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July 18, 2014
Parley with a Gangster
Parley with a Gangster

A second sample from Alexei Bayer's mystery novel Murder at the Dacha. Here, inspector Pavel Matushkin redeems a favor to get some information from a gangster.

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July 14, 2014
The First Russian Automobile
The First Russian Automobile

July 14, 1896, is celebrated as the birthday of the Russian automobile – on this day, the first Russian-built motorcar with an internal combustion engine was introduced to the public at the Arts Exhibition in Nizhni Novgorod. 
 

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July 13, 2014
Happy Russian Mail Day
Happy Russian Mail Day

In honor of the Day of Russian Mail (July 13 this year), we offer a crash course in the history of Russian mail delivery, from the yam stations of the Golden Horde to the Russian Post of modern Russia.

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July 4, 2014
Stranger on a Train
Stranger on a Train

Sample Alexei Bayer's myster novel Murder at the Dacha with this gripping incident on board a Moscow commuter train.

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July 1, 2014
Isaac Babel and Russian Jews
Isaac Babel and Russian Jews

Ever wonder why so many Russian Jews ended up in the US? Perhaps it was the educational quotas, or the restrictions on travel and residence, or maybe the rampant anti-Semitism and violence – and all the other miseries chronicled by Jewish writer Isaac Babel.

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