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Richard Sayette Wins Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award for 2019 (Russian Far East)

Richard Sayette Wins Moritz Thomsen Peace Corps Experience Award for 2019 (Russian Far East)

The Vodka Diaries: A Peace Corps Volunteer’s Adventures in Russia By Richard Sayette (Russian Far East 1994-95) Prior to joining the Peace Corps, Richard Sayette (Russian Far East 1994-95) earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from Rutgers University, spent several years backpacking through Europe, Asia and Australia and worked as a professional chef. Richard eventually earned an MBA with a focus in international business from the University of South Carolina and has spent the past twenty years working in the risk management field. In a radio broadcast on October 1st, 1939, Winston Churchill referred to Russia as, “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.” During Richard Sayette’s tour as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Russian Far East, he found Churchill’s words to be accurate, as his limited knowledge about Russia stemmed from Dostoevsky and Pushkin novels. From the summer of 1994 until late 1995, he lived and . . .

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