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Russian Life: July/Aug 2016

July/Aug 2016
Cover: Paul E. Richardson

4: Mr. Smith Comes to Montpelier Paul E. Richardson
On meeting heroes where you are.
Editorial

7: Picking Brains The Editors
Grappling with Russia's ongoing brain drain.
News

16: Crimea River The Editors
On Prime Minister Medvedev's gaffe and ensuing viral internet video... and on unconventional protest methods.
Social Issues

19: Reliving August 1991 Tamara Eidelman
Visiting the new Yeltsin Museum in Yekaterinburg on before the 25th anniversary of the 1991 coup.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

21: Ilya's Day Tamara Eidelman
What is Ilya's Day and what does Thor have to do with it?
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Holidays

23: August Days Tamara Eidelman
Wy Russians so fear the month of August.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Social Issues

26: Birds and Bees Michelle A. Berdy
Coming to grips with Russian's language of love and sex.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Samovar! Natalia Gogolitsyna
This issue's language insert focuses on a poem by Daniil Kharms.
Uchites

28: One Karelian Village Paul E. Richardson
Recently tapped as Russia’s most beautiful village, the tiny Karelian settlement of Kinerma (population 5) was also an unforgettable stop on The Spine of Russia journey.
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov

Regions

34: In My Grandfather's Footsteps Michal Iwanowski
Seventy years after his grandfather’s escape from a military labor camp, photographer Michal Iwanowski retraces his steps, discovering both Russia and himself along the way.
:: Illustrations/Images by Michal Iwanowski

History

42: When a Book is More Than a Book Paul E. Richardson
2016 is the fortieth anniversary of the release of Hedrick Smith’s pathbreaking book, The Russians, the first book to truly take readers behind the Iron Curtain and into the everyday lives of Russians.
Interview

50: Russian and Not Russian Julie Masis
Ukraine’s bustling Black Sea port is one of that country’s most Russian of cities. And while there seems to be some dispute about how old the city is, there is no disputing that Odessa is distinctly Odessan.
:: Illustrations/Images by Susanne Kries

Travel

58: Cool as Cucumber Noodles Jennifer Eremeeva
Cucumbers are practically their own food group in Russia. We offer a cooling recipe...
:: Illustrations/Images by Jennifer Eremeeva

Cuisine

61: Wither Russia? Paul E. Richardson
In which we review four books: I’m Going to Ruin Their Lives, by Marc Bennetts; Black Wind, White Snow, by Charles Clover; The Less You Know, the Better You Sleep, by David Satter; and The Invention of Russia by Arkady Ostrovsky. All reviews are posted in our Book Reviews section.
Under Review

64: Stateless Soccer Mikhail Mordasov
A football (soccer) tourney was held in Abkhazia among unrecognized and semi-autonomous states. Russian Life was there.
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov

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