March/April 2003

Features in this Issue

A Gogol for the 20th Century

Nikolai Zabolotsky is one of the greatest Russian poets of modern times. Yet few outside Russia know his name.

Mysteries of Ice Fishing

Ice fishing in a hut, with a radio and a heated bench? Surely you must be joking! Russians have a better way.

Of Fish and Cockroaches

Some ways to tell the difference between fish names and a discussion of fishy aphorisms and idioms.

Lost and Found in Siberia

Eleven Americans were lost in Stalin's Siberia for nearly a month before anyone even knew they were there. This is their story of survival.

The Cats Who Guard the Hermitage

If you think St. Petersburg's Hermitage museum is famous only for its great collections and masterpieces, you are mistaken. Meet the felines that prowl the basements.

A Fierce War: Being Catholic in Russia

It's not easy being Catholic in Russia today. Popular writer Ilya Stogoff explains why.

A Single-Minded Man

He was a great composer who never lacked for confidence. We take a tour of his life and work.

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