January/February 2002

Features in this Issue

100 Young Russians to Watch

This is the seventh article in our series: 100 Young Russians to Watch. In this issue we present twelve notable individuals—from doctors and an activist, to athletes, businesspeople and a ballerina ... All personify the sort of excellence and hope which embody a positive Russian future.

Duck Devil and Little Wolf

It's not every day one is invited on a pilgrimage by a Siberian shaman. Which is how Christine Seashore and John Turk ended up roaming Kamchatka's frozen tundra in search of an elusive pack of reindeer. Oh, and then there is the interesting bit about the mountain bikes...

Vodka in the Berkshires

For the first time, the annual Russian Life Vodka Taste Off and Taste of Russia Dinner was held outside of Vermont, in the rolling hills of western Massachusetts. A sumptuous feast, a friendly crowd, and a fortuitous evening snowstorm turned the early December event into a weekend to remember.

Russia's Olympic Hopefuls

A brief look at Russia's brightest hopes for Olympic Gold in Salt Lake City this winter.

Departments and More

  • Editorial

    Looking Back

    The US-Russian (nee Soviet) Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty has been cast onto the dustheap of history with scarcely a whimper from the Russian side. As with many things, what seemed unlikely six months ago has all of a sudden become unavoidable.

  • 5

    Letters to the Editor

    Readers comment and correct.

  • 14
    Travel Notes

    Travel Notes

    The latest from the travel front.

  • 8
    Note Book


    All the news that fits from all across Russia.

  • 20

    A Rollicking Good Holiday Chicken

    This ornate chicken dish, Kurnik Zalikhvatsky, is a once a year type of dish. But one you'll remember all year round.

  • Russian in the Real World

    There are as many different reasons for deciding to study Russian as there are people studying it. And now, with a newly-liberalized Russia, there are more opportunities than ever for persons with strong Russian language skills to find excellent jobs in areas that correspond with the “spark” that led them to Russian in the first place.

  • 22
    Survival Russian

    Promises, Promises

    Words of promise, deception, lies and happiness.

  • 55


    We look back on the first decade of a Free Russia with this Literary Excerpt from Mikhail Butov's award-winning novel, Liberty. Butov offers a poignant and humorous portrait of his generation's coming of age after the collapse of the Soviet empire.

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    Post Script

    A Farewell to Shock Therapy

    A look back at the reforms of the past decade, on the tenth anniversary of "shock therapy."

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