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19: Rebellion in a naval fortress
Tamara Eidelman
The sailors at Kronstadt were some of the staunchest allies of the Bolshevik revolutionaries. And they were one of the first to revolt.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

20: The Battle on the Ice
Tamara Eidelman
Alexander Nevsky's victory over the Livonians on Lake Chudskoye (Peipus) has taken on the status of legend in Russian history. But Nevsky may not be the best of Russian heroes.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

22: Alexander II sets the course
Tamara Eidelman
What led Alexander II to become the great Tsar Liberator? What held his predecessors back? The answer in both cases may be simple fear.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

24: The General Zima factor
Mikhail Ivanov
Russians have a love-hate relationship with winter. We look at the ways that the words of winter have invaded the Russian psyche.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

26: The Land of Wars
Piers Gladstone
Straddling the border between Russia and Estonia, nestled along the shores of Lake Peipus, where Alexander Nevsky defeated the Livonians in 1242, lies the ancient region known as Setomaa. Here the dwindling Seto people, renowned for their lyrical singing and hybrid pagan-Orthodox beliefs, struggle to survive the 21st century.
Features

35: More is Less
Paul E. Richardson
High-priced four- and five-star hotels are the norm in Moscow and St. Petersburg. So what is a budget-minded, independent traveler to do? Rent an apartment, of course. In our annual Travel Russia section, we talk to agencies about their offerings, review the options and provide everything you need to make your first reservation.
Features

41: Chernobyl: 20 Years On
Marina Latysheva
On April 26, 1986, the Number 4 reactor core at Chernobyl exploded, spewing radiation across Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and much of Europe. It is still the worst nuclear power plant disaster in history. What lessons has Russia learned, and what is the current state of the Russian nuclear power industry?
Features

51: Kapustnik: More Than Cabbage Pie
Olga Sharapova
It is what Russians call a cabbage pie, while at the same time it is the rather appropriate name given to eclectic, humorous entertainment events, including everything from community “bring in the cabbage” bees to fundraisers for theater actors.
Features

57: Of Bees and Cabbage Pie
Darra Goldstein
Time to bring in the cabbage, and put it in a tasty pie! This column offers a great recipe for a kapustnik (cabbage pie), plus offers a look back at the origin of Russian bees - gatherings for communal labor.
Cuisine

58: Village Fashion
Laura Williams
The latest, most up-to-date guide of what to wear down in the village, where there is no bad weather, just bad clothing!
Notes from a Russian Village

60: Ivan the Terrible, Disabled Orphans, Chernobyl
Paul E. Richardson
A review of Isabel de Madriaga's "Ivan the Terrible," Ruben Gallego's "White on Black" and Mary Mycio's "Wormwood Forest." Also noted are the new DVD version of Master and Margarita plus two other new books. Follow this link to purchase copies of these books.
Under Review

64: Agitprop trumps counterespionage
Andrei Soldatov
The British spy scandal reveals as much about modern Russian counterintelligence as it does about the state of foreign spying in Russia.
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