Anniversaries are a time-honored pretext for municipal restoration in Russia, and St. Petersburg is making the most of its coming 300th birthday celebration.
Sixty years ago, the stage was set for the most significant military battle of the 20th century--a bloody struggle for the Volga city that bore Soviet leader Josef Stalin's name.
Pavel Korin was a painter of uncommon talent and immense tenacity. His paintings reflect an indomitable will to create great art despite difficult circumstances.
While the Russian Civil War raged, a few hundred American Red Cross volunteers labored in far-flung Siberian cities to help refugees and wounded soldiers. Florence Hoffman was one of those volunteers three-quarters of a century ago, and this is her first-hand account of her year in Siberia.
Mikhail Ivanov, our editor for the past seven years, has decided to move on to new challenges and opportunities.
Readers comment and correct.
All the news that fits from all across Russia.
The latest from the travel front.
Dates and anniversaries that coincide with this issue.
November 20th is the 65th birthday (1937) of writer Viktoria Tokareva. Born in Leningrad, her first novel, Day Without Lies (1966) was hugely popular and all of her successive novels have been immediate best sellers.
October 28 is the centenary of the illustrious actor of stage and screen, Erast Pavlovich Garin (1902-1980).
On November 22, 1887, Samuil Marshak was born. A poet, translator, playright, dramatist, literary critic and editor, Marshak was born in Voronezh and began writing poetry at a very early age.
On December 1, legendary Russian soccer and hockey player Vsevolod Bobrov (1922-1979) would have turned 80. Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko called Bobrov “the Shalyapin of Russian soccer, and the Gagarin of the puck in Rus.’"
Eldar Ryazanov, the legendary film director and screenwriter, turns 75 on November 18. He began his filmmaking career in 1950 by making short subjects and documentaries.
Mikhail Ulyanov, one of Russia’s most famed actors, turns 75 on November 20. Born in the Siberian village of Tara, 400 km from Omsk, he ran off with a Ukrainian theater troupe in 1942, a year after his father had gone off to fight at the front.
A look at some of the oxymorons that litter the Russian language.
A recipe for the wonderful winter treat, Kut'ya, and a look at the rituals surrounding its preparation.
A look at the notion of "ethnic" Russians.
Russian Life is a 29-year-young, award-winning publishing house that creates a bimonthly magazine, books, maps, and other products for Russophiles the world over.
PO Box 567
Montpelier VT 05601-0567