Aug/Sept 1998

Features in this Issue

Tolstoy's Art

One of the great novelists of Russia and of the world was born 170 years ago. We explore his art and life, and the impact he made on Russian literature.

Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy

A short biography of the great writer.

Tolstoy's Message

In the second half of his life, Tolstoy foresook his "frivolous" literary pursuits and sought The Truth about Life. We asked a renowned Tolstoyan to explain why this turned the world against Lev Tolstoy.

Burying the Romanovs

Tsarism was brought to a close with the burial of the Romanov bones in St. Petersburg on July 17, 1998. But were they the Romanov bones? The controversy continues.

A Very Hot Summer in Prague

Three decades ago, Soviet and Warsaw Pact tanks roared into Czechoslovakia. As newly opened archives now reveal, the invasion was neither so swift or successful as originally portrayed.

The Long, Strange Trip of Boris Grebenshchikov

Where we trace the unusual artistic journey of Russia's most famous rock-and-roll star.

Moscow Shines for Youth Olympics

Eighteen years after the 1980 Summer Olympics, Moscow gets a second chance to shine in the Olympic spotlight.

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