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Russian Life: May/June 2015

May/June 2015

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4: Remember Paul E. Richardson
On remembering who really won the war.
Editorial

7: Wagnerian Passions The Editors
Censorship seeps into the theater.
News

16: Hospice Pain The Editors
On the unnecessary difficulties that those undergoing cancer and hospice care must endure.
Health

19: Day of Victory Tamara Eidelman
On the history of celebrations commemorating the end of World War II.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

War

22: Old and New Holidays of Spring Tamara Eidelman
There are known and lesser known holidays celebrated each spring. Let's review.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Holidays

23: Mayskie Prazdniki Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
The language insert in this issue takes off from Tamara Eidelman's article on May Holidays.
Uchites

26: A War By Any Other Name Michelle Berdy
This issue's language column looks at the many subtleties of what one calls the war, and some parts of it.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

28: Signatures of War Arthur Bondar
What better way to remember veterans of World War II than through portraits? Arthur Bondar’s project takes us there.
:: Illustrations/Images by Arthur Bondar

War

34: A Forest Terem Alexander Mozhayev
Deep in a northern forest, a restless adventurer discovered a crumbling relic of a bygone era. Since then, he has been fighting against the odds to restore it.
:: Translation by Liv Bliss

Architecture

40: A Photo Bug Paul E. Richardson
We catch up with a Russian émigré who has turned his love of photography and his hankering for business into one of the most successful online photo marketplaces.
Interview

42: Siberian Punk Vladimir Kozlov
Who knew? The heart of Siberia, a place best known for its severe winters, was the birthplace of one of the most original, raw rock movements ever to hit the USSR.
Music

48: Chukotka Gold Ivan Kobilyakov
A new movie taps into nostalgia for the Soviet era, recounting the discovery of gold in the Russian far northeast.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Film & Television

52: The Kryashen Alison Shuman and Maxim Edwards

:: Illustrations/Images by Alison Shuman

Regions

60: A Classic Treat Darra Goldstein
Stuffed prunes. So much more than you think they are. Luxurious and tasty, and a perfect treat for spring.
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Sherstobitov

Cuisine

62: A Dangerous Woman and a Soviet Kid Paul E. Richardson
In which we review "A Very Dangerous Woman," by Deborah McDonald and Jeremy Dronfield; "The Complete Folktales of A.N. Afanas'ev," by Jack V. Haney; "USSR: Diary of a Perestroika Kid," by Vladimir Kozlov; "Moscow, St. Petersburg & The Golden Ring," by Masha Nordbye; and "High Society Dinners," by Yuri Lotman.
Under Review

64: Euphe-Putin-isms Elizaveta Aleksandrova-Zorina
The things people say these days when they don't say anything can be rather illuminating.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

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