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July 1997

6: Painting up a Storm
Semyon Ekshtut
From his studio in Theodosia, the painter Ivan Aivazovsky completed 6000 works--mainly of ships and the sea. On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of this prolific master's birth, we tell the artist's life story.

13: The bear's favors and favorite meals
Mikhail Ivanov
All about honey and bears is discussed in this issue's Survival Russian column.
Survival Russian

14: Little Russia by the Sea
Fort Ross was the southernmost point of Russian colonization of North America. On the 185th anniversary of the fort's founding, we offer a brief history and a photo essay.

16: What is Russia Reading?
Mikhail Ivanov
Is Russia still the best-read nation in the world? Have Sidney Sheldon and Barbara Cartland shoved aside the classics? We look at the state of books and reading in today's Russia.

23: Fighting Mankind's Worst Enemy
Yelena Utenkova
From the "Great Fire" of 1812 to the present day, Moscow has been plagued by fires that have decimated the city and its cultural heritage. We look at the history of the men fighting Russia's fires.

29: Our Old Man and the Sea
Valentina Kolesnikova
Pavel Nakhimov was one of Russia's great naval leaders. We look at his life and achievements.
Russian Calendar

30: Hidden Jewel of the North
William C. Brumfield
Like a stunning chrysalis preserved in a drop of amber, Veliky Ustyug survives in Northern Russia, little touched by the 850 years of history it marks this month.
:: Illustrations/Images by William C. Brumfield


36: Preparing for the Provinces
A Q&A with some well-traveled experts on what you need to know when and before traveling in Russia's provinces.
Practical Traveler

40: A soup for real men
Yelena Utenkova
Ukha -- fresh fish soup, is popular across Russia. Here's the recipe!