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Russian Studies Drawing More Interest From American Students

Crimeans wave Russian flags as they celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on March 16, 2015 in Sevastopol, Crimea. (Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)
Crimeans wave Russian flags as they celebrate the first anniversary of the referendum on March 16, 2015 in Sevastopol, Crimea. (Alexander Aksakov/Getty Images)

Russian studies used to be a much more robust field in the United States compared to today. Interest took a sharp decline after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

But now, as political tensions are on the rise between the two countries, interest in Russia at universities in the U.S. is also on the rise.

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson speaks with Regina Smyth, associate professor of political science and director of the Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University in Bloomington.

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Regina Smyth, professor of political science and director of the Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University in Bloomington.

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