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Media Note
May 24, 2000

U.S. Department of State Names First Galina Starovoitova
Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) has named Russian scholar Sergei Baburkin as the first Galina Starovoitova Fellowship recipient for the academic year 2000.

Baburkin, a professor of history and political science at the Yaroslavl' State Pedagogical University in Yaroslavl', Russia, will conduct nine months of research on U.S.-Russian military security and conflict resolution after the Cold War in the Washington, D.C.-based Kennan Institute of Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Barburkin holds a Candidate of Science degree, equivalent to a Ph.D., in history from the Moscow Institute of Latin America at the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 1994, he completed his Post-Doctoral degree at the Diplomatic Academy of the Russian Federation's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Baburkin, who was a research fellow at the Kennan Institute and at the Brookings Institution from 1995-96, has published a number of works on U.S.-Russian and Latin American security issues.

Established in January 1999 in Moscow at the direction of U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship is awarded to prominent scholars and policy-makers from the Russian Federation who seek to advance human rights and conflict resolution. Starovoitova, one of the Soviet Union's leading specialists on ethnicity, served in the Congress of the Peoples' Deputies from 1989-1991, was a presidential advisor on ethnic relations until 1992, co-founded the Democratic Russia movement, and ran as a candidate in Russia's 1996 presidential elections. She also served as a scholar at the Kennan Institute. On November 20, 1998, in St. Petersburg, two unknown assassins killed Starovoitova.

The fellowship, awarded through a competition administered jointly by ECA and the Kennan Institute, is part of the Department of State's public diplomacy effort to foster mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries through international educational and training programs. Under the auspices of the Department of State, more than 5,000 students, scholars, professionals and community leaders a year from Russia and the New Independent States come to the U.S. to study, conduct research and make linkages in schools, universities, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, federal offices, businesses and other communities.

For further information, media representatives may contact Catherine Stearns, U.S. Department of State Office of Regional Media & Press Outreach, phone: (202) 619-0874 or e-mail: stearnscl@state.gov.

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The Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs fosters mutual understanding between the United States and other countries through international educational and training programs. The bureau does so by promoting personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad, as well as by presenting U.S. history, society, art and culture in all of its diversity to overseas audiences.

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