Vestnik – Issue 19, Spring 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 nineteenth issue, Vestnik explores issues as diverse as psychology, economic reform, and foreign language pedagogy.

In “The History of Russian Language Instruction in the US“, Anna Shur, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wyoming, gives a critical history of the materials and methods that have been used to teach the Russian language in America.

In “Snezhnevsky, Sluggish Schizophrenia and Soviet Political Abuse of Psychiatry” by Alexandra Shapiro, looks at the history of punitive psychiatry in the USSR and Russia, with a focus on the man who helped lead the development of a diagnosis that purported to give punitive psychiatry a scientific basis.

Lastly, in “Four Reformers in Russia’s Shock Therapy“, Keunwon Song, a second year PhD student of public policy at George Mason University, looks at the economics and politics of the shock therapy reforms that were attempted in Russia in the 1990s.

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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About the Author

Josh Wilson

Josh has lived in Moscow since 2003, when he first arrived to study Russian with SRAS. He holds an M.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in History from Idaho State University, where his masters thesis was written on the political economy of Soviet-era censorship organs affecting the stage. At SRAS, Josh assists in program development and leads our Home and Abroad Programs. He is also the editor-in-chief for the SRAS newsletter, the SRAS Family of Sites, and Vestnik. He has previously served as Communications Director to Bellerage Alinga and has served as a consultant or translator to several businesses and organizations with interests in Russia.

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