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Dec/Jan 1998

Dec/Jan 1998

8: Ringing in the New Year
Sharon Hudgins
New Year's is Russia's best celebrated national holiday. We look at the traditions, old and new, surrounding this annual event.

12: Why Christmas Toys are Us
Valentina Kolesnikova
The yolka is the centerpiece of Russians' Christmas and New Year's celebrations. And the toys that decorate the yolka have an unusual power.

14: Here's to you and us ...
Mikhail Ivanov
A whole column full of great Russian toasts.
Survival Russian

17: Suzdal
William C. Brumfield
Medieval monasteries and a storied past has made a tourist's mecca of Suzdal, one of Russia's oldest, and best-preserved towns.
:: Illustrations/Images by William C. Brumfield


27: Russia's Political Tool
December 20, 1997 is the 80th anniversary of the KGB. We look back at the sordid history of this nefarious institution.
Russian Calendar

29: A Legend Returns
Anna Hoare
Associate editor Anna Hoare caught up with hockey superstar Sergei Fyodorov to get his views on Russian and American hockey and his future plans.

30: Uninvited Guests
Anna Hoare
Caucasian minorities face scorn, discrimination and crime in Russia's capital, a sorry legacy of socialism and the fraying edges of an empire gone bust.

36: Chechnya
Sergei Kaptilkin
Sergei Kaptilkin captured these haunting and human black and white images while posted as a war photographer in the first Chechnya war.
Photo Feature

38: Out of Siberia
Semyon Ekshtut
Vasily Surikov's flash of creative genius lasted less than a decade. But his paintings have become cherished icons for old Russian traditions.

43: A salad for all tastes
Yelena Utenkova
Vinaigrette is the one Russian salad for which there is no definite recipe...

48: For the Love of Tennis!
Mikhail Ivanov
The social dimensions of tennis in Russia today.
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