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RPSS Statement on the Russian War Against Ukraine

On February 24, 2022, on the order of Vladimir Putin, Russian armed forces invaded the souverain country of Ukraine. This assault is accompanied by a barrage of lies and historical falsehood to justify Russian aggression.  

The faculty of Russian and Post-Soviet Studies Program strongly condemn this war, which has brought death and suffering to the people of Ukraine, which could undermine Ukraine’s statehood, and which threatens the security and peace in the region.    

We stand with Ukraine!   Нет войне


Have you ever wondered why so many of the villains in Hollywood movies are Russian?  Or why so many people read Tolstoy and Dostoevsky?  Or what the word vodka really means? 

Do you want to study in a close-knit community of students and professors that allows for guided, free-ranging interdisciplinary research projects, long-lasting friendships and mentorships, and which hosts a diskoteka and a film series every semester? 

If the answer to any of the above is yes, then look no further!  The Russian Section at William & Mary offers just such a community of learning in which all of your questions about Russia and Russian will be addressed through the many Russian courses offered by faculty who are committed to excellence in teaching and to promoting undergraduate research.

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