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Jan/Feb 2014

Jan/Feb 2014
Cover: Andrei Golovanov

7: Tug of War
Maria Antonova
A consideration of events in Kiev in the wake of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's flip flops on the EU AA treaty.
Note Book

16: The Case in the Square
Maria Antonova
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.
Social Issues

17: Sochi Stats
Some interesting statistics on the Sochi games.

19: A New Time
Tamara Eidelman
A look back at life a century ago, through the pages of one of the most popular papers of that time, New Times.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


23: The Suitcase Maker's Dream
Svetlana Zernes
A look back at the amazing, and eccentric, Russian scientist Dmitry Mendeleyev, inventor of the Periodic Table.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


26: Yanukovich Takes a Banya
Mikhail Ivanov
The Ukraine-Russia-EU fracas had this columnist thinking about banyas and banya language...
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Dmitry Mendeleyev
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
This issue's language supplement looks at scientist Dmitry Mendeleyev.

28: Assessing the Damage
Mikhail Ivanov
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
Maria Antonova
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
Daniel Boltinsky
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
Mikhail Plotnikov and Julia Naberezhnaya
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
Darra Goldstein
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
Paul E. Richardson
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)."
Under Review

64: Nostalgia Canaglia
Mikhail Ivanov
A somewhat nostalgic look back at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.