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31 March 2015


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Russian Life: Mar/Apr 2015

Mar/Apr 2015


Cover: Alex Zaripov

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4: A Nickel for Your Thoughts Paul E. Richardson
On Russia's nickel mining and our silver anniversary.
Editorial

7: Russia for Russians The Editors
On new regulations restricting foreigners' travel and what it takes to get a work permit in the federation.
Note Book

16: Up, Up and Away The Editors
This issue's Trends section looks at the impact of inflation and the dustup over Leviathan.
Social Issues

19: Yuri Nagibin Tamara Eidelman
The writer Yuri Nagibin led an incredibly hard life, although, by Soviet standards, from the outside his life may have looked charmed.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Literature

21: The Stray Dog Caberet Tamara Eidelman
A look back at the end of St. Petersburg's avant garde hangout for poets and bohemians.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Literature

22: Sprouting Spring Celebrations Tamara Eidelman
There has been a proliferation of professional holidays in Russia, and those falling in the spring have a peculiar "bent" toward the military and law enforcement bodies...
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Social Issues

26: Sticks and Stones Michelle Berdy
The war in Ukraine has been accompanied by an often incomprehensible war of words. We investigate.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Nagibin's Clear Ponds Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
This issue's language insert looks at the work of Yuri Nagibin, featured in the Calendar section.
Uchites

28: From a Distant Shore Mikhail Mordasov
Photojournalist Mikhail Mordasov traveled to Russia’s furthest northwestern outpost to see the town where the acclaimed movie Leviathan was filmed.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov

Regions

35: Captain of Teriberka Oleg Klimov
There is another Teriberka story that predates the current Leviathan dust-up. It involves a willful captain, fishing rights and, oh yes, the Norwegian navy.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

History

37: The Murman Coast Nicky Gardner
The remote Russian-Norwegian-Finnish borderlands offer some of the starkest contrasts between cultures and history you will find anywhere on Earth.
:: Illustrations/Images by Susanne Kries

Travel

44: Protecting Miners Ivan Kobilyakov
Norilsk is home to Eurasia’s deepest mine and richest nickel and copper ores. We tag along with a mine inspector and rescuer, descending over 200 meters below ground.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Ivan Kobilyakov

Cities

52: Stealing Brides Marina Marshenkulova
The Caucasus is a region rich in tradition and often impenetrable to outside understanding. The modernized ritual of “bride kidnapping” is a case in point; we asked a local journalist to guide us.
:: Translation by Eugenia Sokolskaya

Social Issues

60: Recipe for Austerity Jennifer Eremeeva
No time like Lent for some Shchi! We offer both lenten and non-lenten options for making this hearty and tasty dish.
:: Illustrations/Images by Jennifer Eremeeva

Cuisine

62: Prison, Alexis and Siberia Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of a book by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, "My Fellow Prisoners," "Alexis in America, by Lee Farrow, "Midnight in Siberia," by by NPR host David Greene, "Trepanation of the Skull," by Sergei Gandlevsky, and "An American Diplomat in Bolshevik Russia," by DeWitt Clinton Poole.
Under Review

64: The Grandmaster Alexei Bayer
Author and journalist Alexei Bayer ruminates on chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov, who appeared recently in New York.
Post Script