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19 November 2018

  The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.

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Cover: Alex Zaripov

4: A Nickel for Your Thoughts
Paul E. Richardson
On Russia's nickel mining and our silver anniversary.

7: Russia for Russians
The Editors
On new regulations restricting foreigners' travel and what it takes to get a work permit in the federation.
Note Book

16: Up, Up and Away
The Editors
This issue's Trends section looks at the impact of inflation and the dustup over Leviathan.
Social Issues

19: Yuri Nagibin
Tamara Eidelman
The writer Yuri Nagibin led an incredibly hard life, although, by Soviet standards, from the outside his life may have looked charmed.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


21: The Stray Dog Caberet
Tamara Eidelman
A look back at the end of St. Petersburg's avant garde hangout for poets and bohemians.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


22: Sprouting Spring Celebrations
Tamara Eidelman
There has been a proliferation of professional holidays in Russia, and those falling in the spring have a peculiar "bent" toward the military and law enforcement bodies...
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Social Issues

26: Sticks and Stones
Michelle A. Berdy
The war in Ukraine has been accompanied by an often incomprehensible war of words. We investigate.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Nagibin's Clear Ponds
Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
This issue's language insert looks at the work of Yuri Nagibin, featured in the Calendar section.

28: From a Distant Shore
Mikhail Mordasov
Photojournalist Mikhail Mordasov traveled to Russia’s furthest northwestern outpost to see the town where the acclaimed movie Leviathan was filmed.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov


35: Captain of Teriberka
Oleg Klimov
There is another Teriberka story that predates the current Leviathan dust-up. It involves a willful captain, fishing rights and, oh yes, the Norwegian navy.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson


37: The Murman Coast
Nicky Gardner
The remote Russian-Norwegian-Finnish borderlands offer some of the starkest contrasts between cultures and history you will find anywhere on Earth.
:: Illustrations/Images by Susanne Kries


44: Protecting Miners
Ivan Kobilyakov
Norilsk is home to Eurasia’s deepest mine and richest nickel and copper ores. We tag along with a mine inspector and rescuer, descending over 200 meters below ground.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Ivan Kobilyakov


52: Stealing Brides
Marina Marshenkulova
The Caucasus is a region rich in tradition and often impenetrable to outside understanding. The modernized ritual of “bride kidnapping” is a case in point; we asked a local journalist to guide us.
:: Translation by Eugenia Sokolskaya

Social Issues

60: Recipe for Austerity
Jennifer Eremeeva
No time like Lent for some Shchi! We offer both lenten and non-lenten options for making this hearty and tasty dish.
:: Illustrations/Images by Jennifer Eremeeva


62: Prison, Alexis and Siberia
Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of a book by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, "My Fellow Prisoners," "Alexis in America, by Lee Farrow, "Midnight in Siberia," by by NPR host David Greene, "Trepanation of the Skull," by Sergei Gandlevsky, and "An American Diplomat in Bolshevik Russia," by DeWitt Clinton Poole.
Under Review

64: The Grandmaster
Alexei Bayer
Author and journalist Alexei Bayer ruminates on chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov, who appeared recently in New York.
Post Script