Reference Sources for Russia, East Europe, and Eurasia


  • CIA World Factbook A good place to find basic information about any country. Has maps and statistics.
  • The Library of Congress Country Studies A continuing series of books prepared by the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress under the Country Studies/Area Handbook Program sponsored by the Department of the Army. This online series presently contains studies of 100 countries.
  • Lonely Planet Destinations Though geared towards people intending to travel, Lonely Planet provides some basic information about the various countries of the world on these sites. Search by region or by country, or type in the desired country’s name.
  • Slavic and East European Folklore Association SEEFA is a non-profit organization devoted to an exchange of knowledge among scholars interested in Slavic and East European folklore. Their website has information about the association’s activities at conferences, contents for the SEEFA journal, and articles and bibliographical information for Bulgarian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, and Ukrainian folklore.
  • BiblioRossica BiblioRossica is an exclusive portal for academics and scholars that offers expertly-selected collections devoted to the most relevant areas of modern Russian, Jewish, Eastern European, and Eurasian humanities. Our fast-growing electronic reference database includes over 10,000 titles of scholarship, with thematic collections spanning works in history, philosophy, linguistics, art, sociology, and more. Our mission is to assemble and make accessible the latest and best publications in the humanities. New titles will be made available immediately after their release, along with the most significant publications from recent years.


  • The Alexander Palace Time Machine At this site created by Bob Atchison, take a tour of Russian palaces and access biographies, diaries and Romanov memorabilia.
  • Christiaan Stange’s Dostoevsky Resource Station Billed as “one man’s humble part-time attempt to create THE definitive reference site” for the study of the famous Russian author, this webpage delivers. The Dostoevsky Resource Station has a chronology, bibliography, critical works, quotations, an image gallery, relevant links, and more.
  • Chronology of Russian History Recently updated with more links to sites with detailed descriptions of specific events and people, Bucknell University’s Chronology of Russian History is one of the best sites on Russian history and an excellent resource for teachers and students alike. Grades 9+.
  • Dazhdbog’s Grandchildren Created by Sergei Naumov, a graduate student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dazhdbog’s Grandchildren is a culture-oriented site featuring some music, poetry, cuisine, and images.
  • Forced Labor Camps A website on the Gulag established by Open Society Archives, with pictures, historical information, and links to related sites.
  • Guide to the History of Russian and Soviet Science and Technology
  • Internet Movie Database: Russian Language Films A catalog of almost 3500 Russian films. In English.
  • Kamchatka: Grizzlies of the Russian Far East Follow two naturalists as they study bears in the Kamchatka Peninsula wilderness.
  • Library of Congress Country Studies: Russia
  • Library of Congress: The Empire That Was Russia This site has a collection of photos taken by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, photographer to the tsar, between 1905 and 1915. Excellent images.
  • Library of Congress Soviet Archive Exhibit Of interest to students in upper grades (9-12). This mostly text website is devoted to the Soviet era top-secret archives of the Central Committee of the Communist Party made public after 1991. It includes some interesting primary source materials related to subjects such as the Secret Police, the gulags, collectivization, and Chernobyl’.
  • Maksim Moshkow’s Library Huge library of online texts. In Russian.
  • Meeting of Frontiers This website is a bilingual, multimedia English-Russian digital library that tells the story of the American exploration and settlement of the West, the parallel exploration and settlement of Siberia and the Russian Far East, and the meeting of the Russian-American frontier in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. It includes more than 2,500 items, comprising some 70,000 images, from the Library of Congress rare book, manuscript, map, film and sound recording collections.
  • Moscow Life Send your students to this website to find out what Russian daily life is like. The page is basically a running journal and photo gallery created by Andrey Sebrant, a journalist. He discusses everything from a day in Gorky Park and Moscow weather to sporting events.
  • Novgorod State United Museum In Russian or English. In addition to information about the museum’s collections and exhibits, this nice site has images and histories of Velikyi Novgorod’s architectural monuments from the 9th to 17th centuries.
  • Panorama From its inception in 1989, Panorama has specialized in detailed reports on new political organizations and the views of their leaders. Contains a large store of information on reform and civil society in the former Soviet Union, and is a useful resource on elections, the main parties, and politicians. Mainly in Russian, with some English.
  • The Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts A small page with descriptions of the collection of the fine Moscow art museum. Includes nice, clear images of some of their more famous works.
  • The Red Book of the Peoples of the Russian Empire A compilation of some 85 ethnic minorities, with information on population, customs, location, language and the like.
  • The Russian Chronicles A journalist and photographer travel from Vladivostok to St. Petersburg, filing interesting personal stories and pictures directly onto the webpage.
  • Russian Feminism: Resources This site is a directory of online resources about Russian women, women’s studies and the women’s movement in the former Soviet Union
  • Russian Icons Collection of icons
  • Russian National Tourist Office Guide to Russia Features clear images and good, brief write-ups of Russia’s history, art and architecture.
  • Russian Paintings A very attractive site designed and maintained by Dr. Alexander Boguslawski at Rollins College. Contains a lot of information about and works from various movements, and painters throughout Russian history.
  • A Russia Phototrack Links to photo galleries of various cities and regions in Russia.
  • Sibirskaia Zaimka On Siberia. In Russian with an auto-translator.
  • Visit Petersburg: St. Petersburg Official City Guide
  • The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia Sometimes the web is almost as good as the real thing! The Hermitage has a very attractive website (in Russian or in English), with a virtual tour and enough reading material to keep you busy for quite a while. A nice technological innovation allows you to zoom in for an even closer look at some of the pieces.
  • Virtual Tour of Solovki Monastery Text and images by Sibelan Forrester, Swarthmore College.
  • Washington Post Siberia Diary In August 2001, Robert G. Kaiser and Lucian Perkins of the Washington Post took a month-long expedition in Siberia to report on the people and natural resources of Russia’s most abundant region. Good stories and images.
  • Washington Post Timeline: Yeltsin’s Reforms and Economic Turmoil A good chronology, with linked articles, of Yeltsin’s political career and policy decisions since 1985.

Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova

  • Belarus National Centre of Legal Information Access to the Belarus legal information databank and news of Belarus legislation. Some legal acts are available in English.
  • Lib. Congress Country Studies: Belarus; Moldova; Ukraine (not available yet)
  • Traditional Ukrainian Wedding Rituals View photos and read descriptions of traditional Ukrainian weddings on this page and its link, compiled by Natalie Kononenko from the University of Virginia.
  • Virtual Guide to Belarus Belarusian history, culture, politics, geography, and so on. Developed as a collaborative effort by a group of Belarusian scientists working around the world.
  • UA Zone The Ukrainian Information Project features a Ukraine factbook, a guide to Kiev, and a lot of photo galleries.
  • Ukrainian Icon Gallery This site has thumbnails and larger images of 25 Ukrainian icons from the 11th to 16th centuries. A paragraph explaining the subject and the work’s origins accompanies each icon.

The Baltic States

  • Eesti Rahva Muuseum / The Estonian National Museum Designed to be a complete treasury of Estonian cultural heritage, the musuem in Tartu primarily features ethnographical objects. The website, available in Estonian and English, includes some nice “virtual exhibitions.”
  • Estonian Culture Written descriptions of Estonian culture, festivals, and cuisine.
  • Internet Resources on Latvia Government, news and media, academic links. Compiled by the School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University of London.
  • Kultu’ra Latvija’ Links for culture (music, visual arts, etc.) in Latvia. Most of the pages can be viewed in English by clicking on “English,” “en,” or a flag.
  • Lib. Congress Country Studies: Estonia; Latvia; Lithuania
  • Lithuania Home Page Click on “Discover Lithuania” to access maps, information about the land and people, language, government, and history.

Caucasus and Central Asia

Central and Eastern Europe

Dictionaries and Glossaries