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Jan/Feb 2013

Jan/Feb 2013

7: Blacklist Wars
Maria Antonova
In response to the US Congress' passage of the Magnitsky Act, Russian legislators are planning a bit of list making of their own.
Note Book

11: Departures
Maria Antonova
Obituaries for Ilya Oleynikov, Teodor Gladkov, Boris Strugatsky and Fyodor Khitruk

16: Kremlincare
Maria Antonova
Rumors flew this fall when President Putin stopped taking trips abroad. Just a bout of anxious Kremlinology, or is there something to it?

19: The News that Peter Saw Fit to Print
Tamara Eidelman
In 1703 Peter the Great founded the first Russian newspaper. This is what it looked like and what it covered.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


20: Kozma Prutkov
Tamara Eidelman
On January 13, 1863, the "eminent poet" Kozma Petrovich Prutkov passed away. Except he never really was alive.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

22: An Evening to Remember
Tamara Eidelman
They could not have known it at the time, but they were on the edge of the abyss. Revolution, war, and again war and revolution were just around the corner. But in February 1903, a grand ball was held to commemorate the 290th anniversary of the Romanov dynasty.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


23: Anna Akhmatova - 1913
Tamara Eidelman
Extract from Anna Akhmatova's "Poem Without a Hero", in which she eulogized the year 1913.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


24: Walking the Streets of Moscow
Tamara Eidelman
In 1963, a remarkable, bright, beloved film was released, launching the careers of Nikita Mikhalkov and Georgy Danilya: Walking the Streets of Moscow.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Film & Television

26: Goats, Ribs and Suitcases
Mikhail Ivanov
The head of the CIA and the Russian Defense Minister both fell from grace within weeks of one another, and both because of infidelity scandals. Sounds like a good pretext for a column...
Survival Russian

27: Circassian Folk Tales
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
In this issue's installment of Uchites, we look at two folk tales of Circassian origin (in connection with our lead story on this ethnic group).

28: The Long Road Home
Maria Antonova
One hundred and fifty years ago, Tsarist Russia expelled some 400,000 Circassians from their homeland in the Caucasus. Now some of them – caught in the middle of the Syrian Civil War – want to return.

36: On the Iron Roads
Nicky Gardner
For the past 175 years, railways have bound together the sprawling Russian state, enabling industrialization, social mobility and contact with the outside world. Yet they have also been an important cultural and literary touchpoint.

46: Crowning Display
Linda Predovsky
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the beginning of the Romanov dynasty in Russia. A Washington museum is using the anniversary to show off some of its unique holdings, including several amazing coronation albums.

52: Stanislavsky at 150
Donald Dewey
Actor and director Konstantin Stanislavsky, born a century and a half ago this month, probably had more impact on twentieth century theater, movies and acting than any single individual.

60: Lucky Cookies
Nikolai Gernet
Kozuli: these fragrant, decorative cookies have their origin in the Russian North, in Arkhangelsk, to be more specific. And they are perfect for a holiday celebration.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson


62: Three Histories and Some Magic Tales
Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of three works of history and one collection of fiction.
Under Review

64: Galina Vishnevskaya
Ilya Ovchinnikov
A look back at the life and contribution of opera singer, actress and dissident Galina Vishnevskaya, who passed away in December.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

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