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October 31, 2014
Idols and Anniversaries
Idols and Anniversaries
By Paul E. Richardson

Twenty-five years ago, when the Berlin Wall came tumbling down, it was a time of hope and relief. Since the 1940s we had held our breath, limping from crisis to crisis, hoping that Dr. Strangelove was not hiding in a dark corner, waiting to make his play.

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Tags: gorbachev, cold war, history, berlin wall
October 15, 2014
Russian Exceptionalism According to Boris Dubin
Russian Exceptionalism According to Boris Dubin
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

A social state, a sense of community and shared decision making, an oddly distant government, home-grown values, and being split between Europe and Asia – according to Russians, this is what makes Russia special. But Boris Dubin's findings show that what really makes Russia special is Russia's ability to pretend no one else exists.

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Tags: sociology, russians, russia
September 30, 2014
Pasternak: A Great Translator Reflects on Translation
Pasternak: A Great Translator Reflects on Translation
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

In honor of the International Day of the Translator, a few words from Boris Pasternak, the Russian voice of Shakespeare, on translating and the power of English.

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Tags: boris pasternak, translation, english
September 25, 2014
Cookbook Contest
Cookbook Contest
By The Editors

So, one thing about publishing is that not all the books come out perfect. So, rather than toss a few "seconds" in the recycle bin, we decided to hold a contest. Winners got free, slightly irregular books. We had fun reading the responses.

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Tags: food, contests, A Taste of Russia
September 17, 2014
Returning to Putorana
Returning to Putorana
By Ivan Kobilyakov

We asked Ivan Kobilyakov, whose story on filming wild wolves in Putorana appeared in the Sep/Oct 2014 issue of Russian Life, to give us an update on the project and how filming has gone this summer. He also supplied new photos.

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Tags: nature, siberia
September 15, 2014
A Soviet Leader in the US? Preposterous!
A Soviet Leader in the US? Preposterous!
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

When you're a Soviet dictator, it's rare that you get the chance to tour the US, visiting movie sets, meat freezers, and steel mills, being featured on TV, and laughing at angry farmers. Nikita Khrushchev got that chance 55 years ago. And he made the most of it.

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Tags: eisenhower, khrushchev, united states