Nov/Dec 2018 Current Moscow Time: 07:39:41
20 November 2018


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Nov/Dec 2018

Nov/Dec 2018
Cover: Dmitry Kostyukov

7: Church at War
The Editors
Ukraine will soon have its own independent Orthodox church, fueled by the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict.
Religion & Spirituality

18: Clean and Comfortable
The Editors
Bloggers and twitterers this fall, in the lead-up to the mayoral elections, were effusive in their praise of Moscow living conditions. Was it real or staged?
Moscow

21: Taking Stock
Tamara Eidelman
A look back at year end stock-taking, at changes that have been promised in years past, and promises that have been un-kept.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov

History

28: How Can I Thank You Enough?
Michelle A. Berdy
To thank (blagodarit) is one of the Russian language's most beautiful words. We go in for a deep dive.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

29: The Incomparable Uspensky
Yuliya Ballou
The writer Eduard Uspensky passed away recently. In this language section, we look back at one of his contributions to Russian literature and folklore.
Uchites

31: The White Émigré Epic
David Edwards
Thousands of war refugees are flooding Europe from the East. No, this is not a story of today, but of the world a century ago.
History

40: People's Court
Darya Grebenshchikova
In which the Rural Council takes up the case of “The Conduct of Nikolayev, N. N.”
:: Translation by Liv Bliss
:: Illustrations/Images by Asya Lisina

Rural Life

44: Looking for Tolstoy
Robert Blaisdell
An American writer consumed by Anna Karenina goes in search of the great writer’s little-known refuge beyond the Volga, near Samara.
Literature

57: Crafting Markets
Anastasia Byrka
An assemblage of crafters, knitters and felters talk about what it means to be a small producer in Russia.
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexei Astredinov

Business

60: Holidays are for Cookies
Marina Pustilnik
We consider some of the best holiday treats, which are of course cookies, and then serve of a simple and delicious recipe.
:: Illustrations/Images by Paul E. Richardson

Cuisine

62: Anna and an Atlas
Robert Blaisdell and Paul E. Richardson
In which we review The Anna Karenina Fix: Life Lessions from Russian Literature, by Viv Groskop, and Restless Empire, by Ian Barnes.
Under Review

64: Remembering a Friend
Robert Krattli
A longtime businessman with deep ties to Russia considers the passing of a true friend, in the context of deteriorating US-Russian relatins.
Memoir