We are proud to launch a new educational project, Smolny Beyond Borders, which provides the opportunity for students from Smolny College and others to continue their studies in spite of the disruption from the intensification of the war in Ukraine (see About the project). On October 14, St. Petersburg University revealed that it was dismantling the Liberal Arts and Sciences program (known as Smolny College), and the faculty itself would face a similar sad fate. However, we are still committed to education. Smolny, which was founded in 1999, is the oldest liberal education program in Russia and, in spite of the current situation, maintains a large, active, and international community of students, faculty, and alumni. We intend to continue its tradition of innovative teaching and critical thinking. The first step to support and develop this community will be this initiative.