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Nov/Dec 2008

Nov/Dec 2008

7: Post-Soviet Dominoes?
Maria Antonova
After the Georgia War, Russia-watchers are wondering who will be next. All eyes have turned to Ukraine. The location of ethnic Russian populations in "near abroad" states is considered...
Note Book

19: Being Turgenev
Tamara Eidelman
Ivan Turgenev is seen differently in the West versus in Russia. In Russia, his prose is often clouded by his "social concern" and the drowning of a puppy.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

21: New Year's: From Pagan to Present
Tamara Eidelman
A consideration of the roots of Russia's modern three week binge between Western Christmas and Russian Old New Year...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

24: The Tehran Conference
Tamara Eidelman
In the dark and cold days of late November and early December 1943, Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt met in Tehran to begin dividing up the post-war world. Translator Valentin Berezhkov was caught in the middle.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

26: Mauvaix phone
Mikhail Ivanov
Cell phones have introduced some new and challenging lingo to the Russian lexicon.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

28: Ballet Bastion
Paula Routly
St. Petersburg’s Vaganova Ballet School is the world’s oldest and purest classical dance training ground.?It is also a secretive, conservative bastion, protecting classical traditions in a world of change.
Features

36: Into the Wild
Maria Antonova
The Pazhetnov family saves bears. They have been doing it for years, raising cubs and releasing them back into the wild. This fall, Editor Maria Antonova went along for the ride.
Features

38: Underground Novelist
Paul E. Richardson
Dmitry Glukhovsky is a rising young Russian writer, savvy to the ways of marketing and self-promotion. He also has a canny sense for tapping into an important aspect of the Russian psyche.
Features

43: Higher than the Angels
Igor Naydyonov
“Roofing”?in St. Petersburg has become a mass phenomenon. Join us on an exploration of the Northern Capital from above.
:: Translation by Anna Seluyanova

Features

52: Imagining the Enemy
Harlow Robinson
Where we consider how Russians have been portrayed in American film over the past century – from Marlene Dietrich to Sean Connery. It turns out this may tell us more about America than about Russia.
Features

60: Proletarian Delights
Darra Goldstein
"Raw beets and carrots," Ninotcha said in the eponymous film, when asked what she wants to eat. "This is a restaurant, not a pasture," the maitre de responds. What an appropriate segue into this issue's recipe for a tasty beet and carrot salad...
Cuisine

62: Capitals, Oligarchs and Cats
Paul E. Richardson
A review of a new book on the Silver Age, another on a Potato Oligarch, and two children's books, including one about a cat...
Under Review

64: Before the Fall
Natalia Strelkova
Natalia Strelkova was an American living in Moscow in the late 1960s... this is the story of her run-in with our magazine's predecessor, Soviet Life.
Post Script