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Cover: Irina Davis

7: Bolshoi Acid Attack
Maria Antonova
The January 2013 acid attack on Bolshoi Artistic Director Sergei Filin has cast a dark shadow over the workings of Russia's most esteemed cultural institution.

16: Countdown to Sochi
Maria Antonova
One year from the opening of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, we look at some of the less conventional bits of news about the coming games.

19: Death of a Tyrant
Tamara Eidelman
Sixty years ago Stalin died and the Soviet Union was in collective shock. So much has been written about this event that we decided to take a different tack, offering a selection of first person accounts from that time.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


21: Osip Mandelstam
Tamara Eidelman
A look back at the genius that was Mandelstam, on the 100th anniversary of the publication of his first book of poetry.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


23: Sophia Paleologue
Tamara Eidelman
History offered Zoe Paleologue little hope. Her homeland overrun, her royal pedigree in tatters... And then the Tsar of all the Russias needed a new wife...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


25: Salty Literary Critique
Tamara Eidelman
In March 1863, Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin offered a biting critique of contemporary literature that is as humorous as it is significant.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


26: Sporting Portyanki
Mikhail Ivanov
A look at portyanki, telnyashki and other mysteries of military garb.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Kamchatka Tours
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
In this issue's installment of Uchites, we look at the language of travel, examining a faux tour brochure for trips to Kamchatka.

28: State of the Wards
Alexandra Odynova
Russia's ban on American adoptions focused attention on Putin and world politics, while the real issue is the plight of the children who live inside the vast orphan system.

36: Sausage in Exile
Elena Rodina
There is a common saying: "If you want to respect laws or sausages, don't watch them being made." Yet in this case (Alef Sausage, in Chicago IL), the more you watch, the hungrier you get.
:: Illustrations/Images by Elena Rodina


39: The Scariest Year
Paul E. Richardson
Few know that, in 1983, the world came closer to the nuclear brink than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis, thanks to a combination of ideological entrenchment, fear, and computer glitches.
International Relations

48: Koryak Cultural Loss
Jonathan Reisman
At the furthest edge of the Russian Far East, in a quiet bay near the very top of the Kamchatka Peninsula, a tiny community of Koryaks struggles with the loss of its traditional culture.

56: Russian Alaska
Dmitry Zlodorev
Meanwhile, just across the Bering Sea, pockets of Russian culture predating Alaska’s sale to the US are being captured in a new documentary.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Film & Television

60: The Secret of Little Bites
Darra Goldstein
Zakuski have a well-deserved position of honor in the realm of Russian cuisine. In this issue we look at a tasty appetizer with connections to the Pacific: Canapes of Smoked Salmon.
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Sherstobitov


62: Decline and Stalin
Paul E. Richardson
Book reviews of "The Last Man in Russia," by Oliver Bullough; "Stalin's Barber," by Paul Levitt; "St. Petersburg City Pack," by Oxygen Books; "Happy Moscow," by Andrei Platonov (Robert Chandler, trans.); and "The Lying Year," by Andrei Gelasimov (Marian Schwartz, trans.).
Under Review

64: One Adoption Story
Natasha Potts
With American adoption of Russian children outlawed and the Duma hyping tragic stories of adoptees who have died in the US, we decided it was time to hear one of the "good" stories from the 60,000 American adoptees.
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