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September 1997

September 1997

6: Auditing the Soul of Russia
Mikhail Ivanov
In light of a hotly-debated law on religion, Russia is asking itself just how many faiths are enough. Mikhail Ivanov talked to people on both sides of the barricades and comes away with some interesting conclusions.

14: Repeat and Ye shall learn
Mikhail Ivanov
The language of learning, studentia and education.
Survival Russian

16: Big River of Siberia
Kristin Hiller
Russian Life sent a writer and photographer on a two week cruise down and up the vast Lena river. They brought back some colorful and fascinating views of this remote territory.

24: Political Jam
Yelena Utenkova
Apple Povidlo is made from crushed, not whole fruit, which is what makes it povidlo, not jam. In the Soviet era, "zhem", a foreign word, was un-p.c. and povidlo had its day.

25: Potemkin's Palace
Anna Hoare
From Prince Potemkin to Prince Charles, Petersburg's Tauride Palace has seen its share of VIPs over the years. This month, 205 years after the death of the palace's famous namesake, we take a look at the history of the Tauride from its founding to the present day.

29: Tolstoy on Stage
Valentina Kolesnikova
There is no shortage of great Tolstoys in Russian literature. Here we profile Alexei Tolstoy (1817-1875), chronologically the first literary Tolstoy.
Russian Calendar

30: Vologda: A Northern Beauty
William C. Brumfield
One of northern Russia's most beautiful towns, Vologda was also a home for tsarist exiles, including the young Stalin.
:: Illustrations/Images by William C. Brumfield


36: The Best Little Hotels in Moscow
Anna Hoare
If, the last time you visited a Moscow hotel, the noise from the disco kept you up all night, or the receptionist hadn't quite caught on to the idea of service with a smile, this Practical Traveler suggests an alternative: small hotels.
Practical Traveler

40: Mourning Russia's Clown Prince
Mikhail Ivanov
A tribute to Yuri Nikulin, comedian, circus clown and beloved actor.
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