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Russian Life: Mar/Apr 2017

Mar/Apr 2017
Cover: Alexander Petrosyan

7: Church v. State
The Editors
City, state and citizens battle over the future of St. Issac's Cathedral in St. Petersburg
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Petrosyan

News

16: Traditionalism Resurgent
The Editors
Abortion rights and domestic abuse have come under fire of late, marking some new battle lines in the social sphere.
Social Issues

19: 1917 Diary
Tamara Eidelman
In which we continue our year-long look at the events as they unfolded during the year of revolutions, 1917. Coverage is divided into Politicians, Artists and The Military
:: Translation by Nora Favorov

History

26: What Did He Say?
Michelle A. Berdy
Donald Trump sounds very different in English and in Russian. We investigate the why, and it's huge!
:: Illustrations/Images by Victor Bogorad

Survival Russian

27: Russian Names
Natalia Gogolitsyna
In this issue, Uchites looks at the Russian custom of affixing people with three different names.
Uchites

28: The Ghost of the Mountains
Maria Antonova
Editor Maria Antonova headed off to the mountains of the Altai to learn about a project that monitors rare snow leopards. We get to tag along.
:: Illustrations/Images by Maria Antonova

Environment

36: Nikolayev and Lyuska
Darya Grebenshchikova
“Nikolayev hated the cat, wet socks, and his mother-in-law.”
:: Translation by Liv Bliss
:: Illustrations/Images by Asya Lisina

Rural Life

38: Hunting the Northern Lights
Nadezhda Grebennikova
The northwestern tip of Russia is one of the finest places from which to view the elusive Northern Lights. If you can handle the cold, the dark, and the visiting Muscovites.
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Mikhail Mordasov

Travel

46: Bid for the Best Backfires
Marie Betteley
A decade before the fall of tsarism, a little-known auction was held to sell off some of the crown jewels. Was it rigged?
History

50: Dovlatov in America
John Castellucci
Some writers adapt easily to living abroad, after being cut off from their homeland. Sergei Dovlatov was not one of those writers.
Literature

56: Pyramid & Paskha
Natasha Beskhlebnaya
A strange church in St. Petersburg’s outskirts offers a fascinating historical side trip.
:: Translation by Nora Favorov
:: Illustrations/Images by Alexander Petrosyan

Religion & Spirituality

60: Food of the Gods
Nadezhda Grebennikova
We look at the special place in Russian culture occupied by tvorog, and of course offer a tasty recipe...
:: Translation by Paul E. Richardson
:: Illustrations/Images by Yulia Atayeva

Cuisine

62: Lenin, Rodeo and Beslan
Paul E. Richardson
Reviews of "Lenin on the Train," "Don't Let my Baby Do Rodeo," and "Mother Tongue".
Under Review

64: Making a Meme
The Editors
The Zhdun meme took Russia by storm this winter. We investigate.
Post Script