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Sep/Oct 2009

Sep/Oct 2009

7: After I Leave, I'll Send You a Cup of Joe
Maria Antonova
Where we look at the impact and impressions of Vice President Joe Biden's speech dissing Russia and its place in the world, just days after President Obama left Moscow and the "feel-good summit" with President Medvedev.
Note Book

19: Khrushchev visits the US
Peter Carlson
Where we follow along on Nikita Khrushchev's magical mystery tour of the US in 1959...
Russian Calendar

22: Sophia's Failed Coup
Tamara Eidelman
Peter I and Sophia (his elder step sister) should not have been at odds. They both carried out some of the same sorts of reforms. But you can only have one tsar...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

25: Andrei Platonov
Tamara Eidelman
Andrei Platonov was born to be a Bolshevik. And also one of the 20th century's greatest writers. He soon broke with the Party and had a tortured relationship with his art. He died in poverty.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

28: Milky Ways
Mikhail Ivanov
Fallen in the milk lately? Everyone does. Apparently some more than others. Like Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for example.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

30: Moscow to Vladivostok
Peter Aleshkovsky
Few trips anywhere in the world rival the Trans-Siberian Railway. A six-day, seven-night, 9250 kilometer-long trip across the girth of the world’s largest country, it is also, as novelist Peter Aleshkovsky found, a trip into Russia’s past.
:: Translation by Alexei Bayer
:: Illustrations/Images by Eugene Petrushanskiy


42: Baron Shafirov's Finest Hour
Lev Berdnikov
Baron Peter Shafirov was a little-known hero of Russian diplomacy who also happened to be a Jew converted to Orthodoxy. He helped guide statecraft under Peter the Great, was richly rewarded and, later, soundly vilified, his in-and-out-of-favor career reflecting the tumultuous times in which he lived.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov
:: Illustrations/Images by Yuri Reuka


50: The Hotline
Paul E. Richardson
In which we explode yet another myth. The Washington-Moscow Hotline does not employ glowing red telephones and is actually very rarely used. Yet it is still a fascinating institution, one apparently designed to sidestep common human shortcomings.
:: Illustrations/Images by Evgeny Parfyonov


55: Warm Music of Uryanhai
Karina Klimenko
The mountainous, remote region of Tuva tends to be known for just two things:?postage stamps and throat singing. We take up the latter in our visit with four internationally renowned throat singers from Tuva, to find out what makes them tick... and sing.

60: Southern Comforts
Darra Goldstein
Boris Kustodiev's "Merchant's Wife at Tea" is the takeoff point for a discourse on revolution, nobility and fine food, in this case Rogaliki - Walnut Crescents.

62: Spies, Shostakovich and Gagarin's Grandson
Paul E. Richardson and Stanislav Shvabrin
Reviews of the film Gagarin's Grandson, the PBS series Keeping Score, as well as the books The Lost Spy, Spymaster, Everything Flows, A Hero of Our Time and Trotsky.
Under Review

64: Paratrooper's Day
Mitya Aleshkovsky
August 2 is Paratroopers' Day. Which means lots of striped-shirted guys bathing in Moscow fountains...
:: Illustrations/Images by Mitya Aleshkovsky

Post Script

65: Uchites 05
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
The fifth edition of our Uchites language insert, sponsored by Russkiy Mir Foundation, uses the life and work of Andrei Platonov to develop vocabulary, explore verb aspect and several issues of grammar.