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Cover: George Shpikalev

7: Sochi's Gamble
Maria Antonova
As the world watches the Vancouver Winter Olympics, we visit Sochi to consider how ready that southern capital is for the 2014 games.
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19: Perestroika
Tamara Eidelman
This month marks the 25th anniversary of Mikhail Gorbachev's ascent to leadership of the Communist Party. It was a time of hope unbounded, with little hint of the difficult times to come.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

21: Karpov v. Fischer
Tamara Eidelman
The face off between Fischer and Karpov was the greatest chess match that never was, and it signaled the end of the Golden Era of Soviet chess...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

24: Dizzy with Success
Tamara Eidelman
How well did Stalin know history? ...Certainly he seemed to learn the lesson of "the Kind Tsar and the Evil Boyars"...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

27: Survival Russian
Mikhail Ivanov
The role of poets in Russia has always stretched beyond the realms of literature. We look at poetry in everyday speech...
Survival Russian

28: Yaroslavl at 1000
Maria Shpikalev
It is not often a world city celebrates its millennial birthday, but this year that honor falls to one of Russia's most ancient and multi-faceted urban centers, Yaroslavl.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by George Shpikalev


36: Russians Return
Nick Allen
Twenty years after Soviet troops left Afghanistan in defeat, Russians have returned. What does this suggest for the future course of American intervention in the region?

42: The Captain Has Chosen His Course
Ilya Ovchinnikov
The fiercely independent Russian National Orchestra, the finest of Russian classical ensembles, turns 20 this year. We look at how they have flourished against the odds.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson


50: Beneath Kremlin Walls
Alexander Mozhayev
Hundreds of layers of history lie buried beneath the cobblestones and brick walls of Moscow's Kremlin. But accessing them requires negotiating with the current residents of the crenellated fortress.
:: Translation by Peter Morley


56: Russian Riga
Alina Lisina
Russia and Latvia have a long and complicated history, one which is vividly reflected in the politics, society and architecture of Riga, a beautiful medieval city on the Baltic coast.
:: Translation by Leigh Mosley


64: Lunch in Ages Past
Darra Goldstein
A consideration of the Russian notion of lunch, Zinaida Serebriakova's painting "At Lunch," and a recipe for Raisin Buns that will warm your winter day.

66: New Fiction and Lenin's History
Paul E. Richardson
A review of Olga Grushin's new novel, The Line, and Olga Slavnikova's 2017, in addition to Helen Rappaport's history of Lenin in exile, Conspirator.

67: Online Language Study Resources
Paul E. Richardson
A survey of various online language learning tools which mesh vocabulary and grammar study with social networking.

68: Memories of Perestroika
Malcolm Gilbert
Malcolm Gilbert, a longtime observer of things Russian and Soviet who has been leading academic trips to Russia for over three decades, casts his gaze back to consider the changes perestroika wrought...
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