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Cover: Nikolai Gernet
4: Idols and Anniversaries
The Wall and Iron Felix may be gone, but one important thing never happened, which explains plenty about modern Russian politics.
7: The New
While Russia encourages "federalization" in Ukraine, it is jailing persons who dare call for decentralization at home, even if they are only using humor to make a point.
18: Season of Scandals
As summer turned into fall, a series of highly public spats broke out in Russia, with celebrities and cultural figures demonstrating deeply polarized attitudes about the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin, and history.
21: The Great Wrong Turn
A look back at the proclamation of Collectivization, in November 1929, leading essentially to the reinstatement of serfdom in Russia.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov
29: Stepping Back in Time
Kenozersky National Park is a portal back in time, where the ways of life, traditions, and beliefs are those of many decades before.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
34: The Wall: 25 Years Since Mauerfall
Twenty-five years ago this month, the Berlin Wall was felled by a bureaucrat's misstatement. But then again the Wall was never on the side of history.
42: Word for Word
Lilianna Lungina was a leading literary translator in the Soviet Union. Her autobiography was a huge bestseller in Russia and is finally appearing in English. We present a short excerpt.
:: Translation by Polly Gannon
46: The Museum of All Things
Founded by Peter the Great, St. Petersburg's Kunstkamera is one of the world's oldest museums. Intended as a storehouse and library of all the world's knowledge, it has been both more and less than that.
:: Translation by Eugenia Sokolskaya
It is likely no individual has had more graven public images cast of him than Vladimir Lenin. Recently, a Moscow exhibition delved into the early Soviet regime's search for the "perfect" Lenin, revealing plenty of rejected versions.
62: Memoirs and History
A review of Elena Gorokhova's memoir, Russian Tatoo, The Devil's Alliance, by Roger Moorhouse, and The Kreutzer Sonata Variations, translated by Michael Katz. Also, a look at the amazing photo album book, Soviet Ghosts, by Rebecca Litchfield.
64: Goodbye Lenin?
Lenin statues have been taking a beating lately, especially in Ukraine.