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21 September 2018


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

May/June 2007

May/June 2007
Cover: Andrei Gusachenko

1: Kin-Dza-Dza!

Note Book

7: Coming Clean
Maria Kolesnikova
Russians may finally be taking heed of copyright laws, both with regard to software and movies.
Note Book

19: Barclay de Tolly
Tamara Eidelman
A profile of the unrecognized hero of the war of 1812. It was he, not Kutuzov, who was the architect of Russia's retreat and victory. So whyhas Kutuzov gotten all the glory?
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

21: The Seven Years War
Tamara Eidelman
This long European war was not Russia's fight. But of course it did not sit on the sidelines, despite much turmoil at court during these turning point years in Russian history.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

23: Pushkin's Other Square
Tamara Eidelman
A look at the other Pushkin statue: the one in his hometown, which was erected on the 250th anniversary (celebrated 4 years late) of St. Petersburg's birth.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

26: Something About Nothing
Mikhail Ivanov
A consideration of the number 0 in Russian and how to make something from nil.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

28: A Lucky Man
Zahar Davydov
Maximilian Voloshin was a poet and painter, a critic and translator. His home in the Crimea was a refuge for most of the Silver Age's brightest literary and artistic talents. And yet, he is little known.
Features

38: An Icon's Journey Through History
Karla Cruise
Discovered in a Russian forest 700 years ago, the Kursk Root Icon has a storied past - recently as a touchstone for the Russian Orthodox Church in exile. But the Church is reunifying. What of the icon?
Features

40: The Railroad Less Traveled
Lynn Remly
The Baikal-Amur Mainline is the other Trans-Siberian. More northerly, it runs through a range of Eastern Siberia largely untouched by human habitation.
Features

52: Sleeping on Graveyards
Natalya Beskhlebnaya
The Khakass are one of Russia's most ethnically complex nationalities. Their numbers are dwindling in the distant province that surrounds the headwaters of the mighty Yenisey river.
Features

60: A Pie Filled With Nostalgia
Darra Goldstein
A look at chebureki - Tatar meat pies that are so beloved that poems have been written about them!
Cuisine

61: Spies, Rebels, Ilf & Petrov and a Slynx
Paul E. Richardson
A incredible new reference work on spies, an account of the Potemkin mutiny, a 1930s travelogue of the US by two of the greatest Soviet writers, and a novel by Tatyana Tolstaya are the books reviewed this issue. Oh, and several new travel guides as well.
Under Review

64: Looking for Connections
Paul E. Richardson
A consideration of some seemingly disparate, yet intrinsically linked events and facts.
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