US: Desire to learn Russian heating up again

Francis Hult francis.hult at
Thu Mar 4 14:04:33 UTC 2010

The Washington Post


Desire to learn Russian heating up again


Russian used to be hot, the must-learn language of ambitious Americans looking to talk to their rivals. But the end of the Cold War put the language in a deep freeze -- one from which it's just beginning to emerge.


Students now see Russia as a place to make money, and, with the highly charged rhetoric of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, the country appears to be a bit of a rival again. Russian programs in high schools, which had been shrinking since the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1991, may have stabilized, educators say. 


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