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April 1998

April 1998

8: The Little Water of Life
Paul E. Richardson and Mikhail Ivanov
A look at the long history of vodka in Russia.
Features

14: Getting into the Spirits
Matthew Taylor
Results of the First Annual International Vodka Taste Off and Taste of Russia Dinner, held in Montpelier, Vermont, February 28, 1998.
Features

16: The Kremlin and the Bottle
Roy Medvedev
An interview with Roy Medvedev about the drinking habits and policies of Russian and Soviet leaders.
Interview

37: Cooling off the tubes
Mikhail Ivanov
The language of hangovers and mornings after.
Survival Russian

38: The Heroines of Nagano
Mikhail Ivanov and Anna Hoare
A recap of Russia's victories in the 1998 Winter Olympics and profiles of the women who led the Russian team in its successes.
Features

44: The perfect vodka appetizer
Lightly-salted Selyodka (herring) is the perfect accompaniement to a vodkafest.
Cuisine

47: The Tsar Liberator
Valentina Kolesnikova
On the occasion of the 180th anniversary of the birth of Tsar Alexander II, we offer this biography.
Russian Calendar

48: Buying Real Vodka (Safely)
Anna Hoare
How to buy vodka in Russia and not pay too muchb (in all senses).
Practical Traveler

56: Where Have All the Muzhiks Gone?
Anna Hoare
What is to be done about the declining life expectancy of Russian men?
Post Script