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25 September 2016


  The world’s biggest country, in a magazine. Since 1956.

Russian Life: Sep/Oct 2016

Sep/Oct 2016
Cover: Mikhail Mordasov

4: Now a Sexagenarian Paul E. Richardson
With this issue, Russian Life turns 60. Is a magazine like this still necessary? More than ever, we think.
Editorial

7: Not Afraid The Editors
An online movement is aiming to reshape perceptions about domestic violence.
News

16: Poke This The Editors
A look at how the Pokemon craze is playing out in Russia.
Internet

19: The Year 1956 Tamara Eidelman
A look back at the events and controversies that engaged Russia and the world in 1956, the year that Russian Life was founded.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

26: Stumping for Trump, Lynchin' Clinton Michelle A. Berdy
The electoral season is in full swing in Russia — or rather, the Russian press is in high-gear reporting, commenting, and interpreting the US presidential elections.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Russian Riddles Natalia Gogolitsyna
This issue's language supplement poses some difficult linguistic riddles. Can you solve them?
Uchites

28: Art Takes a Village Nadezhda Grebennikova
The 11th International Festival of Landscape Art, Arkhstoyanie, took place on July 23-24 in Kaluga Oblast. We sent Nadezhda Grebennikova and Mikhail Mordasov to take a look.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov

Art

36: A Russian Master in Britain Gregory Edwards
Boris Anrep left Russia after the Revolution and made a life in Britain as one of world’s greatest artists. But in Russia he left behind a great love named Akhmatova.
Russians Abroad

40: Crossing Siberia Matt Traver
Matt Traver decided to walk across Siberia and create a documentary film in the process. His first leg didn’t go very smoothly.
Travel

46: Malevich's Ukrainian Square Natasha Beskhlebnaya
A century-old work of art by an avant-garde artist has become a symbol for the growing rift between Russia and Ukraine, just as more is being learned about its famous artist.
:: Translation by Elizaveta Shkurina and Nora Favorov

History

54: Field Notes from the Empire's Edge Jonathan C. Slaght
Vladimir Arsenyev was a 28-year-old army officer when he set out to map and study Russia’s Ussuri Kray, bordering China and the Pacific. Thankfully, he also had an eloquent pen.
History

60: A Prowess-Testing Pie Darra Goldstein
Russian Wedding Pie (Kurnik) makes great party fare, but it also has an interesting history connected to fall holidays.
Cuisine

62: Memoirs and Filmmaking Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of two books by Teffi and a novel, Masha Regina, by Vadim Leventhal.
Under Review

64: Two Moments
Two superbly captured athletic moments for two Russian athletes at the Rio games.
Sports