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18: False Dmitry I
Tamara Eidelman
A look at the tsar with an unlikely past and a short but eventful reign during the Time of Troubles, crowned 400 years ago.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

20: The Defense of Sevastopol
Tamara Eidelman
Russian soldiers held off the French at Malakhov Kurgan for 349 days, before it fell, 150 years ago this month. The end of this battle brought an end to the Crimean War.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

22: War with Japan
Tamara Eidelman
The last thing Russians wanted after finishing the war with Hitler was another war. But three months later, in August 1945, they got one anyway, when Stalin joined the war against Japan, taking the Kuriles and Sakhalin as spoils.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

28: When P.R. Sounds Like Samovar
Mikhail Ivanov
Many English words and phrases have wedged their way into the Russian vernacular, and not all with benign effect. Witness the effect of P.R...
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

30: Unusual Imports
Paul E. Richardson
Oil, aluminum, precious metals and other natural resources are commonly-known U.S. imports from Russia. We went in search of lesser-known consumer imports and found some surprising items.
Features

40: Saving the Desman
Laura Williams
For 30 million years, the desman and its ancestors have lived in remote Russian lakes. But in the last few decades, its numbers have dwindled by half.
:: Illustrations/Images by Igor Shpilenok

Features

44: The Unhappiest Country
Masha Nordbye
Some say that Moldova, part of the former Soviet Union, is the unhappiest place on Earth. Or is it?
Features

52: Back in the USSR
Thomas Lohr
Eastern Moldova - also known as the Transdniester Republic - remains wedded to its Soviet past.
Features

55: Riding the TransSib
Mike Buscher
Photographer Mike Buscher spent two months riding the Trans-Siberian railway and brings us this photo essay.
Photo Feature

61: Train Fare
Darra Goldstein
A short look at the history of fare aboard the Trans-Siberian railway, with a recipe for pelmeny you can prepare between stops...
Cuisine

64: What is in a Name?
Paul E. Richardson
You might have thought that all of the names glorifying Communist "heroes" were eliminated in the wake of the Soviet collapse. If so, you'd be wrong.
Post Script