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The mission of the US Army Russian Institute (USARI) was to provide graduate level Russian language and area training pertinent to staff and military attache duties in support of the Department of the Army Foreign Area Officer (FAO) program. Students studied everything they could about the Russian language, ideology and political structure as well as history, literature and sociological characteristics of the Soviet Union and Eastern European countries, developing a network of experts on Soviet military and political thought. Faculty consisted of former Soviet citizens who were born, raised and educated in Russia. The first were recruited after World War II from displaced-persons camps and included lawyers, professors, doctors and later consisted of defectors with similar professional credentials who had moved West.

In order to completely understand the Russian language and Soviet view of the world, students were immersed in a rich learning environment. Students were immediately plunged into an intensive six-week program of language review upon their arrival and completed a research paper prior to graduation. The library consisted of 100,000 mostly Russian volumes, including the latest Russian daily newspapers and popular magazines. Students listened to the nightly news live from Moscow via satellite dish. The school's halls were decorated with Russian posters and banners and all signs were written in Russian.

This collection spotlights remnants of the many colorful Soviet revolutionary posters that were hung throughout the school.

 
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