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May/June 2012

May/June 2012
Cover: Vadim Makhorov

7: Cycle of Violence
Maria Antonova
The public is outraged by a police abuse scandal in Kazan. How far does it stretch, and why is the Kremlin not following up with serious reforms?

8: Pseudonyms and other News Items
Maria Antonova
Our pages of news in our Note Book and Travel Notes sections cover items as varied as a treasure trove of tsarist era flatware found in St. Petersburg, presidential gaffes, Paypal arriving in Russia, hunger protests, floating churches, and activists' passing.
Note Book

12: World Records and World Championshiops
Mikhail Ivanov
As Russia readies for the summer Olympics, pole-vaulting records continue to be broken, a tennis star agrees the World Cup may be beer-filled.

16: Peace Be With You
Maria Antonova
This issue's Trends section deals with the division of Russian society over the Pussy Riot scandal. Discourse has been, shall we say, less than civil.
Religion & Spirituality

19: Nixon Visits Moscow
Tamara Eidelman
In 1972, Richard Nixon became the first sitting president to visit the Soviet Union. Another decade of Brezhnevian decline was to follow...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


19: Just Between Us
Mikhail Ivanov
A consideration of less than politesse descriptions of the other sex - what men say about women and what women say about men, when they are each speaking to those of their own gender...
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad


19: Izmail Ivanovich Sreznevsky
Tamara Eidelman
A pathbreaking scientific investigator of Slavic linguistics, Sreznevsky nonetheless helped fan the flames of nationalism and pan-Slavism.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


23: Yevgeny Vakhtangov
Tamara Eidelman
A noted actor, writer and director, Yevgeny Vakhtangov led a very strange and extraordinary life indeed.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


27: Victor Tsoy - Interview and Lyrics
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
This issue's Uchites insert offers a glossed interview with rock legend Victor Tsoy, plus a gloss of the lyrics from one of his most famous songs.

28: Extreme Russia
Maria Antonova
Roofing and spelunking underground passages are so 2011. So says 22-year-old Vadim Makhorov, whose photos from atop vertiginous towers, about crumbling Soviet-era factories, and inside tunnels of working metro systems have wowed internet users and made his blog one of the most popular in Siberia.
:: Illustrations/Images by Vadim Makhorov

Photo Feature

34: Victor Tsoy
Ilya Ovchinnikov
No rock musician has had such a profound, lasting effect on Russian culture as Victor Tsoy.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson


36: Japan's White Russian Hurler
John Berry
There is not a single Russian-born player in the American Baseball Hall of Fame. Yet if the tide of history had flowed just a bit differently, Victor Starffin might well have ended up in Cooperstown alongside Ruth, Gehrig, Killebrew and Mays.

44: Secrets of the Northern Wind
Nikolai Gernet
The Russian North is rich in superstition and mysticism. Monsters... UFOs... shape-shifters... dwarves living underground... There seems no end to the stories.
:: Translation by Peter Morley
:: Illustrations/Images by Nikolai Gernet


52: Cinema in the Round
Alexandra Odynova
Before IMAX, before 3-D movies, there was Cinema in the Round. Come with us on a visit to the world’s longest functioning cinema of its type, where films are shown simultaneously on 11 massive screens.
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexei Sovertkov

Film & Television

60: A Magic Tablecloth
Darra Goldstein
One of the most vivid images in Russian fairytales is that of the skatert-samobranka, a self-spreading (and self-cleaning) tablecloth. We consider this magical mystery and offer a recipe for delightful pirozhki.
:: Illustrations/Images by Anastasia Balatyonysheva


62: A Wealth of Literature
Paul E. Richardson
Our review shelves were overloaded this month, necessitating more and shorter reviews. There is both great fiction (Scar, by the Dyachenkos; The Twelve Chairs, by Ilf & Petrov; The Time of Women, by Elena Chizhova; 50 Writers) and non-fiction including two Putin-focused histories and a remarkable look inside Soviet era labor camps.
Under Review

64: Painting Hidden Worlds
Marc Hauschild
A visit with Maria Kachanova, a young icon painter striving to create works of art in keeping with this centuries long tradition.
Religion & Spirituality