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Milky Ways
September 01, 2009

Milky Ways

By Mikhail Ivanov

Fallen in the milk lately? Everyone does. Apparently some more than others. Like Alexander Lukashenko, president of Belarus, for example.

Gogol 101
July 01, 2009

Gogol 101

By Mikhail Ivanov

In which columnist Mikhail Ivanov impresses upon his son the importance of reading Gogol, sharing several important Gogolisms along the way.

825 Yards for Barack
March 01, 2009

825 Yards for Barack

By Mikhail Ivanov

The financial crisis offers a pretext to return to a consideration of "despicable metal" and how it is influencing Russian speech.

Mustache Wise
July 01, 2008

Mustache Wise

By Mikhail Ivanov

Whenever I "hide a smile in my mustache," a certain old friend from across the ocean feels uneasy and nervous...

Far & Away
May 01, 2008

Far & Away

By Mikhail Ivanov

A consideration of the many Russia ways to signify the boondocks, the middle-of-nowhere, etc.

The 25-year Coat
January 01, 2008

The 25-year Coat

By Mikhail Ivanov

The acquisition of a shuba for his wife on their 25th anniversary leads Ivanov down a trail littered with fish and tsars...

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