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17: The Celebration of Summer
Tamara Eidelman
Ivan Kupala is the annual celebration of Summer Solstice. It has deep roots in Russia's pagan past, and is making a comeback.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

19: Ivan Kruzenshtern
Tamara Eidelman
Russia's first (actually, technically its second) circumnavigator was an fearless explorer who often put up with some difficult diplomats, like Nikolai Rezanov.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

20: The First Public Library
Tamara Eidelman
The founding of the first public library on the campus of Moscow State University was a momentus event for lovers of books and knowledge. The library's history echoes that of the nation.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

23: The Babushka Factor
Mikhail Ivanov
Every foreigner knows the word "babushka" before they even start studying Russian. But it takes some study (or this column) to plumb the depths of meaning hidden in this word.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

24: Knights of the Don
Elena Pugachyova
For centuries, the Don Cossacks guarded Russia’s borders, fought its enemies, explored its nether reaches. Fiercely independent and the source of much historical controversy, these warriors are an inalienable part of Rus.

38: A Hetman Builds a Nation
Nicholas Dawson
To the West, another Cossack, Bogdan Khmelnytsky, forged the nation that became Ukraine, in the process binding it to its larger, eastern neighbor.

42: The Wonders of Kamchatka
Laura Williams
In the first of a two-part series, we explore the villages, geysers, volcanoes, flora and fauna of Russia’s wildest peninsula.
:: Illustrations/Images by Igor Shpilenok


50: The Spies Who Loved
Christopher Marcisz
They betrayed their country and helped the Soviet Union get the bomb. But this couple never became famous, like the Rosenbergs. Perhaps that is because they got away, almost...

56: Village Injustice
Laura Williams
This modern tale of two hapless village drunks and their run-in with the Russian justice system could be taken out of Chekhov. But, sadly, it is non-fiction.
Notes from a Russian Village

58: The Stuff of Folk Songs
Darra Goldstein
Ryabina is the stuff of Russian song and folklore. Here, it is the focus for this issue's snowball berry red recipe...

60: Writers at War, Putin and a River Adventure
Paul E. Richardson
A review of Ivan's War, A Writer at War, Putin's Russia, and River of No Reprieve. Follow this link for a quick link to purchase any of these titles.
Under Review

64: A History of the Ruble in Three Acts
As we note in our Notebook lead this issue, the Russian government is on a fast track to making the ruble fully convertible. For our PostScript, we review the history of the ruble's decline and fall, with attractive graphs!
Post Script