Profiles of Uzbekistan (105 pp.), Kazakhstan (110 pp.), Tajikistan (104 pp.), Kyrgyzstan (91 pp.), and Azerbaijan (119 pp.) are available for $30 or £15 each from the International Institute for the Study of Islam and Christianity
The Post-Soviet Handbook, A Guide to Grassroots Organizations and Internet Resources in the Newly Independent States, by
M. Holt Ruffin, Joan McCarter, and Richard Upjohn. Seattle:
University of Washington Press, 1996. 416 pp. $19.95, plus $4.00
"Like mushrooms after rain," as Pravda put it, thousands of Soviet citizens seized Mikhail Gorbachev's glasnost initiative in the late 1980s by holding public meetings and demonstrations, publishing newspapers that were unflinchingly critical of political leadership, and instituting social services to groups such as the disabled whose needs had been ignored for decades. In short, they began to establish civil society from the ground up. The Post-Soviet Handbook documents the enormous variety of grassroots initiatives which have emerged in the former Soviet Union over the past ten years. Entries range from the Research Center for Human Rights to Christian Solidarity International to the Orthodox Kosma/Damian Charity. The Handbook provides extensive contact information for hundreds of independent associations, including e-mail addresses, and describes their principal programs and activities. In addition, a special section introduces the abundance of Internet resources related to the former Soviet Union, from electronic mailing lists to World Wide Web and Gopher sites, as well as utilities for moving from Latin characters to Cyrillic and vice-versa. The authors work for the Center for Civil Society International, a Seattle-based nonprofit group supporting collaborative activities between the U.S. and the former Soviet Union.
William Miller's Beliefs and Practices of Christians, a highly regarded explanation of the Gospel for Muslims, is available in Russian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Azeri, Kazakh, Uzbek, and Uighur. Contact:
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