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Sep/Oct 2005

Sep/Oct 2005

17: Vladimir Gilyarovsky
Tamara Eidelman
He was the first true Russian journalist, and a fantastic storyteller. He brought to light some of society's ills, but also showed what was good in his fellow human.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

18: The New, New Year
Tamara Eidelman
On September 1, 1700, the old way of counting years, starting from the end of fall harvest time, ended, and Russia switched to a New Year that began in January.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

21: The October Manifesto
Tamara Eidelman
Russian Democracy found its first legs in the 1905 October Manifesto, issued under duress by Nicholas II. But it would not be enough to ensure Russia a democratic future...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

24: Insults that Taste Russian
Mikhail Ivanov
Some truly Russian words to toss around when you need a handy insult or diss.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

26: Millennial Kazan
Paulina Hurwitz
Few Russian cities are as old as Kazan, the ancient trading center on the Volga river. We explore the history and social fabric of the Tatar capital.
Features

34: Spirit Wrestlers of Southern Russia
Maria Kolesnikova
Not many hints remain of Doukhobor culture in Southern Russia. Persecuted in the past for their pacifist beliefs, modern Doukhobors search for an identity in the modern world.
Features

44: Tiksi or Bust!
Joshua Hartshorne
Each year, just a handful of foreigners sail up the beautiful, broad Lena River. Joshua Hartshorne made the trip and he has sent us this diary of his travels and travails.
Features

52: A Tumultuous Century Begins
Tamara Eidelman
People always dream of peace and happiness. This was particularly true of Russia 200 years ago, in 1805, half a decade into the new century.
Features

58: Three Books and a DVD
In this issue's review section, we look at Ludmila Ulitskaya's new novel, "Lyudi Nashevo Tsarya," plus two works of non-fiction: "Moura" and "In the Wake of the Jomon." We also note the release of four works on DVD by Otar Iosseliani, whom we profiled in our Jan/Feb 2004 issue.
Under Review

61: Scratch Russian Cuisine
Darra Goldstein
Where we go in search of true Tatar cuisine. The recipe is for the savory dish, peremech.
Cuisine

64: Security vs. Democracy
Dmitry Ivanov
Will President Putin introduce direct federal control over the Northern Caucasus? If so, it will be a great loss for Russian democracy.
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