November/December 2010

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  • Post Script

    Dueling Calendars

    Women journalism students from Moscow State University reveal 2 contrasting calendars.

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    Introducing the Russian Life Community

    Announcing the launch of the Russian Life Community

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    Letters to the Editor

    Readers comment and correct.

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    Travel Notes

    Travel Notes

    The latest from the travel front.

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    Note Book


    All the news that fits from all across Russia.

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    Note Book

    End of an Era

    The sudden dismissal of longtime Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov marks a break from the quiet politics of the Putin Vertical of Power...

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    Russian Calendar

    Mongols Sack Kiev

    The fall of Kiev in 1240 proceeded very differently from the fall of other Slavic cities to the Mongols, and it set in motion the eventual split between Ukraine and Russia...

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    Russian Calendar

    Itinerant Exhibition

    The bold artists who broke with the prevailing powers of the Russian Academy set in motion a revolution in Russian art that paralleled that of the French Impressionists.

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    Russian Calendar

    The Death of Alexander I

    The time of Alexander I is often looked back on with nostalgia, as the pinnacle of Russia's Imperial Age. And Alexander's mysterious and sudden death has led to innumerable conspiracy theories.

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    Russia on the March

    In recent years, a resurgent interest in religious pilgrimages has swept through Russia. Stella Rock joined 20,000 Russians on a 150-kilometer journey through Kirov region and brought back this story.

    Religion Travel
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    Survival Russian

    Kvas v. Cola

    A consideration of patriotism and language.

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    Tolstoy's Flight

    Author Pavel Basinsky has penned a new book about Tolstoy’s last days in Yasnaya Polyana and it has become a Russian bestseller, proving that the classic author is still widely popular in his homeland.

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    An Unfortunate Misunderstanding

    If the boyars of Serpukhov had not been so intransigent, history would have been much different for the town of Podolsk. As it turned out, the little town was forever transformed by a chance visit by American entrepreneurs.

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    Problem Solving

    An extract from the book by a former IKEA manager, about the trials and tribulations of doing business in Russia.

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    The Napoleon Code

    There have been rumors of, and searches for, Napoleon’s Treasure since the mid- nineteenth century. Anna Dymkovets tagged along with some modern-day treasure seekers to find out what they are looking for.

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    Apocalypse Nyet

    Russian church officials were so sure that the year 7000, counting from the purported beginning of time (1492 in modern calendar time), would herald in the Apocalypse, that they did not bother making Easter calendars beyond that year.

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    Vodka with a Kiss

    Konstantin Makovsky's Boyarina Bearing a Tray serves as an introduction to an ancient Russian custom of hospitality.

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    Under Review

    Spies, Androids and Napoleon

    Reviews of Stalin's Romeo Spy, Lost and Found in Russia, Russia Against Napoleon, Android Karenina, The New Nobility, and Russian Music for Cello and Piano.

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    Language Learning

    Uchites 09

    The ninth edition of our Uchites language insert, sponsored by Russkiy Mir Foundation, uses the Itinerants art movement to explore the language of art. A recording is also available online.


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