January 1996

Features in this Issue

Sailing with the Sun: The Return of Christmas

Like everything else in Russia, the celebration of Christmas is in transition. Our author traces the turbulent history of Russia's Christmas and New Year's holidays.

The Irony of Fate

A profile of Russians' favorite holiday movie, "The Irony of Fate."

The Art of the Tusovka

World famous entertainers, huge crowds, expensive tickets. It looks like a western-style concert spectacular -- only something's different. Russia's nascent mass entertainment industry will require a "getting acquainted" period for both fans and performers.

For Love & Money

Tennis is Russia's new sports craze. Freed of the stigma of "individualism" that was a taboo in Soviet times, it is now the sport of choice of the political elite.

The Heart and Hearth of Wooden Toys

A look at the wonderful folk art of wood carving that grew up in and around the ancient village of Bogorodskoye.

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