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Albania

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Recommended because this is the official website of the Albanian embassy in Washington, DC. The embassy address and contact information is: 2100 S Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008 Tel: (202) 223-4942; Fax: (202) 628-7342. Be aware of the fact that the Albanian embassy website merely provides the embassy’s contact information and nothing more.

American Councils for International Education (ACTR/ACCELS)

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Recommended because the American Councils is a non-profit education and training organization, specializing in the countries of Eastern Europe, Russia, and Eurasia. American Councils programs include academic exchange, professional training, institution building, research, materials development, technical assistance, and consulting. Start by looking at the “Grants and Fellowship” section which describes programs including school to school exchanges between US and East European high schools, including bringing teachers from abroad here, and sending US teachers to the former Soviet Union.

Armenia

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Recommended because this is the website of the Armenian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Dr. Arman Kirakossian, 2225 R Street, Washington, DC 20008. Tel: (202) 319-1976 Fax: (202) 319-2982 E-mail: amembusadm@msn.com URL: http://www.armeniaemb.org/ Start by clicking on the Discover Armenia link at the top center of the website–it provides a wealth of information on the history and culture of Armenia.

Azerbaijan

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Recommended because this is the website of the Azerbaijan embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Hafiz M. Pashayev 927 15th Street NW, Suite 700, Washington DC 20035 Tel: (202) 842-0001 Fax: (202) 842-0004 E-mail: azerbaijan@tidalwave.net URL: http://www.azembassy.com/ Start by clicking on About Azerbaijan which provides a great deal of well organized information about the history, politics, and culture of Azerbaijan.

BBC News: Europe

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Recommended because of its famously unbiased news reporting. In addition to the latest news coverage from the region, this website contains a wealth of European links including country profiles and the BBC World Service radio broadcast, “Europe Today.”Be aware of the fact that there is also a “Country Profiles” section that gives excellent background information on all countries, including the country’s history as well as articles on recent developments.

Belarus

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Recommended because this is the website of the Belarus embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Charg

Bellona Foundation

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Recommended because this is an unmatched source of information on nuclear waste and radioactive pollution in Russia and the former Soviet Union. One large source of nuclear contamination, for example, is the rusting atomic submarines of the Russian navy at anchor in the Arctic Ocean. A very large website with a wealth of information on nuclear contamination. Start by clicking on the About Bellona button in the upper left hand corner of the website to learn what this environmental organization is all about.

Bosnia and Herzogovina

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Recommended because this is the website of the Bosnia and Herzogovina embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Igor Davidovic, 2109 E Street NW, Washington DC 20037. Tel: (202) 337-1500. Fax: (202) 337-1502. E-mail: info@bhembassy.org URL: http://www.bhembassy.org/

Brookings Institution

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Recommended because Brookings is a private, non-partisan research institution based in Washington, DC. It conducts a huge amount of research on political, economic, and security issues relating to Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Much of this research is published online. It is both very current and highly readable, even for non-specialists. Start by clicking on the “Foreign Policy Studies” section and then clicking on “Research” to find regional groupings including The Balkans, Caucasus and Central Asia, Europe, and Russia and Eurasia. Each region has a dozen or more articles. Brookings also has archived articles, as well as wonderful links to related websites.

Budapest Sun

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Recommended because of its detailed news coverage of Hungarian politics, society, and business. Be aware of the “Style” section which contains lots of good Hungarian cultural reporting, including travel articles take you to historic and picturesque Hungarian cities. A very well-organized and quite comprehensive website.

Bulgaria

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Recommended because This is the website of the Bulgarian embassy to Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Elena Poptodorova, 1621 22nd Street NW, Washington DC 20008. Tel: (202) 387-0174 Fax: (202) 234-7973; E-mail: office@bulgaria-embassy.org URL: http://www.bulgaria-embassy.org Start by simply scrolling down this website. It is very unorthodox and has an entire gamut of subjects covered in an almost newsletter-type format.

Central Asia Caucasus Analyst

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Recommended because this is a biweekly summary of news and analysis of events in Central Asia and the Caucasus. The “Analyst” is compiled at the Central Asia and Caucasus Institute of Johns Hopkins University. Article authors are scholars from around the world. The website contains an archive of past articles in addition to listing current ones. Materials include news, field reports, and analytical articles Be aware of the possibility that this website may be too advanced for most students as it has a very academic tone.

Croatia

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Recommended because this is the website of the Croatian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Ivan Grdesic, 2343 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20008. Tel: (202) 588-5899 Fax: (202) 588-8936 E-mail: webmaster@croatiaemb.org URL: http://www.croatiaemb.org/

Czech Republic

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Recommended because this is the website of the Czech embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Martin Palou, Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St. NW, Washington D.C., 20008. Tel: (202) 274-9100 E-mail: no address given URL: http://www.mzv.cz/washington/

Czech Republic: Radio Prague

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Recommended because from this website one can listen to English language broadcasts of Radio Prague, the official state broadcast of the Czech Republic. Start by scanning the Radio Prague website (in English) which also contains up-to-date news articles, as well as a wealth of information on Czech culture (for example, Czech beer!) and history. Be aware of the excellent section “Photo Tour of Prague,” highlighting one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.

Doctors Without Borders

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Recommended because this international organization based in France reports on humanitarian crises throughout the world. Currently it is heavily involved in Afghanistan, as well as in Russia where it is most concerned about the war in Chechnya and the tuberculosis epidemic among the Russian prison population. Reports on these and other regional issues can be found on the DWB website. Start by by typing a country or subject you are interested in the site’s search engine. When searching with “Russia” recently the search engine returned 84 separate reports.

Estonia

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Recommended because this is the website of the Estonian Embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information at the embassy is as follows: Ambassador Sven J

Georgia

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Recommended because this is the website of the Georgian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Tedo Japaridze, 1615 New Hampshire Ave. NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20009. Tel: (202) 387-2390 Fax: (202) 393-4537 URL: http://www.georgiaemb.org/

Hungary

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Recommended because This is the website of the Hungarian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information at the embassy is as follows: Ambassador G

Hungary: Radio Budapest

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Recommended because this website allows one to listen to the English language broadcasts of the official Hungarian radio service to the international world. Be aware of the fact that, unfortunately, this website does not contain written news and other information about Hungary.

Indiana University’s Russian and East European Institute

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Recommended because it is one of the leading US university centers for the study of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. It has an extensive library of videos, books, curriculum guides, etc., available for loan to educators free of charge. Start by clicking on “Outreach” and then “Other Resources”.

Johnson’s Russia List

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Recommended because Johnson’s Russia List is a comprehensive daily e-mail news service on Russian affairs. Each list contains articles and commentary about Russian politics, economics, society, and culture. Perhaps the best single source for what is happening in Russia today, especially since Russian perspectives (translated from the original Russian into English) appear alongside Western articles. Be aware of the fact that you can subscribe to the list by writing David Johnson at . To access past editions of the List, go to the List archive at the URL listed above.

Kazakhstan

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Recommended because this is the website of the Kazakh embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassadodr Kuanysh Sultanov, 1401 16th Street, NW, Washington DC 20036. Tel: (202) 232-5488. Fax: (202) 232-5845 E-mail: kazak@intr.net URL: http://www.kazakhembus.com

KeyPals Club

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Recommended because of emailing classrooms and students world wide. Topics and materials include database of connected classrooms, topics for teachers, students, and youth. “The safest way to connect classroom to classroom…student to student … worldwide.” Reviewed by April Lukacsko, 3/31/02.

Kiev Post

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Recommended because of its comprehensive reporting of news from and about Ukraine. Despite the threat that freedom of the press is under due to the dictatorial policies of Ukrainian President Kuchma, the “Kiev Post” provides fairly objective news coverage. Be aware of the fact that you must register (free, but you are required to provide your e-mail address and other information) to gain access to most of the Post’s articles.

Kygyrzstan

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Recommended because this is the website of the Kyrgyz embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Baktybek Abdrisaev, 1732 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20007. Tel: (202) 338-5141 Fax: (202) 338-5139 E-mail: Embassy@kyrgyzstan.org URL: http://www.kyrgyzstan.org/

Latvia

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Recommended because this is the website of the Latvian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information is as follows: Ambassador Aivis Ronis 4325 17th Street, NW, Washington DC 20011 Tel: (202) 726-8213 Fax: (202) 726-6785 E-mail: Embassy@Latvia-USA.org http://www.latvia-usa.org/

Lithuania

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Recommended because this is the website of the Lithuanian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Vygaudas Uackas 2622 Sixteenth Street, NW, Washington DC 20009-4202. Tel: (202) 234-5860 Fax: (202) 328-0466 E-mail: admin@ltembassyus.org URL: http://www.ltembassyus.org/

Macedonia

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Recommended because there apparently still is no official website for the Macedonian embassy in Washington, so this non-official one is the next best thing. Contact information for the embassy is as follows: 1101 30th Street N.W., Suite 302, Washington D.C. 20007. Tel: 202 625 4377; Fax: 202 625 8376; e-mail: rmacedonia@aol.com

Moldova

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Recommended because there is no official website of the Moldovan embassy in Washington, DC, but this website gives important information about the embassy. Contact information for the embassy: 2101 S Street, NW, Washington DC 20008. Tel: (202) 667-1130/31/37 Fax: (202) 667-1204 E-mail: moldova@dgs.dgsys.com Be aware of another website about Moldova, which provides information on Moldovan culture, history, and politics at http://www.moldova.org/

New York Times

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Recommended because both in terms of quantity and quality, the New York Times provides the best journalistic coverage by any US newspaper of Eastern Europe. This URL brings you to the NYT Europe page, so news articles on Western as well as Eastern Europe will be present. Also included are Associated Press stories on the region. Be aware of the fact that this website is searchable.

Ohio State University Center for Slavic and East European Studies

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Recommended because it has probably the largest collection of East European videos in the country that is accessible to educators free of charge. This video library contains classics as well as ercent best cellers. Start by clicking on the Films section to access this collection. Be aware of the Teachers section also contains curriculum units and internet links of interest to teachers.

Poland

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Recommended because this is the website of the Polish embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Przemyslaw Grudzinski, Embassy of Poland, 2640 16th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20009. Tel: (202) 234-3800 Fax: (202) 328-6271; URL: http://www.polandembassy.org/

Poland: Radio Polonia

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Recommended because this is the official Polish state radio. Start by clicking on “English Section” to either listen to Polish Radio online or to read English language news articles, as well as number of other subjects like Polish history, Polish poetry, and the arts in Poland. Be aware of the fact that the same information is available in Polish, Russian, German, Belorussian, Ukrainian, and Esperanto(!).

Polart

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Recommended because Polart specializes in all things Polish and they carry a large selection of books, maps, videos, music CDs, clothing, handicrafts, and many other Polish items. The single best source in the United States (Sarasota, Florida to be exact) to find Polish-related items. Their catalogue is online.

Pravda

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Recommended because this is the former official newspaper of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, but today has become a mainstream publication of the post-Soviet Russian press. Unlike The Moscow Times, this newspaper is not pro-Western, but rather more Russian nationalist in tone. For this reason it is very useful for a critical view of the US role in world politics, one that is shared by a clear majority of Russians. Be aware of the fact that articles are translated from the Russian into English and often the translations are a little rough, but still quite comprehensible.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Newsline

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Recommended because of its daily news report on the Former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. News stories are brief, objective, and focus primarily on political developments. Topics are divided into the following areas: Russia; Transcaucasus and Central Asia; Central and Eastern Europe; and Southeastern Europe. Be aware of the fact that one can receive the daily RFE/RL news reports for free by e-mail (write to newsline-subscribe@list.rferl.org) or the reports can be accessed on the RFE/RL website, which also has a newsline archive.

Romania

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Recommended because this is the website of the Romanian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: 1607 23rd Street, NW, Washington DC 20008 . Tel: (202) 332-4848 Fax: (202) 232-4748 E-mail: romania1@roembus.org URL: http://www.roembus.org/

Russia

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Recommended because this is the website of the Russian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Yuri V. Ushakov, 2650 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20007. Tel: (202) 298-5700 Fax: (202) 298-5735 URL: http://www.russianembassy.org/

Russian Radio

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Recommended because this a Russian Radio station with latest music and every hour news broadcasts- great way to practice Russian language skills and interact with the culture. Start by clicking the yellow “Listen NOW” button and enjoy Be aware of it is all in Russian

SAPE

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Recommended because SAPE matches people from the United States with penpals in the fomer Soviet Union (including Russia and all fourteen of the other former Soviet Republics). It provides this service with the goal of fostering international understanding and educating people about the former Soviet Union on a one-to-one basis. Be aware of the fact, however, that e-mail is not used. Rather, penpals write to each other by postal mail only. The program is for ages 8 and older (adults as well as children); penpals usually write in English, although SAPE is always looking for Americans who can write in Russian; penpals are matched on the basis of age, common language, and choice of male or female penpal.

Serbia and Montenegro

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Recommended because this is the website of the Serbia and Montenegro embassy in Washington, DC. Serbia and Montenegro is the successor state to the former Yugoslavia. Contact information: 2341 Kalorama Road, NW, Washington DC 20008. Tel: (202) 332-0333 Fax: (202) 332-3933 E-mail: yuembusa@aol.com URL: http://www.yuembusa.org/

Slovakia

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Recommended because this is the website of the Slovakian embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information: Ambassador Martin Butora, 3523 International Court, NW, Washington DC 20008. Tel: (202) 237-1054; Fax: (202) 237-6438 E-mail: info@slovakembassy-us.org URL: http://www.slovakembassy-us.org/

Slovakia: Radio Slovakia International

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Recommended because this is the Slovak state radio service in English. the website contains a small news section and archive. There are also Slovak, Russian, German, French, and Spanish versions to this website. Start by clicking on “English” on the left side of the screen. Be aware of the fact that topics in this website include Myths and Legends, Tourism, History, and Culture, among several others.

St. Petersburg Times

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Recommended because although this is another business-oriented (i.e., Western oriented) newspaper, it is valuable because it carries in-depth coverage of Russian news and features an excellent Russian arts and culture section. Be aware of the fact that there is a great “Special Features” section containing, among other subjects, a feature entitled “Russia’s Last Tsar.”

The Baltics Worldwide

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Recommended because this is a half news/features newspaper, half tourist guide to the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. A commercial venture, the reporting is done with style and flair. The website contains a great variety of information, including historical maps of the Baltics. Start by simply looking at all of the various features of the website, including “Red Humor” (Soviet jokes). The number of different subjects is amazing.

The CDI Russia Weekly

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Recommended because this is a good source of news articles on Russia and the former Soviet Union, both from Russia (in English translation) and the West. Basically the CDI Russia Weekly is a short summary of the daily Johnson’s Russia List. The CDI Russia website is archived, so one can look at previous issues over the last several years and the archived issues are fully searchable as well. A tremendous source of information on Russia and the former Soviet Union, although it is much more weighted toward political and economic issues than social ones. The CDI Russia Weekly is a project of the Washington-based Center for Defense Information (CDI) and receives funding from the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the MacArthur Foundation. Be aware of the fact that you can subscribe by e-mailing David Johnson at djohnson@cdi.org.

The Moscow Times

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Recommended because this is the premier English-language newspaper in Russia. It has a decidedly pro-business and pro-Western orientation, so its editorial positions and reporting slant cannot be considered typical for Russia. Still, the quality of journalism is very high, and the paper often takes critical views both of Russian and American government policies. Start by looking at the Times’ excellent editorial page by clicking on “Opinion.”

The Prague Post

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Recommended because of its weekly news in English, as well as commentary, and features from Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. Articles about Czech cultural life are very interesting. Be aware of the fact that the Prague Post is not at all dominated by business reporting as are most of the East European online newspapers.

Transitions Online (TOL)

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Recommended because this Prague-based news service provides objective and detailed news coverage of all of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, including Central Asia. Start by using the “browse by country” or “browse by subject” features located near the top center of the front page. Be aware of Be aware of the fact that unlike many of the business sector-oriented East European news services TOL is a non-profit organization that uses local reporters for its articles. Its mission is to strengthen independent journalism in the Region. A great source for regional news.

Turkmenistan

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Recommended because this is the website of the Turkmen embassy in Washington, DC. Contact information for the embassy is as follows: Ambassador Halil Ugur, 2207 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20008. Tel: (202) 588-1500 Fax: (202) 588-0697 E-mail: turkmen@earthlink.net URL: http://www.turkmenistanembassy.org/ Start by clicking on the very interesting History and Culture section which includes the following sub-topics: History of Turkmenistan: State flag and emblem; Turkmen carpets; and Akhalteke horses (the latter two are the pride of Turkmentistan and make for good reading).

University of Michigan Center for Russian and East European Studies

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Recommended because the University of Michigan website is a leader for Teacher resources. It has a wealth of East European related curriculum materials to loan to educators and this website contains a superb list of links to information on Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Start by clicking on the Teacher Outreach section. Reviewed by Bill Wolf, April 2002; updated August 2003.

Uzbekistan

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Recommended because this is the website of the Uzbek embassy in Washington, DC. The embassy contact information is: Ambassador Shavkat Shodiyevich Khamrakulov, 1746 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington DC 20036. Tel: 202-887-5300; Fax: 202-293-6804 E-mail: emb@uzbekistan.org URL: http://www.uzbekistan.org/ Be aware of the fact that as of June 2004, the embassy website is down, so an alternate website relating to the embassy can be accessed by clicking here .

Voice of Russia

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Recommended because this is the official voice of the Russian government. One can listen to broadcasts in English, Russian, and several other languages. Be aware of the fact that you can get a Russian perspective on news, Russian culture, history, etc. in written form at the Voice of Russia’s English language website at http://www.vor.ru/index_eng.html.

Washington Post

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Recommended because like the New York Times, the Post provides high-quality coverage of Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Start by looking at the country indexes (look for this feature in the right column and scroll down). Additional features include special reports, editorials, and commentary on the region. Central Asian news is located in the separate section, “Asia/Pacific.” This site is also searchable. Be aware of Be aware the possibility that you may have to register to use the Washington Post site, but the process only takes a few seconds and you are not asked to provide any information (like your e-mail address) that could compromise your privacy.

Yevshan

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Recommended because Yevshan is the largest supplier of high-quality Ukrainian books, music, videos and Ukrainian cultural items in North America. Start by clicking on “Pysanky-Supplies” after you have entered the site if you are interested in those beautiful Ukrainian Eastern eggs (or want kits so you can make them yourself). Be aware of the fact that Yevshan is located in Beaconsfield, Quebec.