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18 November 2018

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

March/April 2018

March/April 2018
Cover: Valentina Pevtsova

7: Death of Cinema?
The Editors
This is the first time that Russia's Culture Ministry has censored a film by cancelling its license to be shown in theaters. Satire takes a hit.
Film & Television

16: Can't Get No...
The Editors
Who, what, where, and why: the kerfuffle over a few aviation cadets and their posting of a slightly racy video online. And how average Russians rose to defend them.

21: Russian March
Tamara Eidelman
In which we look back and turning points in March: in 1918, 1953, and (perhaps) 2018. The season of thaw and the onset of spring is fraught with omens.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


28: Are You Out of Your Mind?
Michelle A. Berdy
A rather adequate look at the rise of "adekvatny" and "neadekvatny" in colloquial speech.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

29: Leonid Gayday
Natalia Gogolitsyna
In her final Uchites column for Russian Life, Natalia Gogolitsyna takes a look at one of Russia's most beloved filmmakers and the winged phrases that are one of his legacies.

30: The Women of Russian Diplomacy
Natalya Beskhlebnaya
Over the 70-year lifespan of the “most equal and democratic nation” known as the Soviet Union, just a handful of women rose to the rank of ambassador. A few more have attained this level since 1991, yet diplomacy in Russia remains largely a male preserve.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


38: Reconstructing the Past
Yulia Skopich
Of late, more and more Russians are getting involved in historic reenactments, attempting to recreate battles on the land in Russia where they originally occurred.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson


47: Khrushchev and Me
Christopher Sandford
In the winter of 1968, ousted Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was brooding in his government dacha outside Moscow, readying to send his memoirs abroad. Then the British military attache and his son stopped by for a visit.

52: Lighter Than Air
Igor Zalyubovin
A few enterprising Russians are seeking to put their country at the forefront of the world’s dirigible industry. Their rising hopes are built on the country’s long history of aerostat development.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

60: Russian Tea Drinking Traditions
Marina Pustilnik
On the Soviet tradition of making do, and spending long evenings around the table drinking tea and eating cake. Like Bird's Milk cake, this issue's recipe.

62: Margarita, Salvage and the House of Goverment
The Editors
In which we review a novel about Bulgakov and his love, Margarita (Mikhail and Margarita, by Julie Himes); Soviet Salvage, by Catherine Walworth; and The House of Government, by Yuri Slezkine.
Under Review

64: Cold War
The Editors
Some creative prisoners decided to sculpt a full-scale model of a Topol-M mobile, intercontinental missile launcher. Out of snow.