April 1996

Features in this Issue

Saints and Persecutors

We visit the town of Murom to examine the resurgence of Christianity in Russia.

This Spring Gives Hope ... And Profits

The Russian Orthodox Church is not just reviving spiritually, it is also getting back into business. Saint Springs water is a well-funded, successful venture run by the church.

Laughter Through Tears

Moscow may not believe in tears, but it definitely believes in laughter. Russian Life’s Mikhail Ivanov takes the occasion of April Fool’s day to look at how the Russian sense of humor has evolved from the Brezhnev years to post-perestroika times.

Departments and More

  • 5

    Letters to the Editor

    Readers comment and correct.

  • 8
    Note Book


    All the news that fits from all across Russia.

  • 13
    Survival Russian

    Invoking Heaven and Hell

    Religious idioms and phrases in contemporary Russian.

  • 24

    Life in a PO Box

    In this modern tale of two cities, we visit a closed Russian city still getting accustomed to the new era, and a poorer town that lives in its shadow. The author's photos of the closed town, Tomsk-7, are believed to be the first of this town widely published in the West.

  • 28
    Travel Notes

    The Taxi's Last Stand

    A special look at the independent traveler's mainstay in getting around town: the taxi. Do's and don'ts.

  • Lonely Planet's Guide

    Russia is such an immense country that no one travel guide can possibly hope to cover it all with distinction and detail. Yet Lonely Planet seems determined to die trying.

  • 32

    The King of Easter Cuisine

    Kulich is more than just a tradition at Eastertime, it is the king of the feast. Here is a recipe and some discussion of the dish's history.

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