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)

  • At the moment (August 2) we assume that Fall 2021: classes will be taught in person, in regular classrooms The Zoom room meeting IDs on the Rooms and Times page are for additional office hours, individual meetings with teachers, and the like.
  • Class scheduling: See Rooms and times (link on the left). For all courses marked TBA, see Organizational meetings below.
  • Organizational meetings for Fall 2021 courses that are marked TBA (Time to Be Arranged) in the course roster and in our schedule will be held online:
    • RUSSA 1125: 5:30 pm Friday August 27 in Slava's Zoom room: 607 277 3981 psw 3981;
    • RUSSA 1131: 4:30 pm Friday August 27 in Slava's Zoom room: 607 277 3981 psw 3981;
    • RUSSA 2203: 2:30 pm Thursday August 26 in Slava's Zoom room: 607 277 3981 psw 3981;
    • RUSSA 3305, 3309, 4413, 6633 6:30 pm on Friday August 27 in Slava's Zoom room: 607 277 3981 psw 3981;
    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