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4: Here Comes the Nevesta
Marx was scornful, Engels was scathing. In his headier days, Lenin considered it a deplorably bourgeois means of oppressing women. But even in Soviet times, Russians got married. Now the way people go about tying the conjugal knot is changing too. Christina Ling takes a look at marriage in Russia, past and present.
President Boris Yeltsin decreed that this year be counted the 250th anniversary of the samovar. What better occasion for Lisa Dickey to visit the world's largest private collection of samovars, now on display in St. Petersburg?
13: The Baptizers
An excerpt from "A Land Owned by Russia," a book to be published that describes the assimilatio nof Alaska, the Aleutian Islands and northern California by Russian explorers in the 17th-19th centuries, and the work of traders and missionaries in that period.
22: Kamchatka: Where the River Runs Hot
The wilderness of Kamchatka provided Andrew Tarica with stunning volcanic scenery and a lifetime best day of fishing. In this issue's Travel Journal, he tells the story.
27: Three Feasts of the Savior
A description of the three feast days celebrated by the Orthodox Church in August.
28: Keeping the Doctor Away
Tips on navigating the Russian medical system and how to prepare yourself before you travel.
28: Dining Old and New
A look at dining out in Moscow, then vs. now.
32: Getting in a Jam
How to make varenye -- in this case a superb raspberry jam ideal for eating with tea.
212: How do we feel, doctor?
Health and doctor related phrases and idioms are this issue's prescription for improving your Russian.