July/August 2015

Departments and More

  • 4

    What a Difference a Decade Makes

    US-Russian relations are on ice. We aim to challenge the prevailing trend with a cross-Russia trip by two photojournalists. Join us, won't you?

  • 7
    Note Book

    Weaponizing History

    History is being increasingly politicized. Case in point, a recent documentary about the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia.

  • 8
    Note Book

    Note Book

    All the news that fits.

  • 16

    Travel Notes

    Everything of note on the travel front.

  • 16

    Once is Not Enough

    Polygamy may be illegal in Russia, but that didn't stop a highly-placed friend of Ramzan Kadyrov from having a very public wedding to a second (at the same time) wife.

  • 19

    Bitter Annexations

    How a Russian deals with the hostility from Baltic residents about the events of 1940, even when one does not agree with or condone them.

  • 21

    Yaroslav the Wise

    The rise of Yaroslav the Wise as ruler of Kiev. It may not be all we think it was.

  • 26
    Survival Russian

    Baby It's Cold Outside

    When i first arrived in Moscow, I couldn’t say much in Russian, but I could talk about the weather.

  • 27
    Language Learning

    War and Peace

    One hundred and fifty years go this July, the first part of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace was published.

  • 21


    On the anniversary of its "birth" we look back at the history of the "ruler of the East"...

  • 23

    The 1905 Revolution

    110 years ago, the 1905 revolution set Russia on a course that would lead to war and revolution.

  • 28

    Wild Pitch

    It is not an easy task to sell the very American sport of baseball in a time of state-sanctioned anti-Americanism. But that doesn’t stop the Gladikovs.

  • 36
    Literary Insert

    Crime & Punishment

    This summer, why not read one of the classics? As a teaser, we offer an excerpt from Dostoyevsky’s timeless classic, in a new translation by Oliver Ready.

  • 38

    The Enchantment of Kimzha

    William Brumfield has been tromping all over the Russian North for three decades, documenting soon-to-be-lost architecture and villages. He takes us to tiny Kimzha.

  • 45

    Between Two Worlds

    During the tsarist era, Russians’ perceptions of themselves were powerfully shaped by travelogues about the world that lay beyond the empire’s borders.

  • 48

    Trotsky's End

    Seventy-five years ago this August, Leon Trotsky was brutally murdered while living in exile in Mexico. Levi Bridges visited the scene of the crime, now a veritable shrine to the Bolshevik leader.

  • 57

    The Joy of Soviet Cooking

    Anna Kharzeeva is learning to cook, Soviet style, from her grandmother. We listen in, and get a fresh new recipe for summer shchi (soup).

  • 60
    Under Review

    Stalin, Mythology and Faberge

    Reviews of "Stalin: A New Biography of a Dictator," by Oleg Khlevniuk; "The Great Glass Sea", by Josh Weil; and the documentary "Faberge: A Life of its Own."

  • 64
    Post Script

    Northern Mozzarella

    In response to Western sanctions, Russian counter-sanctions, and Russians' love of cheese, a northern monastery is using experience and equipment from Italy to make fine soft cheeses.

About Us

Russian Life is a publication of a 30-year-young, award-winning publishing house that creates a bimonthly magazine, books, maps, and other products for Russophiles the world over.

Latest Posts

Our Contacts

Russian Life
73 Main Street, Suite 402
Montpelier VT 05602