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7: Tug of War
A consideration of events in Kiev in the wake of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's flip flops on the EU AA treaty.
16: The Case in the Square
The giant trunk appeared out of nowhere, a huge box that looked like a Versace suitcase left behind by a giant alien. To this day, its appearance and disappearance are a mystery.
17: Sochi Stats
Some interesting statistics on the Sochi games.
27: Dmitry Mendeleyev
This issue's language supplement looks at scientist Dmitry Mendeleyev.
28: Assessing the Damage
Olympic host countries typically garner many more medals than their average take at a games. We look at Russia's prospects and what their victory could "cost" Russia. The story includes a two-page guide to the games, with a schedule of events and maps of the venues.
40: Then and Now
The 1980 Moscow Olympics was marred by scandal, worried about security, and touted as a showpiece for the nation's development. The more things change...
46: The Original Pair
Their 1964 Olympic win at Innsbruck started a winning streak in pairs skating that has not bee, and likely never will be, equaled. So why have Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov not been invited to Sochi?
51: Beyond the Games
After the games are over and the crowds have gone home, Sochi will still be Sochi. We look at what this Black Sea resort has to offer visitors beyond Olympic wonders.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
60: Dine Like a Pomor
Cod was once scorned in Russia. Now it is properly seen as a delicacy. Start the New Year off right with this version of the fish with an egg and butter sauce.
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Sherstobitov
62: Empire and Paranoia
This issue's review section considers Ben Judah's "Fragile Empire," Victor Martinovich's "Paranoia," C.P. Lesley's "The Golden Lynx," and Olga Fedina's "What Every Russian Knows (And You Don't)."
64: Nostalgia Canaglia
A somewhat nostalgic look back at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.