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Russian Life: Jan/Feb 2015

Jan/Feb 2015


Cover: Igor Sobolev

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7: The End of Pragmatism Maria Antonova
As the economy's crisis deepens, President Putin is increasingly focusing on intangibles.
Note Book

16: Culture Wars Maria Antonova
Moscow is purging theaters, clubs and a media outlet that was at the forefront of covering protest actions.
Social Issues

19: Terror's Legacy Tamara Eidelman
In December 1564, Ivan the Terrible abdicated the Russian throne. The consequences were dire and continue to affect Russian society, 450 years on.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

21: Serov and 1905 Tamara Eidelman
Born in 1865, Valentin Serov was one of Russia's greatest painters of the 19th and 20th centuries. His painting, 110 years ago, of Bloody Sunday, captured the tragedy and carnage of that pivotal event.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Revolution

22: A Deluge of Images and Feelings Tamara Eidelman
Boris Pasternak was born 125 years ago. We look back at how he has been remembered.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Literature

24: Pushkin and Derzhavin Tamara Eidelman
On January 8, 1815 was the monumental "meeting" of Alexander Pushkin and Gavrila Derzhavin, the greatest poets of their respective generations.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

Poetry

26: The Long and Short of It Michelle Berdy
Some well know short idioms actually have longer context that helps illuminate their deeper meanings.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Boris Pasternak Susanna Nazarova and Evgeny Dengub
This issue's Uchites Russian language learning section includes an excerpt from Doctor Zhivago and a poem by Boris Pasternak.
Uchites

28: Red Square Alexander Mozhayev
Originally known as “Pozhar,” then “Torg,” Red Square is a repository of Russian historical memory, the altar of the motherland and, in general, the center of the Russian universe. But how did it all come together?
:: Translation by Alexei Bayer
:: Illustrations/Images by Igor Sobolev

History

38: Birthing Pains Anna Mazanik
Birth was no easy thing in rural Russia in the nineteenth century, not for mother or child. All manner of bizarre and unsafe practices reigned, from being “corrected,” to getting popped in the oven, to being left alone all day while mom worked in the fields.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson

History

46: Crimean Sojourn Mikhail Mordasov
Mikhai Mordasov has been traveling all over Crimea since the annexation last spring. He shares this moving photo feature story.
:: Translation by Maria Antonova
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov

Photo Feature

52: Soviet Redux Maria Silina
It seems the more removed in time the USSR becomes, the more nostalgia grows for its symbols and traditions. Increasingly, these elements are worming their way back into Russian life. If they ever left.
:: Translation by Maria Antonova

Social Issues

60: May the Borshch Be With You! Darra Goldstein
The new year is a perfect time to try borshch, which has an interesting history.
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Sherstobitov

Cuisine

62: Two Megalomaniacs Paul E. Richardson
A review of two books on megalomaniacal personalities, The Baron's Cloak, by Willard Sunderland, and Limonov by Emmanuel Carrere. See our reviews section for full reviews.
Under Review

64: Simple and Primitive Ekaterina Schulmann
Why the teachings of Marx and Lenin just won't go away, and why Russia's current ruling generation is the most Soviet of all time.
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