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Nov/Dec 2013

Nov/Dec 2013
Cover: Sergei Ershov

7: Science Wars
Maria Antonova
The government wants to reform the Russian Academy of Sciences. Scientists are having none of it.
Social Issues

16: All a-Twitter
Maria Antonova
In our Trends section, editor Maria Antonova looks at Twitter accounts by dead writers, sex ed through literature, and poll results at psychiatric facilities in Moscow...
Social Issues

19: The Death of Vasily III
Tamara Eidelman
When Grand Prince Vasily III died in late 1533, his second wife, Yelena Glinskaya made her move, ruthlessly so. In so doing, she paved the way for her son to take power. Ivan the Terrible would rule for 37 years...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


20: From Anna to Mikhail
Tamara Eidelman
A short poem by Anna Akhmatova believed to be to Mikhail Lozinsky, who supported her through thick and thin.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


22: A Cosmic Wedding
Tamara Eidelman
When two cosmonauts - Valentina Tereshkova and Andriyan Nikolayev - wed in late 1963, it was the event of the year. We print an extract from the diary of its stage manager.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


25: The Poet Turns Historian
Tamara Eidelman
How Nikolai Karamzin transformed himself from a noted poet into Russia's premier historian.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


28: Verbs Take a Holiday
Mikhail Ivanov
A look at a four verbs that have had their meanings warped in recent years. Useful stuff to know so that you don't inadvertently order a hit when at the restaurant...
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad


29: Detskaya Zhelezhnaya Doroga
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
The language learning insert focuses on the story on the Children's Railroad in this issue.

30: In the Army Now
James Brown
James Brown decided to test himself at the elite Russian paratroopers’ boot camp. This is his story.

36: The Plot Against the Big Three
Paul E. Richardson
Sixty years ago this November, the Soviets uncovered a Nazi plot to assassinate Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt at the Tehran Conference. Or did they?
World War II

38: The Children's Railroad
Lada Bakal
Ten miles outside Moscow is a functioning railway staffed and operated entirely by children. We go for a visit.
:: Translation by Eugenia Sokolskaya


42: Fiction Contest
The Editors
In which we announce - and print the entries - of the two winners of our fiction contest, based on a picture that appeared in our summer issue.

46: Stolby and Stolbisty
Laura Williams
Just beyond Krasnoyarsk is a national park catering to adventurous travelers. Recent upgrades show what Russia’s national park system could become.

50: Night on Tsvetnoy Boulevard
Vladimir Gilyarovsky
In this excerpt and preview from the forthcoming Moscow and Muscovites we hear of Gilyarovsky's harrowing nighttime adventure along a Moscow boulevard.
:: Translation by Brendan Kiernan


54: Russian Chicago
Elena Rodina
This sprawling Midwestern city is arguably America’s most Slavic metropolis. Yet it is surprisingly challenging to locate its Russian center.
Russians Abroad

60: A Mythical Dessert
Darra Goldstein
Explore a rich dessert named after the gourmand and minister of finance under Tsar Alexander I: Guriev Kasha.
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Sherstobitov


62: Baba Yagas, Kremlin and Cooks
Paul E. Richardson
A review of two books on Baba Yaga, one on the Kremlin, and one on Soviet cuisine and memoir. Also brief reviews of two movies and three other books on everything from Lee Harvey Oswald to emigres in Paris.
Under Review

64: Navalny's Near Miss
Tamara Eidelman
An insider's account of the Navalny campaign for Moscow mayor.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson