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Magadan
July 01, 2019

Magadan

By Tamara Eidelman

On July 14, 2019, Magadan will celebrate the 80th anniversary of its founding. Alas, this date, like so much else in the city’s history, is a lie.

St. Isaac's 4.0
May 01, 2019

St. Isaac's 4.0

By Tamara Eidelman

Today, now that the huge dome of St. Isaac’s towers over the center of the city, not far from the granite embankment, the sumptuous Senate and Synod Building, and the iconic Bronze Horseman statue, it is hard to imagine that in its first incarnation this church was much smaller and located on the Admiralty Meadow.

The May Holidays
May 01, 2019

The May Holidays

By Tamara Eidelman

In early May, everyone is feeling exhausted after a long, vitamin-deprived winter: schoolchildren are dragging themselves to the June 1 school-year finish line, and their parents are just starting to recover from the cold, dark winter. That’s when the holidays hit.

Of Rabbits and Wolves
March 01, 2019

Of Rabbits and Wolves

By Tamara Eidelman

No matter how many times I watch Diamond Arm («Бриллиантовая рука»), I never cease to wonder at the fact that this film managed to make it to screens all across the Soviet Union in April 1969.

Skirmish in the Far East
March 01, 2019

Skirmish in the Far East

By Tamara Eidelman

What was the spring of 1969 like in the Soviet Union? A cloud of gloom had descended on the country, enveloping both those who could not see it (or at least thought it had nothing to do with them) and those only too aware of it.

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