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4 December 2016


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Russian Life: Nov/Dec 2016

Nov/Dec 2016
Cover: Igor Sobolev

4: How Much Politics Paul E. Richardson
On charges that our magazine has become more political as the years have gone by.
Editorial

7: Closing the Polls? The Editors
Polling agency Levada has been tagged as foreign agent. What does that mean?
Note Book

16: Crowdfunding The Editors
Russian businessmen, artists, activists and dreamers are embracing crowdfunding as a way to drum up financial support for projects that cannot attract state funding or loans.
Internet

19: Rasputin Tamara Eidelman
Who was Rasputin, really?
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

22: Russia After Rasputin Tamara Eidelman
In which we check back in on Russian history every decade since Rasputin's death and look at links and other anniversaries.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

26: Tomorrow is Another Day Michelle A. Berdy
Looking at the linguistic and cultural challenge of reflexives.
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Three Bears Natalia Gogolitsyna
Using a familiar fairy tale to brush up on some Russian.
Uchites

28: The Garage Anastasia Osipova
For Soviet Man, the garage was a special place. Guys gathered here after work to discuss their most pressing problems, and maybe played a bit of chess or had a few drinks. But this is not that sort of garage. Not at all.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Evgeny Sinitsyn

Features

38: Beloved Friend Paul E. Richardson
Renowned conductor Semyon Bychkov has initiated a new project in appreciation of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. We tracked him down in Paris to find out more.
Interview

40: Counting Sheep Ivan Kobilyakov
In which we follow scientists to the middle of Russian nowhere (so remote, rivers and valleys are unnamed), as they track the elusive and very rare Putorana snow sheep.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Ivan Kobilyakov

Environment

50: Exploring Borders Maria Gruzdeva
Maria Gruzdeva traveled for several years in Russia’s borderlands, gathering photos and stories. She has now compiled it all in a book, and gives us a taste.
:: Illustrations/Images by Maria Gruzdeva

Photo Feature

52: Moscow in the Middle Howard Amos
Despite the current economic downturn, the capital continues to buzz with construction and renovation. We look at what drives current changes and where things are headed.
Moscow

58: Hats off to Hipsters Jennifer Eremeeva and Yulia Atayeva
On the importance of cabbage in Russian culture (and of course a recipe).
:: Illustrations/Images by Yulia Atayeva

Cuisine

60: Kremlin's Men, Majors and Fools Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of books on Putin's Kremlin, two films by Yury Bykov, and a map of Moscow.
Under Review

64: Everyday Russia The Editors
Where we share a few images from the popular Everyday Russia Instagram feed we have been featuring on our blog each week since January.
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