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4: Two Quotes for 2017
Two quotes that point up the duality of being a Russophile these days.
5: Letters to the Editors
Readers sound off on Russian Life and offer input on Rasputin and NATO.
7: Solving a Murder
Denis Karagodin solved the case of the murder of his great grandfather.
16: Culture Clash
Leading lights (and some not so leading) clash over the scope of government interference in the arts.
19: 1917 Diary
In which we relive the events of 1917 through the words, memories and actions of some of the main players: politicians, artists, and entrepreneurs.
:: Translation by Nora Seligman Favorov
A few readings on maslenitsa to carry us from winter into spring.
28: Sea Hunt
At the southeastern-most tip of Russia, where it butts up against China and North Korea, there is a beautiful marine preserve. And there are also poachers.
:: Illustrations/Images by Vitaly Berkov
39: History Through the Eyes of Three Monuments
In which we look at the history of Russia through the eyes of three very different monuments in the capital: Pushkin, Dzerzhinsky & Vorovsky.
:: Translation by Eugenia Sokolskaya
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov
46: Ivan's Return
Every nation builds monuments to those who symbolize the best the country has produced. Yet sometimes there is wide disagreement on what “best” means.
52: The Museum of Forgotten Music
A museum in Voronezh, known to very few local residents, has become a storehouse for forgotten but beloved Russian folk instruments.
:: Illustrations/Images by Ivan Nenashev
61: Two Gentlemen, Two Novels
Reviews of A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, The Summer Guest by Alison Anderson. Also short reviews of The Man with the Poison Gun by Serhii Plokhy, Bears in the Streets by Lisa Dickey, and Hard Times by Vasily Sleptsov.
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