March/April 2015

Departments and More

  • 4

    A Nickel for Your Thoughts

    On Russia's nickel mining and our silver anniversary.

  • Feedback

    Letters to the Editor

    Readers share their opinions.

  • 7
    Note Book

    Russia for Russians

    On new regulations restricting foreigners' travel and what it takes to get a work permit in the federation.

  • 8
    Note Book

    Note Book

    All the news that fits.

  • 16

    Travel Notes

    Everything of note on the travel front.

  • 18

    Up, Up and Away

    This issue's Trends section looks at the impact of inflation and the dustup over Leviathan.

    Social Issues
  • 19

    Yuri Nagibin

    The writer Yuri Nagibin led an incredibly hard life, although, by Soviet standards, from the outside his life may have looked charmed.

  • 20
    Russian Calendar

    Reform Begins

    Today it is hard to imagine the revolutionary atmosphere that pervaded the Soviet Union in March and April of 1985.

  • 24
    Russian Calendar

    Peter's Reform

    On April 26, 1715, Peter I published his Military Statute, which remained in effect until the mid-nineteenth century.

  • 21

    The Stray Dog Cabaret

    A look back at the end of St. Petersburg's avant garde hangout for poets and bohemians.

  • 22

    Sprouting Spring Celebrations

    There has been a proliferation of professional holidays in Russia, and those falling in the spring have a peculiar "bent" toward the military and law enforcement bodies...

    Social Issues
  • 26
    Survival Russian

    Sticks and Stones

    The war in Ukraine has been accompanied by an often incomprehensible war of words. We investigate.

  • 27
    Language Learning

    Nagibin's Clear Ponds

    This issue's language insert looks at the work of Yuri Nagibin, featured in the Calendar section.

  • 28

    From a Distant Shore

    Photojournalist Mikhail Mordasov traveled to Russia’s furthest northwestern outpost to see the town where the acclaimed movie Leviathan was filmed.

  • 35

    Captain of Teriberka

    There is another Teriberka story that predates the current Leviathan dust-up. It involves a willful captain, fishing rights and, oh yes, the Norwegian navy.

  • 37

    The Murman Coast

    The remote Russian-Norwegian-Finnish borderlands offer some of the starkest contrasts between cultures and history you will find anywhere on Earth.

  • 44

    Protecting Miners

    Norilsk is home to Eurasia’s deepest mine and richest nickel and copper ores. We tag along with a mine inspector and rescuer, descending over 200 meters below ground.

  • 52

    Stealing Brides

    The Caucasus is a region rich in tradition and often impenetrable to outside understanding. The modernized ritual of “bride kidnapping” is a case in point; we asked a local journalist to guide us.

    Social Issues
  • 60

    Recipe for Austerity

    No time like Lent for some Shchi! We offer both lenten and non-lenten options for making this hearty and tasty dish.

  • 62
    Under Review

    Prison, Alexis and Siberia

    Reviews of a book by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, "My Fellow Prisoners," "Alexis in America, by Lee Farrow, "Midnight in Siberia," by by NPR host David Greene, "Trepanation of the Skull," by Sergei Gandlevsky, and "An American Diplomat in Bolshevik Russia," by DeWitt Clinton Poole.

  • 64
    Post Script

    The Grandmaster

    Author and journalist Alexei Bayer ruminates on chess champion and political activist Garry Kasparov, who appeared recently in New York.

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