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Russia’s transition: 10 years since end of the USSR

The University of St Andrews is to host a conference this weekend (Saturday 17 March 2001) reflecting on Russia during the ten year period since the break-up of the USSR.

Organised by the Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and East European Studies, “Russia in Retrospect: 10 Years since the End of the USSR” is the Centre’s 10th annual conference. Co-sponsored by the Foreign Office, the event will be opened by the Russian Consul General Anatoly Smirnov and will feature contributions from eight world-renowned experts from various UK Universities including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Oxford and Bradford. Issues to be discussed include “Image, language and media in Post-Soviet Russia”, “Is Russia Transforming?” and “Civil society and social change: women and religion since 1991”.

Centre Director Dr Rick Fawn said “The recent and future transition of Russia holds great significance for the world. The conference addresses these issues.”

The event follows a series of previous conferences within the centre, covering everything from foreign policy to art and architecture which have attracted attendees from throughout the UK.

The Centre for Russian, Soviet and Central and East European Studies was founded in 1990, building on a strong tradition of Russian and Central and Eastern European Studies at the University of St Andrews. The teaching of Russian commenced in 1963 and the first lectureships in Economics, Geography and History of Central and Eastern Europe were created shortly afterwards. More recently, appointments of Central and Eastern European specialists have been made in the fields of Art History and Politics and International Relations. The range of expertise currently covered by members of the centre includes Russian and Soviet Politics, Central and East European international relations, Russian and Soviet Literature and the Origins of the Second World War.

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NOTE TO EDITORS – Should you require any further information, please contact Dr Rick Fawn, Director, CRSCEES on telephone (01334) 462957 or email rick.fawn@st-andrews.ac.uk.

Issued by Beattie Media on behalf of the University of St Andrews For more information please contact Claire Grainger on 01334 462530, 07730 415 015 or email cg24@st-andrews.ac.uk Ref: russianevent/standrews/chg/12march2 001

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