Digest for May 25, 1998

Digest for May 25, 1998

                          Table of Contents

WHAT'S NEW . . .

Andrey Sebrant generously shares another of his wonderful stories about
"Moscow Life".  The latest one is called "Bridge over troubled season" and
is available at:


In this story (with *lots* of photographs), Andrey takes us on a trip
around Moscow - through melting April snows, May Day holidays and a bicycle
tour.  You'll see lots of changes around Moscow and learn a little more
about "life .. not limited to Kremlin and government offices that you see in
the news".  This story features lots of local faces too (including that of
Andrey - who is one of those rare souls who seems to get younger each

Our thanks to Andrey for his continued generosity in sharing his time and
energy with Friends and Partners.  His efforts represent the very heart of
the Friends and Partners project.  You can view his 3+ years of stories from
the main Moscow Life page:


Also, please visit Andrey's weekly updated site at the Mining Company
entitled "Russia for Visitors" at:


Skip Evans has recently begun a site entitled "Our Towns" which features
stories about life in various cities around the world.  Skip will be glad
to help you develop your own site about life in your town.  URL:


Skip has also published very interesting material about life in his
(current) home city of Atlanta Georgia and about recent travel in Russia
- *well* worth the visit to:


As always, please let us know if F&P can help you get started publishing
your own material.  We are especially eager to help folks in the
"west" publish material about day-to-day life that will be interesting to
our friends in Russia/NIS. We're really more than glad to provide the space
and as much help as possible for publishing your stories.


01-25 May 98  Sender:  jbrinson@telusplanet.net
              Subject: from Leah Blaite


01-25 May 98  Sender:  John George (georgy@terracom.net)
              Subject: Your Advice, My Friends

02-25 May 98  Sender:  Andrey Khutorskoy (andreykh@school.unicon.msk.su)
              Subject: Re: BELIEVING IN CHILDREN

03-25 May 98  Sender:  Anna Stern (astern1@acsu.buffalo.edu)
              Subject: Re: Digest for 98-05-22

04-25 May 98  Sender:  archie@firstnethou.com (Archie Henderson)
              Subject: Ezra Pound

05-25 May 98  Sender:  "mprater" (mprater@boilermakers.net)
              Subject: Searching

06-25 May 98  Sender:  Paul Hobbs (pbhobbs@idirect.com)
              Subject: My Ukrainian Adventure

07-25 May 98  Sender:  dtplus@dircon.co.uk
              Subject: London-based immigration service

08-25 May 98  Sender:  Peter LeBoutillier (plebou@swbell.net)
              Subject: Russian education after 1861

09-25 May 98  Sender:  ryave@netservices.com
              Subject: Russian Coat of Arms

10-25 May 98  Sender:  "Steve, Lynne, Eric, and Scott" (sf03442@navix.net)
              Subject: Friends

11-25 May 98  Sender:  "Thomas Cappiello" (tcappiel@unicom-alaska.com)
              Subject: Starting a Joint-venture

12-25 May 98  Sender:  riinov@telecom.nov.ru
              Subject: new service in Veliki Novgorod

13-25 May 98  Sender:  nekeyah (nekeyah%cci.net.au@smarty.ece.jhu.edu)
              Subject: INFO-RUSS: Russians in Shanghai. Where is Ariadne?

14-25 May 98  Sender:  pb8266@belsonet.net
              Subject: Russian Poetry into English

15-25 May 98  Sender:  Sarah S Wu (sarahwu@MIT.EDU)
              Subject: International Culture Exchange Program

16-25 May 98  Sender:  bond007@texas.net
              Subject: Russian native in San Antonio - looking for employment

17-25 May 98  Sender:  "Eddy" (Eepe@mail.dma.be)
              Subject: Greetings

18-25 May 98  Sender:  ewoke2aol.com
              Subject: looking for english-speaking penpal in Russia

19-25 May 98  Sender:  Jerry Covington (covingj@lookingglass.net)
              Subject: Translation

20-25 May 98  Sender:  "Michael Ozik" (ozik@sprint.ca)
              Subject: letter

21-25 May 98  Sender:  Job-3-14@webtv.net (Raymond Canales)
              Subject: first contact

22-25 May 98  Sender:  Soozmo@aol.com
              Subject: language converter?

23-25 May 98  Sender:  vern1938@psnw.com
              Subject: marriage in Russia?

24-25 May 98  Sender:  Aribeth421 (Aribeth421@aol.com)
              Subject: Republic of Georgia

25-25 May 98  Sender:  hnews@alaska.net
              Subject: handling cyrillic alphabet . .

26-25 May 98  Sender:  Rocket190 (Rocket190@aol.com)
              Subject: translation help??

27-25 May 98  Sender:  Val Berin (berinv@CYBERNEX.NET)
              Subject: Teflon Sheets and  Raw Material

APPENDIX:        LISTSERV address & basic procedures



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

Sender:  jbrinson@telusplanet.net
Subject: from Leah Blaite

Hi Eveyone!!  Super Chat Site, so I'll be visiting often.  Wanna Chat?
P.S. Anyone out there familar with the friendly hospitality of
NEWFOUNDLANDER'S? If not I can teach you.

NOTE from F&P:  there are now two F&P chat rooms available from:


Everyone is welcome!


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

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

Sender:  John George (georgy@terracom.net)
Subject: Your Advice, My Friends

I am one of 12 American teachers who have been selected to go to Moscow
to meet with 12 Russian teachers to write an interactive curriculum to
be implemented in our school systems next term.   This is to involve a
cross-cultural inquiry approach ...students asking students  (via the
internet)  about their cultures, similarities, and differences etc.


John George
Black Hawk Schools
South Wayne, Wisconsin

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Sender:  Andrey Khutorskoy (andreykh@school.unicon.msk.su)

20-30 April, 1998.

In what house do you want to live in the future?
Would you like to have a virtual home?!

Russian Center of Distant Education "Eidos" (http://www.eidos.techno.ru)
invites students of different ages and nations to take part in a project on
developing their own virtual home to live in.

William H.Gates, the composer of computer future of the mankind, constructed
a remarkable house for himself. Each visitor is given an electronic badge,
which sends signals to computer system of the house; when you enter a room,
the lights are on; there are huge screens on the walls showing beautiful
pictures and photos. The computer system remembers all your preferences, and
when you pass through the rooms you are accompanied with the video chosen by
you or your favorite music.

The main idea of the project:
Home is a projection of a person who lives in it. Your virtual home is a
realization of your purposes in the future life full of computer
technologies. Think of your future virtual home, which you can create for
yourself and your family, and design it using computer.
Draw the basic ideas and elements of your virtual home. Try simultaneously
to write down and sketch arising images. You can also include multimedia
means (sound, animation, video) in the project of your virtual home.

Participation in the project:
The students of three age groups can be participants in the project: 5-9
y.o., 10-13 y.o. and 14-16 y.o. The project can be carried out either
individually or under the direction of the teacher - coordinator.
To participate in the project it is necessary to send the application (the
form is applied below) and the project to the address:
andreykh@school.unicon.msk.su no later than 30 April 1998.

Best projects will published on our Web-server and people from Russia and
other countries of the former Soviet Union will be able to see your view of
the virtual home. You will win the world glory! You can also compare your
projects with those of Russian students which will soon appear on Center
"Eidos" server.

Criteria of project estimation:
1. Original, non-standard ideas of virtual home and forms of their
2. Skill to apply computer means to express contents of the story in the
non-standard form.
3. Quality of the project illustrations.

Requirements to the contents and registration of the work:
1. The story is original in its contents and form and is not similar to
those described by writers or shown on TV;
2. The story comprises ideas of people and computer communications in the
3. The main participant of the story is its author.

The project is carried out in one of the two variants:
1. In hypertext (html (htm)), photo (jpg) and pictures (gif). The files with
illustrations, sound, animation or video must not exceed 70 Kb for one
separately. The text and pictures are sent in (zip, arj) as appendix to the
2. Completely in text; pictures are made either with the help of marks and
symbols available on the keyboard of the computer or in gif.

1. Name and surname of the participant.
2. A boy or a girl.
1. Date of birth.
2. Grade, school, city, country.
3. E-mail, telephone and post address of the participant.
4. Name, surname, E-mail, telephone and post address of the or local
coordinator (teacher, parent).

The Coordinator of the Project:
Galina Andrianova, galina@eschool.chg.ru

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Sender:  Anna Stern (astern1@acsu.buffalo.edu)
Subject: Re: Digest for 98-05-22

Hello everyone, great site
I am going to Geneva Swizerland this month, actually next week.  I am
wondering if there is anything "Russian" going on there? I am from Russia
originally (Moscow) I moved 8 years ago.  SO if anyone has any info for me
I would greatly appreciate it! Thnks
Anna Stern

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

Sender:  archie@firstnethou.com (Archie Henderson)
Subject: Ezra Pound

Dear Sir or Madam,

I have been asked to write an article on the American poet Ezra Pound
(1885-1972) and his reception by Russian and Slavic literature.  I would
like to ask you if you know of any translations of Pound's works into
Russian and other Slavic languages.  If so, I would appreciate any
information that you can send me about the books, poetry anthologies, or
magazines where these translations have been published.

Also, can you suggest the names and addresses (or e-mail addresses) of any
other persons or organizations to whom I could write for additional
information about translations of Ezra Pound's works into Russian and other
Slavic languages?

Thank you very much for your attention.


Archie Henderson
e-mail: archie@firstnethou.com

** 05 **********************************************************************

Sender:  "mprater" (mprater@boilermakers.net)
Subject: Searching

        I am searching for some information,  you see we live in the
northern half
of Indiana.  There are a few of us that have adopted children from Russia
that are looking to put on a cultural fair, something that has authentic
music, food, dance, etc and that is not so expensive that only the rich can
        We are trying to do this and would appreciate any assistance that you
might be able to offer

Mander and Luan PRater
6584N 300W
Roann, Indiana 46974

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

Sender:  Paul Hobbs (pbhobbs@idirect.com)
Subject: My Ukrainian Adventure

I have put together a web page of my recent adventure to Odessa, Ukraine.
My name is Paul Hobbs and I live in Toronto, Canada.  Here is my web
page...  http://webhome.idirect.com/~pbhobbs

** 07 **********************************************************************

Sender:  dtplus@dircon.co.uk
Subject: London-based immigration service

Would it be possible to have my web page( http://www.usimmigration.co.uk)
mentioned in your site.I am an English national practising in London which
may be a more convenient location for some of your readers.  I look forward
to hearing from you David Turner

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

Sender:  Peter LeBoutillier (plebou@swbell.net)
Subject: Russian education after 1861

Dear Kathie: I am interested in Russian History in the late nineteenth
century. Alexander Herzen is of great interest to me. I am trying to
start my Master's thesis on the attempt of the Western inteligentsia to
try to educate the former serfs after the emancipation proclamation of
Czar Alexander II. I am also a fan or admirer of Ivan Turgenev. I am
very interested in the newspapers or pamphlets that were smuggled in
from England, France and Germany by Russian exiles of this period of
history.I feel that the event of 1917 and the triumph of Lenin would not
have takened place,if these brave mentioned people and many more had
been heeded. I hope we can correspond,as I read the daily news on
Internet not only of Russia but also China,where I have a dear
friend,who corresponds daily from Nanking.
                         Peter LeBoutillier

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

Sender:  ryave@netservices.com
Subject: Russian Coat of Arms

          Name: Chris Ryave
 Email-address: ryave@netservices.com


It's for the Russian Coat of Arms.  They are beautiful plaques, please view
for yourself.  I think it would be a nice resource for your users.

** 10 **********************************************************************

Sender:  "Steve, Lynne, Eric, and Scott" (sf03442@navix.net)
Subject: Friends

I have been a member of Al-Anon for 18 years.  Anyone who is related to or 
a friend of a person who drinks too much alcohol is invited to share their 
thoughts and concerns with me.  Several years ago our Al-Anon group was 
asked to donate copies of our book, One Day At A Time, which had finally 
been translated into Russia.  I would be happy to chat with people about 
this subject.
Lynne Favinger
Minden, Nebraska  USA

** 11 **********************************************************************

Sender:  "Thomas Cappiello" (tcappiel@unicom-alaska.com)
Subject: Starting a Joint-venture

I am in the "just begginning" stages of considering joining up with a
non-profit organization in Russia. This organization is dedicated to
fisheries research and providing sound management recomendations within
Kamchatka. They have agreed to agree to let me pursue the possiblilities of
running an United States branch to help facilitate funding and tourism
information. As I am starting from ground zero, I would sure like to get
any information possible on administering such a pursuit.

Thomas Cappiello

** 12 **********************************************************************

Sender:  riinov@telecom.nov.ru
Subject: new service in Veliki Novgorod

PRESS ADVISORY -- April 21, 1998

The Regional Investment Initiative (RII) Coordinating Center in Veliki
Novgorod has launched a home page at www.RII.Novgorod.com to highlight
the US government technical assistance effort in Novgorod.

The Novgorod RII home page will feature special on-going initiatives,
present potential business opportunities, and provide profile and
information for US organizations in the region.  The home page is linked

to the Novgorod city administration home page to provide easy access to
investment legislation.

The Regional Investment Initiative is a joint U.S.-Russia initiative
designed to build an attractive private investment climate in Russia's
regions in order to stimulate growth, create jobs, and secure long-term
prosperity.  At present, Novgorod, the Russian Far East, and Samara have

been selected as sites for this initiative.

For additional information, contact Rachel Freeman or Julie Tokerova,
Veliki Novgorod Regional Investment Initiative Coordinating Center,
TEL/FAX:  7(8162) 132-238; email:  riinov@telecom.nov.ru.

** 13 **********************************************************************

Sender:  nekeyah (nekeyah%cci.net.au@smarty.ece.jhu.edu)
Subject: INFO-RUSS: Russians in Shanghai. Where is Ariadne?

This is INFO-RUSS broadcast (1200+ subscribers). Home page, information,
and archives: http://psi.ece.jhu.edu/~kaplan/IRUSS/inforuss.html
To post, or to subscribe/unsubscribe, mail to info-russ@smarty.ece.jhu.edu
INFO-RUSS assumes no responsibility for the information/views of its users.

The post-revolutionary movement of White Russians has left a legacy of
family disruption and the following case is problably fairly typical of
stories which are being handed down in the American-Russian community.
  My mother, Elena Vinogradova was born in Harbin in 1924. She was cared
for by her Mother and Grandmother, who both went by the name of
In 1925 they moved to Shanghai where in about 1926, Ariadne was born, a
sister to Elena. They were living in Lang Terrace, off Ave. Joffre in
the French Concession.
 Within a short time their mother weakened and died of TB. After a
struggle the Grandmother had to relinquish the children, but there was
no-one who wanted two little girls.
 My mother was looked after by a Englishman Dick Parry and his Russian
wife Zoya. After Japanese internment and some time in the Phillipines,
they arrived in Australia.
 Ariadne, on the other hand was apparently taken in by a retired US
naval man who had a Russian wife and children. Mum's only contact from
Ariadne was a signed photograph of Ariadne which she recieved when she
was about 12yo.It is thought that Ariadne and her new family returned to
America, possibly to California. The Russian `grapevine' rumoured that
she worked in a legal office.
  By now, with adoption, possible anglicisation of her christian name
and marriage, Ariadne is well hidden. The only way of tracing her is
through this story. I wonder if any of your readers have heard of her?

Richard Payne.

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Sender:  pb8266@belsonet.net
Subject: Russian Poetry into English

          Name: Denis Margolin
 Email-address: pb8266@belsonet.net

www.ruspoetry.home.ml.org I started the resource that provides translations
of the Russian Poetry into English.  It is small ...  for now.  Take a
look!  You can reply in Russian.  My bad English is just a reaction on the
English interface of the page from where I'm sending this.  -- Thanks!

** 15 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Sarah S Wu (sarahwu@MIT.EDU)
Subject: International Culture Exchange Program


        Please allow us to introduce ourselves.  Our names are Morris
Tao and Sarah Wu and we are students presently enrolled at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts.  We
were recently searching the net for several high schools that would
fulfill the criteria of being diversified, enriched and educational.

        This summer, we will be participating in the China Education
Technology Initiative (CETI) program. CETI was founded in 1996 on the
principle of sharing computer technology, the Internet and the
American culture with students in China.  During the summer, we will
be teaching our students at Beijing University High School HTML, JAVA
and various applications of the Internet.  We would, however, also
like to teach our students how to use the Internet as a means of
communication and resource.

        Therefore, we plan to introduce a project known as the
International Culture Exchange (ICE).  If ICE is successful, our
students will learn about a variety of countries during the course of
the summer.  We are hoping to locate schools around the world that can
provide our students with pen pals.  Through email, the students at
Beijing University High School will pose questions and learn various
facts about your country.  Simultaneously, they will be using the
Internet as a resource to gather additional information.  At the end
of ICE, students will be asked to make an oral presentation to their
peers and all reports will be compiled and presented to the class.  We
will also ask the students to present their pen pals with a copy of
their report.

        We also hope, however, that ICE will extend beyond this
summer. We hope that students will continue to write and remain in
close contact so that the sharing of culture will last beyond a few
weeks.  Since CETI is an annual endeavor, we are hoping to establish a
rapport between your school and the Beijing University High School.
Such a relationship would provide future students on both sides to
explore and learn in a creative and exciting manner.

        We realize that our objectives may seem far-fetched,
considering the fact that many schools are not in session during the
summer and hardware is sometimes inaccessible to students.  Your
school, however, seems capable of providing the students at Beijing
University with a cultural and enriching experience.  We hope that
both schools can participate in such an endeavor.

        If you require further information about the CETI program,
please feel free to write us at Morris Tao  or Sarah Wu
 CETI also has a webpage at
http://web.mit.edu/mit-ceti/www.  We would be happy to discuss this
project if you have any questions or concerns.  We look forward to
hearing from you.  Thank you for your time and patience.

Sincerely yours,

Morris Tao and Sarah S. Wu

Morris Tao
528 Beacon Street
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617)267-1801 ext. 131

Sarah Wu
410 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 225-8489

Fax Number (617)258-8048

NOTE from F&P:  Please visit F&P China to learn about this still-new
project involving friends in Russia, China, and the US:


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Sender:  bond007@texas.net
Subject: Russian native in San Antonio - looking for employment

          Name: Natasha Fitzhugh
 Email-address: bond007@texas.net

I am a Russian native and have recently moved here to San Antonio, Texas
from Grodno, Belarus.  I am married to an American and in the process of
looking for any employment in which I can use my linguistic skills.  I was
formerly teaching English in Belarus and am fluent in both English and
Russian.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I am slowly become
moderately computer literate and could possibly work via computer...  Many
thanks, Natasha Fitzhugh (bond007@texas.net)

** 17 **********************************************************************

Sender:  "Eddy" (Eepe@mail.dma.be)
Subject: Greetings

Hello i am citizen in Belgium Antwerp and I like to have to correspondence
with you. If you are interested please let me know.
Greetings Eddy

** 18 **********************************************************************

Sender:  ewoke2aol.com
Subject: looking for english-speaking penpal in Russia

          Name: Tina
 Email-address: ewoke2aol.com

Hello , I am trying to locate a pen pal in russia that speaks english, I
love the culture, and want to learn more.  Please write back.

** 19 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Jerry Covington (covingj@lookingglass.net)
Subject: Translation

Is there a software program that I can load on my computer that will
allow me to type in english, convert to Ukrainian and then paste in an
email and send without it changing?  And then receive a response, save
it as a file, open, select and convert to english??


** 20 **********************************************************************

Sender:  "Michael Ozik" (ozik@sprint.ca)
Subject: letter

Dear  Sirs! Tell me please what I should  do to find some person in Russian
Internet if I only know his name and city. Thank you.

** 21 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Job-3-14@webtv.net (Raymond Canales)
Subject: first contact

I would like to communicate with someone in the Soviet Union to
exchange thoughts and ideas as to our two cultural
differences,simularities and political ideas in many subjects . I am a
common person in the U.S.A. and would like a honest and candor exchange.
If thier is anyone over thier that would like the same please feel free
to contact me. Thak You               I am 48 yrs.     ---  live in
California------ Repair wrecked automobiles for a living

             God Bless us All

** 22 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Soozmo@aol.com
Subject: language converter?

          Name: Susie Moore
 Email-address: Soozmo@aol.com

I was wondereing if there was such a thing as a converter, where one could
type in one language and see the other language on the screen.  I mean a
sort of translator, vis a vis.  I have some Russian friends, but do not
speak the language, other than a few words.  It would be a help if I could
"speak" in their language while in chat rooms...  Any info on this sort of

** 23 **********************************************************************

Sender:  vern1938@psnw.com
Subject: marriage in Russia?

          Name: Vern De Fehr
 Email-address: vern1938@psnw.com

I am going to marry a woman in Ekaterinburg.  She wants to be married in
Russia.  I can not find info or laws on the subject of marriage anywhere.
She thinks it will not be a problem, I just don't know.  Can you help ??

** 24 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Aribeth421 (Aribeth421@aol.com)
Subject: Republic of Georgia

Could you please tell me how to get information on the Republic of Georgia?
Thanks in advance!!

** 25 **********************************************************************

Sender:  hnews@alaska.net
Subject: handling cyrillic alphabet . .

          Name: Mark Turner
 Email-address: hnews@alaska.net

I have a question.  I am interested in building some pages that have
English and Russian.  How do I handle the cyrrillic alphabet.  I assume
U.S. browsers don't have that font.  How can I make it work?  Any
suggestions would be appreciated.

** 26 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Rocket190 (Rocket190@aol.com)
Subject: translation help??

i cannot find a decent russian/english dictionary. if possible could someone
help me translate this sentence into Russian.
-- Good evening, and welcome to our dinner.
If you can't help, do you know someone who could?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

** 27 **********************************************************************

Sender:  Val Berin (berinv@CYBERNEX.NET)
Subject: Teflon Sheets and  Raw Material

Dear Sirs,

Plastic company in New Jersey is looking for the suppliers of teflon
sheets and raw material in Russia. If you have any information, please
let us know as soon as possible.
Thank You,
Lana Berin,
VP,S&N Business Serv.,Inc.

----------------------- END FRIENDS May 25, 1998 -------------------------


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To visit the FRIENDS WWW server, use the following URLs if you have
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If you don't have a WWW browser, just telnet to solar.rtd.utk.edu
and enter 'friends' (in lower case and without the quotes) at the
login prompt.

or those who need it, the IP address of our computers are

Please address any comments, questions, or suggestions to your

  Natasha Bulashova, natasha@alice.ibpm.serpukhov.su
  Greg Cole, gcole@solar.rtd.utk.edu