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July/August 2018

July/August 2018

4: Let's Do This
Paul E. Richardson
It's time for Russian Life to move aggressively into the digital online space. But that costs and it will take the support of readers to make this possible. Visit for more info.

7: War on Art
The Editors
A crazed man defacing the famous painting of Ivan the Terrible and his son is but the latest twist in the ongoing debate about the role of Ivan the Terrible in Russian history.

18: Musical Ministerial Chairs
The Editors
After President Putin was reelected there was a government reshuffling. But very little new blood.

19: Send in the Clones
The Editors
There is something disturbingly similar about the new crop of Russian governors...

23: The August Curse
Tamara Eidelman
Since the Bolshevik Revolution struck, Russia has had a particularly cursed experience with the month of August.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


30: Those Lyin' Eyes
Michelle A. Berdy
These days, if you are reading Russian periodicals in order to improve your Russian language skills, you are getting lots of practice in ways to lie.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

31: Proverbs and Sayings
Yuliya Ballou
This issue's Uchites looks at some familiar proverbs and helps you learn them by matching them up to rough equivalents in English.

32: Walking the Volga
Dmitri Nizhegorodsky and Nataliya Kienya
An office worker gives up his job to walk all 3,645 kilometers of Europe’s longest river. This is his story.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Dmitri Nizhegorodsky


42: Moscow's White Angel
Anastasia Osipova
The life of a beloved princess changed immeasurably when her husband, an heir to the Russian throne, was murdered by terrorists.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Religion & Spirituality

44: House on the Embankment
Nadezhda Grebennikova
If these walls could talk. The history and horror of one of the most epic construction projects of the Soviet era.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov


54: Steppes Ahead
David Edwards
The idea of separate and competing government powers may have found its first expression in a constitution composed in 1710, in Ukraine.
Law and Jurisprudence

60: Seasonal Eating
Marina Pustilnik
Long before seasonal eating, kombucha, kimchi and other such things became a fad in the US, they were popular and well known in Russia. For the recipe we feature sour cherry vareniki (mmm!).

64: Bike Like and Egyptian
The Editors
A short look at one very avid football (soccer) fan, who rode his bike all the way from Egypt to Russia for the World Cup.
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