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Reflections on 200 Years of U.S. - Russia Relations

Lend-Lease. During World War II, the Soviet Union received almost 15,000 U.S.-built aircraft under the lend-lease program.
Courtesy of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The U.S. State Department invites you to join us in commemorating 200 Years of US-Russia Relations. If you have a personal story recalling an aspect of US-Russia relations over time, please email your essay (500 words maximum) to 200Anniversary@state.gov. The U.S. Embassy in Moscow will publish it on the State Department's and/or Embassy websites. The U.S. Embassy reserves the right to edit for brevity, as needed.

  • Revamping Exchange Rates by Mark Teeter, The Moscow Times (June 18, 2007).
  • Remembering Nikolai Sivachev: Creating the Fulbright Lectureship at Moscow State University
  • Looking Back: US-Soviet Exchanges by Mark Teeter, The Moscow Times.
  • All Purpose Duty: 1986 by Allan Mustard, U.S. Embassy
  • Meeting Svetlana by Bill McGuire, fomer USIA Exhibit Guide (1967)
  • Letters Home From Russia: 2006 Fulbright Scholar Naj Wikoff on Arts in Hospitals and Russian Health Care
  • Naj Wikoff, an expert in arts and healing from Dartmouth University's C. Everett Coop Institute, spent a year in Ulan Ude in Russia's Lake Baikal region, developing arts programs at a government hospital. While in Russia as a Fulbright Senior Scholar, he also led many projects to encourage volunteerism and the arts at clinics, schools and hospitals across Russia -- all chronicled in these on-line journals and audio diaries.

  • The Russian Chronicles: American writer Lisa Dickey and colleagues chart their remarkable journeys from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg in 1995 and 2005.
  • Looking Back: US-Soviet Exchanges by Mark Teeter, The Moscow Times.
  • Sister Cities and the Art of Children by Laura Chodos
  • Three Professional Views on Educational Exchanges
  • I Remember Samantha Smith: Goodwill Ambassador by Yvette Saint-André
  • Olympic Boycotts and Grain Embargos by Patti Seibel
  • Alumni Success Stories by Russian exchange students to the United States
  • U.S.-Russian Federation Relations
    Strobe Talbott, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State on the New Independent States.  State Dept. photo Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State and Ambassador-at-Large and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State on New Independent States, Strobe Talbott, recalls the state of relations between the U.S. and the newly-independent Russian Federation


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    Recollections from the Final Years of the Soviet Union
    Arthur Adair Hartman, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union. State Dept. photo Former U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Arthur Hartman, discusses recollections from the final years of the Soviet Union during a recent interview at the Department of State.


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