From the Editor
“So, who subscribes to this magazine of yours?”
Forcing our heads down the rabbit hole of history, we gawk in disbelief at Stalin’s phantasmagorical world of denunciations, mass imprisonments and terror.
A few years ago, I went to buy a new pair of cross-country skis at a little shop in East Montpelier (pop. 2,600). When I learned that one pair (brand name “Maverick”) was made in Russia, that was all I needed to hear.
Generally speaking, each issue of Russian Life contains about 30,000 words, or around 20-30% of a slim novel.
The internet makes this magazine possible. Yet the internet is very much a double-edged sword.
A few years ago, I was surprised to find out that Will Rogers had visited the Soviet Union.
One of the challenges of publishing this magazine is figuring out how to respond to current events. Like Beslan.
I flipped a page in the copy of Business Week I was reading. Time stood still. Space tilted.
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Russian Life is a publication of a 30-year-young, award-winning publishing house that creates a bimonthly magazine, books, maps, and other products for Russophiles the world over.
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