August 01, 1999

The Century's Son

99-year-old cartoonist Boris Yefimov fears only one thing in life:that his red-haired cat Chubaysik (named for the red-haired politician

he despises, Anatoly Chubais) will take advantage of Yefimov’s poor sight and run out of the apartment when the door is opened to yet another journalist. Anything else he can live with.

Indeed, what else is left for Yefimov to fear? In 1938 he lost his beloved brother Mikhail at the hands of Stalin’s hangmen. And in December 1991, he lost the USSR—the country he had served all his life with his art

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