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26 September 2018


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Cover: Katya Korobkina

7: Last Days of the First Oligarch
Maria Antonova
A look at the life, death and legacy of oligarch Boris Berezovsky, who recently committed suicide in London.
Politics

16: Chelyabinsk Meteor
Maria Antonova
How to keep your cool when you are out for a quiet morning photo shoot and a meteor suddenly lights up the morning sky. We interview Marat Akhmetvaleyev and show his amazing photos.
Space

19: Romanov Twilight
Tamara Eidelman
A look back 100 years ago, at the celebrations of the 300th anniversary of Romanov rule. Few would have guessed from these celebrations, that the tsar had just four years to rule.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

History

22: Catherine's Manifesto of Silence
Tamara Eidelman
What led Catherine, in 1763, to issue "The Anti-Prattle Decree"? Who would she need to silence and why?
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Tsarism

26: Have Tongue Will Travel
Mikhail Ivanov
Not surprisingly, there is a lot one can say about the tongue with, well, the Russian tongue...
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: The Romanovs
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
This issue's Uchites (language learning insert) includes a few glossed readings on the Romanovs - one about the beginning of their rule, one about the end.
Uchites

28: The Siberian Tea Road
Masha Nordbye
The Great Siberian Tea Road, a historic and legendary route that once connected China and Siberia with European Russia, was one of the world’s longest trade arteries. We retrace its path, geographically and culturally.
Travel

38: Exiled Cartoonist
Eric Niderost
From 1923 to 1941 Russian émigré Georgy Sapozhnikov was the most famous political cartoonist in Asia, applying his talent and perceptiveness to issues domestic and international.
Art

44: Romanov Secrets
Allison Geller
Any family with immense power and possessions breeds secrets and scandals. Many of the Romanov family’s secrets will never be known, yet three at least are more or less clear.
Tsarism

46: The Kauai Gambit
Peter von Buol
In the early 1800s, while Napoleon raged in Europe, a German doctor and a local chieftan hatched an audacious plan: claim the Hawaiian islands for Russia.
History

52: The Lure of Elbrus
Marina Marshenkulova
Each year, thousands of hikers are drawn to the Caucasus, convinced it will be no problem to scale Europe’s highest peak. After all, it’s only 18,510 feet, and a rail car can take you up to the base camp at 12,500 feet. But Elbrus is a devious mountain.
Sports

60: World's Greatest Cheesecake
Darra Goldstein
Easter is here, and that means it's time for Maria Nikolayevna's Paskha!
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Sherstobitov

Cuisine

62: Black Russians and Dark Years
Paul E. Richardson
A review of "Twilight of the Romanovs," by Blom and Buckley, "Lina and Serge," by Simon Morrison, "The Black Russian," by Vladimir Alexandrov, and "Moscow 1937," by Karl Schlogel.
Under Review

64: Reflecting on Shishkin
Maya Kucherskaya
A reflection on the place of writers in Putin's Russia, through the lens of writer Mikhail Shishkin's refusal to take part in further government literary junkets.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

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