End of Federal Grants Could Damage Russian Studies, Scholars Say

Compared with federal budget cuts in the tens of billions of dollars, the recent elimination of a program that supports Russian studies barely registers. The program, which was run by the U.S. Department of State, provided a relatively tiny $3.3-million to organizations that finance research on Russia and other former Soviet-bloc countries. It also supports language study.

Some scholars in the field, however, say the consequences of the cut could be enormous.

The program began