War impacting Russian language studies at Czech universities

Photo: Západočeská univerzita Plzeň

Russia’s war against Ukraine has had widespread negative impacts outside the country’s borders. Among them is a drop in interest in Russian studies at Czech universities and a gradual loss of academic contacts.

More than fourteen months after the war in Ukraine started, Czech universities report a drop in the number of people interested in studying Russian language and literature, a loss of academic contacts with universities in Russia, cancelled internships and fewer study materials. However, schools of higher learning consider it important to maintain the high quality of education in the department of Slavonic studies for those interested in the field. Václav Hanáček is one of the Russian language students at the University of West Bohemia in Plzen.

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Authors: Daniela Lazarová, Martina Klímová