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12 November 2018

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Suppressed Testament of Lenin - pt. 13
Suppressed Testament of Lenin - pt. 13

Radek as a Source of Information

Tags: lenin, trotsky, politics

This morning, Vermont Public Radio called to interview me about Solzhenitsyn's legacy and his life in Vermont. I had just interviewed his wife, Natalya Dmitrievna, while in Moscow in May. We had planned to run that interview in our Nov/Dec issue, to coincide with what would have been the author's 90th birthday. But now we will push it up and run it in our Sep/Oct issue, which goes to press this week. 

Tags: solzhenitsyn
Tokyo Declaration
Tokyo Declaration

Document between Russia and Japan, May 5, 1986.

Tags: tokyo, japan, kuril, russia
Medvedev Emerges from His Den

In the 2002 film Oligarch, by Russian director Pavel Lungin, the main character predicts his own downfall, saying, "Russia is a bear. You think you are playing with it and it devours you."

Tags: putin, medvedev
Stalin: The Red Tsar
Stalin: The Red Tsar

Joseph Stalin was born December 21, 1879, in Gori, which is now in the Republic of Georgia. His birth name was Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili. Around 1910, he took on the name Stalin which means man of steel. Iosif is a common Eastern European and Russian spelling for Joseph. Stalin's parents were peasants who, hoping for a better life for their son, sent him to the Gori church run school {1888-1894}.

Twin Christmases

In February 1582, the Catholic Church, in the person of Pope Gregory the thirteenth, decreed a new, more accurate calendar to replace the Julian calendar, which had been in use since 45 BC. The revision meant dropping 10 days off the year...

Tags: holidays, christmas, russia
1972 ABM Treaty
1972 ABM Treaty

Notes on the 1972 ABM Treaty.

Tags: abm treaty, antiballistic missiles
Ancient Peoples of the Russian Steppes

Scythians, Sarmatians, Amazons; all ancient inhabitants of Russia's southern steppes. These Mesopotamic, nomadic tribes were feared warriors and accomplished horsemen who warded off the mightiest rulers including Darius and Alexander.

Tags: Sarmatians
Ded Moroz

Ded Moroz; Grandfather Frost; is the Russian counterpart to the Western Santa Claus and other Gift Givers worldwide. He and his assistant, Snegurochka, continue to delight children and adults alike. In 2000, Santa Claus traveled to Russia to meet Ded Moroz for the first time!

Tags: Christmas, culture
Yeltsin's Death
Yeltsin's Death

A review of the life and work of Boris Yeltsin.

Tags: yeltsin, death, president, russia
SALT I Treaty
SALT I Treaty

Notes on the details of and need for the SALT I treaty.

Tags: salt treaty, cold war, soviet era
Leo Tolstoy
Leo Tolstoy

Learn about the varied life of this Russian writer, born to nobility and author of "War and Peace" and "Anna Karenina".

Tags: Tolstoy, literature
Kamchatka Disaster
Kamchatka Disaster

A massive landslide destroys the Valley of the Geysers on June 4, 2007.

Tags: disaster, kamchatka
Zero in Russia

In the May/June 2007 issue of Russian Life, Mikhail Ivanov's column on the use of "zero," "null," etc. in Russian slang got us wondering: just when and how was the concept and notation of zero introduced into Russian. We could find nothing in our printed references or anywhere online. So we polled some experts. Below we reprint two excellent replies we received.

Tags: math
Supersonic Flight
Supersonic Flight

Meet the TU-144, Russia's achievement, albeit short lived, in supersonic flight. On Dec. 31, 1968, Russia's TU-144 supersonic airliner made its first flight, several months ahead of the Anglo-French Concorde.

Tags: tu-144, supersonic flight, aviation
Doctor Zhivago and Khrushchev

Find out what this son of peasants turned Premier of the Soviet Union had to do with an upper class writer and his epic novel.

Tags: Literature, khrushchev
Byzantine Catholic Church in Russia

Examination of the history of this Christian tradition, which is in full communion with the Church of Rome.

Tags: religion, byzantine catholic
Alexander I

In the summer of 1812, Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France, and his army marched into Moscow. This resulted in one of the turning points in Tsar Alexander I's reign. Napoleon began his retreat from Moscow on November 12, 1812.

Tags: moscow, alexander i, napoleon
Chechnya; Land of Conflict

Republic of Chechnya and Russia; ancient ethnic conflict in modern times.

Tags: chechnya, war
Who Are the Russians?

A look at the notion of "ethnic" Russians.

Tags: russian nationality, race