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Sep/Oct 2013

Sep/Oct 2013
Cover: Sergei Ershov

4: Reset, Shmeeset
Paul E. Richardson
Four ways to distract America and Russia from their latest unpleasantness.

7: Homophobic Fever
Maria Antonova
In an unprecedented legislative and propaganda effort, authorities are exploiting Russia's latent homophobia to pass a flurry of laws sending Russia's LGBT community deeper into hiding, or even out of the country.
Social Issues

16: Culture Shocks
Maria Antonova
Several cultural institutions lost their longtime directors this summer in what appeared to be a massive firing spree by the Russian government.

19: Sino-Soviet Split
Tamara Eidelman
A look back at the spat between the USSR and China over liberalization and reform, with a poetic interlude offered by Vladimir Vysotsky.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


21: Demons on the Stage
Tamara Eidelman
The 1913 staging of Dostoyevsky's Demons (as the play Nikolai Stavrogin caused a vehement argument between Russia's leading artistic theater and one of its leading writers.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


21: Dostoyevsky the Gambler
Tamara Eidelman
In September 1863, Fyodor Dostoyevsky was desperate for money. The result was one of his finest works, the novel The Gambler. It would change the writer's fate in many ways.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


23: The Pavlov Response
Tamara Eidelman
Catherine II's desire for legitimacy and her gratitude for the healing of her heir (the future Paul I), led to the founding of Moscow's Pavlov Hospital for the poor.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


26: Oba-na, Snowden!
Mikhail Ivanov
Edward Snowden's arrival in Russia was a cause of discomfort for its leaders, but it is a great pretext for considering all sorts of linguistic pearls related to spying and whistleblowing.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Ivan Sergeyevich Turgenev
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
This issue's Uchites language learning section looks at the life and work of Ivan Turgenev, born October 28, 1818.

28: Red Star over Leipzig
Nicky Gardner
Two hundred years ago, the last battle of Napoleon’s Russian campaign was fought near Leipzig, Germany. Today, the city has a thriving Russian population.
:: Illustrations/Images by Susanne Kries

Russians Abroad

34: Why Russians Don't Run
Paul E. Richardson
A tale of two long distance road races – Russia’s oldest and its most prestigious – and what they tell us about the state of running and fitness in Russia.

40: The Backbone of Russia
Jennifer Utrata
This is not your mother’s babushka! Yes, the babushka is still the backbone of Russia, but even a strong back needs a rest. How modern Russians are coping with change.
Family Life

44: The Latest Imports
Allison Geller
A look at five young, western entrepreneurs and how they are making a go of it in Russia’s challenging business environment.

50: The Death Artist
Joy Neumeyer
Sergei Merkurov created some of the Soviet Union’s most iconic sculptures. But he also had a shadow profession: casting death masks of the elite.

62: A Bounty of Apples
Darra Goldstein
A consideration of the storied antonovka apple, and a recipe for a delicate recipe, Souffleed Baked Apples.
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Sherstobitov


64: Ten Tips for Edward Snowden
Sergei Komarov
Whistleblower and international fugitive Edward Snowden can take some lessons from past defectors to Russia on how to survive (and even prosper) there.