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Jan/Feb 2006

17: The Trial of Yevno Azef
Tamara Eidelman
Double agent or simply agent provocateur? Yevno Azef was one of the first instigators of terrorism and had a life as mysterious as it was despicable.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

18: The Union of Salvation
Tamara Eidelman
The Union of Salvation was the predecessor of the Decembrist movement, doomed by the tsar it sought to serve.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

20: Lefortovo
Tamara Eidelman
The rise of Lefortovo estate as a center of power and activity under the tsars is hard to imagine, given the current state of the bleak park that now inhabits this Moscow region.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

22: Fishing for Tenderness
Mikhail Ivanov
In honor of Valentine's Day, we consider different terms of endearment.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

23: Spycraft Through Film
Alexandra Borisenko and Victor Sonkin
It would be hard to overestimate the cultural impact of film on Russian culture. We plumb the depths of this phenomenon in this year’s Study Russia section.
Study Russia

33: Half of the Sky
Linor Goralik and Stanislav Lvovsky
A piece of autobiographical fiction about childhood in the Soviet Union, on the day of Leonid Brezhnev’s death.

37: Never Anyone’s Contemporary
Victor Sonkin
Osip Mandelstam is widely considered to be the greatest poet of the 20th century, not just in Russia, but in the world.

45: Khrushchev’s Secret Speech
Tamara Eidelman
In an interview with the son of Anastas Mikoyan, one of the key players in the 20th Party Congress, we take a trip behind the curtain of Soviet Oz.

49: Ballet Map of Russia
Yaroslav Sedov
Everyone has heard of the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky. But what about the great Perm company? Or those of Buryatia or Kazan? Climb aboard, the tour begins now.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


51: A Soup for the New Year
Darra Goldstein
Yelena Ivanovna Molokhovets was the author of Russia's most famous cookbook, A Gift to Young Housewives, first published in 1861. Here is a warm duck soup from her book, plus a bit of history on this important tome.

57: The Road to New Year's
Laura Williams
A trip home for is a challenging start to a New Year and a new marriage.
Notes from a Russian Village

60: Dobychin, Pasternak, Reindeer People and more
Paul E. Richardson and Alexandra Borisenko
A review of a collection of stories by Leonid Dobychin, a biography of Pasternak, and a cultural study of the Evenk people of the north.
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64: A Giant's Passing
Victor Sonkin
An elegy to one of Russia's greatest modern thinkers, Mikhail Gasparov, who passed away in late 2005.
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