U.S. Department of State
December 11, 2000
U.S. Department of State Announces Emil Pain as
The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announces that Emil Pain is the Galina Starovoitova Fellowship recipient for the academic year 2000-2001. Pain will conduct nine months of research on Russia's nationality policy at the Washington, D.C.-based Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
An advisor to former Russian President Boris Yeltsin from 1994-1999 on nationality problems, Pain analyzed conflict areas of the former Soviet Union and took part in conflict resolution negotiations in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Georgia. He was also involved in negotiations during Russia's first war with the Chechen Republic. On December 10, 1994, the day Russian troops entered the territory of Chechnya, Pain was the first Yeltsin administration high-ranking official to state on live television his disagreement with a military solution for Chechnya. In 1999, he again stated his disagreement with the Yeltsin administration's decision to resolve the Chechen problem with military force. Prior to advising former President Yeltsin, Pain served as deputy director of Presidential Analytical Service of the Russian Federation and as head of the Group on Nationality Problems, Presidential Council of the Russian Federation. He is the currently the director of the Center for Ethnopolitical and Regional Studies of INDEM Foundation.
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 USSR Supreme Soviet from Yerevan and the Russian Supreme Soviet. She was a presidential advisor on ethnic relations from 1991-1992, co-founded the Democratic Russia movement, and ran as a candidate in Russia's 1996 presidential elections. In 1995, she was elected to the Russian State Duma and represented the 209th parliamentary district in northern St. Petersburg. She was also a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, a research scholar at the Kennan Institute and a distinguished visiting professor at Brown University. Starovoitova was killed by two unknown assassins on November 20, 1998, in St. Petersburg.
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 more information, please contact Catherine Stearns, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, phone (202) 619-5053 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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