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

Jan/Feb 2007

Jan/Feb 2007

7: Game Over
Maria Kolesnikova
Russia is banning gambling in the cities. What is next? Apparently a Las Vegas in Siberia...
Note Book

19: 1937: A Year Soaked in Blood
Tamara Eidelman
Seventy years ago, Russia was on the verge of a horrific bloodletting, a purge of society so monumental that its effects are still felt.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

23: Pushkin's Death
Tamara Eidelman
Looking at the place of Pushkin in the Russian psyche, on the anniversary of the poet's tragic death.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

25: Pyotr Semyonov-Tyanshansky
Tamara Eidelman
A great explorer and reformist politician, Pyotr Semyonov-Tyanshansky was one of the last of his breed.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

27: Nostalgic for Patronymics
Mikhail Ivanov
Mastering the fine are of remembering and pronouncing patronymics.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

28: Freedoms Found and Lost
Alex Lupis
Fifteen years ago, Russia had the makings of a free press for the first time in its history. Nine years later, the winds began to change.
Features

40: Salt Town
Alexander Mozhayev
Solikamsk was once a rich mining town, full of architectural gems. Today it is withering, yet some still hope to turn it into the next Suzdal.
Features

46: The Execution of Lady Hamilton
Lev Berdnikov
Descended from Scots, she was once Tsar Peter’s mistress. But her life ended on a scaffold.
Features

51: Smoke of the Motherland
Anastasia Osipova
Well over half of all Russians smoke, and a third of the country’s deaths are smoking-related. And you thought vodka was a problem.
Features

55: Rediscovering Antarctica
Maria Kolesnikova
Nearly two centuries after discovering Antarctica’s frigid frontiers, Russia is hoping its oil-forged riches can help it reclaim its position as the southern continent’s leading explorer.
Features

60: Please to the Internet!
Darra Goldstein
A survey of online purveyors of Russian foods yields a diverse repast with varying levels of service.
Cuisine

61: Wartime Films and Wartime Spies
Paul E. Richardson
A review of Michael Occleshaw's "Dances in Deep Shadows" and Denise Youngblood's "Russian War Films."
Under Review

64: Thinking About a Successor
A round up of the top contenders (at present) for the presidential race of 2008, including bookie ratings.
Post Script