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The tour in May of two East Slavic countries and their three major cities still can accept participants, said Dr. Mara Sukholutskaya, professor of English and languages at East Central University.

She will lead the tour to Kiev, Ukraine, and Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, from May 13-31.

Participants can earn six hours of academic credit which can be applied to ECU's new Russian studies minor.

Russian and Ukrainian culture and history will be the focus of the trip. Visits to churches, museums, art galleries and concerts will showcase the countries' historic past.

The first stop will be in Kiev, the 1,500-year-old capital of Ukraine, known as "Mother of All Russian Cities." Sites will include the catacombs of Lavra, the oldest and holiest Russian monastery, and the splendor of St. Sophie's Cathedral, ornate with 11th century frescoes and mosaics.

An overnight train ride to Moscow is planned to see the Russian capital's Kremlin treasures, churches and parks, as well as Red Square and St. Basil's Cathedral. Three days in Russia's northern capital of St. Petersburg will conclude the tour.

The cost of the trip, which includes airfare, train fare, lodging, all meals, a river cruise and all trips and cultural activities, is approximately $3,100. Tuition and fees will be an additional cost.

For more information, contact Sukholutskaya at 580-559-5293 or by email

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