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Nov/Dec 2015 Current Moscow Time: 21:03:26
24 November 2015

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Russian Life: Nov/Dec 2015

Nov/Dec 2015

Cover: Igor Sobolev

4: Xenophobe's Paradox Paul E. Richardson
The more foreign things you forbid or ignore, the smaller and less safe your world becomes.

7: Arctic Rush The Editors
Russia is in the lead in staking a claim for Arctic "land" and the ownership of what are estimated to be vast oil and gas reserves.

16: Thrown Out, Thrown Back The Editors
On the one hand, social media of late was overtaken by reaction to a bigoted act against the special needs sister of a famous model; on the other hand, controversy arose about Russians being a bit too nostalgic about the 1990s.
Social Issues

19: Eisenstein's Masterpiece Tamara Eidelman
A look back at the premiere of the masterpiece Battleship Potyomkin, at what it chose to keep in and what it chose to keep out.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Film & Television

21: Alexander's Constitution Tamara Eidelman
Why did Tsar Alexander I grant a constitution to Poland, a subject state of the Empire, and not Russia?
:: Translation by Nora Favorov


22: Temporary Rules Tamara Eidelman
A look at Russia's on-again, off-again relationship with censorship since the time of Peter the Great.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov


26: Email and the Russian Soul Michelle A. Berdy
Where we take on the knotty issues of how to start and end an email in Russian. Plus of course some of the stuff in between.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Proverbs for Language Learning Lydia Razran Stone
See if you can match up the 16 well-known Russian proverbs with a cleverly translated couplet in English.

28: The Italians Who Built the Third Rome Alexander Mozhayev
It may have been built by Russian laborers, but the Kremlin and its churches has Italian architects to thank for its Third Rome design ethos. This is their story.
:: Translation by Keith Blasing


36: Pure Poetry, And Then Some Alice E.M. Underwood
Is Russian poetry a shortcut to understanding the ever elusive Russian Soul? We aim to find out.

42: Aunties: The Seven Summers of Aleutian and Ludmila Nadia Sablin
In a small village in northwest Russia, Nadia Sablin spent seven summers capturing evocative photos of her dear Russian aunts. It is a stunning portrait of their generation and the countryside.
:: Illustrations/Images by Nadia Sablin

Photo Feature

46: Russians in Switzerland Nicky Gardner
The Russians and the Swiss have had a special relationship for over 200 years. It all dates back to a rather perilous crossing of the Alps by Russian troops that preserved Swiss independence.
:: Illustrations/Images by Susanne Kries

Russians Abroad

54: The Hedgehog Konstantin Dubkov
The news is filled with stories of refugees, migrants and barbed wire, to say nothing of xenophobic laws and sanctions. So when we came across this award-winning comic book tale by a Yekaterinburg-based artist, we had to share it.
:: Illustrations/Images by Konstantin Dubkov

Social Issues

58: Remembrance of Tarkhun Past Jennifer Eremeeva
Moscow has seen a surge in food truck festivals. Jennifer Eremeeva went to check one out and found one of the most popular proprietors on site was offering an old Georgian drink filled with nostalgia... and tarragon.
:: Illustrations/Images by Jennifer Eremeeva


61: Healers, Tsars and Gangs Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of Eugene Vodolazkin's Laurus, Stephen Meyer's The New Tsar, and Svetlana Stephenson's Gangs of Russia.
Under Review

64: Arctic Crossing The Editors
Syrian refugees are also streaming through Russia to Europe, only along a not very hospitable path, and are forced to make the last leg on bicycles.
Social Issues