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Russian Life: May/June 2017

May/June 2017
Cover: Paul E. Richardson

4: What's Stalin Got to Do With It?
Paul E. Richardson
Even in the worst of times, we need to remember that the people on the other side are people too.
Editorial

7: Good Melt
The Editors
On the Kremlin's Arctic flip flops.
News

16: Dream Country
The Editors
A look at Russian dreams and memes.
Internet

19: 1917 Diary
Tamara Eidelman
In which we look at the revolutionary year through the eyes of the people living through it.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

26: You Deserve a Break
Michelle A. Berdy
A look at the many ways of taking a break, linguistically speaking.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: I Do Not Love
Natalia Gogolitsyna
Vladimir Vysotsky is the focus of this issue's language insert.
Uchites

28: Pearl of the Caucasus
Paul E. Richardson
The Republic of Georgia is a land of exquisite paradoxes that are sometimes lovable, sometimes infuriating.
:: Illustrations/Images by Paul E. Richardson

Travel

38: The Russian Way
Marianne Ide
There are many ways to learn music, but just one 
“Russian Way,” as cellist Marianne Ide finds out.
:: Illustrations/Images by Asya Lisina

Memoir

40: Second Sight
Nadezhda Grebennikova
Some gifted young athletes are excelling at the world’s favorite sport – football (aka soccer) – which is amazing given that they are all legally blind.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson and Nora Favorov
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov

Sports

50: The Bad Flat
Anastasia Osipova
Where better to begin a literary tour of Moscow than at Mikhail Bulgakov’s notoriously bad apartment, which had an important cameo in his most famous work.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Evgeny Sinitsyn

Literature

54: Aurora's Sunset
Natasha Beskhlebnaya
Soviet revolutionary mythology had it that the Aurora’s shot, signaling the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution, was heard round the world. We check in to find out the latest on the cruiser, and to examine some of its own myths.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson and Nora Favorov
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Petrosyan

History

60: Bread is Good
Nadezhda Grebennikova
Russians love bread, and you are going to love this recipe for Whole Wheat Bread with Seeds.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov
:: Illustrations/Images by Yulia Atayeva

Cuisine

62: A Dozen Reviews
Paul E. Richardson
In which we review 12 titles that have been teetering in our review pile and that Russophiles should love.
Under Review

64: The Spring Dinosaur
The Editors
Russia's annual spring draft began April 1. This dinosaur gets harder to kill with each passing year.
Post Script