March/April 2007

Departments and More

  • 4

    Cold Warriors

    From the Editor

  • 5

    Letters to the Editor

    Readers comment and correct.

  • 14
    Travel Notes

    Travel Notes

    The latest from the travel front.

  • 8
    Note Book


    All the news that fits from all across Russia.

  • 7
    Note Book

    Surkov's National Idea

    Vladislav Surkov is the Kremlin's chief ideologist. And his thoughts and speeches are now being used to teach university students about the new National Idea.

  • 19
    Russian Calendar

    Running from Stalin

    Svetlana Alliluyeva's tortured life as Stalin's daughter is recalled on the anniversary of her return to the Soviet Union in 1984.

  • 21
    Russian Calendar

    When Things Fall Apart

    The March revolution of 1917 set the stage for the Bolshevik coup in November. We look back at those fateful days with a chronicle which features the words and images of people who were there.

  • 25
    Russian Calendar

    The Taganka's Master

    Thirty years ago, a daring and amazing interpretation of The Master and Margarita was staged at Moscow's Taganka Theater.

  • 28
    Survival Russian

    Of Pigs and Oranges

    It is the Year of the Pig, so what better time to consider the influence of porcine phrases and words on the Russian language?

  • 30

    Vanishing Act

    Under the guise of restoration, many of Moscow’s long-treasured historical buildings are being razed to make way for parking garages and office buildings or condos for the wealthy.

  • 38

    Exploring the Lower Depths

    Khitrovka is more than just a historic location in Old Moscow. The mere name evokes the seamier side of life in the capital around the turn of the last century. Yet seaminess does not quickly fade.

  • 44

    Tending the Goals

    Many consider Vladislav Tretyak to be the best hockey player of the 20th century. We chat with Tretyak about his second act – in an arena where things can get tougher than on the ice: politics.

  • 50

    Built on Ice and Bones

    Built by gulag internees, Norilsk is one of the world’s northernmost cities. It also sits atop one of Earth’s richest mineral lodes, in clouds of the world’s most harmful pollutants.

  • 58
    Notes from a Russian Village

    Mother's Milk

    Spring is the time for calves...

  • 60

    Nikel Tarts

    Vatrushki are tasty and warm cheesy tarts found even in the remotest corners of Russia.

  • 61
    Under Review

    Stalin's Wars and Stalin's Guerrillas

    We review books on Stalin's military leadership, on the partizans and on vodka, as well as three great new DVDs.

  • 64
    Post Script

    A Real Prokhorovshchina

    "Whenever I travel abroad," writes our commentator, "I try not to run into fellow Russians..."

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