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Russian Life: November/December 2017

November/December 2017

4: How Much Worse?
Paul E. Richardson
How much worse can US-Russian relations get? Don't ask.
Editorial

7: The Wallenberg Secret
The Editors
The disappearance of Raoul Wallenberg remains just that. But need it be?
Note Book

16: Walling Off Matilda
The Editors
The recent controversy about a new film on the last tsar and the ballerina Mathilde Kschessinskaya is stirring up controversy well in excess of what one might expect.
Film & Television

19: 1917 Diary
Tamara Eidelman
All this year, in connection with the centennial of the 1917 revolutions, Calendar has offered readers a view of that year through the eyes of contemporaries. This issue we conclude the series with a look at what was going on in the pivotal months of November and December 1917.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

Russian Calendar

28: Home is Where Your Residence Permit Is
Michelle A. Berdy
A look at the evolving language of real estate in Russia.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

29: Verbs of Motion
Natalia Gogolitsyna
In this issue’s Uchites, we look at verbs of motion, a bane of the Russian language student’s existence.
Uchites

30: 17 Myths of the Revolution
Natalya Beskhlebnaya
Every revolution needs its myths. The faithful must 
be inspired; successive generations must be enthused. 
We explore some myths about the “Great October Revolution” that persist even now, 100 years later.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

History

40: The Translator
Viktoria Vzyatysheva
Galina Sergeyevna Usova is a poet and translator of English prose and poetry. For the last few years, she has been standing outside St. Petersburg’s Polytechnic Institute metro station selling her books.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Social Issues

44: Two Roads from Urzhum
David Edwards
A good mystery begins unexpectedly in the unlikeliest of places. And then it takes you where you never imagined. This one took the author halfway around the world 
and more than a hundred years back in time.
History

54: Moscow's Miracle Working Icons
Anastasia Osipova
Icons have been revered in Russia for centuries, and when it comes to miracle-working icons, pilgrims will travel thousands of kilometers to seek their divine assistance. 
We look at three you can find in Moscow.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Evgeny Sinitsyn

Religion & Spirituality

60: Sweet Somethings
Marina Pustilnik
As fall deepens and winter approaches, what could be better than a warm honey drink imbued with Russian history.
Cuisine

62: Three Books and a DVD
Paul E. Richardson
In which we review three books and a DVD we like. See the book reviews section for detailed reviews.
Under Review

64: Scenes from the Road
The Editors
A few photos from the road trip that was The Children of Russia's summer research project. The book and film are just around the corner...
Post Script