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US acadamic interest in USSR appears to have taken upturn

US interest in the Soviet Union appears to be growing as more Americans seek to become experts in Soviet affairs. Extensive media attention to the arms race and two changes of Soviet leadership in the past two years have done much to stimulate public interest in US-Soviet matters.

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Late last year, Congress passed a bill calling for annual federal grants for advanced-level Soviet and Eastern European studies by US specialists. The first appropriation, $4.8 million, has been approved for the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 1985.

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