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15 November 2018

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

May/June 2009

May/June 2009
Cover: Katya Korobkina

7: Olympian Drama
Maria Antonova
The mayoral election in Sochi sets the stage for the 2014 Winter Olympics, and for municipal democracy.
Note Book

19: The Deportation of Peoples
Tamara Eidelman
This is the 55th anniversary of the peak period of Soviet deportation of national groups.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

20: Singing in the Rain
Mikhail Ivanov
Forecasting the weather in Russia is a national sport. And a fertile ground for linguistic growth.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

24: Sergius of Radonezh
Tamara Eidelman
What do we really know about Sergius of Radonezh, Russia's patron saint? What is he venerated for, and why?
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

26: Poltava
Tamara Eidelman
Russia's victory over Sweden at the Battle of Poltava was geopolitically very significant, while the feast that took place amid the carnage was obscene...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

29: 100 Things Everyone Should Know About Russia
Paul E. Richardson
In honor of this, our 100th issue since July 1995, we went in search of 100 Things Everyone Should Know About Russia. We returned with over 300 and packed them into this colorful, browsable feature. Time to test yourself! The 16-page feature includes contributions from Stanislav Shvabrin, John Freedman, Maria Antonova, Darra Goldstein, Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby, Tamara Eidelman, Marcus Levitt and Laura Williams, with wonderful original illustrations by Katya Korobkina.
:: Illustrations/Images by Katya Korobkina


45: Zaryade: Moscow Quiet Nook
Alexander Mozhayev
A cobblestone’s throw from the Kremlin walls, there was once a rabbit-warren of crooked streets and tall buildings called Zaryade. For a time, it was the capital's Old Town and considered a prestigious place of residence. Neglected, the area deteriorated in the 20th century and most of it was torn down. But the memories remain.
:: Translation by Peter Morley


52: Cultural Clones
Anna Dymkovets
Be it in films, literature, television, music or art, Russia has a long tradition of cloning western (and eastern) cultural icons and making them its own. We survey several of the more interesting and recent instances, from Alice in Wonderland and Winnie the Pooh, to The Wheel of Fortune and Big Brother.
:: Translation by Deborah Hoffman


58: Faith in Progress
Laura Williams
One fine spring day, a new telephone appeared in the village of Chukhrai. A beautiful thing. But it connected to no one or no thing.
Notes from a Russian Village

60: Meals from the Heart
Darra Goldstein
Sometimes the simplest foods offer the most sublime and satisfying of gustatory experiences.

62: Into the Screening Room
Paul E. Richardson
Where we review four recent films from or about Russia and a new television series appearing on PBS.
Under Review

64: Completing the Circle
Nikolai Gernet
We check back in with Nikolai Gernet, on how the economic crisis is affecting Arkhangelsk oblast.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Post Script

65: Uchites 03
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
The third edition of our Uchites language insert, sponsored by Russkiy Mir Foundation, uses the theme of plagiarism to explore grammar, build vocabulary and facility in reading Russian.