Taking Russian language, literature, and culture classes will give you the opportunity to discover the language and culture of people who straddle the boundary between Europe and Asia, whose land spans 11 time zones. Russian culture is extraordinary: literature, theater, film, painting and sculpture, music, opera, ballet, and more! Russian culture is chess and hockey, cosmonauts and collective farms. Russian history is epic victories against Napoleon and Hitler, tsars and the politburo, the intrigue of the Cold War (from the other side), and, yes, Pussy Riot and Putin. The Russian Empire and the Soviet Union were the home of ancestors of many Americans; almost every Jewish American has at least one ancestor who immigrated from Russophone lands.

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Benjamin Rifkin

Dr. Benjamin Rifkin
Professor, Russian Program Advisor
516-463-5436
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Igor Pustovoit

Dr. Igor Pustovoit
Adjunct Professor
516-463-5434
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ONLINE RESOURCES

1. Textbook for RUS 001 – 003
As of fall 2021, we use the open resource textbook Mezhdu Nami for RUS 001-003
Mezhdunami.org (workbook and classroom activities manual have to be purchased in the bookstore)

2. American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages
http://www.aatseel.org/

3. Russian Lessons On-line
http://www.russian-plus.com/
http://www.russianlessons.net/

4. On-line Russian Grammar
http://www.alphadictionary.com/rusgrammar/

5. Russian Pronunciation Guide
http://www.forvo.com/languages/ru/

6. Russian Idioms
http://idioms.chat.ru/

7. SRAS - School of Asian and Russian Studies – Programs Abroad
http://www.sras.org/