, can you send this on to someone who will?  Help for - or usage
of - the site will not just come from local people.  This Virtual Moreland
site will be used by people from anywhere in the world.

So contacts anywhere in the world who might help can be considered.  It's a
Virtual World!

For the focus languages of  English, Italian, Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Chinese
and Vietnamese and technical details about this, contact:

Christopher Anderson
Project Coordinator			canderso@au.oracle.com
Oracle Systems Australia		Ph:  +61 3 92091740
324 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne 3004	Fax: +61 3 96967485

On all other languages contact me.

For the Virtual Moreland Project.

For everyone, equally.

Please help.

Bruce McCubbery
Working free...to help a lot.


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

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Sender:  Center for Civil Society International (ccsi@u.washington.edu)
Subject: Civil Society: USA, an introduction

Civil Society: USA an introduction

The introduction to Center for Civil Society International's
publication "Civil Society: USA" has recently been updated and is
now available on-line at CCSI's Web site.  "Civil Society: USA"
was first published in 1992 to provide citizens from Eastern
Europe and the former USSR with an introduction to the large role
that associations and private voluntary organizations play in
American society.  The 88 page guide includes in-depth profiles of
53 American organizations, including the Brookings Institution,
the American Civil Liberties Union, the Nature Conservancy and
Underwriters Laboratories.  Their stories illustrate important
aspects of the relationship between an independent voluntary
sector and a free, democratic and dynamic society.

The revised introduction begins by recounting some of the
observations Alexis de Tocqueville made about Americans' penchant
for associational life in 1831.  This is followed by an overview
of the non-profit sector in America today, including a collection
of charts which map the size and structure of the nonprofit sector
and how nonprofits are funded.

The introduction to "Civil Society: USA" is currently featured as
"File of the Week" on CCSI's homepage, which is located at:


"Civil Society: USA" is available online at CCSI's Web site.  It
is also available in print from CCSI for $12, plus postage ($4 for
U.S. mail).

Center for Civil Society International

2929 NE Blakeley Street        Tel:          (206) 523-4755
Seattle, WA  98105             Fax:          (206) 523-1974
USA                            Email: ccsi@u.washington.edu

CCSI online:  http://www.friends-partners.org/~ccsi/
CCSI's electronic mailing list: civilsoc@solar.cini.utk.edu

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Sender:  emueller@bruderhof.com
Subject: good books

Dear Friends near and far,

In our new book catalog, which has just come off the press, we are offering
titles by Leo Tolstoi, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Henri Nouwen, St.  Francis and
many other authors.  If you want me to send you a copy of the catalog just
reply off the list to {EMueller@bruderhof.com}.  One of our books,
"Discipleship" by Heinrich Arnold, with a foreword by Henri Nouwen, is even
available in Russian.  I'll be glad to answer any questions you might have.

Poka, Eckhard

Eckhard Mueller				Tel. (412) 329-1100
The Plough Publishing House		Fax (412) 329-0914
Spring Valley Bruderhof			E-mail: EMueller@bruderhof.com
Farmington, PA 15437, USA		Website: http://www.bruderhof.org

"To err is human but to really foul things up requires a computer"

** 03 **********************************************************************

Sender:  femmefetale@juno.com
Subject: pReViT!

Greetings cyberfriends! Hi, my name is Anne Skvarek...of Slavic and
Cherokee heritage (pretty interesting combo). I'm studying Russian at the
University of Arizona, and I'm really looking forward to being able to
study in St. Petersburg this upcoming summer!!! I'm so interested in
Russian history and culture that I'm thinking of changing my major from
fine arts to Russian studies :) But, hey it's only my sophomore year. I
would love to hear from anyone interested in interesting things, or
anyone who just wants to kill some time with a new e-mail buddy!

** 04 **********************************************************************

Sender:  JohnS426@aol.com
Subject: Ukraine contacts

HI all
Just back from fantastic 18 days in Ukraine including a week in Sevastopol. I
want to give the highest recommendation to the travel agency that handled all
details, including many last minute changes we requested. I am not afiliated
with this, so think it is appropriate, since many of you will want to visit

The person is Larissa Riazantseva at UKRINTOUR - email is uit@public.ua.net.
I have 25 rolls of film to process and will put them on web page this
fall. Sevastopol is beautiful city that is just starting to be opened to
foreigners. But already there is a local "BIG MAC" fast food place - a fun

For details and advice please email me.

Best Wishes
john sloan

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Sender:  "Paul E. Richardson" (paulrichardson@compuserve.com)
Subject: Updating Russian Life


We've been a bit neglectful in keeping our Russian Life website up to date,
but are pleased to announce that we have just uploaded, for your reading
pleasure, the following lead stories to our on-line archives:

September 1997: Religion in Russia: How many are enough?
August 1997: Moscow Turns 850
July 1997: The wondrous paintings of Ivan Aivazovsky
June 1997: Russia's Children
May 1997: Russian Health Care

Information about subscribing to Russian Life is available at the site
hosting these stories:


Russian Life is the 40-year-old monthly magazine of Russian culture,
history, language and life. It is published by RIS Publications, of
Montpelier, VT. to subscribe, simply call 800-639-4301 (intl:
802-223-4955), fax 802-223-6105, email , or mail: 89
Main St., Ste 2, Montpelier, VT 05602

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Sender: Chris Kedzie 
Subject: RE: Seminar for youth on leadership training methods

Please note that this is a forwarded message that may be of interests to
readers of this list.  If you would like to respond, please address your
response to the originator of the message whose coordinates are included
in the text of the message itself.  Please do not respond to me or to
this list.

Thank you .

* * * * *

Data: pt, 19 wrz 97 08:08:55 PDT
Od: Zbig Pelczynski
Do: lider@botar.com.pl
Temat: email version of seminar notes & form

Seminar on leadership training methods in East-Central Europe:
Central European University Center, Budapest, October 10 -14, 1997.
Part One:
A brief outline to explain the nature of the seminar to interested groups
A four-day seminar for delegates of organisations in Central and Eastern
Europe which are concerned with training young actual or potential
leaders will be held in Hungary on October 10-14 in the Central European
University Center, Kerepesi utca 87. 1106 Budapest. It is sponsored by
the Open Society Institute and organised and directed by Dr
Z.A.Pelczynski, the founder and director of the Warsaw -based School for
Leaders. The full cost of participation, including travel, of the invited
delegates will be covered by the sponsors. As the number of delegates
cannot exceed 40, the organisers may have to exclude some organisations
and limit the number of delegates.

The language of the seminar will be English, and  each delegation should
include at least one fairly fluent English speaker. There may be limited
opportunity for non-simultaneous translation of some parts of the
programme into Russian.The delegates will be expected to outline the work
of their organisations orally and bring further written material (in
English) for distribution to other delegations. They may also be asked to
demonstrate some aspect of their training in the form of, say, a case
study, simulation  or role playing, practical exercise, etc. staged
during the seminar.

The  main focus of the seminar will be on the training of persons (of
both sexes) within the age group 20-30 years, but the regular inclusion
in the training of younger persons (above 18) or older ones (up to 40)
need not be a disqualification. It is expected that the target group of
the training (i.e.actual or potential leaders) will come primarily from
the three main areas of civil society: party politics; local,
professional or educational self-government; non-governmental (voluntary)
organisations. Organisations specialising primarily in the training of
state officials (national or regional) should not apply for
participation. Nor should organisations which specialise in training
managers for the state or private commercial or industrial sector.
The training the seminar will discuss will be primarily practical, not
theoretical in nature. It should emphasise the development of skills
rather than the enhancement of knowledge, e.g. project management, team
work, public relations, negotiations, etc. Civic education is a marginal
area;to be included its aim should be the training of active and involved
citizens, with potential for leadership, not just young people who want
to understand better the working of democracy or the nature of
constitutionalism and human rights.

Successful transition to democratic civil society in East-Central Europe
requires many things, e.g. a change of political culture (values and
ideas) and the adoption of new procedures and institutions. Another
essential prerequisite is human resources - a large and growing number of
people with necessary abilities and skills to make the new structures
work efficiently and in a proper democratic spirit. Young people, because
they are more adaptable and eager to learn, less burdened with the legacy
of the past and more western-oriented, have a particularly important role
to play in the transition process. Since 1989 western foundations and
governments have rightly organised or supported various training projects
and programmes, largely in individual countries of the region. Recently,
however, the funding has been reduced and will continue to decline,
especially in Central Europe. It is very important for the experience of
post-Communist countries in leadership training to be  reviewed, compared
and assessed (also from western standpoint),  to see how much can be
learned  from successes and failures and contrasting approaches, and to
explore possibilities of future cooperation. This is the purpose of the
Budapest seminar.

If your organisation meets the criteria listed above and you wish to send
one or more delegates to participate in the seminar please complete the
enclosed seminar as soon as possible and return it to Dr Pelczynski at
the School of Leaders in Warsaw. If  invited, you will receive further
details  by fax or e-mail about 24th September. It may be advisable to
make earlier plane reservations for arrival in Budapest before 3 p.m on
10 October and departure after 4 p.m. on 14 October.(To save costs,
delegates from Czech and Slovak Republics, Poland and Hungary may have to
travel by first-class train, with a sleeper if necessary.)

Seminar on leadership training methods in East-Central Europe:
Central European University Center, Budapest, October 10 -14, 1997.
Part Two:
Application to participate and information about the training
Please fill in and return, if possible by September 12th, to:
Dr Z.A.Pelczynski, Szkola Liderow, ul. Foksal 18, 00-372 Warszawa,
Tel/Fax: (48-22) 8266139, e-mail: lider@botar.com.pl.
Please type or write very clearly.

1.  Name of organisation:

2.  Contact person (surname and first name)

3.  Position, title or status:

4.  Address of organisation:


Tel. no: __________________Fax no: __________________

E-mail:  _________________________

5.  Status of organisation (please tick): foundation __; voluntary
association __;

    educational institution __; commercial firm __; other (please
specify) ________________

6.  Month and year when training first began:

7.  Approximate numbers of persons trained within the last 12 months in
courses lasting:

    less than 3 days _____; 3 -6 days _____; 7-14 days _____;  more than
14 days; _____.

8.  Age of trainees (approx. % of total in each group): 15-18 years old
___%; 19-24 years

    old ___%; 25-30 years old ___%; 31-40 years old ___%; 41 or more
years old ___%.

9.  Groups that you are currently targeting (please tick): Volunteers in

    Organisations __; Volunteers in Social Organisations(NGOs) __;
Elected Office

    Holders __; Paid Workers __; Government Officials.

10. Usual methods involved in selection (please tick): advertising __;

    written application __;  interview __; nomination by interested
organisations __;

    recommendation by trusted third-parties __; others (please specify)

11. Background and/or qualifications of training staff. Please tick one
choice in each
    category to indicate whether they play the most important, important,
or less
    important role in the training:

        experienced or
        specialist trainers:       ___ most important; ___ important; ___
less important;

        academic teachers:         ___ most important; ___ important; ___
less important;

        practitioners -
        social, political, etc.:   ___ most important; ___ important; ___
less important;

        former participants
        or course graduates:       ___ most important; ___ important; ___
less important;

12. Use of foreign (western) personnel; please say how many _____, and in
what capacity:


13. Sources of funding (please tick): grants from foreign governments __;
grants from

    intergovernmental bodies __; grants from national government __;
grants from regional or

    local self-government __; business sponsorship __;  full or partial
tuition fee __.

13. Areas of activity (training or development of skills); please tick
all the ones in which

    you engage and underline those in which you specialise:

    management of organisations and projects __; teamwork __; leadership

    conflict resolution __; social communication __; public relations __;

    self-presentation __; ethnic relations __; business-trade
union-government relations __;

    human rights protection __; party organisation __; elections n; local
government __;

    university and school self-government __; democratic government
generally __;

    civic education __; parliamentary debating __; international
cooperation __;

    European integration __; national security (NATO) __; other areas
(please specify)

Przemys█aw Radwan - Rohrenschef
kierownik programowy Szko█y

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Sender:  Decristo46@aol.com
Subject: Inquiry

Dear Sirs and Ladies:

My partner and myself would like to develop a relationship with a reputable
business person, persons,  or organization that might benifit us mutually in
the areas of Export to Bulgaria, Russia and The Ukraine, with products from
the USA  My partner has, for many years, exported meat from the US to
Bulgaria.  This is an area in which he has particular expertise, and we are
considering other products as well.  His former Russian contacts have, for
one reason or another, either become unreliable, or discontinued their

We are looking for reliable businessmen or women who can aid us by helping us
locate buyers of needed products, as well as bring to our coalition, a
knowledge of particular regions, and the desire of these regions to
accumulate certain American products, like meat, medical products, dry goods,
or anything which not in great abundance in the aforementioned regions.  We
wish to converse on this matter?  Sincerely, Michael Fish

** 08 **********************************************************************

Sender:  sasha@super.ece.jhu.edu (Alexander Kaplan)
Subject: Re: INFO-RUSS:

No KOI-8 coding is accepted on INFO-RUSS.
see rule (viii) below.

Dear friend,

Below are sort of rules and etiquette of this, IR-list.  Look at them as
Ten Commandments:-), live by them:-), and be a good fella.  Pay attention
to the rules 2, 4 and 10.  Please take the rules seriously; I am trying to
keep the msg traffic as LOW as possible.  The rules are here to keep the
IR-list useful, helpfull, and efficient.

--Alex Kaplan, INFO-RUSS owner/coordinator 

(i) The purpose of IR-net: to link the community of refugees and emigrants
 from ex-Sov.Union (as well as other exSU-people residing or working outside
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The Johns Hopkins University      Fax:    (410) 516-5566
3400 N. Charles St.               E-mail: sasha@super.ece.jhu.edu
Baltimore, MD 21218, USA          web: http://psi.ece.jhu.edu/~kaplan

** 09 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Bohdan Peter Rekshynskyj (Bohdan@TRYZUB.com)
Subject: Ukraine FAQ Plus: The Ukrainian Weekly Preview September 14th,


The latest *preview* of the Ukrainian Weekly is now available
on the Ukraine FAQ Plus site!  This is an exclusive regular
feature each week containing timely and the most up to date
information on Ukraine and the Ukrainian Diaspora available
on Internet.

The Ukrainian Weekly is the largest weekly newspaper (in English)
extant in the Western world covering Ukrainian issues both in Ukraine
and in the Ukrainian Diaspora.   The preview is available on Internet at
the address of the Ukraine FAQ Plus Project.  You can obtain
subscription information in order to read the complete articles
when you visit the web-site.  The Ukrainian Weekly is funded by
the Ukrainian National Association and your subscriptions.  Their website
may be perused at http://www.tryzub.com/UNA/.

We also have a new little section in the "About Ukraine" page
where people may request that their pages dealing (accurately)
with Ukraine may be enplaced!  Drop us an email at faq@tryzub.com

Please note that one may now browse the FAQ project using
an advanced three dimensional navigational tool.  Point your
browser to http://www.tryzub.com/ for information on how
to download the plug-in for your browser and the actual "mcf"
image which is used for this.

We also have a search engine where you can search through
most of the contents on TryzubSite.  Give it a try and let
us know what you think!  Send email to WebMaster@Tryzub.com

TryzubSite is one of the quickest growing and most visited sites for matters
Ukrainian on Internet. Located at http://www.tryzub.com/, it is currently
host to several organizations. For information and to report problems
such as these, e-mail should always be sent to the attention of the sitećs
webmaster to the address: WebMaster@TRYZUB.com. Contacting the webmaster
is the best way to guarantee that any problems are resolved in the most
efficient manner.

The address of the Ukraine FAQ Plus Project is now:


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

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


Bohdan Peter Rekshynskyj

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Sender:  Bohdan Peter Rekshynskyj (Bohdan@TRYZUB.com)
Subject: TryzubSite: SUCHASNIST' - the July/August issue is now available



The Foremost Contemporary Journal of Literary Ukraine.

"Yet one journal, Suchanist' (The Contemporary Scene), publishes new novels
which are studied and debated by everyone who reads Ukrainian.  Under other
circumstances these works might become bestsellers, though at the moment
they rarely appear as separate books..."

Solomea Pavlychko - Facing Freedom: The New Ukrainian Literature

translated by Askold Melnyczuk

"From Three Worlds -- New Writing From Ukraine"

This month's article is "Ostatni Dni Presydenta Karpats'koyi Ukrayiny" and
was written by Mykola Vehesh.  The poem is excerpted from Andrij Bondar's
Zi "Skhidno-Zakhidnoho Dyvanu".  Another excerpt available from this issue
was written by the former chairman of Ukraine's Parliament, Leonid
Pliushch, and is entitled Trydtsyat' Chornyj Rik.


Please check http://www.tryzub.com/Suchasnist for information and this
month's featured article and poem (in Ukrainian).  There also is an
ArtGallery for this issue featuring contemporary Ukrainian art.

Please direct all web-related questions to webmaster@tryzub.com


Bohdan Peter Rekshynskyj

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Sender:  YANKI PURSUN (fyp@usa.net)
Subject: German visa for consulate in Moscow


Has some experience in getting a (private/tourist) visa from the German
consulate in Moscow?  What kind of document is needed?  Any help

Best regards :-)     YANKI PURSUN - Frankfurt, EUROPE

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Sender:  Eric Fenster (efenster@igc.apc.org)
Subject: 1998 Moscow study trips

I am now planning Moscow study trips for 1998. One will be from 10 May-09

This is being announced now so that nobody need regret not having known
early enough and also because flights, and especially inexpensive rooms
for an overnight in Brussels, must be reserved far ahead.

I would also like to schedule a second trip departing about 21 June that
would be more convenient for some, including teachers, but I can only
make bookings once I have sufficient early indications of interest.

The likely departure would be 21 June. A four-week stay is desirable, but
if a substantial group preferred three weeks that option is possible.

These short courses have been organized since 1980 and examine the
political, economic and social conditions and changes in Russia. They are
open to interested adults from any country and do not require knowledge
of Russian.

The daily schedule of the Spring 1997 variant is appended. Next year will
be similar.

Please contact me for more details, including expenses.

If the possible second trip suits you better, do you prefer three or four

Anecdotal accounts from 1993-1996 can be found at:


Eric Fenster

Spring 1997 Moscow Study Trip

(Morning lecture-discussions from 0915-1300; afternoon lecture-
discussions last two hours)

10 May
Evening arrival in Moscow

11 May
Sightseeing bus tour of city
Ballet: Cinderella, Kremlin Palace
Visit of Kremlin
Introduction to use of public transport

12 May
Opening of seminar
Welcome to a changing Russia, Nikolai Gritsenko, Rector, Academy of

13 May
Lecture-discussion: Political history of Russia, Sergei Zasorin,
Moscow Pedagogical University
Video: Rostov-on-the-Don (1993)

14 May
Lecture-discussion: The Russian economy in transition: dreams and
reality, Vladislav Semenkov, Academy of Labor
Lecture-discussion: Employment & job creation policy, Natalya
Matitsina, Ministry of Labor

15 May
Visit to nursery school & kindergarten specializing in children
with speech problems
Visit to comprehensive school and discussion with the principal

16 May
Lecture-discussion: Grafting imported democracy on Russia's lawless
past, Roald Matveev, Humanitarian University
Videos: Four mafia vignettes; Boris Nemtsov's Nizhny-Novgorod;
Conversion of a military factory in Samara; An entrepreneur in

17 May
Visit to Tretyakov Gallery of Russian Art

18 May
Visit to Sergeev-Posad and its monastery and church complex
Return to Moscow

19 May
Visit to machine building factory made practically idle by taxes
and the decline in industrial production
Lecture-discussion: Criminality in Russia, Gen. Anatoly Alexeev,
Police Academy

20 May
Lecture-discussion: Banking and financial system of Russia, Mikal
Davtyan, Academy of Labor & Financial Academy
Lecture-discussion: Soviet and Russian trade unions. Yury
Milovidov, Trade Union Research Center

21 May
Visit to Moskovsky State Farm, a 400 acre greenhouse in Moscow
Video: Kirjatch, 1993. Reform impacts on a provincial town.
Discussion with Mikal Davtyan on financial system.

22 May
Lecture-discussion: The Socio-cultural environment for a new
Russian Civilization, Boris Erasov, Institute of Oriental Studies
Visit to Novodevichy Monastery

23 May
Lecture-discussion: Evolution of Russian culture, Vladimir
Kalyazin, Research Institute of the Arts

24 May
Travel to Vladimir
Visit to historic sites of Vladimir

25 May
Visit to Gus-Krystalny and its Crystal Museum
Visit to Church of the Intercession on the Nerli
Discussion with Nikolai Beshchekov, host in Vladimir

26 May
Visit to Suzdal
Return to Moscow

27 May
Video: Children of the 20th Century, Vitaly Kanevsky
Meeting with Russian students of accounting & auditing

28 May
Lecture-discussion: Transformation of social structures: education,
health, social security, Liudmila Rzhanitsina, Institute of
29 May
Free day

30 May
Videos: Springtime on the Elbe (50th anniversary); Norilsk
Puppet theater: Don Juan

31 May
(Self-organized weekend in St. Petersburg by some group members)
Ballet, Don Quixote, Kremlin Palace

01 June
Free day

02 June
Lecture-discussion: The evolving Russian national idea and
relations with the West, Yury Popov, Academy of Labor

03 June
Lecture-discussion: Russian women in politics, the economy and
social life, Natalya Stepanova, Institute of Comparative Political

04 June
Lecture-discussion: Evolution of the Russian labor market and human
resources practices, Igor Chepsakov, AON Consulting

05 June Participation in 2nd International Conference on the Past, Present
& Future of Russia, sponsored by Kontinent magazine, Russian Academy of
Sciences, Russia House and others.  Gennadi Osipov, Institute of
Social-Political Research, Dynamics of social political changes in Russia
in 1996 Larissa Pyasheva, Expert on Federal Council, Perspectives for the
economic evolution of Russia Grigori Yavlinsky, Yabloko faction of State
Duma, The contemporary political situation, its perspectives and evolution
Igor Golembiovsky, Editor-in-chief of Izvestia, Contemporary Russia and
democracy Anatoly Stepyany, Russian bureau of Radio Liberty, Ten years of
the new Russia: a summing up and perspectives Jackson Kipp, European
Security journal, Kansas, The Russian Army in a difficult time

06 June
Summary discussion with Vladislav Semenkov
Final group discussion
Farewell dinner

07 June
Visit to Lenin Mausoleum

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