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June 18, 2014
Yuri Vizbor: Soviet Renaissance Man
Yuri Vizbor: Soviet Renaissance Man
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Think you know Yuri Vizbor? Think again! Sure, you may have heard his songs, but did you know he was also a teacher? An alpinist? A journalist? A radio operator?

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Tags: vizbor, songwriters, ussr, russia, music
June 11, 2014
Modigliani and Akhmatova in Paris
Modigliani and Akhmatova in Paris
By Tamara Eidelman

We know comparatively little about the relationship between Akhmatova and Modigliani, but sometimes a few pictures can speak volumes. In honor of Anna Akhmatova's birthday (June 11, old style; June 23 new style), we reprint this essay, originally published in Russian Life, Jan/Feb 2011.

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June 6, 2014
Two Miracles of Russian Love Poetry
Two Miracles of Russian Love Poetry
By Anatoly Liberman

On the occasion of Pushkin's birthday, we offer a post on the challenge of translating his most famous love lyrics, Я вас любил, with a bonus look at Innokenty Annensky's Среди миров.

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Tags: pushkin, literature, russian literature, poetry, annensky
June 4, 2014
Measuring Like a Russian
Measuring Like a Russian
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Ever wonder how many arshins tall you are? Or how many verst to the nearest grocery store? Get a sense from this list of old Slavic measurements.
 

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Tags: russia, history
May 1, 2014
This Just in From Ukraine...
This Just in From Ukraine...
By Paul E. Richardson

Today is the 401st anniversary of the crowning of the first Romanov Tsar, Mikhail, in 1613, and the end of the "Time of Troubles." This of course has nothing to do with current events. Just thought I'd mention it in passing. 

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Tags: Crimea, Putin, united states, cold war