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Sep/Oct 2011

Sep/Oct 2011
Cover: Valery Shanin

7: The Little Soyuz that Could
Maria Antonova
The end of American shuttle flights gives Russia a de facto monopoly on carrying humans to the International Space Station. What does this mean for the future of manned space flight?
Note Book

16: Seliger Summer
Maria Antonova
Where we visit the annual summer Seliger Youth Camp - where the Powers That Be cultivate young activists.

19: A Cheat Sheet for Tom Hanks
Mikhail Ivanov
The recent visit of Hollywood megastar Cameron Diaz to Moscow – to promote the launch of the movie Bad Teacher – started Mikhail Ivanov's creative juices flowing toward a seasonally appropriate theme: school slang.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

19: Lucky Murmansk
Tamara Eidelman
Murmansk was founded 95 years ago this October. We look back at the history of its founding and its appearance in a particularly important piece of literature.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

22: The Lyceum
Tamara Eidelman
it was on October 19, 1811 that, in the presence of His Highness Emperor Alexander I, the Lyceum at Tsarskoye Selo was inaugurated. The institution’s first years, like everything associated with the name of Alexander Pushkin, has long since become the stuff of legend within Russian culture.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

24: Pyotr Stolypin
Tamara Eidelman
The story of Pyotr Arkadyevich Stolypin, arguably Russia's most significant reformer, can be told in very different ways.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

27: Sergei Dovlatov
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
This issue's Uchites language learning section focuses on writer Sergei Dovlatov, who would have been 70 this month.

28: In Tolstoy's Footsteps
Michael Denner
One hundred and twenty-five years ago, Lev Tolstoy made the first of several walking journeys from Moscow to Tula – a distance of nearly 200 kilometers. A pair of ?Americans retrace the great writer’s ?journey, in a considerably different Russia.

34: Rights of Single Fathers
Anastasia Osipova
A group of divorced Russian men have banded together to battle for equal child custody rights. The Russian legal system, they say, is stacked against them, and they have no intention of surrendering. We meet them and hear their side of the story.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Family Life

40: Stenka Razin and the Russian State
Dmitry Volodikhin
Praised in Russian folklore, Stepan Razin reigns as Russia’s most memorable and popular rebel. On the 340th anniversary of the Cossack-led uprising, a noted historian considers the lessons of Razin for the Russian state.
:: Translation by Mikhail Ivanov


48: Long Term Expats
Jennifer Eremeeva
There is a certain breed of expatriate in Russia who puts down deep roots and seems destined never to return home. Perhaps it is because, whether they admit it or not, Russia is now their home. We meet five American long-term expats whose ?stories reveal as much about them as about the attractive mystery that Russia exudes.

60: Soviet Fast Food
Darra Goldstein
A look back at the many variants of Soviet Fast Food.

62: War and Literature
Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of three non-fiction histories (Leningrad, by Anna Reid; Bloodlands, by Timothy Snyder; The Damned and the Dead, by Frank Ellis) and three works of fiction (The Sky is Falling, by Caroline Adderson; The New Moscow Philosophy, by Vyacheslav Pyetsukh; Separate Kingdoms, by Valerie Laken).
Under Review

64: The Passing of Yelena Bonner
Vadim Belotserkovsky
An obituary of Yelena Bonner by a fellow dissident.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson