July/August 2006

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    From the Editor

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    Letters to the Editor

    Readers comment and correct.

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    Travel Notes

    Travel Notes

    The latest from the travel front.

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    Note Book


    All the news that fits from all across Russia.

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    Russian Calendar

    The Celebration of Summer

    Ivan Kupala is the annual celebration of Summer Solstice. It has deep roots in Russia's pagan past, and is making a comeback.

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    Russian Calendar

    Ivan Kruzenshtern

    Russia's first (actually, technically its second) circumnavigator was an fearless explorer who often put up with some difficult diplomats, like Nikolai Rezanov.

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    Russian Calendar

    The First Public Library

    The founding of the first public library on the campus of Moscow State University was a momentus event for lovers of books and knowledge. The library's history echoes that of the nation.

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    Survival Russian

    The Babushka Factor

    Every foreigner knows the word "babushka" before they even start studying Russian. But it takes some study (or this column) to plumb the depths of meaning hidden in this word.

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    Knights of the Don

    For centuries, the Don Cossacks guarded Russia’s borders, fought its enemies, explored its nether reaches. Fiercely independent and the source of much historical controversy, these warriors are an inalienable part of Rus.

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    A Hetman Builds a Nation

    To the West, another Cossack, Bogdan Khmelnytsky, forged the nation that became Ukraine, in the process binding it to its larger, eastern neighbor.

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    The Wonders of Kamchatka

    In the first of a two-part series, we explore the villages, geysers, volcanoes, flora and fauna of Russia’s wildest peninsula.

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    The Spies Who Loved

    They betrayed their country and helped the Soviet Union get the bomb. But this couple never became famous, like the Rosenbergs. Perhaps that is because they got away, almost...

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    Notes from a Russian Village

    Village Injustice

    This modern tale of two hapless village drunks and their run-in with the Russian justice system could be taken out of Chekhov. But, sadly, it is non-fiction.

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    The Stuff of Folk Songs

    Ryabina is the stuff of Russian song and folklore. Here, it is the focus for this issue's snowball berry red recipe...

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    Under Review

    Writers at War, Putin and a River Adventure

    A review of Ivan's War, A Writer at War, Putin's Russia, and River of No Reprieve. Follow this link for a quick link to purchase any of these titles.

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    Post Script

    A History of the Ruble in Three Acts

    As we note in our Notebook lead this issue, the Russian government is on a fast track to making the ruble fully convertible. For our PostScript, we review the history of the ruble's decline and fall, with attractive graphs!

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