WHY AMERICAN COUNCIL FOR INTL EDUCATION SUPPORTS RUSSIAN BUSINESS2 min read
Why does the American President support Ukraine, but American Councils for International Education supports Russian business?
While Ukraine is fighting off russian invaders, American Councils for International Education considers it appropriate to continue organizing exchange programs for russian citizens. This summer the “russian business leaders” program will bring a group of russians to the US. American Councils covers all of that trip expenses.
While our country is experiencing the genocide of Ukrainian nation, the American Councils decides to encourage invading nation and promote its economy by supporting so-called “prospective business leaders of russia” and other programs.
Ukrainians literary die to protect freedom and democracy and while American Councils finds numerous excuses to keep collaborating with Russia.
We, Alumni of the U.S. Government programs, appeal to American Councils for International Education to close any opportunity for Russian citizens and stop relationships with Russia.
The United States stands by Ukraine as it defends its democracy and supports its sovereignty and territorial integrity in the face of unprovoked Russian aggression, but why American Councils for International Education supports Russian business?
Nothing strange in this. Organisation known now as American Council for International Education (ACIE) was established by the Soviet Union as American branch of International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature (Международная Ассоциация Преподавателей Русского Языка и Литературы — МАПРЯЛ) named American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR). The aid of that organization was to promote Russian language around the world, including the U.S.
After the Soviet Union collapse the organisation changed its name. Still bearing the name ACTR (later transferred into American Council for International Education — ACIE) the organization during B. Yeltsin’s presidency started promoting American education in Russia and NIS by shipping there tons of American books for children of different age, maps (including contour maps), pens, pencils, paints, etc.
These programs were ended when Putin became president of RF, all activities of ACIE were prohibited and its regional branches in Russia were closed.
There is nothing strange that this organization continues to work with Russia. At the same time, ACIE has close ties with U.S. State Department, and from this point of view it’s really strange that Department of State doesn’t see what’s going on in organization affiliated with it.