January/February 2016

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  • 4
    Editorial

    Two Minds

    Most Russophiles are of two minds on Russia these days, struggling to reconcile the Russia they love with the one they hate.

  • 7
    Note Book

    Blacked Out

    On the continued relevance of Malevich's Black Square.

  • 8
    Note Book

    Note Book

    All the news that fits.

  • 15

    Travel Notes

    Everything noteworthy on the travel front.

  • 16

    Turkey Trot

    On how a close enemy becomes a friend overnight.

  • 19

    Pyrrhic Defeat

    The Congress of Paris in 1856 settled the outcome of the Crimean War, where Russia's loss set the stage for the next fifty years of history.

    History
  • 20
    Russian Calendar

    Novgorod's Subjugation

    A small war was raging in Rus in January and February 1456.

    History
  • 21

    Osip Mandelstam

    On the anniversary of the birth of an extremely talented, headstrong poet who was taken from us too soon.

    Literature
  • 22

    The Krasnodar Riot

    A little known riot in Soviet Krasnodar in 1961 was a sign of the times - inept reforms, and pent up resentments. It resonates to this day. History
  • 26
    Survival Russian

    The Year in Words

    A look back on the words and phrases that defined the Russian language in 2015.

  • 27
    Language Learning

    The Tale of a Fisherman and a Little Fish

    This issue's language insert excerpts this famous Pushkin fairy tale in search of anachronistic words.

  • 28

    The Hunt

    According to an Udege proverb, “If you see a tiger for one second, he has been watching you for an hour.” And what happens if one unwittingly unleashes a tiger’s bad side? You must, the Udege believe, hunt down and kill the tiger – not an easy thing.

    Environment
  • 36

    Gogol on the Rocks

    Nikolai Gogol was born in Ukraine and is revered in his homeland. So why is the house where he lived in Odessa in such disrepair, and will anything ever be done about it?

  • 44

    Russia's First Photojournalist

    One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, Russia’s first photojournalist was born... ?as a serf. How he overcame his difficult youth is a great story. How he turned photography into a tool for social change is an even better one.

    History
  • 52

    Dating Games

    How are busy, young Russians coping in the era of Tinder and online dating? Our reporter finds it to be largely a world of scammers and sketchy apps.

    Social Issues
  • 58
    Cuisine

    A Bear's Feast

    Where we look back at a 1912 feast, scrutinizing the menu to learn how the upper crust of Russian society ate.

  • 61
    Under Review

    Fiction, Ukraine and Civil War

    Reviews of "The Big Green Tent," by Lyudmila Ulitskaya, "The Gates of Europe," by Serhii Plokhy, and a new translation of "Red Cavalry," by Isaac Babel.

  • 64
    Editorial

    Ignoble Reactions

    A consideration of envy and how many are reacting to Svetlana Alexievich's winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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