Dec/Jan 1998

Features in this Issue

Ringing in the New Year

New Year's is Russia's best celebrated national holiday. We look at the traditions, old and new, surrounding this annual event.

Why Christmas Toys are Us

The yolka is the centerpiece of Russians' Christmas and New Year's celebrations. And the toys that decorate the yolka have an unusual power.

Uninvited Guests

Caucasian minorities face scorn, discrimination and crime in Russia's capital, a sorry legacy of socialism and the fraying edges of an empire gone bust.

Out of Siberia

Vasily Surikov's flash of creative genius lasted less than a decade. But his paintings have become cherished icons for old Russian traditions.

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