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Russian studies is an interdisciplinary field crossing politics, history, economics and languages of Russia and its neighborhood, often grouped under Soviet and Communist studies. Russian studies should not be confused with the study of the Russian literature or linguistics, which is often a distinct department within universities.

Russian studies has become increasingly common in universities. In university, a Russian Studies major includes many cultural classes teaching Russian politics, history, geography, linguistics, Russian language, literature and arts. Mysticism and folklore is commonly studied, introduction of Christianity, rule under the tsars and expansion of Russian empire, later rule under communism, history of the Soviet Union and its collapse and studies about present-day Russia.

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Library guides
  • "Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia: A Research Guide". Princeton LibGuides. USA: Princeton University Library.
  • "Russian and East European Studies". Research & Subject Guides. Washington DC: Georgetown University Library.