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Nov/Dec 2018

Nov/Dec 2018
Cover: Dmitry Kostyukov

7: Church at War
The Editors
Ukraine will soon have its own independent Orthodox church, fueled by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Religion & Spirituality

18: Clean and Comfortable
The Editors
Bloggers and twitterers this fall, in the lead-up to the mayoral elections, were effusive in their praise of Moscow living conditions. Was it real or staged?

21: Taking Stock
Tamara Eidelman
A look back at year end stock-taking, at changes that have been promised in years past, and promises that have been un-kept.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov


28: How Can I Thank You Enough?
Michelle A. Berdy
To thank (blagodarit) is one of the Russian language's most beautiful words. We go in for a deep dive.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

29: The Incomparable Uspensky
Yuliya Ballou
The writer Eduard Uspensky passed away recently. In this language section, we look back at one of his contributions to Russian literature and folklore.

31: The White Émigré Epic
David Edwards
Thousands of war refugees are flooding Europe from the East. No, this is not a story of today, but of the world a century ago.

40: People's Court
Darya Grebenshchikova
In which the Rural Council takes up the case of “The Conduct of Nikolayev, N. N.”
:: Translation by Liv Bliss
:: Illustrations/Images by Asya Lisina

Rural Life

44: Looking for Tolstoy
Robert Blaisdell
An American writer consumed by Anna Karenina goes in search of the great writer’s little-known refuge beyond the Volga, near Samara.

57: Crafting Markets
Anastasia Byrka
An assemblage of crafters, knitters and felters talk about what it means to be a small producer in Russia.
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexei Astredinov


60: Holidays are for Cookies
Marina Pustilnik
We consider some of the best holiday treats, which are of course cookies, and then serve of a simple and delicious recipe.
:: Illustrations/Images by Paul E. Richardson


62: Anna and an Atlas
Robert Blaisdell and Paul E. Richardson
In which we review The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessions from Russian Literature, by Viv Groskop, and Restless Empire, by Ian Barnes.
Under Review

64: Remembering a Friend
Robert Krattli
A longtime businessman with deep ties to Russia considers the passing of a true friend, in the context of deteriorating US-Russian relatins.