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Russian Life: July/August 2017

July/August 2017
Cover: Evgeny Sinitsyn

4: Tearing Down Walls
Paul E. Richardson
On where we want and don't want walls.
Editorial

7: New Culture Wars?
The Editors
Early morning police raids and the conundrum that Kirill Serebrennikov and his Gogol Theater are facing.
Note Book

16: Generation YouTube
The Editors
On how the Kremlin is handling online dissent and youth culture.
Internet

19: 1917 Diary
Tamara Eidelman
In which we look at the revolutionary year through the eyes of the people living through it. In this issue, the politicians, the tsar, and Alexander Blok.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

26: I Spit On You
Michelle A. Berdy
The many ways that spitting has worked its way into the language.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Good and Bad Children
Vladimir Mayakovsky and Natalia Gogolitsyna
For this issue's language insert, we look at a famous Mayakovsky poem on good and bad children. It's a bit, well, odd.
Uchites

28: Seal Healers
Far Eastern Journalists Collective
Lori Beloivan and her husband were planning to move to Moscow. Then they discovered an injured seal on a beach near Vladivostok and their lives were changed.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Vitaly Berkov

Environment

36: Raspberry Beetles
Darya Grebenshchikova
It is surprisingly simple (in certain circumstances) to mix up homebrew with other, less harmful things.
:: Translation by Liv Bliss
:: Illustrations/Images by Asya Lisina

Humor

40: The Abandoned
Anna Ryseva
A family of animal defenders gets burned out of their home. All they want is to return, to help more animals.
:: Illustrations/Images by Evgeny Sinitsyn

Social Issues

46: Treasures a la Russe
Alex Van Oss
In a Washington DC suburb, a retired diplomat and self-professed Russophile has collected a treasure-trove of pre-revolutionary Russian delights.
:: Illustrations/Images by Dermot Tatlow

Art

52: The Museum of Freedom
Natasha Beskhlebnaya
On St. Petersburg’s Revolution Highway there is a museum devoted to collecting and preserving the elusive and controversial art forms of graffiti and street art.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Art

60: Flirting Over Cabbage
The Editors
In which we consider the less than humble cabbage and its history in village life, and offer a quick sauerkraut recipe.
:: Illustrations/Images by Yulia Atayeva

Cuisine

62: Mystery, Gulag and Rapture
Paul E. Richardson
In which we review a mystery, a Gulag guard's memoir, a parable of the avant-garde, and a collection of Valentin Rasputin's prose.
Under Review

64: What's Not to Love
The Editors
On Andrei Zvyagintsev's new film, Loveless, that is sure to be seen as a sign of the times and a touchstone for current interpretations of Russia.
Post Script