January/February 2014

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    Editorial

    The Good Fight

    We never seek out stories because they are sensational or controversial.

  • 5
    Feedback

    Letters to the Editors

    Readers write in with corrections and opinions.

  • 7
    Note Book

    Tug of War

    A consideration of events in Kiev in the wake of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's flip flops on the EU AA treaty.

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    Note Book

    Note Book

    All the news that fit.

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    The Case in the Square

    The giant trunk appeared out of nowhere, a huge box that looked like a Versace suitcase left behind by a giant alien. To this day, its appearance and disappearance are a mystery.

    Social Issues
  • 16

    Travel Notes

    Everything of note on the travel front.

    News
  • 17

    Sochi Stats

    Some interesting statistics on the Sochi games. Statistics
  • 19

    A New Time

    A look back at life a century ago, through the pages of one of the most popular papers of that time, New Times.

    History
  • 21

    The Plot to Assassinate Brezhnev

    In January 1969, a lone gunman, Victor Ilyin, opened fire on Leonid Brezhnev's barricade just outside Borovitsky Gate. 

    History
  • 23

    The Suitcase Maker's Dream

    A look back at the amazing, and eccentric, Russian scientist Dmitry Mendeleyev, inventor of the Periodic Table.

    History
  • 26
    Survival Russian

    Yanukovich Takes a Banya

    The Ukraine-Russia-EU fracas had this columnist thinking about banyas and banya language...

  • 27
    Language Learning

    Dmitry Mendeleyev

    This issue's language supplement looks at scientist Dmitry Mendeleyev.
  • 28

    Assessing the Damage

    Olympic host countries typically garner many more medals than their average take at a games. We look at Russia's prospects and what their victory could "cost" Russia. The story includes a two-page guide to the games, with a schedule of events and maps of the venues.

    Sports
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    Then and Now

    The 1980 Moscow Olympics was marred by scandal, worried about security, and touted as a showpiece for the nation's development. The more things change...

    History
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    The Original Pair

    Their 1964 Olympic win at Innsbruck started a winning streak in pairs skating that has not bee, and likely never will be, equaled. So why have Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov not been invited to Sochi?

    Sports
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    Beyond the Games

    After the games are over and the crowds have gone home, Sochi will still be Sochi. We look at what this Black Sea resort has to offer visitors beyond Olympic wonders.

    Travel
  • 60
    Cuisine

    Dine Like a Pomor

    Cod was once scorned in Russia. Now it is properly seen as a delicacy. Start the New Year off right with this version of the fish with an egg and butter sauce.

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    Under Review

    Empire and Paranoia

    This issue's review section considers Ben Judah's "Fragile Empire," Victor Martinovich's "Paranoia," C.P. Lesley's "The Golden Lynx," and Olga Fedina's "What Every Russian Knows (And You Don't)."

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    Editorial

    Nostalgia Canaglia

    A somewhat nostalgic look back at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

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