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Country: Russia for Secondary Grades

These websites for older students are about Russia. Here you can learn about Russian history, geography, politics, and culture. There is information on Russian under the Tsars, Soviets, and in the “New Russia.” There are photo essays, maps, timelines, and videos. Take a virtual tour of the Hermitage or the palace at Peterhof, see costumes from the Russian Ballet, or investigate the dangers faced by journalists in Russia today. Included is an eThemes resource on Russia for younger students.


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This book-length report has facts about Russia's history, geography, resources, government, economy, and more. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
Click on the links to see photographs of different areas of the Kremlin. Includes some history.
Learn about Russia's history, art, major cities, and different regions. There are travel tips for tourists and many color photographs. NOTE This site contains ads.
Here is a timeline of key events in modern Russian history from 1910 to 2003. Click on the links at the top for topical timelines, graphs, and video clips.
This profiles eight oligarchs who have made their fortunes in the "New Russia." Read their biographies, read background information and statistics, see three short video clips, and more.
This site is about Russia in the 1990s. Both U.S. policy and Russian leadership during the post-Soviet transition are examined. Includes in-depth analysis, video excerpts, and interviews.
This site is an investigation of the security of Russia's nuclear arsenal. There are interviews with military and nuclear experts, articles with background history, and sample scenarios for discussion.
This is the companion website to a program about the missileers who command Russia's nuclear weapons. Learn about Russia's nuclear program and those of other countries, and look inside four incidents in which a nuclear attack was narrowly avoided.
This site is about government control of the media in Russia since Vladimir Putin came to power. Included are two short video interview clips. NOTE: The videos contain images of violence. NOTE: The "Reactions" link leads to a message board.
Fourteen journalists have been killed in Russia since 2000. Why? This article is about one of them, Anna Politkovskaya. There is also a link to a video about the dangers faced by journalists around the world. NOTE: The video contains images of violence.
Here are some key facts about Russia's population, economy, and energy resources. Included are graphs comparing Russia to other developed countries.
This country profile includes quick facts, an overview of Russia, and information about its leaders and media. There is also a picture of the Russian flag, timeline of key events in Russian history, and an audio file of the national anthem.
Explore this interactive site to learn about Tsarist Russia. Includes maps, pictures, and biographies of key personalities.
Russia is famous for its ballet. This exhibition showcases some of the costumes that were made for the Russian Ballet in the first half of the twentieth century. There is also information on the relationships between the art of ballet and modernism, folklore, and fairy tales.
Here is the official site of the State Hermitage, including a timeline of the museum's history and virtual exhibitions of its art collections.
This interactive exhibition is about the Soviet Gulag or forced labor camps. Learn about the creation of the system, what life was like for prisoners, and the historical legacy of the Gulag. Includes a 64-page PDF curriculum unit that you can download.
On these sites you can learn about Russia's geography, language, culture, food, and history. Listen to the Russian national anthem, learn simple Russian words, or read about the Tsars. There are also online games, quizzes, maps, and many photographs of Russian people and places.

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