Viktoria Tsimberov, Slava Paperno, Raissa Krivitsky
Our main sequence of courses is team-taught by (left to right) Viktoria Tsimberov, Slava Paperno, and Raissa Krivitsky. Each of us also teaches his or her own courses. If we were to describe our program in three words, it would be "challenging, fulfilling, and fun." And very friendly!

Current Announcements (last updated March, 20, 2021)

  • The first two weeks of the Spring 2022 semester are to be taught on Zoom; later, classes will move to in-person meetings according to a schedule to be chosen by the university administration. Our Zoom classes are: in real time • in small groups • never pre-recorded • highly interactive. We have done that with great success in the past and can have fun doing it again at the beginning of this spring. We are aware that for students with extremes forms of ADD it might be difficult to concentrate in front of a computer. But it can be done, and besides, online language learning has advantages that work for everyone:
    • with adequate equipment, you can hear the sounds more clearly, and adjust the volume when needed;
    • the teacher can hear you better: no need to shout through a mask at six feet from everyone;
    • if you happen to have a soft voice, just move the microphone closer to your mouth, or get a more sensitive one;
    • language classes are small, and with everyone facing their cameras on the same screen, it is easy to feel in touch with all your classmates;
    • you will never be neglected by the teacher just because you happen to be sitting in the corner or be obscured by a bigger fellow;
    • words typed in the chat box are equally readable to everyone; it is like every student getting her own blackboard that’s always visible to all;
    • you can save the entire contents of the chat box: no need to copy everything from the blackboard;
    • you can see yourself the way others see you, and can tuck away that stubborn strand of hair, or practice self control;
    • no one gets sick
  • Class scheduling: See Rooms and times (link on the left). For all courses marked TBA, see Organizational meetings below.
  • Organizational meetings for Spring 2022 courses that are marked TBA (Time to Be Arranged) will be held online:
    • RUSSA 1126: 6:30 pm East Coast time on Tuesday January 25 in Slava's Zoom room;
    • RUSSA 1132: 4:30 pm East Coast time on Tuesday January 25 in Slava's Zoom room;
    • All upper-level TBA courses,: 5:30 pm East Coast time on Tuesday January 25 in Slava's Zoom room;
    We'll be looking for online meeting times for the TBA courses that suit everyone. These meetings might also help if you're not sure which course is right for you.
  • Placement Test in Russian: Read Russian for Russians under Courses, then contact Slava Paperno by email,, for an online appointment before pre-enrolling this summer, or come to Slava's office, 211 Klarman Hall, at 1:30 on August 25, 2021.
  • Russian Language Club at Cornell: Join the Facebook group (run by students) to stay updated. Join the listserv by sending an empty message with subject "Join" to The club's e-mail is
  • Russian Minor is offered in the Department of Comparative Literature. See details under Russian minor (link on the left).
  • Free on-campus tutoring at LSC.
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  • Scholarships, study abroad, etc.:
    • February 15 is the application deadline for our Michael Harum Award. If you plan to study in Russia, click Study in Russia for the link.
    • Applications to various programs for study in Russia are generally due in early-to-mid-February, click Study in Russia for more.
    • The AATSEEL site under Outside resources always has relevant information on internships, graduate studies, and such.
See Rooms and times for class meeting times and places; our office hours; and links to campus maps and building names.
Click Courses if you are looking for information on all our courses.
If you learned Russian at home or studied it in high school, see Russian for Russians under Courses.
For critical dates and the academic calendar, see Important Cornell links.
You will find contact information under Faculty. If you are new to the program and have a question, write to Slava Paperno.
From our students:
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Dept. of Comparative Literature • Russian Language Program • 240 Goldwin Smith Hall • Cornell University • Ithaca, NY 14853-4701, USA
tel. 607/255-4155 • fax 607/255-8177 • email