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Russian Life: May/June 2016

May/June 2016
Cover: Alexander Vygalov

4: Staying Unpredictable Paul E. Richardson
The best trips are those that are unpredictable, that defy expectations and surprise you.
Editorial

7: Dangerous History The Editors
The study of history in Russia has become increasingly dangerous for anyone who fails to stick to official narratives.
Note Book

16: Refuge in Science The Editors
There is a flourishing field that defies the current sour public mood and is attracting ever increasing crowds of young people: education.
Education

19: An Unlikely Tsar Tamara Eidelman
Vasily Ivanovich Shuysky is generally treated as a minor figure in the history of the Time of Troubles, which is not just.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

22: Breathing Foreign Air Tamara Eidelman
20 years ago this month, Soviets were first granted rights to unfettered foreign travel.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Soviet Era

26: Watch Your Tongue Michelle A. Berdy
A short primer on some useful and not so acceptable bits of prison jargon.
Survival Russian

27: At the Dacha Natalia Gogolitsyna
A family's summer vacation in the country is disturbed by a mysterious letter.
Uchites

30: The Man with the Monocle Olga Kuzmina
This May is the 125th birthday of one of the greatest of Russian writers. Unfortunately, he saw little of his fame during his lifetime.
Literature

38: Hunting the Kola Super Deep Borehole Paul E. Richardson
Last fall, Russian Life editor Paul Richardson and photojournalist Mikhail Mordasov set off on a Kickstarter-funded, month-long, 6,000-kilometer road trip between Russia’s northern and southern borders.
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov

Travel

46: The Legend's Grandson Joseph D'Hippolito
It can't be easy to make a mark in a sport where your grandfather long ago made your family name legendary, but Victor Tikhonov is giving it a snapshot.
Sports

50: The Master of Olkhon Zinaida Burskaya
Twenty years ago, scheduled flights halted at this distant, Siberian airfield. But that hasn't stopped Vladimir Prokopiyev and his wife Gerald from keeping the landing strip in working order.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Petr Shelomovskiy

Regions

56: The Murder of the Romanovs Kevin J. McNamara
The revolt of the Czech Legionnaires along the Trans-Siberian imperiled the young Bolshevik regime. And when they became successful, their actions helped precipitate the gruesome end to the Romanov dynasty.
Revolution

60: A Sumptuous Feast Darra Goldstein
In celebration of Tsar Alexander III’s coronation in May 1883, the renowned artist Viktor Vasnetsov designed menus for a series of festive dinners.
Cuisine

62: A Librarian, An Inventor and A Painter Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of Mikhail Elizarov's The Librarian, Oleg Kashin's Fardwor, Russia and Konstantin Makovsky: The Tsar's Painter in America and Paris
Under Review

64: Poetry Smackdown Dmitry Bykov
Maria Zakharova, Russia’s foreign ministry spokesperson, staged a poetry slam of sorts with writer Dmitry Bykov after he published a lyrical comment about the initiative announced by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu: to launch a national soccer league. This poetic exchange, however, is more about Zakharova’s verbal style than the substance of the matter.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

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