Lesson 3: Борьба за власть

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This is the third lesson in a series of four based on an interview with a leading Russian politician, Irina Khakamada. In this lesson you will watch two clips in which Irina Khakamada provides her view of the political events in Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Yeltsin’s victory in Russia’s second democratic election, his resignation and the accession of Vladimir Putin to the presidency. The lesson consists of four parts: Ельцин у власти, Ельцин и олигархи, Выборы наследника, and Заключение.

What You Will Learn:

In this lesson, you will learn about the relationships between Yeltsin and Russia’s leading businessmen (oligarchs) and their impact on national politics and policy. In the lesson, you will learn about verbal and non-verbal cues Khakamada uses to convey her political views. You will listen to speech samples of other Russians on a given topic and will practice working with active and passive voices.

Learning Tips:

Remember that perspectives on historical events can vary widely. Khakamada’s opinion might be different from that of her political opponents or from those expressed in the mass media.

pages Number of pages: 15
clock Estimated completion time: 1 hour, 20 minutes




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Russian Advanced Interactive Listening Series: Интервью с Ириной Хакамадой Copyright © by Nina Familiant; Victoria Thorstensson; Shannon Donnally Quinn; Darya Vassina; Benjamin Rifkin; and Dianna Murphy is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.