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7: Murder in Broad Daylight
Maria Antonova
The murders of lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova in the context of the endangered climate for journalism in Russia.
Note Book

19: Arrival of Russian Democracy
Tamara Eidelman
In the spring of 1989, election fever swept through Russia - a country well experienced in elections, just not free and open ones...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

21: Deconstructing Dashkova
Tamara Eidelman
If we look closely at Dashkova, one of the most famous women in Russian history, we find that things are not as clear as we imagined. In fact, we get the impression that much of Dashkova's life was filled with heartbreak and sorrow.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

24: Terrible's Father
Tamara Eidelman
It was the fate of Grand Prince Vasily III to be squeezed into history between two more famous men - one great, one terrible, and both named Ivan.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

26: 825 Yards for Barack
Mikhail Ivanov
The financial crisis offers a pretext to return to a consideration of "despicable metal" and how it is influencing Russian speech.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

28: Understanding Gogol
Yury Mann
Recognized soon after his first publication as a writer of great promise, Gogol went on to prove the critics right, and to create a body of work that has no equal in the Russian pantheon. This April (or March, depending on your calendar) is his bicentenary.
:: Translation by Peter Morley


34: The Hunger Artist
Darra Goldstein
Gogol's writing is intensely sensual - full of rich tastes, smells, sights and sounds. We consider how his fixation on food and digestion influenced his storytelling, how, as Nabokov put it, "the belly is the belle of his stories."

40: Dead Souls for Two Metronomes
Ilya Ovchinnikov
From Gogol's work have arisen some truly great works of music. We look at the composers he influenced and the music they have offered.
:: Translation by Deborah Hoffman


42: Still More Gogol
Some additional notes on Gogolian influences in Russian life.

44: Baltic Outpost
Nicky Gardner
Kaliningrad is unlike anywhere else in Russia. Half German, half Russian, it perches on the Baltic coast, uncertain where the winds of history might blow it.

52: Going Green in St. Petersburg
Darra Goldstein
Sustainable, organic and green cuisine comes to St. Petersburg. Our recipe: Lentil Soup.

54: Art Repatriated
John Varoli
Russia is quietly (and sometimes not so quietly) searching out and bringing home lost treasures. This is the story of one of those quests - to return to Russia a rather amazing and singular collection.

61: Verses, Vodka and Royalty
Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of Verses and Versions; The King of Vodka; The Last Days of the Romanovs; The Rebellion of Ronald Reagan. Plus brief reviews of some potboiler thrillers, some worthy, some not so much.
Under Review

64: After the Crisis
Alexei Bayer
Russia needs to prepare now for the post-recession world, by looking at how it supports and invests in Russian industry, particularly in the natural resource sphere.
Post Script

65: Uchites 02
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
The second edition of our Uchites language insert, sponsored by Russkiy Mir Foundation, uses the life and works of Nikolai Gogol to explore grammar, build vocabulary and facility in reading Russian.