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25 September 2017


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Russian Life: September/October 2017

September/October 2017
Cover: Alexander Petrosyan

4: Notes from the Road
Paul E. Richardson
On how the final content of this issue was uploaded from the Russian heartland.
Editorial

7: Enemies Among Us
The Editors
On the resurrection of the idea of Enemies of the People.
News

16: No Ballet for You!
The Editors
On the preemptive shutdown of a ballet directed by Krill Serebennikov, who, subsequent to this issue going to press, was arrested on trumped up charges of financial fraud.
Social Issues

19: 1917 Diary
Tamara Eidelman
In which we look at the events of 1917 through the words and works of the politicians, artists, and luminaries living through them.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

28: Rebooting Conversations
Michelle A. Berdy
On how much more difficult it is becoming to have a civil conversation in Russia.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

29: Four Wishes
Natalia Gogolitsyna
A short story by Konstantin Ushinsky, the noted pedagogue, is the subject of this issue's language learning page.
Uchites

30: 17 Petersburg Places
Elena Bobrova
Revolutions, including that Great October one, are not a popular topic in Russia today. Nonetheless, we take a photo feature look at how 1917 shaped Russia’s northern capital.
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Petrosyan

Photo Feature

39: Bath Day in Sheshurino
Darya Grebenshchikova
“On Saturdays, smoke drifts over the village. The banyas are being heated.” Let’s go!
:: Translation by Liv Bliss
:: Illustrations/Images by Asya Lisina

Rural Life

42: Defenders of the Pen
Anastasia Byrka
Not many organizations defend the press in modern Russia. In fact, just one seems to be doing it vigorously. This one.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Social Issues

48: Romanov Toys
Yulia Skopich
A look at a lesser-known folk craft style with prerevolutionary roots and a whimsical, musical bent.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Art

52: From War to Peace
Jessica Werneke
It wasn’t easy being a photojournalist in the Soviet era. Here are five gifted artists you should know, with samples of their work and tales from their lives.
Photo Feature

61: Cooking With Sofia
Marina Pustilnik
A great writer lives on his stomach. And Sofia Tolstoya had a way in the kitchen.
Cuisine

64: And the Babushka Laughed
Paul E. Richardson
On making babushkas laugh.
Post Script