March/April 2014

Departments and More

  • 4

    In Defense

    On the negativity of press surrounding Sochi and why we don't even try defending Russia. That's not our beat.

  • 7

    Rain, Rain, Go Away

    On the closure of one of the last independent broadcasters.

  • 16

    Shooting, Amnesty and Relics

    A look at some recent events that made the news, but in ways not covered elsewhere.

    Social Issues
  • 19

    Springtime in Paris

    Russian troops marched into Paris in March 1814 and were mostly welcomed during the duration of their occupation.

  • 20

    Peter's Decree

    On March 23, 1714, Peter I (the Great) issued an ukaz making it illegal to break up noble estates by dividing them among multiple heirs.

  • 22

    The Subbotnik is Born

    A look back at the odd history of "Communist Saturdays" – or how working on non-workdays was not such a big deal.

  • 24

    Mars Vehicle

    In March 1964, a Moscow university student, A. Bankovsky, chose a rather unusual topic for his graduation project: he drew up a blueprint for a "Martian helicopter."

  • 25
    Survival Russian

    You Can Leave Your Hat On

    On the many ways shapkas have creeped into the Russian lexicon...

  • 26
    Language Learning

    Bunin's In Paris

    This issue uses Bunin's wonderful story, In Paris, to take readers back 100 years to the time of Russian's second sojourn in the City of Light.
  • 28

    Terror and Art

    A witness to the turning point that was Patriarch Tikhon’s funeral, artist Pavel Korin devoted the rest of his life to putting it on canvas.

  • 36

    Mysterious Folk Art

    These strange, paddle-shaped boards, painted with lively folk motifs, had both practical and symbolic significance in village life.

    Art Culture
  • 42

    Chasing Nabokov

    In which a scholar of the great Russian-American writer goes in search of Nabokov’s other family estate.

  • 48

    Secret Bunker

    A stark manifestation of Cold War fears, this hidden bunker outside London was to have housed the Prime Minister in the event of nuclear war.

  • 52

    World's End

    The North can bewitch you, as Nikolai Gernet is reminded when he visits one of Russia’s most remote and attractive outposts.

  • 60

    Pies to Brighten Bleak Winter Days

    These rich, slightly sweet pies from Karelia will warm up your end of winter days.

  • 62
    Under Review

    Spies and Memoirs

    Reviews of two nonfiction works about spies (some in Russia, one in America), and two memoirs of Russians from very different eras.

  • 64

    Nobel Spirits

    Now for something completely different: an original Russian-themed crossword. Literature

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