Sharyl Corrado and Jason Ferenczi, compilers
AAASS Slavic Resources on the Web
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~aaass/resource.htm (in English)
The American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies provides a helpful list of links to academic sites containing resources on Russia, Central Asia, and Central and Eastern Europe.
Central Asian Studies World Wide
http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~casww/ (in English)
Sponsored by the Harvard Forum for Central Asian Studies, the site provides resources for scholars on the history, religion, sociology, and anthropology of the region. Includes directories of experts, relevant dissertations, important libraries, language study programs, periodicals, research institutions, and links to important Web sites in the field.
www.eurasianet.org (in English, with some Russian)
A wide-ranging site covering Central Asia, the Caucasus, Afghanistan, Turkey, and Iran, with significant coverage of religion. Sponsored by the Central Eurasia Project of the Open Society Institute, the site gives much attention to human rights and media freedom. The country resource pages are especially helpful. The news wire provides up-to-date reporting from the region. The site is easy to use, frequently updated, and fully searchable. A weekly E-mail subscription is available.
www.invictory.org (in Russian)
A self-styled "metacatalogue of Christian Resources," this site is geared toward Russian-speaking Christians with many useful links to Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox resources. Links include Christian charities, art, literature, history, theology, the relationship of faith and science, Christian education, evangelism, Christian publications and publishers, and a variety of churches and religious groups. The site, which has no identifiable denominational affiliation, is easy to use and is frequently updated. A search engine is under construction. Subscription by E-mail is possible.
National Security & Defense, No. 10 (2000)
http://www.uceps.com.ua/eng/all/journal/2000_10/html/content.shtml (in English and Ukrainian)
This issue of the journal National Security & Defense of the Ukrainian Centre for Economic and Political Studies (104 pages) is completely dedicated to religion in Ukraine. The first 65 pages give an exhaustive survey of Orthodox, Catholic, and Protestant denominations, with statistics on membership, churches, clergy, monasteries, and institutions of higher education. The data are based on Ukrainian government statistics and give a wide overview of the subject. The online version is slightly cumbersome and difficult to print. Print copies may be ordered.
Religion in Russia (Religiia v Rossii)
http://religion.russ.ru (in Russian)
The site was launched in October 2001 by Orthodox priest Father Philip Taratorkin. It is a project of the magazine, Russkii dzhurnal. Provides information on developments in religious communities in Russia as well as analytical discussions of questions of religion in Russian society. Subjects addressed include religion and the state, religion and society, and religion and history. Includes book reviews and discussions of current issues. This easy-to-navigate site includes a searchable archive.
http://www.sobor.ru (in Russian)
This Russian Orthodox "Internet Journal" was created in November 1998 to reflect "the past, present, and future from a Christian point of view." Includes announcements, sermons, and a detailed catalog of Orthodox on-line resources. Of special interest are the papers from an October 2000 Internet Conference on Theology and Economics (http://www.sobor.ru/doctrina/) and discussion forums on topics of interest.
http://www.tol.cz/ (in English)
This excellent Prague-based Internet magazine covering Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union is the online successor to Transitions magazine. It seeks to cover both local and cross-border perspectives on often-overlooked topics. Recent issues covered such subjects as Romany (Gypsy) refugees, human rights in Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyz attitudes toward their government. Includes book reviews, opinions, links to European and Eurasian newspapers, a searchable archive, and detailed country files for all 28 former Communist countries in Europe and Eurasia. The site is very user friendly and is updated weekly. An e-mail subscription is possible. While weekly news is available free, the rest of the site is by subscription only ($25/year for regular subscribers, $12/year for students, and free for citizens of the 28 countries covered). A free two-week trial subscription is available.
Virtual Library of "OK's Nest"
http://www.magister.msk.ru/library/ (in Russian)
Maintained by an unidentified webmaster, this site includes complete texts of a variety of literary, historical, and reference works, many of which contain religious content. As well as containing works of Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Pushkin, and other Russian authors, the site includes material on theosophy, Mormonism, and Bibles in a variety of languages. Of special interest are Metropolitan Macarius's Istoriia russkoi tserkvi [History of the Russian Church], St. Augustine's Confessions, Sergei Bulgakov's Pravoslavie [The Orthodox Church], and Bible commentaries by John Calvin.
Sharyl Corrado is a doctoral student in Russian history at the University of Illinois, Urbana, IL. Jason Ferenczi is a researcher for Overseas Council International, Indianapolis, IN.
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