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AMERICANS WELCOMED ABOARD RUSSIA'S PRESIDENTIAL YACHT

 AMERICANS WELCOMED ABOARD RUSSIA'S PRESIDENTIAL YACHT
 MOSCOW, March 16 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, a select group of


Americans will pay up to $8,000 for the privilege of joining one of a series of cruises that will be like no other -- before or after.
 The cruise itinerary will take them onto the Upper Volga aboard the M.S. Rossia, which quite literally is the Russian ship of state, originally built for former Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev. Passengers, limited to only 26 on each of the cruises, will include delegations from alumni associations of major American universities led by experts on the current political and social scene in the former Soviet Union.
 The cruise program will provide these Americans a rare opportunity to trade ideas with influential members of Russian society. They will meet Russian politicians, members of the news agencies Tass or Pravda, representatives from the Russian Foreign Office, scholars and academicians, doctors, lawyers, and other professionals, and even a member of President Yeltsin's personal staff.
 Richard D. Small, president of AHI International Corp., the Des Plaines, Ill.-based travel company that is making the cruise arrangements, notes: "This unusual program may never be available again, for we are told that President Yeltsin's staff has plans to utilize the ship solely for official state business after this summer."
 Alumni associations participating in this extraordinary educational and cultural program include Dartmouth, Duke, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, and the University of Texas.
 Acting faculty for the unique travel study program will include internationally renowned scholar and authority on the former Soviet Union Dr. Marshall I. Goldman, associate director of Harvard University's Russian Research Center. Among the American and Soviet business leaders, diplomats, and officials who have sought his counsel are Mikhail Gorbachev and President Bush.
 Also lending his expertise is internationally recognized Russian scholar Professor Irwin Weil of Northwestern, whose packed classes are a campus legend. Dr. Weil is a founding member of the International Association of Teachers of Russian Language and Literature.
 Other American luminaries who will lead cruise programs include former astronaut Major General Joe H. Engle; Dr. James P. Scanlan, professor of international studies and philosophy at Ohio State; and Dr. Barry Scherr, professor of Russian at Dartmouth.
 The cruise segment of the itinerary is five days and four nights along the Volga, Europe's longest river, that it is said "flows in the heart of every Russian." The cruise retraces the trade route of Turks and Tatars, Mongols and Slavs. Also included are three nights each in Moscow and St. Petersburg.
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 /CONTACT: Dick Griffith of Richard C. Griffith and Associates, 312-263-6481, for AHI International Corp. CO: AHI International Corp. ST: IN: LEI SU: PDT SM -- NYFNS3 -- 8587 03/17/92 07:30 EST
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