Vestnik – Issue 16, Fall 2016

Vestnik was launched by SRAS in 2004 as one of the world’s first online academic journals focused on showcasing student research. We welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates. Research on any subject related to the broad geographic area outlined above is accepted. If you have written solid research eligible for publication according to the guidelines listed here, please submit it.

In this, its sixteenth issue, Vestnik focuses largely on politics in multiple contexts, including modern, historical, international, and social.

Two entries take a historical perspective. In The Theories of the Slavophiles: on the Relationship between State and Society in Russia, Rupert Holland, a recent graduate from the University of Birmingham, looks at how the Slavophiles viewed the role of government. This has considerable importance today as Slavophile theories have influence on modern Russian nationalism. Another entry, Channels of Legal Agency in Russian Serfdom, by Joseph Belza, a student at Boston College Law School, examines the right of serfs to petition the czar directly and the importance that right had within their status as serfs. This right was largely withheld from slaves in Western countries.

Looking at contemporary issues are three additional entries. Contemporary Russian-Serbian Relations: Interviews with Youth in Serbia, by Chloe Kay, a recent graduate of the Univeristy of Boulder, features primary research she performed in the US and in Serbia as part of her senior thesis. The work elucidates the political views of youth in Serbia from a range of political backgrounds. Non-Governmental Organizations in Russia: Adapting for Success, by Jacqueline Dufalla, who recently graduated from University of Pittsburgh with degrees in Slavic Studies as well as Politics and Philosophy, examines recent changes to the legal and social environments for NGOs in Russia and how NGOs are working within that environment to improve Russian society.

Lastly, Accessible Art and Dialectic Potential: The Soviet Legacy in the Art Community of Kyrgyzstan, by Corinne Hughes, a recent graduate from the Evergreen State College with a concentration in Russian and Eurasian Studies, explores Kyrgyzstan’s contemporary art world, including its current and historical legal and social environment, and including efforts to integrate it with the global art community.

We hope you will find this issue interesting and informative. Share it with your friends, classmates, and colleagues if you do!

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2014-08-24 – Contemporary Russian-Serbian Relations: Interviews with Youth in Serbia

2014-08-23 – Channels of Legal Agency in Russian Serfdom

2014-08-23 – The Soviet Legacy in the Art Community of Kyrgyzstan

2014-08-23 – Non-Governmental Organizations in Russia: Adapting for Success

2014-08-22 – Theories of the Slavophiles: Relationship between State and Society in Russia

About the Author

Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad and Challenge Grant scholarship writing programs.