The winner of this year’s Leslie Eliason Excellence in Teaching Award is Professor Wei Liang, who according to the selection committee “reflects the qualities Professor Eliason valued the most.”
Professor Anna Vassilieva Interviewed on PBS NewsHour
January 3, 2011
On December 27th, PBS News Hour correspondent Jeffrey Brown interviewed Dr. Anna Vassilieva, head of the Russian Studies Program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. The subject of their interview was the justice system, rule of law and politics in Russia, currently in the spotlight because of the latest conviction of the former oil tycoon and billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky. The conviction drew widespread criticism from foreign diplomats and leaders such as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The White House issued a statement declaring that “the failure to follow the rule of law impedes Russian ties with the U.S.”
Professor Vassilieva noted that the verdict was in reality announced by Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, when he said in a television interview that Khodorkovsky belonged in jail. “The power belongs to someone who exercises strength, not justice, not pardon, as we were hoping,” said Vassilieva, adding that Putin is by far the most trusted politician in Russia, currently enjoying very high popularity ratings.
Like this story? Here are a few suggestions:
Monterey Institute Students Elizabeth Romanoff and Jorge Silva capitalized on their language and organizational skills as translators and assistant coordinators for the official Mexican Soccer Delegation at the World Cup.