Russia Says Bard College Curriculum a “Security” “Threat”

A US liberal arts college known for its artistic hipsters and A-List alumni was banned from Russia on Monday after being declared an “undesirable” and “threat” to “order and security,” the reporters reported. state media.

Bard College’s overseas semester program in St. Petersburg “threatens the constitutional order and security of Russia,” the Russian attorney general’s office said in a statement reported by TASS.

Russian law prohibits groups with the legally binding “undesirable” label from operating inside the country’s borders, according to the US mission in Russia.

“After examining the documents received on June 21, the attorney general’s office decided to recognize the foreign-based educational NGO Bard College as undesirable in Russian territory,” the Russian attorney general’s office said.

Students at Bard Abroad in St. Petersburg donned period costumes and learned traditional waltzes.

Notable Bard College alumni include “Saturday Night Live” star Chevy Chase, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, and reporter Ronan Farrow.

The elite school’s main campus is in Annandale-on-Hudson, upstate New York, about three hours north of New York.

Students enrolled in Bard’s Russia program study at St. Petersburg State University for one or two semesters, according to the college’s website. The program is not expected to take place this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the website said.

Masha Gessen, Russian-American journalist
Masha Gessen, a Russian-American journalist, joined Bard College as “writer in residence”.
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Writer Masha Gessen, a leading US-based critic of Russian leader Vladimir Putin, joined the school in April 2020 as a “distinguished writer in residence,” according to a contemporary press release.

A representative from Bard College did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Bard College’s overseas semester in the St. Petersburg program “threatens the constitutional order and security of Russia.”

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