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Coding From Russia’s Countryside

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Several times a year, “Kruzhok” programmers from Moscow visit towns and villages to hold free coding workshops for local teenagers. Before finishing these lessons, students create websites where they share videos and photographs of their hometowns, describing life in Russia’s countryside. As it’s grown more popular, the Kruzhok project has also become more diverse. It’s not just programmers going into towns anymore; there are now musicians, architects, journalists, and astronomers. Meduza explains how professionals sick of the “Moscow bubble” are using their fatigue to fuel an effort to help young people in Russia’s remote regions. 

From the “bubble” to the countryside

By the spring of 2017, Alexander Bratchikov, Sergey Nugaev, Vlad Kyaune, and Alexander Patlukh had spent several years working at the Moscow Coding School and other programming training centers. In major cities across Russia, the demand for technical training was only growing, but the four programmers felt trapped in a “bubble” and decided to learn more about the most popular workshops thriving in the countryside. They also wanted to work specifically with teenagers — “the most interesting and challenging audience,” they say…

To read more visit Meduza.

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