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Spring 2004 Moscow Study Trip
Future schedules will be similar, taking changes in Russia into account.

17 April
Afternoon arrival in Moscow, installation in residence.
New in 2004. About a dozen English- speaking  Academy of Labor students accompanied the group all during the stay, with 4-6 with us during each day. This quickly added to the group's possibilities to learn about Russia and get to know Moscow and led to many close friendships.
Evening walk with Russian students to get acquainted with neighborhood
26 April
Lecture-discussion: Banking and financial infrastructure in Russia, Mikal Davtyan, Academy of Labor & Financial Academy

Video: Springtime on the Elbe, 50th anniversary of Soviet-American link-up on the Elbe River

Visit: Novodevichy Cemetery

Group supper at Georgian restaurant, Guria
05 May
Arrival in Moscow
Moscow Zoo

18 April
City tour by bus, continued after lunch (with Academy students)
27 April
Visit: ZIL Automotive factory.  Truck assembly line, museum of the factory's history, meeting with administration and with head of the trade union. (Accompanied by Anton Maximenko)

Visit: Nursery school & kindergarten specialized for children with speech problems

06 May
Bus to Kaluga

Visit: Tsolkovsky space museum
Walk in town

Home-cooked supper with Kaluga students

19 April
Opening of seminar, A. Shoulous, Vice Rector, Academy of Labor

Lecture-discussion: Russia's current place in the world, Yury Popov, Academy of Labor

Meeting with students of the Academy of Labor

28 April
Lecture-discussion:  Globalization and outlooks for the US and-Russia, Dmitri Dozorin, Communication Workers Union

Meeting with law students of the Academy of Labor


07 May
Bus to Kozelsk

Visit: Optina Pustyn Monastery and Sharomina Convent

Return to Kaluga

Free evening with Kaluga students

20 April
Lecture-discussion: The current status of Russia's economy; problems and perspectives, Vladislav Semenkov, Academy of Labor

Video: Efremov Documentary about a small town 300 km from Moscow, left behind by change

29 April
Lecture-discussion: The political situation in Russia, Roald Matveev, Humanitarian University

Free afternoon

08 May
Visit:  municipal park and cathedral

Bus to Moscow

21 April
Video: If Lenin only knew. Three generations of the Kazakovs, a family whose lives were all  related to the ZIL automotive factory. Filmed in 1990 and1997

Discussion with Anton Maximenko, grandson of Nikolai Kazakov (1905-2002)

Demonstration of use of public transport, tour of Metro stations with students
30 April
Discussion: with Vladislav Semenkov

Visit: Tretyakov Gallery of Russian art

Musical: Viva Carmen!
09 May
Participation in World War 2 Victory Day observations at various sites in Moscow

Puppet Theater: Carmen, My Carmen!
22 April
Lecture-discussion: Why the USSR imploded and the course of post-Soviet changes, Boris Kargalitsky, Director, Institute of Globalization Studies

Video: 60 Years at ZIL. Soviet and post-Soviet history of the factory seen through the eyes of Nikolai Kazakov

01 May
Observe May Day parades and demonstrations

Bus tour: Moscow by night

Night train to St. Petersburg

10 May
Holiday: Free day
23 April

Visit: Kremlin grounds and churches

Ballet: Swan Lake
02 May
City tour by bus

Visit: Piskarevsky Cemetery

Visit: Aurora battleship

Visit: Catherine's Park and Alexandrovsky palace in Pushkin

11 May
Summary discussion led by Vladislav Semenkov

Evaluation discussion by group

24 April
All day visit to Sergeev-Posad and its monastery and church complex
Sergeev posad

03 May
Group divided into 3 parts for:
Peter's Walking Tours
Rasputin's St. Petersburg
Slums of St. Petersburg
Communist Legacy
Peter's Food crawl: Markets, cafés, restaurants

Discussion: Arcady Khotin, entrepreneur of outsource software company since last years of USSR

12 May
Departure for Amsterdam
Overnight in Amsterdam

25 April
Visit: Lenin's Mausoleum & Kremlin wall

Visit: Izmailovsky Park "flea market"

04 May
Visit: Hermitage Museum

Visit: Peter & Paul Fortress

of Russian folk songs and dances

Night train to Moscow

13 May
Flights home

Contact: Eric Fenster moscowtrip2007@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.