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Russian Life: Sep/Oct 2014

Sep/Oct 2014


Cover: Dmitry Serebyakov

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4: For Better or Worse Paul E. Richardson
Every time one thinks that things just can‘t get any worse on the US-Russian relations front, they do.
Editorial

7: Food Fight Maria Antonova
In retaliation for the West's sanctions on Russia, Russian sanctions... itself.
News

18: Language of War Maria Antonova
A look a the neologisms of the Ukraine war, and Russia's neoactivist Duma.
Politics

28: Le Fameux Nikita Tamara Eidelman
A look back at the oft maligned Nikita Khrushchev, on the 50th anniversary of his ouster.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

28: The Doctor is In Michelle Berdy
Make your Russian a bit healthier with this dose of medical speak.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

29: Lermontov Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
This issue's language insert looks at the life and work of Mikhail Lermontov.
Uchites

30: False Dmitry Tamara Eidelman
In October 1604, an army under the command of a man claiming to be Dmitry, son of Ivan IV (the Terrible), crossed the Russian border from Poland. Dmitry – now generally believed to be the impostor Grigory Otrepyev actually succeeded. For a time.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

31: Conservative Congress Tamara Eidelman
Two hundred years ago, after Napoleon's downfall, the heads of Europe got together to fashion the new Europe, which they wanted to look rather a lot like the old Europe, except Tsar Alexander wanted some changes.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

32: Menshikov the Scientist Tamara Eidelman
In October 1714 Alexander Menshikov, one of Peter the Great’s closest associates, received a letter from England signed by Sir Isaac Newton himself. Newton informed Menshikov that he had been elected to Britain’s Royal Society.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

32: Moscow's Zoo Diana Bruk
One hundred and fifty years ago, Moscow‘s zoo opened just outside the city‘s Garden Ring. Ever since, the 53-acre institution has been deeply embedded in the city‘s life.
:: Illustrations/Images by Dmitry Serebyakov

Cities

40: In Pushkin's Shadow Lev Sobolev
Mikhail Lermontov, whom many consider Russia‘s second greatest poet, was born 200 years ago. We consider the enduring mysteries of his philosophy and work.
:: Translation by Eugenia Sokolskaya

Literature

46: Chasing Wild Wolves Ivan Kobilyakov
Three documentarians traveled to one of Russia‘s most pristine, remote locations to film wolves that have never before had contact with humans. We tag along.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Environment

56: On the Street Paul E. Richardson
Photographer Dmitry Ryzhkov captures extraordinary moments of ordinary Russians on the streets of Moscow. Sometimes it gets him into trouble.
Photo Feature

60: Summer on the Amur Alexander Sherstobitov
What could be more Russian than enjoying freshly cooked shashlyk at the summer dacha? Yet summer has many "seasons" of its own. And they vary even within regions.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

Cuisine

62: Poets and Steam Paul E. Richardson
Where we review two books by and about poets, and one about banyas. All are highly recommended.
Under Review

64: An Ambivalent Relationship Tatiana Liaugminas
A look at the historically testy relationship between Russians and Ukrainians.
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