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23 September 2018


  The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.

Sep/Oct 2006

Sep/Oct 2006

7: Moscow The Expensive
Maria Kolesnikova
There are really two Moscows: one for expats and one for residents, but both are expensive.
Note Book

19: Dmitry Shostakovich
Tamara Eidelman
A short biography of the composer whose life was continually challenged by the Powers That Be.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

21: The Bering Strait
Tamara Eidelman
The "discovery" of the Bering Strait happened well before Vitus Bering passed through its icy narrows.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

24: Dog Tails
Mikhail Ivanov
Dog lingo litters Russian language and literature.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

26: Our First Half Century
Paul E. Richardson
Where we look back on the first five decades of this magazine’s publishing history, from USSR, through Soviet Life, to the present day. [Download article as PDF.]
Features

29: 1956
Tamara Eidelman
A snapshot of the year of our magazine’s birth: a time of Virgin Lands, upheaval in Eastern Europe and friendship with China.
Features

34: The Loud American
Lev Berdnikov
Fyodor Tolstoy was loud, eccentric and legendary, always at the center of scandal. So infamous were his life and escapades, that he was immortalized in some of the most famous works of Russian literature.
Features

44: Drawing Russia
Donald Dewey
A century and a half ago, stereotypes of Russia were first being formed in the American media – in political cartoons.
Features

50: The Year of the Family
Dmitry Bykov
What happens when a tabloid goes in search of the “typical” Russian family? A short story by a popular contemporary novelist.
Literature

60: The Soviet Table
Darra Goldstein
A consideration of how much Russian cuisine has changed since the Soviet era, when the magazine was founded.
Cuisine

61: Moscow and Russia
Paul E. Richardson
A review of a new "biography" of Moscow during WWII and a photo book on Russia.
Under Review

64: Back to School
Maria Kolesnikova
Looking back on how the first day of school (and the school year) has changed since the Soviet era.
Post Script