VESTNIK- ISSUE 20, 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 nineteenth issue, Vestnik explores issues as diverse as psychology, economic reform, and foreign language pedagogy.

In “Trends in Cultural Education in Kyrgyzstan,” Austen Dowell, a senior majoring in Russian/International Studies at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, looks at how Kyrgyzstan has built and continues to build a national identity, in part, through its education system.

Revolution, Civil War, and the Formation of Bolshevik Anti-Free Press Discourse, 1917-1922” by Rachel Margolis, a recent graduate of Brown University, looks at how “freedom of the press” turned from a battle cry to a mocking insult under the Bolsheviks.

Sufi-Salafi Institutional Competition and Conflict in the Chechen Republic,” by Bennett Clifford, a recent graduate of Wake Forest University, examines how competition between two forms of Islam affects society in Chechnya.

Lastly, in “Visual Propaganda of Personal Care during the Stalinist Cultural Revolution“, Denis Petrina, who is seeking his MA in Social and Political Critique at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, Lithuania, explores how public service messages were used to cement socialist ideology and help create the “new Soviet man.”

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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.