August 1997

Features in this Issue

Come to Moscow, Brother ...

All Moscow is preparing for September's big 850th anniversary bash. In honor of the upcoming celebration, we offer a look at the history and spirit of Europe's largest city. Includes great timeline of Moscow history.

Moscow 1947

Fifty years ago, Moscow celebrated its 800th anniversary. But things were very different then. The Second World War was barely over and Stalin was still at the helm of the Soviet state. Yet, interestingly, he did not show for the celebration.

In the Footsteps of St. George

Who is St. George, patron saint of Moscow? We examine the facts and legends behind the mythical saint.

Moscow Lights

It is hard to imagine Moscow without the spotlights bouncing off the Kremlin walls, or without the now brightly decorated storefronts. But it was not that long ago that, come sunset, Moscow was enveloped in darkness.

Departments and More

  • 5

    Of Round Numbers and Phenol Concentration

    Russians love anniversaries of any kind. And so do we, the journalists and staff working at Russian Life.

  • 14
    Travel Notes

    Travel Notes

    The latest from the travel front.

  • 8
    Note Book


    All the news that fits from all across Russia.

  • 15
    Survival Russian

    Moscow in Sunshine and Tears

    Ah, Moscow! It may not believe in tears, but it was burned down with a penny candle...

  • 27
    Russian Calendar

    The Battle for Shipka

    An important battle was fought at Shipka, during the Russo-Turkish ware of 1877-1878, and it built a bridge in Bulgarian-Russian relations that has persisted to this day.

  • 31

    Altai and Beyond

    In this, the final installment in Russian Life on their trans-Russian journey, Gary & Monica Westcott expore the remarkable Altai before racing across the steppe with winter fast at their heels, in pursuit of their final goal: Hammerfest on the northeast Norwegian coast.

  • 36
    Travel Notes

    Unknown Moscow

    A Q&A interview with several Russia travel experts on places off the beaten path in Moscow that they would recommend to travelers.

  • 40

    A Taste of Honey

    Myedovukha is a fermented honey drink that is great for quenching your thirst in the heat of August.

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