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Moscow Times
January 29, 2003
U.S. Embassy Learns How to Write Russian
By Larisa Naumenko
Staff Writer

The U.S. Embassy has launched a new and improved web site featuring a Russian-language version.

"For those who have visited the embassy's old web site, it's no secret that it was far from being a beauty queen," U.S. Ambassador to Russia Alexander Vershbow said in Russian at the site's opening ceremony Friday at the Moscow State Library of Foreign Literature.

After a virtual ribbon was cut on the computer screen to symbolize the opening of the new site at www.usembassy.ru, Vershbow made a brief presentation of the online resource.

The new version has a more sophisticated design, extended content and it is more convenient to find specific information using the new search engine.

Internet users can find a wealth of information on the ambassador, the U.S. mission to Russia, U.S. citizen services and visa services.

The web site also has sections with general information on the United States -- its history, society, culture, business and government -- as well as information on trade and investment between Russia and the United States.

Another section covers U.S.-Russia cooperative initiatives such as nonproliferation, defense-threat reduction, the war on drugs and other issues.

The web site also contains information on U.S. foreign policy and U.S.-Russia relations.

There is a section dedicated to the academic and professional exchange programs.

But the site is ready to expand as necessary.

"This is only the beginning," Vershbow said.

"We welcome feedback from the users about what information will be useful to them to help us improve the web site."

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