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15 November 2018

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

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7: Flat Invitation
Maria Antonova
The January 24, 2011 suicide bomb in Domodedovo airport, which killed 36 and wounded over 100, was aimed, President Medvedev said, at "bringing Russia to its knees."
Note Book

15: The Artist Beside Himself
Tamara Eidelman
A look back at the life and work of Isaac Levitan.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

19: One Step Backward
Tamara Eidelman
1921. Russia is on the brink of collapse. Lenin takes a step back from the rapid communization of the economy and allows free market reforms.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

22: The Reform Not Taken
Tamara Eidelman
In 1811 Alexander I was on the brink of sweeping reforms to Russian autocracy. Until he read an essay by historian Nikolai Karamzin.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

26: Pamela Potemkin
Mikhail Ivanov
A consideration of Russian leaders and eminences who have left their imprint on the Russian language
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

28: 50 Years in Space
Maria Antonova
On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to orbit the earth. By all accounts, they could not have chosen a better man for the mission.

32: Cycling Across Russia
Levi Bridges
Two young Americans decide to ride across the breadth of Eurasia, and spent 162 days traversing 6000 miles of Russian roads (and non-roads). They survived. And they brought back this tale.
:: Illustrations/Images by Levi Bridges


38: Black Sea Mystery
Natalya Beskhlebnaya
Legend has it that a British frigate which sunk off Balaclava during a freak storm was loaded down with millions in gold for troops fighting in the Crimean War. The hunt for the mysterious treasure spanned more than a century, and gave birth to a venerated institution.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson


44: Spring Rites
Jeanmarie Rouhier-Willoughby
Easter and Maslenitsa are just two of the holidays that Russians celebrate to herald the end of winter and the beginning of spring - a time of rebirth and new life. In this counterpart to our Nov/Dec 2009 article on winter holidays, we explore the Russian rites of spring.
:: Illustrations/Images by Artyom Kostyukevich


50: Poetry to Sweeten the Sale
Darra Goldstein
A look at Vladimir Mayakovsky as painter and poet, and a recipe for Tyanuchki - a candy-like fudge.

55: Perestroika, Molotov and Dachas
Paul E. Richardson
A review of the film "My Perestroika," and the books "Dacha Idylls," "Molotov's Magic Lantern," and "The Road."
Under Review

56: Gorbachev at 80
Paul E. Richardson
A consideration of the photo exhibit and 80th birthday celebrations to honor Mikhail Gorbachev.
Post Script

57: Uchites 11: Biking and Travel
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
The 11th installment of Uchites takes off from the article in this issue on Cycling Across Russia, to examine things such as verbs of motion.