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

July/Aug 2012

July/Aug 2012
Cover: Andrei Golovanov

7: Back in the Saddle
Maria Antonova
On May 7, Vladimir Putin glided back into the Kremlin to take the oath of office for his third presidential term. Moscow was eerily empty...

16: It's All About the Eyeballs
Maria Antonova
This spring, the front page of the Yandex search engine surpassed Chanel One in number of viewers. What does this say about the future of state-controlled media and political culture in Russia?

19: The Summer of 1612
Tamara Eidelman
A look back at the re-taking of Moscow from the Poles 300 years ago, by a couple of unlikely heroes.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


21: Moscow Calling
Tamara Eidelman
The arrive of telephones in Moscow in 1882 fundamentally changed the way citizens interacted with one another.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


23: Catherine Ascends; Peter Falls
Tamara Eidelman
We read history through the eyes of the victors, and in June 1762, the victor was a German-born princess newly ascended to the throne with her husband, Peter III. To history she became known as Catherine the Great.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


26: A Twist in My Insobriety
Mikhail Ivanov
A sober examination of some of the language of sobriety - trezvost.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad


27: Catherine II
Evgeny Dengub and Susanna Nazarova
This issue's linguistic insert focuses on Catherine the Great's diary and view on what is important in life.

28: Thick Fog Over London
Nikolai Dolgopolov
The Olympics are upon us again, and already pundits are guessing at national medal counts. We, meanwhile, look at some of Russia’s top medal hopefuls.
:: Translation by Lise Brody


34: Matilda Kshesinskaya
Lada Bakal
It would be hard to imagine a ballerina’s life that was more storied than Matilda Kshesinskaya’s. Celebrated on world stages, the lover of tsars and princes, she lived to be 99 years old.
:: Translation by Lise Brody


38: The Curious Entente Cordial
Susanne Sternthal
Their lives unfolded in parallel, as their nations were immersed in rebellion and reform. Some 150 years ago, each freed their country’s enslaved masses, and each ended up paying with their life.

46: Running City
Lada Bakal
?There is no better way to get to know Moscow than to explore it on foot. And no better way to enjoy the exploration than to make a game of it!
:: Translation by Lise Brody


52: Northern Limits
Nicky Gardner
Over the past few years Russia has sought to extend its protection and dominion over the Arctic. But this is not a new pursuit. In fact, this year marks the centenary of several significant explorations of the Russia’s northern boundaries.
Arctic Regions

60: Collective Vision
Darra Goldstein
Against the grim backdrop of Stalin's rise, Sergei Gerasimov painted a radiant image of collectivism. While politically propagandistic, it makes beautiful use of light and mood. And it features a collective feast where surely Sour Cabbage - this issue's recipe - would be welcome.

62: Chernobyl, Chechnya and a bit of Scifi
Paul E. Richardson
A review of "Visit Sunny Chernobyl," by Andrew Blackwell, "Sniper" by Nicolai Lilin, "Roadside Picnic" by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and Natasha Borzilova's new CD, "Out of My Hands."
Under Review