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16: Slava Polunin: The World's Greatest Clown
Dasha Demourova
A biography of the amazing performer, whose clowning and shows are like no other.
Russian Calendar

18: Ilya Mechnikov: Scientist from Birth
Dasha Demourova
He discovered the link between white blood cells and the body's natural protection against pathogens, and it won him the Nobel.
Russian Calendar

22: War-Torn Language
Mikhail Ivanov
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, we look at how war language has infiltated the civilian argot.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

24: Stalin’s Folly
Constantine Pleshakov
Why did Stalin stubbornly ignore mounds of intelligence and repeated warnings from his top generals that Hitler was preparing to invade the Soviet Union in June 1941?

30: The Bryansk Forest Sternly Stirred
Laura Williams
One of the most important fronts in the Great Patriotic War was the one in the forests, villages and fields behind enemy lines – where partisans took on the German War Machine.
:: Illustrations/Images by Igor Shpilenok


36: War and Peace
Tamara Eidelman
Sixty years ago, the spring of 1945 dawned with hope for a new era, an end to World War, a return to music and dancing...

44: Reindeer Nation
Olga Povoroznyuk
Just north of Chita, in Siberia, is a little-known and rapidly diminishing nomad people, the reindeer-herding Kalar Evenks.

52: Hearing Voices
Susan Scotto
Three thoughtful young female singer-songwriters reflect the aspirations, moods and emerging worldview of Russia’s youth.

59: Fungi are Friends
Darra Goldstein
Russians have a special bond with mushrooms that is not paralleled in the West. In this issue, a special recipe for mushroom-stuffed eggs.

60: Spies, Reindeer, Empresses and Partizans
Paul E. Richardson
Book reviews of Spy Handler, Running with Reindeer, Five Empresses and War in the Wild East. Links are provided here for purchasing these books online.
Under Review

64: Remembering a Giant
Paul E. Richardson
An obituary and tribute to one of the greatest Kremlinologists ever, George F. Kennan
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