LeSavoy2013Linkages Board member, Dr. Barbara LeSavoy, has been awarded a faculty post to the 2014 summer session of the SUNY Stony Brook/ St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI).The St. Petersburg Institute of Linguistics, Cognition and Culture (NYI) is an advanced study program organized every July in St. Petersburg, Russia at St. Petersburg State University.  This year’s institute will be held July 14-August 1, 2014. Continue reading LINKAGES BOARD MEMBER AWARDED FACULTY POST AT ST. PETERSBURG INSTITUTE

President’s Letter, Spring 2014


It’s been a very rough time for US-Russian relations. It’s hard to believe that just a few months ago we were witnessing the spectacle and excitement of the Olympics in Sochi. The stunning figure skating performances, incredible skiing and snowboarding feats and exciting hockey games between global rivals were riveting. Russia put its national stamp on the winter Olympics, showcased Russian culture and history to the world and made its mark as a global player through hosting and competing in the Olympics. As the crisis in Ukraine unfolds, the tensions between countries threaten to spill over into sister-city relations.

It’s important to remember that one of the principles of Sister Cities International is that sister city organizations do not get involved in national politics. Continue reading President’s Letter, Spring 2014

Welcome, Marina Trofimova

Linkages_groupMarina Trofimova, teacher of English from Velikiy Novgorod, Russia arrived in Rochester for a three week stay on March 20. She will spend her time in the US visiting schools in the Rochester area to observe how instruction is delivered to students at different grade levels. Pictured above is Marina (on right front next to Russian flag), Linkages members and other American friends at a reception held in her honor organized by the Linkages Education Committee at the home of Michael Brundage and his husband, Colin Cofffey on March 22. Continue reading Welcome, Marina Trofimova

Velikiy Novgorod Celebrates the Sochi Winter Olympics


Velikiy Novgorod was a key stop on the 2014 Winter Olympic torch relay, which began on October 7, 2013 and continued until its arrival in Sochi on February 5, 2014. In Russia the torch traveled from Moscow to Sochi through 2,900 towns and villages and all 83 regions of Russia by foot, car, plane, boat and “troika.” On October 24, torchbearer, Elena Kirilova, European champion in acrobatics, arrived with the torch on a Novgorod “soyma,” a traditional fishing boat, on the Volkhov River. The welcome ceremony for the Olympic flame took place in the ancient settlement of Ryurik, the historical location of the original Novgorod settlement, on the right bank of the Volkhov River, 10 km from current day Velikiy Novgorod. The torch was then handed off to the next torchbearer, Yuri Yakimov, who brought it to the left bank of the Volkhov River, right at the center of the city.