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 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.