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Jan/Feb 2010

Jan/Feb 2010
Cover: Osip Braz

7: Terror Returns
Maria Antonova
The November 27, 2009, train bombing turned public attention once again to domestic terrorism...
Note Book

12: An Activist is Born
Maria Antonova
Alexei Dymovsky becomes a YouTube star for highlighting police corruption, then loses his job... yet few Russians seem to know of him.
Note Book

19: Ivan the Terrible
Tamara Eidelman
In January 1565, Tsar Ivan the Terrible split Russia in two. Five hundred years on, Russia still hasn't gotten over it...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

22: Literaturnaya Gazeta
Tamara Eidelman
Founded in 1830 by Alexander Pushkin and Anton Delvig, this important newspaper has long been something of a bellweather for Russia's relationship to literature...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

24: Galina Ulanova
Tamara Eidelman
On January 8, 1910, Prima Ballerina Galina Ulanova was born. Unquestionably a great dancer, she has somehow always been above criticism...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

26: Survival Russian
Mikhail Ivanov
There is nothing like the tender, inoffensive insult to patch up strained relations...
Survival Russian

28: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Lev Sobolev
Chekhov was one of Russia's most prolific and influential writers, and this January marks his 150th birthday. We look back at his work, always worth another read.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson


36: Berlinograd
Nicky Gardner
No other part of Europe can match Berlin and its immediate hinterland for having such a prolonged engagement with Russia. In fact, locals sometimes refer to the German capital as Berlinograd.
:: Illustrations/Images by Susanne Kries


44: Russia On Line
Carl Schreck
Lines are "a condition of the Russian soul," as expat Carl Schreck rediscovered recently. And it may be that the only way to cope with this condition is to submit...

46: Lev Tolstoy's Unhappy Family
Harold Schefski
Lev Tolstoy's family was unhappy in its own peculiar way, split by a three-decade-long disagreement between the writer and his wife about money.

54: Sagaalgan
J. Lee Jacobson
It could be the world's longest New Year's celebration, stretching a whole month in midwinter. Indeed, this Buddhist holiday is becoming an important way that Siberian Buryats seek to preserve their cultural identity.

60: Feasting with Angels
Darra Goldstein
A look at lubok and its use to promote etiquette, manners and morals at the dinner table. And a recipe for Steamed Trout.

62: Math and Memoirs
Paul E. Richardson
A review of "Perfect Rigor" by Masha Gessen, "Anton Chekhov, a Brother's Memoir," by Mikhail Chekhov, three excellent new fiction volumes, and the first of a two part series on language learning aids.
Under Review

64: Do Svidaniya Stirlitz
Boris Minayev
"We were all Stirlitzes..." A fond look back at the stoic actor Vyacheslav Tikhonov, who brought to life the WWII spy Stirlitz.
:: Translation by Maria Antonova

Post Script

65: Uchites 07
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
The seventh edition of our Uchites language insert, sponsored by Russkiy Mir Foundation, uses the works of writer Lev Tolstoy to explore fruit, verb and adjective declensions, animals, and more. Three recordings are also available online.