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21 November 2018

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

May/June 2010

May/June 2010
Cover: Andrei Gusachenko

7: Blaming the Messenger
Maria Antonova
In the aftermath of the March 2010 bombings on the Moscow metro, political leaders have taken to blaming the press.
Note Book

19: The Pride of Moscow
Tamara Eidelman
On May 15, 1935, Moscow's amazing metro system was opened. Since then, it has become the pride of the city and still the most reliable way to get around the capital.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

21: Transforming Nature
Tamara Eidelman
A profile of Ivan Michurin (1855-1935) the leading Soviet horticulturalist and father of Soviet Darwinism.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

24: From St. Petersburg to Moscow
Tamara Eidelman
In 1790, Alexander Radishchev "betrayed his class" with his scathing call for reform of Russia's social and political system in "From Moscow to St. Petersburg." But he was only doing what he was raised to do.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

27: Seeing Red
Mikhail Ivanov
How to find the "red price" when haggling for goods and services.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

28: Defending Sevastopol
Karina Klimenko
Where we visit this most Russian of cities on Ukraine’s Black Sea coast. Vibrant, sun-drenched Sevastopol suffered under two horrific sieges in its recent history. Is a third underway?
:: Illustrations/Images by Andrei Gusachenko


38: Hero of Two Nations
Irina Titova
Joseph Beyrle is believed to be the only U.S. soldier who fought in both American and Soviet units during World War II. This is his remarkable story.

41: The City of Chagall
Nicky Gardner
Just over Russia’s border in Belarus is the remarkable city of Vitebsk, birthplace for a surprisingly influential artistic community that flourished just before and after the Revolution.
:: Illustrations/Images by Susanne Kries


50: The Dialog Coach
Stephen Dewar
How one expat got Americans, Brits, Russians, Germans and an admixture of other Europeans to all speak the same language in very different ways.
:: Illustrations/Images by Katya Korobkina


52: The Meskhetians
Dmitry Shevchenko
Banished to Central Asia in 1944, chased from Uzbekistan in the 1990s, this persecuted minority has been scattered to the four winds, unable to return to their ancestral homeland.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson


60: Organic Containers
Darra Goldstein
Where we consider the work of Alexei Venetsianov's "Girl with a Birch Bark Container" and how Russians used natural containers to preserve things like sour cream, which is this issue's recipe.

62: Ravens, Enemies and Crumbs
Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of: "The Raven's Gift" by Jon Turk, "Know Your Enemy," by David C. Engerman, "A Mountain of Crumbs," by Elena Gorokhovaya, "Russian San Francisco," by Lydia Zaverukha and Nina Bodgan, and "Peter the Great," by Derek Wilson.
Under Review

64: Moscow Calling
Peter Aleshkovsky
Author Peter Aleshkovsky recounts his personal impressions in the aftermath of the March 2010 Moscow subway bombing.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

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